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Paris - back to the 9th, all of September

We've enjoyed udon noodles at Kunitoraya in the 1st and absolutely loved MG Road (Indian) in the 3rd. I also liked Hero, a new Korean (with hipster elements) restaurant started by the Le Mary Celeste and Candelaria group.

There's also a gyoza bar in the haut Marais. Didn't eat there so can't comment on quality. And the popular Banh mi sandwich place, I think it is called Angela's, was much touted by Parigi (miss her).

Jul 01, 2015
macdog in France

Trendy Paris grab and go lunches

We just went to Orangerie museum. Two beautiful rooms of Monet's water lilies and a small but good collection of impressionist and post-impressionist painting on the bottom floor. Very accessible and not overwhelmed with tourists (at least in May). Had great udon noodles at Kunitoraya after our visit.

Jun 29, 2015
macdog in France

Southern France - Input on Food Itinerary Requested

We had a delicious dinner in Arles at Le Galoubet. Highly recommend!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1014638

Jun 28, 2015
macdog in France

Trip Report: San Francisco with my Foodie Son...

When my kids were growing up we spent a lot of time at our neighborhood pool club in Portola Valley. There was a very nice group of families who lived in SF near the Zoo, who joined our club every year. I remember they would tell us the 30 minute drive down 280 would provide them with a beautiful sunny summer day and get them out of the cold and fog of the Avenues. Micro climates are all over the Bay Area.

Jun 28, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Trip report, Paris Part 1: AG, Frenchie, Auberge du 15, A Noste (downstairs), L'Huitrade, Josephine Chez Dumonet

Thanks so much. I especially like putting the restaurant names in the subject heading, makes them more searchable. Traveling with kids is always a challenge. We also have one picky eater and one that will try anything. Sounds like you did alright by them!

Jun 26, 2015
macdog in France

crazy questions

You defintely need to use google maps, but more importantly finish up your sightseeing day around 4 or 5 and come back to your hotel to relax. We always stay in the Marais and we usually end up at restaurants that we can walk to, but Champs Élysées area may not have as many chow worthy spots close by. A couple of years ago, my husband enjoyed dinner (or maybe lunch) at Stella in the 16th. Good luck and enjoy. Love the Orangerie for the Monet rooms and a small but interesting collection downstairs. I actually have not gone to the Louvre in years. Too big, too many tourists.

Jun 23, 2015
macdog in France
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Vegetarian-friendly eats for 5 nights in Paris?

Enjoyed Breizh cafe (need a reservation) and maybe you mean Cuisine de Bar? Open faced sandwiches on Poilane bread. Good place for lunch. Have had the Fallafel's at L'as du Fallafel-they're okay. I like Chez Marianne and have heard good things about Miznon. Only have heard of La Gazzete on your dinner list. Le Fooding seems to have a vegetarian list of restaurants. They are a good source.

Jun 22, 2015
macdog in France

Vegetarian-friendly eats for 5 nights in Paris?

Might want to read through this.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9753...

We had a great meal at a new Indian restaurant in the 3rd, MG Road. Also enjoyed Udon noodles at Kunitoraya in the 1st.

Jun 22, 2015
macdog in France

Paris trip review - AT, Spring, Pierre Sang Boyer, etc.

Interesting, haven't heard of that place. We absolutely loved MG Road, an Indian place in the 3rd. Food was sublime.

Jun 22, 2015
macdog in France

Paris trip review - AT, Spring, Pierre Sang Boyer, etc.

My friends had terrible service at lunch. I care more about food than service, but they didn't seem impressed by food either. I still wanted to try it, but got vetoed. Have you been recently?

Jun 22, 2015
macdog in France

Paris trip review - AT, Spring, Pierre Sang Boyer, etc.

Great report. We stayed in the Marais in May and I need to do my TR! We love Mary Celeste and always go there for dinner at least once during our week stay. We just order everything on the menu and we leave full. This trip we had 4-6 (one night 10) people at every dinner, next year really want to do the counter at Pierre Sang Boyer. We had reservations at Les Chouettes for our last night and our friends, after having a very disappointing lunch at LC, basically refused to go back. We ended up at Le Hangar (6/10). Disappointing because JT and Parnassien speak so highly of it. Interesting to hear another take on it. We also had a good lunch at Marche Des Enfants although we discovered that your group can't sit together if you get food from different stands.

Thanks again for the write up.

Jun 22, 2015
macdog in France
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Best Indian for Lunch in London

Dishoom is good. Two locations-Shoreditch and Convent Garden.

Jun 22, 2015
macdog in U.K./Ireland
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Upcoming Trip to Paris

Le Mary Celeste is just small plates. Great place to go if you've had a big lunch.

Jun 21, 2015
macdog in France

Chowhound on smartphone: Frustrating Sign Up / Log In pop up screen

It happens to me also. Very annoying.

Jun 19, 2015
macdog in Site Talk

We are in Paris and Chez Janou closed this Friday! Any recommendations on a backup plan

Les Chouette has gotten lots of positive reviews on CH. le Mary Celeste has great small plates and interesting cocktails. Cafe des Musees might be a good replacement for Chez Janou.

Jun 17, 2015
macdog in France

Chez Josephine (or others) with kids? And 1 adults only meal-- make it count.

I went to Hero for lunch at noon and was the only one in there for awhile. It's tiny, but again go early for lunch or dinner and you should be fine. I checked it out because I love Le Mary Celeste and its owned by the same group and had Le MC's chef for awhile. I think he just left Paris, but hopefully he left all his recipes in good hands.

You also might like Gyoza Bar in the haut Marais.

Jun 16, 2015
macdog in France

Paris By Mouth website - any good?

Agree that PBM needs to rethink some of the places they have starred.

Jun 16, 2015
macdog in France

Paris By Mouth website - any good?

I post links to it a lot and agree that it's a great starting off point and very accessible. Sometimes I use it on CH boards for people who aren't getting many responses and feel like they can get started over there. Ideally I would use the search here, John Tallbots site, Paris by Mouth and Le Fooding. I also don't agree that you can wander around Paris and pop into any restaurant and have a good meal. There's a lot of bad, poorly prepared, touristy food out there (like any city) and I prefer to do a little research and have an enjoyable meal. Le Fooding app is a good resource for people that want to be more spontaneous, but wanting something decent.

Jun 16, 2015
macdog in France

Chez Josephine (or others) with kids? And 1 adults only meal-- make it count.

Here's a link about Mandoobar. Maybe go really early...

http://parisbymouth.com/mandoobar/

I had lunch at Hero a couple weeks ago. Great Korean spicy fried chicken. I haven't been to CJD, but maybe get there for 7:30 seating and it will be easier on you and kids.

Jun 16, 2015
macdog in France

Bistros in August - Has anyone been to these places?

Don't know those places but this link might be helpful.
http://parisbymouth.com/paris-august-...

Jun 12, 2015
macdog in France
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Paris Trip Report

Or the guys trying to get you to try their Fallafel!

Jun 11, 2015
macdog in France

France report - Paris mostly, also Rouen, Honfleur, Angers, Saumur, and Tours

Thanks for the great report. We also ate, last month, in a few of the places you mentioned. Pramil was a great bargain and I also probably should have gotten something other than the Veal Onglet, but I'm a sucker for mashed potatoes. We went to Chez Denise with 10 people and the restaurant was crowded and almost festive. That defintely colors your perception of your dining experience and we enjoyed the meal. We haven't been to Cafe des Musees In a few years, glad to hear you liked your meal. I had read that quality had gone down, but maybe it's now on an upward swing. Have eaten at Cuisine du Bar and Breizh Cafe many times, both good. We enjoyed Les Enfant Rouges last year, didn't get to it this spring. And I have to say that I must beg to differ about your coffee reviews. Can't speak for the filtered drip coffee at the places you mentioned, but Telescope, Loustic and Broken Arm (another favorite) have far superior cappucinos and macchiato's to the Paris cafe versions which are all foam and not very good beans. I love the new 3rd wave coffee places in Paris.

Thanks again for the TR, I need to get my done before all memory of meals is gone...

Jun 11, 2015
macdog in France
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2 weeks SF Bay Area to LA and back: 28 meals worth! (Pt 2/2)

No parking in SB! There's public parking lots up and down State street. Sama Sama, Empty Bowl, Julienne's, Arigato Sushi are great places downtown. The Lark and Les Marchand are excellent in the Funk Zone. Not sure how you found Stella Mare, it's really off the beaten path (and not good). French Press is a great 3rd wave coffee and they make their own pastries. Handelbars is another amazing coffee place. La Superica and los Agaves both some of my favorite Mexican spots. I lived in NorCal for 20 years and the food in SB puts it to shame.

Jun 10, 2015
macdog in California

Romantic Dinner in Barcelona and restaurant suggestions

Also this was on another recent trip report-
Train trip to Figueres town when we went to the Dali Musuem.
Castell 4, had lunch there, family restaurant, locals and tourists. Pulpos grilled was fantastic, nice cozy setting. really great food and service.

Jun 10, 2015
macdog in Spain/Portugal

Romantic Dinner in Barcelona and restaurant suggestions

We had a good meal at Llamber in the Born. I didn't take very good notes on our meals, but it's a nice modern setting and food was all good. We really enjoyed Paco Merlago, it was our first meal in Barcelona and everything tasted fantastic. Best tomato bread of the week. Loved the shisoto peppers, patatas bravas, razor clams, croquettes, octopus and calamari.

We also went to Bar la PLA and Tapeo one night. Enjoyed the Fideu at Tapeo. I have to say that the Born lost some of its charm for me this last trip. It is crawling with tourists and feels like the restaurants are really geared for that clientele. El Xampanyet looked like a US college sorority/fraternity mixer. Nothing wrong with that, just don't need to go to Spain for that.

We stayed in an apartment in a quiet neighborhood next to Gracia and I enjoyed our forays into that district a lot. We ate at La Pepita twice on the trip. Delicious tapas with some interesting twists. Enjoyed the sea bass with strawberries, white and green asparagus, really good beef skewers on a bed of beans, foie and mashed potatoes. Our second time was after a Gracia tapas hop that included Gatamala (free tapas with each drink) and Gasterea that featured basque pinxtos. We also had lunch at Sol de nit on the Placa del Sol after a morning visit to Parc Guell. The squares that dot the Gracia district are really charming and full of actual Barcelona dwellers.

My other suggestion is to perhaps try another covered market. The late morning we walked through La Boqueria was a madhouse. Felt like multiple tour busses had discharged their occupants and they were swarming the market. We ended eating at the Santa Caterina market, a short walk from the Born. Also had another lunch at the Palua de la Musica, one of my favorite buildings in Barcelona.

Jun 10, 2015
macdog in Spain/Portugal

New to Hermosa/Manhattan Area

Any updates to this post? On our way to Hermosa Beach today and so far have scoped out a good coffee place called Scapegoat. Any good lunch places?

Jun 09, 2015
macdog in Los Angeles Area

Paris Trip Report

Yes, there was a terrible attack in the Marais in the 80's. And a very sad history during the war. Hope they stay safe.

Jun 08, 2015
macdog in France

Paris Trip Report

Thanks for the trip report. Enjoyed reading about the local restaurants in your neighborhood.

Jun 08, 2015
macdog in France

Paris Trip Report

We saw quite a few of sub machine gun guys in the Marais. I assume they were guarding synagogues and schools located there.

Jun 08, 2015
macdog in France

La Taqueria & Special Place for Cocktails? [San Francisco]

Roof of the Lolinda on Mission is pretty spectacular and just down the street from La Taqueria.

Jun 06, 2015
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area