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Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

As a fellow Bay Area type, we managed to avoid the cheval (sheepish grin). Here's what we ate at Le Taxi Jaune from my TR-

Had a great dinner at Le Taxi Jaune the first night. It wasn't very crowded but we got there around 8:45 and didn't leave until 11. Everything was very good and made to order, but it took awhile. We started with white asparagus and croquettes of escargot and then I had delicious Guinea fowl stuffed with goat cheese and bread with a delicious sauce. Others at the table had Lapin with mustard sauce, puff pastry with minced meat and sea bass with a langostino sauce. One person had two starters-a delicious looking vegetable soup and a crab tart on a bed of lettuce. We had two bottles of white from Loire Valley and bill came to around 190 euros (there were 5 of us). Excellent start to our week.

1 day ago
macdog in France

What types of restaurants does DC need now?

Still dream about Paru's masala dosas. They were the best.

4 nights in San Francisco - any recommendations on where to eat?

Better check it out stat!

Sep 13, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

4 nights in San Francisco - any recommendations on where to eat?

Not to change the subject, but another place they could check out would be Tosca's. I seem to remember reading a rave review of it recently. And we still like Hunan, although we only go to the one on Church st now.

Sep 12, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

I read the chef was from Mexico City, so I had higher hopes. We did have excellent tacos d'epaule de porc that were very spicy at Le Mary Celeste. I like spicy, thus why I want to check out new Indian place. I also found the lefooding app useful for looking up places when you are out and about.

Sep 12, 2014
macdog in France

Help finalizing Paris dinners

Metropolitian in the 4th is a good reasonably priced French neo-bistro and you can book online. John Talbott doesn't care for it, but lots of other posters have a more positive feeling for the place. It's the only difference of an opinion I would ever dare express against Mr. Talbott who gives such great advice on these boards. We also enjoyed Le Taxi Jaune in the 3rd and it's also a good price point. It's a Parnassien recommendation and we had a memorable meal last May. We ate at L'Ober Sale 2 years ago and it didn't leave much of an impression.

Sep 12, 2014
macdog in France

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

The bar behind the restaurant is supposed to be good. Thanks for the Ramen rec. I will check it out on my next visit to SF.

Sep 12, 2014
macdog in France

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

Need to get names of those spots in SF.

Back to Paris, I've often thought if we stayed in Paris longer than a week, I would want to try Candelaria in haut Marais. It's run by the same group as Mary Celeste, has a great bar and Mexican food is supposed to be really good. Maybe it's got a French twist...as a Californian I really miss Mexican food when I travel. We lived in Paris in 1977 and I managed to find canned corn tortillas and made some decent tostadas!

Sep 12, 2014
macdog in France

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

Looks wonderful and delicious. If you have a hankering for something different we enjoyed Udon noodles at Kunitoraya in the 1st, delicious very eclectic small plates at Le Mary Celeste in the 3rd and are looking forward to trying the new Indian rest MG Road in the 3rd. If you are looking for something close to your apartment, we really liked Le Taxi Jaune (Parnassien rec) and have had some good meals at Metropolitian in the 4th. I also would like to try Hai Kai next to Canal St. Martin. Food sounds interesting and love the location.

Been wanting to eat at Aziza forever. But that's for another board...

Sep 12, 2014
macdog in France

3 days in Paris with children

Seems like some casual places would fit the bill for your group. We always have at least one lunch at Breizh cafe in the Marais and they have a wide variety of crepes for all palates. I believe they also have a place in the 6th. I've also heard good things about West Country girl (crepe rest) in the Oberkampf area. There are also some good pizza places in the Marais-Pink Flamingo and Grazie. Also in the Marais, the delish Cusine de Bar that features open faced sandwiches on Poilane bread. They also have a branch on border of 6/7th.

Another fun choice would be to go to a place like the Marche des Enfants Rouges (in haut Marais) where there are a variety of stands/restaurants and then everyone can pick what they want and meet at one of the tables they make available. I also like the Bon Marche food hall, but seating is limited. There is a park nearby, but will be cold in Dec.

I think the canal st Martin area is fun and exploring the lock system would be interesting for kids. Here is a link to eating places in the area
http://parisbymouth.com/canal-saint-m...

Parisbymouth.com has a good rundown of restaurants by arrondissement and probably also lists places that are good for kids.

My kids also enjoyed Les Invalides, they have a really interesting WW2 section (lots of DeGaulle love) and tomb of Napoleon is impressive. Just see things in increments of 2 hours and then have food or drink!

Sep 10, 2014
macdog in France
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What are your thoughts on the city's coffee offerings?

We just went to the new Sightglass on 20th and Florida in the Mission. Nice ambience, great Cappucino and it's located in a quieter part of the mission. Ritual on Valencia is another favorite spot and they were remodeling last month. Looking forward to checking out the new digs on our next visit to SF. If you get to Santa Barbara, we have two great coffee establishments, Handelbars and The French Press. Both places roast their own beans and have excellent Cappucino's.

Sep 09, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Top Chef Duels, 9/3 Burke vs Takashi, SPOILERS, another profane and increasingly violent recap

I love this recap. Chowhound needs to get you cable for the rest of the season stat.

New in Santa Barbara

Had lunch at Scarlett Begonia last week and came away unimpressed. Haven't really had a meal there that wowed me. On the other hand, had a great dinner at Arigato (Spanish octopus capriccio was amazing) and Sama Sama this week.

Sep 03, 2014
macdog in California

Palo Alto/Menlo Park rant

Where is cafe Zoe? Never heard of it, but sounds promising.

Aug 30, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

Not renting from Bill, but from a Parisian agency. Maybe I'll see you this winter at some of my fave SB restaurants!

Aug 27, 2014
macdog in France
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First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

Hah! I'm Macdog, named after my late very missed wheaten terrier, Mac. However I am a female and there is no Macdude (unless my husband counts). Macigirl just started posting on France boards and we discovered we have a lot in common besides our user name. Go Macs!

Aug 27, 2014
macdog in France
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Sunday dinner in Paris for under 50Euros in 1,4,5,6e?

The only place I have ever had a problem in Paris was in front of Notre Dame long ago. A group of small children swarmed me and stole some money in my pocket. Glad that France in the ensuing decades seemed to get the children off the streets and hopefully into schools.

Aug 26, 2014
macdog in France

Sunday dinner in Paris for under 50Euros in 1,4,5,6e?

Very safe!! I'm female and wouldn't give it a second thought if I was walking there at night.

Aug 25, 2014
macdog in France
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First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

Cuisine de Bar in the 6th and 3rd have great open faced Poilane bread sandwiches. Also soup and salad. Loved Kunitoraya in the 1st for Udon noodles. It was a great lunch spot and near Louvre and Palais Royal.

Aug 25, 2014
macdog in France

Sunday dinner in Paris for under 50Euros in 1,4,5,6e?

Aug 24, 2014
macdog in France

New in Santa Barbara

Go to the new SB Public Market and everyone can get what they want. It's at Chapala and Victoria. We just ate there with 2 vegetarians and we got an amazing burger and fries and brocollini from Belcampo and mussels from the seafood place and they got vegetarian food from Pasta place and Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle. They will deliver food to the wine bar or they have seating throughout market. It's a fun new spot. Other favorites are Sama Sama, Arigato Sushi, and Los Agaves (molcajete is amazing).

Aug 23, 2014
macdog in California

One night in Santa Barbara - Where to Eat?

Also at the SB Public Market, Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle is a great choice. You can go to the wine/beer bar first and try some local libations and then enjoy the Thai food. Our other favorites are Sama Sama, Arigato Sushi and Julienne's. They are all walking distance from Canary Hotel. Also really like Hungry Cat which is just down the street and has great seafood.

Aug 23, 2014
macdog in California

Barcelona Report

Thanks so much. Sounds like a lot of good options. Wasn't planning on getting a car, so maybe we could do something that is accessible by public transportation. I will research the places you mentioned. does El Cellar do lunch?

Aug 20, 2014
macdog in Spain/Portugal

3 Nights in Paris - September 2014 - Lunch/Dinner Suggestions

Hopefully, it's "different" in a good (delicious) way.

Aug 20, 2014
macdog in France

3 Nights in Paris - September 2014 - Lunch/Dinner Suggestions

We really enjoy Le Mary Celeste for something a little different when we are in Paris. Chef serves about 6-10 small plates and it's a very international menu. This May we had Thai salad, tacos d'epaule de porc (spicy), crudo de lieu Jaune and deviled eggs-pretty eclectic! It's a good spot if you have had a big lunch and want to graze. You can make reservations online up to 7:30, also have great cocktails. I want to try Hai Kai next Spring, it's on the Canal St. Martin, a location we really enjoy.

Parisbymouth.com has a good wine bar list.

Aug 20, 2014
macdog in France

Barcelona Report

Thanks so much, PBSF for replying. I think we may stick to El Born area once again and venture out to Gracia neighborhood for eating a couple nights. I've made note of some of the restaurants you recommended. I love the tapas concept (especially after 5 nights in Paris) so Born area really works out the best for our eating needs. Have you spent much time in countryside around Barcelona? Wondering if there are some good spots for eating and maybe staying the night.

Aug 19, 2014
macdog in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Report

Going to barcelona next May with 6 family members. We have stayed in apartments in El Born on previous visits. Is there a newer neighborhood with great restaurants that we should check out? 4 of the six people are under 30. We love all the tapas places in El Born and have a very sentimental attachment to Cal Pep. We like areas like Shoreditch in London and haut Marais in Paris.

Aug 18, 2014
macdog in Spain/Portugal

Paris - Sept 1 to Sept 8 - Any help appreciated

If you want a traditional place one night, Chez Denise won this contest. Walkable from the 5th.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/961298

Also, right across the river is Metropolitian in the 4th and Le Taxi Jaune in the 3rd. In the haut Marais, you might want to check out Le Mary Celeste for Asian inspired small plates and great cocktails. There will be a lot of fellow 30somethings. Canal St. Martin area and Oberkampf on right bank (10th and 11th arrond) also lively and less touristy than around Notre Dame.

We've enjoyed Terroir Parisian in the 5th and you can book online.

Aug 17, 2014
macdog in France

First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

We stay in the Marais every year and really enjoyed Taxi Jaune (I had an amazing "feather" dish here) and Les Enfants Rouge this May. We always go for drinks and small plates at Le Mary Celeste in haut Marais. On our list for next year is Chez Denise (old school bistro that gets a lot of love from CHers) and Pirouette in the 1er and Hai Kai next to the interesting Canal St Martin. We've eaten a few times at Metropolitian and like it. Frenchie wine bar sounds more interesting than the restaurant these days.

For lunch we had a fantastic udon noodle bowl at Kunitoraya near Palais Royal, great open faced sandwiches on Poilane bread at Cuisine de Bar located in haut Marais and the 6th, and touristy but tasty Breton crepes at Breizh cafe in the Marais. We usually have more casual lunches in between sightseeing and save sitdown/alcohol infused meals for night time. We also end up at the bookstore/bar Belle Hortense for after dinner drinks a couple nights of our visit. Its a fun boozy spot. Enjoy. We just booked our apartment for next May on Rue Elzevir.

7 nights in Paris with adult sons

I usually agree with everything Parnassien says, but as a tourist to Paris every year, I love to walk the streets. It's how I enjoy all the places I visit and my favorite way to get to know a neighborhood. I've rented bikes in Stockholm and Copenhagen, Paris looks a little daunting on a bike. We stay in the Marais, so it's convienent to many neighborhoods. Last May probably walked around 6 miles a day and ate some great meals!

Aug 15, 2014
macdog in France
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