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Great restaurant suggestion

Ribelle is good - half the dishes we had were great, the other half were just ok - but it is LOUD!

I'm a big fan of Washington Square Tavern just around the corner - great wines

Jan 15, 2014
Lmonach in Greater Boston Area

What is it about Paris?....

We are in Paris now and had the same anxiety in planning our 7 night trip. So far we have loved just about everything. We had lunch at Les Papilles - rustic, big portions, delicious. Dinner at Spring - refined, elegant without being stuffy, yummy. Dinner at Chez L'ami Jean - too much food in the tasting menu, but all of it was excellent - this was also the only restaurant that had a bustling feel to it, we're American, so we didn't mind, but it isn't as calm an experience as the others. The asparagus soup, chicken jambonettes and rice pudding were well worth the bustle.
Enjoy!

Apr 14, 2013
Lmonach in France

Critique my Paris plans, I did research!

We just had lunch at Les Papilles Thursday and it was spectacular! They serve a lot of food and are extremely friendly. We had lamb that was braised until it fell off the bone and you could cut it with a fork, amazingly tasty. Like many restaurants here, the space is very small, but the great food and wine make up for it.
We're dining at Dans Les Landes tonight - I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.
We also loved Chez L'ami Jean - bistro but a little more refined. And we loved Spring which was more modern and refined than either of the others.
I considered Taillevent, but we're here for 7 days, I couldn't bring myself to spend that much on one meal :) Please let us know if you find it as spectacular as they say.

Apr 14, 2013
Lmonach in France

Irish Food Traditions

Hi Folks - looking for any inspiration you can provide on traditional Irish food/recipes. What are your favorite dishes? What ingredients are quintessentially Irish? If you have any favorite websites/blogs, send those along too please!

Apr 04, 2013
Lmonach in U.K./Ireland

So many wonderful restaurants, so little time!

So we've changed Saturday night to L'Ami Jean (awaiting confirmation from our concierge)...that should fix the problem, yes?

Mar 28, 2013
Lmonach in France

So many wonderful restaurants, so little time!

Thank you ChefJune - I was just thinking that I should look into LCB - now I will definitely do it!

Mar 28, 2013
Lmonach in France

So many wonderful restaurants, so little time!

Thanks VaPaula - glad to hear another endorsement! It doesn't get a lot of mention, but everything I have read has been positive. I'll be sure to look for calamari and report back :)

Mar 27, 2013
Lmonach in France

So many wonderful restaurants, so little time!

oh no! I hadn't seen those (there are so many reviews and comments, it's hard to keep up) - any other suggestions for Saturday night?

Mar 26, 2013
Lmonach in France

So many wonderful restaurants, so little time!

oh, and yes, I have read lots of the previous posts regarding Parisian restaurants - that's how I got this list :)

Mar 26, 2013
Lmonach in France

So many wonderful restaurants, so little time!

My husband and I are traveling to Paris next month April 11-18 and I wanted to double check my food plans with the board and make sure I'm not missing anything or making any mistakes. So here's our plan (not all reservations are confirmed)
Thursday - late lunch at Les Papilles (no dinner plans in case we get too sleepy to enjoy)

Friday - Day trip to Chartres, dinner at Spring

Saturday - Lunch - la Robe et le Palais
Dinner - Agape Substance

Sunday - Lunch - no idea yet
Dinner - Dans les Landes

Monday - Lunch - Saturne
Dinner - Le Bel Canto (no choice here, it's a business dinner)

Tuesday - Lunch - L'Atlelier Saint Germain
Dinner - planned banquet for business, :(

Wedensday - Lunch - no idea yet
Dinner - Frenchie (I hope)

I'd love any thoughts, comments, ideas. I do have a couple of openings and am wide open to ideas.

Also if anyone knows of a 1 or 2 day cooking class I could take while I'm there that is actually of any value, I would be interested in information. Unfortunately my French is very rusty, so it would need to be English friendly. Any other food related sites/activities you could suggest would be appreciated.
Merci!

Mar 26, 2013
Lmonach in France

Restaurant Folks Visiting from Brooklyn

I was thinking Oleana too - it has such a nice vibe and I've always loved the food.

Jan 21, 2013
Lmonach in Greater Boston Area

Fenway First Date

Audubon Circle is a great choice, not too loud or too fancy. Eastern Standard can be loud and crazy on a Saturday, but they do make a great bloody mary.

Jan 21, 2013
Lmonach in Greater Boston Area

Sudden aversion to ketchup

+1 ????

Jan 21, 2013
Lmonach in General Topics

Sudden aversion to ketchup

exactly what I was thinking, perhaps you are just getting tired of the sweetness and need to spice it up, some chipotle in adobo is nice too, but my favorite is sriracha

Jan 21, 2013
Lmonach in General Topics

Anyone else not like soup spoons?

Yes, of course that's how you are supposed to use a soup spoon, I just find that an annoying way to eat soup. How about just use a regular spoon and eat the darn soup? Or use chopsticks for the solids and slurp the rest out of the bowl? These are much simpler and less fussy methods

Jan 21, 2013
Lmonach in Not About Food

The best wine for Julia's Beef Bourguignon?

I thought we were all talking about Julia Child's recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking?

Jan 21, 2013
Lmonach in Home Cooking

The best wine for Julia's Beef Bourguignon?

making BB tonight and it occurred to me that all this talk of using a good wine that you "happen to have open" is a bit of a crock. The recipe calls for 3 cups of wine, last I checked that's close enough to a full bottle to pretty much guarantee that you have to open something to make this. I'm using Coppola Rosso, which I've used before to good effect. Cheers all!

Jan 19, 2013
Lmonach in Home Cooking

Anyone else not like soup spoons?

I, and everyone in my family, hate soup spoons - the shape is just annoying and I'm not the type to sip delicately from the side of the too big spoon!

Jan 19, 2013
Lmonach in Not About Food

Labeling cheeses on a cheese plate

a folded index card works too (and is really inexpensive). I would never stick holes in the cheese!

Jan 19, 2013
Lmonach in Cheese

Labeling cheeses on a cheese plate

i just use an index card and identify the cheese and the source (goat, cow, etc...) I have too many friends that need to know what they're eating - I'd be answering questions all night if I didn't do this. (I only do it for big parties - as you say, small dinner party it's easy enough, and fun, to talk about the cheese with everyone)

Jan 19, 2013
Lmonach in Cheese

Tasting menu's No. 9 Park, Clio, and L'Espalier?

I have to disagree - I had a terrific meal there about a month ago - best roast chicken I've ever had (sounds boring, but it was outstanding). And I've always found the service friendly if not as polished as some of the other choices. The room does suck tho

Jan 19, 2013
Lmonach in Greater Boston Area

What Makes Indian Curries Sweet?

+1 on the coconut milk. You could also add a small amount of coconut cream, but I'd be careful you don't end up with something that is too sweet.

Jan 18, 2013
Lmonach in Home Cooking

Jack London Square neighborhood in Oakland

Le Cheval has great Vietnamese food. you should also explore Chinatown, lots of great finds there. If you want to stay in the square, Kincaids isn't bad for a corporate restaurant - their salad with Maytag blue cheese is good and the fire roasted meats are also pretty good.

Jan 05, 2013
Lmonach in San Francisco Bay Area

Not too stuffy business dinner for 10

I agree with CocoDan - take Legal off the list, just not exciting

Jan 05, 2013
Lmonach in Greater Boston Area

Tasting menu's No. 9 Park, Clio, and L'Espalier?

L'Espalier tasting menu is the finest meal I've ever had - I think (gasp) better than French Laundry. If you haven't been, go there first. Menton is also great, but the ambiance is nicer at L'Espalier.

Jan 05, 2013
Lmonach in Greater Boston Area

Boston Area Tapas

we loved Tres Gatos in JP - just went last week, not perfect, but really good. Haven't been back to Taberno de Haro because we found it overpriced and not very good. Same goes for Tapeo. So far Tres Gatos is the best tapas we've had.

Jan 05, 2013
Lmonach in Greater Boston Area

January 2013 Openings and Closings

I wonder what they're fusing it with? Given that Persian food is already pretty complex, I'm not sure why it needs to be fused with anything else.

Jan 05, 2013
Lmonach in Greater Boston Area

January 2013 Openings and Closings

The owner of Washington Square Tavern has great taste in wines and usually good deals in his restaurant - pre-kids we were regulars. This is definitely worth checking out - thanks for the heads up!

Jan 05, 2013
Lmonach in Greater Boston Area

Do you need to refrigerate dried beans while soaking them?

I've never refrigerated and only once had a fermenting problem (hot summer and I let them sit too long).

Jan 05, 2013
Lmonach in Home Cooking

Iranian and Iraqi traditional food

Thanks James

Dec 23, 2012
Lmonach in General Topics