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Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

my view is a bit simplistic. (and for those that wonder I do have a six year old daughter in a well to do town in an ultraliberal state, so i know how how of control schools can be)

I believe that the primary purpose of education is to prepare children for the world, both academic and social. Part of this including taking responsibility for your own health and making good decisions.

I believe schools should work with those with eating restrictions and teach them how to make good decisions and provide others with awareness of the issue as part of the health curriculum.

That said, be forcing any potentially controversial food out of schools, you are eliminating these conversations and these teaching moments.

Eating in Paris during an in-between hour and questions about Le Comptoir du Relais, A Noste, etc.

completely agree. there are a few touristy type places where you have to be careful at night as well.

Certain parts of bouvelard hausmann, especially by galleries lafayette are be a bit sketchy. But compared to Rome, Madrid or Prague, Paris is a very safe european city.

1 day ago
DukeFan in France

Restaurant for 3 30-somethings

I'd rec haute dish / marvel bar.

not because the food is any better than than the rest, however, I think it is more distinctly minnesotan than the rest.

you could also look at Alma or Bachelor farmer for more distinctly minnesota food

Vegetable side dish/salad in France??

great post Phil.

The phease "carafe d'eau si vous plait" should be one of the top 10 phrases in any paris visitors repetoire.

Sep 13, 2014
DukeFan in France

Corner Table 2.0

Mary,

it varies night to night. They dont always have a veggie tasting menu. you should cal before you book

Sep 13, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Corner Table 2.0

was outstanding. one of the top few meals I've had in MSP in the past 5-6 years.

We both ordered the tasting menu plus we threw the pork belly dish in as well.

The theme of the tasting menu was mushrooms, but mushrooms didnt dominate any of the dishes but were a nice complement.

Service: was outstanding available but not overbearing and very knowledgeable about the food and wifey's wine; was even able to pace in the pork belly dish within the menu

The Food

Amuse Bouche: A few heirloom tomates with a light cream sauce

Potato/goat cheese terrine: absolutely outstanding and i dont like terrines. One of the best dishes i've had in a long long time

pork belly over saukerkraut: A great flavor combo and forget about the porkbelly, this was the best saukraut I have ever had

Grilled peaches wrapped in proscuitto: A great mix of sweet and savority

Lobster and sweet corn tortellini over a sweet corn veloute. Pasta was perfectly al dente, but the star was the sweet corn sauce

Steak with mushrooms and grilled shallots. Three great individual pieces with a nice sauce to blend. Not a big steak fan but it was perfectly cooked

Dessert-- Chocolate financier; an rich almond cake with a dark chocolate mousse and a nice carmael sauce; I am not a dessert guy but it was quite good

All in all, outstanding meal. Everything was good and the terrine, peaches and porkbelly dishes were outstanding. Even better than the original. This should be in every top 3 list for special occasion dining right next to LBV

Sep 13, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Corner Table 2.0

anyone.... Bueller???

maybe this is a sign we should find another spot for date night

Sep 12, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Paris - further questions

If you don't eat Chinese, I would seriously suggest you add a Vietnamese meal or two to your itinerary.

There are tons of great Vietnamese places in Paris and you can real see the French influence on traditional Vietnamese dishes here.

Sep 12, 2014
DukeFan in France

Paris - further questions

answers to a couple more questions

10. oui, your spidey senses are on. overpriced tourist trap

12. absolutement. if you don't feel comfortable speaking French on the phone, the concierge of your hotel could be able to help you in advance.

Sep 12, 2014
DukeFan in France

Paris - further questions

thanks. was last there in feb/marchish.

Sep 12, 2014
DukeFan in France

... eating alone in paris

Thanks Ptipois. I've been to Lao Viet. It was decent for me, but I wouldn't rush to go back.

It was a bit to French-inspired for me and had more muted flavors than I tend to like. The food was prepared quite well, but when I look for Asian resto I look for a bit more on the native spice

Sep 12, 2014
DukeFan in France

Paris - further questions

all right. someone asking for Chinese restaurant recommendations in Paris. Finally a question in my wheelhouse.

A couple things first

- overall you will tend to see more muted flavors in Paris Chinese food that you see in native Chinese food

- you will tend to see 2 types of restaurant, traditional Chinese and Chinese/French fusion or French-inspired Chinese. I recommend you stick to the former

- There are a ton of great thai/Vietnamese restaurants in the city as well, which are worth trying

- a few restaurants serve bread with the main courses; I know its paris, but this still freaks me out every time

That said, my recommendations

Traditional Chinese

La Cuisine de Chez Moi in the 9e: make reservation, some of the best dumplings I have ever had (which includes trips to Shanghai)

Les Délices du Shandong in the 13e: one of my top dishes in paris is here -- Intestins de porc aromatisé; one of the few restaurants in Paris which can truly deliver some spice; also, I've been here 3 or 4 times and it is almost always 80% Chinese patrons

Carnet de voyage in the 9e: Not as good as the first 2, but there have great vegetable and noodle dishes. If you can speak Chinese, you can order off-menu here and get some very good delicacies. I will generally only go here with Chinese coworkers who can order for me

Chinese Fusion

Yam cha in the 1e -- shockingly good despite being in a tourist trap 3 blocks from le louvre; do a nice formulae, which is Chinese inspired French. A bit overpriced, but if you want fusion a great spot

Sep 12, 2014
DukeFan in France

Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

no different restaurant. what do you expect when these millennial servers don't write your order down?

Sep 11, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

PYT scandal... owner refuses to apologize for sharing tip

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_...

Not sure if you have been following this story, but here is a quick summary

1. Famous football player visits restaurant
2. player leaves 20c tip on $60 bill
3. server shared picture of tip on social media
4. public crucifies restaurant for sharing tip publicly
5. player responds to media questions and says there was very poor service

and now..

6. Owner defends sharing tip picture on social media

I can't believe this. When a similar thing happened to payton manning in North Carolina, the server was fired the next day. I assumed that would happen here, but now the owner digs in.

Regardless of whether or not you feel no tip was justified here, posting that picture on social media is complete lack of privacy and a complete breach of ethics and privacy and an insult to all customers, past and future

Next time I am in Philly, I know one restaurant I will never visit.

Sep 11, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

... eating alone in paris

Thanks Parnassien. I really appreciate it.

Have you been to either of my other two recs? Lao Lane Xang or Aloy Aloy?

Sep 10, 2014
DukeFan in France

... eating alone in paris

Thanks so much. first time ever a Frenchman complemented my restaurant selection.

are there any other bistros in the 12e or 13e that you like better?

Sep 10, 2014
DukeFan in France

... eating alone in paris

I like it a lot and I am not a big fan of classic French food.

Their Salade Monégasque is one of my go-to dishes while in town.

Sep 09, 2014
DukeFan in France

... eating alone in paris

remember that Paris has one of if not the best public transit systems in the world. Don't let where you are staying dictate where you eat. With only a couple exceptions, nothing is more than a 20 minute metro ride away.

I usually stay in the tourist trap that is the 9th and I don't think I have eaten a bite of food there in my past 4 or 5 trips outside my hotel.

Sep 09, 2014
DukeFan in France

Which would rather have? Great Food or Great Service in a Restaurant?

my rankings

1. Great food, good service
2. Good food, great service
3. Great food, ok service
4. ok good, great service
5. good food, ok service
6. Great food, bad service

if the service is bad and I am not treated like a valuable customer, I wont ever return, regardless of food quality.

Sep 09, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

... eating alone in paris

i go to paris 8-10 times per year for work and have never had an issue. A bit different from N. America or even UK, most restaurants do not have a bar option.

However, I have never had an issue requesting a table for one whether it is a bistro, traditional restaurant or ethnic spot which I tend to frequent.

The only difference I have found is that if you bring any writing or work with you, you may get a few strange looks

a very of my favorites

Lao Lane Xang in the 13e
Aloy Aloy in the 18e
and Le Petit Pascal in the 13e, probably my favorite bistro in Paris

Sep 08, 2014
DukeFan in France

Words of food wisdom that Food Network NEVER taught you.

fewer ingredients is generally better

Sep 08, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Corner Table 2.0

Going to Corner table for the first time since the reinvention this weekend on date night with wifey.

Any particular recommendations? Is the tasting menu still the no-brainer choice?

Sep 08, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

French Kids Don't Get Fat: Why?

Phil,

I agree that French kids eat better early and hence eat better across their lives.

However, where I disagree with you though is necessarily attributing it to the schools. Like most of education, I believe the better most habits (both good and bad) are a result of involved parents.

As a culture, the french are very engaged in eating. As a result, parents instill their own habits to their children (Eating at limited times, foods with high amounts of fat). I believe this much more than school lunches is the driver.

Sep 08, 2014
DukeFan in France
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Lynn On Bryant

went to their website to book a reservation and saw they closed their doors.

When did this happen? hard for me to believe since was always a tough table to get

Sep 07, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

tipping with limited service

As always, depends on what you are comfortable with.

For me,

1. Change unless they take drinks orders, then $2-3
2. 10%, $5 min
3. Depends on level of prep required. One pizza $0; 10 boxes of sushi, 10%

Sep 06, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

A restaurant in Minneapolis got notorietry for paying a starting wage of $12/hour for hourly staff and $35k for managers during the state of the union.

Lots of made of the owners committment to a living wages. The owners had an interesting response. They pretty much said at that wage they can attract much better talent, hire fewer people with less turnover and ultimately lower their labors costs.

I think you will see alot of this with wage increases.

Heavy Table's Out of Towner's Guide.

I mistyped. Its Andale tacqueria y mercado

494 and Nicollet

Sep 05, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

My guess is that at most places you will see a minimal impact in prices and a major impact/reduction in service.

Restaurants, especially those in the mid to low tier, will not want to raise prices in this economy. As a result, they will look to do more with less, maybe reduce a couple people per shift.

As a result, I expect service as well as health standards to decrease.

Sep 05, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Heavy Table's Out of Towner's Guide.

agree with all of your comments except Victors. Probably still my favorite breakfast place in the cities, bar none.

Another huge miss is tacqueria mercado. Best tacos this side of east LA.

Sep 05, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

Don't get the hosts involved.

Say something quietly to one of the reception staff when you arrive. this is not an uncommon request and 9 times of our 10, they will be able to accommodate you. Rest assured you will not be the only ones with certain dietary requirements at the wedding