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May 1st, 2008 - Labour Day AND Ascension Day in Paris - what will be open?

That actually sounds perfect. I think walking through a city gives a better perspective than just about any other activity that we do there. Living in the 'burbs as we do out here (about an hour south of Los Angeles), we don't really get a chance to walk around all that much, so maybe that's why I favor it so much when we travel - and why we tend to travel more to "cities" than small towns.

I haven't read anything BAD about L'Atlas, but I have read more good about Le Souk, if that makes sense. They also seem a little more authentic (I think I read that L'Atlas is more of a fusion), and Le Souk is more reasonably priced. Oh, I really just need to close my eyes and choose, I'm sure they will both be fine, but I have been leaning towards Le Souk anyway, so .... :-)

Either way, I will come back with a full report!

Feb 21, 2008
FoodieNess in France

Best "Taste of London" in 3 days - Help!

The reason I finally decided on Arbutus was really...well, arbitrary. I was able to see an example of their menu on the website, and it looked good. Wild honey has yet to produce more than a home page, so I felt I was making more of an "educated" decision.

I wish you luck too...I think we will both be happy.

Feb 20, 2008
FoodieNess in U.K./Ireland

Best "Taste of London" in 3 days - Help!

Thanks Leda...I was going back and forth on Arbutus vs Wild Honey. I made a reservation for Arbutus last week (yes, I know, months earlier than necessary), and it looks like I made a good decision.

Glad you enjoyed it! Wish me luck, too! :-)

Feb 19, 2008
FoodieNess in U.K./Ireland

May 1st, 2008 - Labour Day AND Ascension Day in Paris - what will be open?

Just to help anyone else out there - here is what I found open on 1 May in Paris:

-First off, despite my previous post to the contrary, it turns out the wine bars that I mentioned above are NOT open. Sorry, I got bad info...

-Restaurants Joel Robuchon. All of these restaurants are open 365 days a year - who knew? :-) We are leaning towards La Table for lunch, since they have that amazing club menu for 55 euros (4 courses + coffee, tea, AND 1/2 bottle of wine!)

-A couple of Moroccan restaurants are open - L'Atlas and Le Souk. To be honest, I am torn, as I have heard good things about both. L'Atlas is closer to where we are staying (in the 5th), but that isn't the most important thing....I truly vacillate, and may not make up my mind until we get there. Your opinions most welcome.

Feb 19, 2008
FoodieNess in France

Foodie 1st time in Paris - what to not miss, and what to run from?

I have been researching more and more for my "Big Splurge" meal - I feel as though time is running out! I wasn't able to get a reservation at Le Comptoir, so I know that it will be difficult to find others in short time.

I've read souphie's blog on Senderens, and it sounds delicious, and right up our alley. Do they have a Prix-fixe lunch menu? It might be out of our price range otherwise...

Feb 11, 2008
FoodieNess in France

Best "Taste of London" in 3 days - Help!

Thanks for understanding my review "addiction!" :-) I love doing research and planning for our holidays, but I definitely think I drive myself a little crazy with the abundance of conflicting info out there. I think I will take the wise advice above, and just make an educated choice and be happy with it. Hey, we are supposed to be on vacation! :-)

Thanks for all the links, Dolly, and the suggestions from zuriga1. I think they will help. After all this planning, if I have a few good choices and make a few reservations before we go, I am happy - we don't need an itinerary set in stone.

Regardless, I promise to come back and give a report on all my favorites (and perhaps a few that I would not visit again). Sadly, Harters, I will only be in London, so no trips north for fish and chips. I'm embarrased to admit that my naive American tongue might not know the difference between "good" and "very good" fish and chips...but I am pretty sure I would know "very bad." :-) All subjective, of course....

Feb 03, 2008
FoodieNess in U.K./Ireland

Best "Taste of London" in 3 days - Help!

I've been researching like crazy for restaurants, but it seems the more I read, the more confused I get! :-)

I've read conflicting things about Rules, but I like the idea of a "traditional English meal." I have read good things about St. John, but it might be too adventurous for my dear husband. What say you, 'hounds - is Rules worth it?

I'd also like to find good fish and chips, which I am sure is pretty prevalent. However, I'd like to go to a good place frequented by locals, not a tourist trap, if I can help it.

For Indian food, I have heard good things about Tamarind, and Dolly Dagger kindly recommended Imli on this thread. Which is a better choice? Anywhere else that would be even better?

We are from California, so having Mexican food or Chinese isn't tempting, as we get excellent choices in both locally. We are also traveling to Paris and Italy, so we don't need to have French or Italian food while in London, either. Otherwise, we are open to trying different types of food that is done well in London. We will definitely try one of the pubs mentioned in this thread, too.

Thanks for all the advice so far, please keep it coming!

Feb 02, 2008
FoodieNess in U.K./Ireland

May 1st, 2008 - Labour Day AND Ascension Day in Paris - what will be open?

Thanks, that helps. Paris is the 2nd city we travel to, right after London, so I don't think we will be tired of restaurants just yet. Paris is also the city we are the most excited about food-wise, so we will probably splurge the most there. Not to say that other cities will disappoint, as I know there are restaurant "treasures" in every city.

So, I'd love your feedback as to our potential food list, above.

Jan 29, 2008
FoodieNess in France

May 1st, 2008 - Labour Day AND Ascension Day in Paris - what will be open?

No, sadly, I don't speak French. I am trying to learn some important phrases and "Food French" before we go. Hopefully it won't impede me severely...

I do have a list of potential restaurants and an idea of what we want to experience food-wise, and I will probably make another thread for that later in detail. But for starters, here is what we are thinking (in no particular order)

-Taillevent for a lunch
-L'As du Falafel for a lunch
-either Carre des Feuillants or Les Elysses for lunch

-Au fil des saisons for dinner
-l'Os à Moëlle for dinner
-We are going wine tasting one night at o' chateau, that may replace dinner on the Taillevent lunch day. If not, we may try a later meal (for us) at either Ze Kitchen Gallerie, Le Pamphlet, Les Papilles, or L'Oulette. Clearly we need to narrow down.

We were thinking Le Souk for lunch on 1 May, since it seems to be open (not positive, yet), and Willi's wine bar for dinner and drinks.

Sigh, 4 days is not enough, but alas that is all we have. So, how do our choices look?

Jan 29, 2008
FoodieNess in France

May 1st, 2008 - Labour Day AND Ascension Day in Paris - what will be open?

Now, on to my problem...

I am still having the hardest time finding any restaurants open on May 1. So far, the only contender is Willi's Wine Bar, which I have read good things about on the board. Is this a good choice, and if so, should we venture there for lunch or dinner?

I have not heard back, but I think Juveniles is also open. If we have the choice, which has the better food, the better atmosphere, the better value? I think going to both (one for lunch, one for dinner) would be a little much, since they seem so similar and are owned by the same people.

I am interested in other recs, too, if you happen to know good places open for May 1.
Thanks!

Jan 28, 2008
FoodieNess in France

May 1st, 2008 - Labour Day AND Ascension Day in Paris - what will be open?

I appreciate everyone's advice. I think we are going to keep it simple as far as activities go for the day - the idea of taking a long walk through the various parks and gardens, or even sitting near the Seine with a bottle of wine and my beloved husband sounds like a great day to me. We may look into Paris Walks as well, or as my husband puts it, "Go for an organized stroll - a walk with a mission." :-)

Jan 28, 2008
FoodieNess in France

Foodie 1st time in Paris - what to not miss, and what to run from?

Thanks for the rec - nice of you to register just to add something to this post! I'll look into both restaurants. Wonder if they will be available during Labor Day, that could be nice...

Jan 04, 2008
FoodieNess in France

May 1st, 2008 - Labour Day AND Ascension Day in Paris - what will be open?

Thanks, I appreciate it....any ideas on where to go? Would it be better to do a day trip, or would neighboring towns be just as bad/worse?

Jan 03, 2008
FoodieNess in France

May 1st, 2008 - Labour Day AND Ascension Day in Paris - what will be open?

My husband and I are traveling to Paris for our first time, and while doing my research, I realize we will be there on May 1st, which this year happens to be Labour Day and Ascension Day.

Will many restaurants be closed? I know the museums will be. To anyone that is local to the area (Paris), or has traveled there during this time in previous years, what should we expect? And (to the best of your knowledge) what will/ will not be open?

Also, slightly off topic, but how would you spend your day? We only have four days in Paris, and we really want to make the most of it.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Dec 31, 2007
FoodieNess in France

Best "Taste of London" in 3 days - Help!

We would LOVE to find a pub with really excellent food - Any suggestions?

Dec 31, 2007
FoodieNess in U.K./Ireland

Foodie 1st time in Paris - what to not miss, and what to run from?

Great ideas, all! I do like the idea of trying couscous (I've hears a lot about that trend) and L'Oulette also sounds right up our alley, so to speak (good food, good coffee, and a flight of Armagnac with chocolates and sugared almonds? What's not to like?) And the duck at Au Fil de Saisons...well, that sounds like a little piece of heaven!

So, on another note (and I might start another thread entirely on this...) I will be in Paris on May 1st, which is Labor Day, and l'Ascension this year. Yikes!!! Is anything going to be open? I know the museums will be closed. Will the restaurants be open? What would you recommend we do/see that day?

Dec 31, 2007
FoodieNess in France

Best "Taste of London" in 3 days - Help!

Thanks for the info - I really appreciate it! It's all about having choices...

What fine dining establishments would you (or anyone) recommend? I don't need it to be a specific cuisine (Italian, French, Indian, etc) - just really great food/wine/service, maybe a tasting menu?

I've heard good and bad about Gordon Ramsey's establishments, but a couple of those (Petrus, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay)...but I am interested in what you all think.

Dec 30, 2007
FoodieNess in U.K./Ireland

Foodie 1st time in Paris - what to not miss, and what to run from?

Okay, to clarify my original post, we are looking for one big splurge "night" (and that can be for lunch, too) at a 2-3 michelin star restaurant. Thank you so much, rrems, I like both of the suggestions that you gave for lunches - we will definitely try one, if not both! I am assuming we need reservations, even for lunch, at these places, correct? Or can we walk in, given it is lunch, weekday, and in late April, early May?

Also, are there some restaurants that are a little more on the reasonable side - I've heard good things about Flora, Julien, and Au Bascou, but I would welcome any more ideas.

Hopefully this helps all of you to help me! :-) I'm still a newbie on this site, and I really appreciate all the advice!

Dec 30, 2007
FoodieNess in France

Foodie 1st time in Paris - what to not miss, and what to run from?

Thanks - I know that I am a little vague with what I am looking for, but to be honest, there have been SO many great suggestions, that I was looking for what a person might call "the quintessential Paris experience" if there is even is such a thing.

Dec 30, 2007
FoodieNess in France

Foodie 1st time in Paris - what to not miss, and what to run from?

Hi everyone!

I'm very new to these boards, and trying to plan a trip to Europe with my husband. We are traveling this spring (Late April/Early May), and one of our stops is Paris for 4 days. We would like to find at least one excellent "fine dining" restaurant, and the other three to be good food at more reasonable prices (bistros, etc.) that are good value for $.

The most important thing to us is that we feel we get a good feel for what authentic French fare is - the best Paris has to offer. We really want to stay away from tourist traps/chain restaurants, if possible. We are looking for the recs that would start "When in Paris, you can't miss _____ restaurant" or "When I go to Paris, I always eat at _____ restaurant." Feel free to include statements of "Steer VERY clear from _______ restaurant - it's (bad service/bad food/ bad atmosphere/super touristy/no value for the $$$)." You know what I mean...

We are also comfortable with having our "main meal" as a lunch, and a lighter dinner, if that works out better for the restaurants recommended. Also, we would love some recs for places we can pick up some great baguettes and cheeses on the fly, and some great patisseries as well.

In addition to Paris, we will also be traveling to many cities in Italy, so we don't particularly need a recommendation for Italian (unless it is simply not to miss!)

Thanks so much in advance, for all of your help and knowledge! I should mention that this is our very first trip to Europe. We've been to almost every major city in the US without much problem, but for some reason, planning this trip overseas has thrown me for a loop!

I will be following up with questions for the other cities that we are visiting, on the appropriate boards, too (London, Florence, Siena, Venice, Rome), so any help you can give is greatly appreciated! I promise to come back and write a full report! :-)

Dec 29, 2007
FoodieNess in France

Best "Taste of London" in 3 days - Help!

Hey, thanks for your quick response, Dolly! These seem like a great start - I especially liked the look (menus) of Mango Tree and imli, thanks for including the websites! So helpful! And the Dorchester looks like a worthy splurge.

This is a good start! :-)

Dec 29, 2007
FoodieNess in U.K./Ireland

Best "Taste of London" in 3 days - Help!

Hi everyone!

This is my very first post, so be kind. :-) My husband and I are traveling to Europe this Spring (Late April/Early May), and one of our stops is London for 3 days. We would like to find one excellent "fine dining" restaurant, and the other two to be good food at more reasonable prices. We really want to stay away from tourist traps/chain restaurants, if possible. We are looking for the recs that would start "When in London, you can't miss _____ restaurant" or "When I go to London, I always eat at _____ restaurant." You know what I mean...

We are also comfortable with having our "main meal" as a lunch, and a lighter dinner, if that works out better for the restaurants recommended. Also, we would love some recommendations for a traditional high tea, and a good, traditional English Breakfast. We don't mind taking the tube, so don't base your recs on where we are staying (especially since we aren't sure, yet!)

Husband loves Guinness, so going to a fun pub with good food is also a great option. Also, we are going to Paris and many cities in Italy, so we don't particularly need it to be French or Italian (unless it is simply not to miss!)

Thanks so much in advance, for all of your help and knowledge! I should mention that this is our very first trip to Europe. We've been to almost every major city in the US without much problem, but for some reason, planning this trip overseas has thrown me for a loop!

I will be following up with questions for the other cities that we are visiting, on the appropriate boards, too (Paris, Florence, Siena, Venice, Rome), so any help you can give is greatly appreciated! I promise to come back and write a full report! :-)

Dec 29, 2007
FoodieNess in U.K./Ireland