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buying fresh fish in Camden/Rockland area?

Jess's is top notch

Jun 13, 2013
SoupRQT in Northern New England

The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

Ambitious! I wish her much success.

Jun 01, 2013
SoupRQT in Northern New England

The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

I guess we have our answer.
https://www.facebook.com/thegothicres...

May 15, 2013
SoupRQT in Northern New England

The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

Agreed, 100%!

May 01, 2013
SoupRQT in Northern New England

The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

Whoa...easy. No beef. The Facebook page says the restaurant is currently open - is it? No. Does the voicemail at the restaurant say anything or even allude to reopening date? What does the sign on the restaurant say?... 'Closed' but does it say it will be reopening, 'no'. As I have said before, I wish Erin the best in her future yet, it is important to look at the facts before making such statements as, 'She will be back'. Take a look at it from a business perspective and not an emotional one - you can see something isn't working. Just guarded.

May 01, 2013
SoupRQT in Northern New England

The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

Like I said, 'We shall see.'

May 01, 2013
SoupRQT in Northern New England

The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

The sign on the door says 'Closed'. There is no message on the restaurant voicemail. There is no word from Erin, just 'I have spoken to...'. Doesn't really make good business sense if you take a moment to think about it.
Some of us know a much different story. Perhaps it will be that Erin will reopen a restaurant, just in a different location. It seems that this will be a situation of, we shall see when we shall see.

Apr 29, 2013
SoupRQT in Northern New England

The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

It is closed - for sure. I too have spoken with a very, very reliable source. It is an unfortunate situation but wishing her the best for her future.

Apr 20, 2013
SoupRQT in Northern New England

The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

I am afraid that it is true.

Apr 20, 2013
SoupRQT in Northern New England

An article in 2/13 Bon Appetit so crazy I thought it was a joke!!!

mjhais- Agreed. What else is even more bizarre about the PJ's comment is she says, 'my husband is like, 'Ooooh." and I'm like "Sorrrrry.'. So what (and I really shouldn't care) is she trying to say here!!??? Also weird/sad that when BA asks if she cooks or bakes she says she's 'not the bake sale type but once in a while will make challah French toast for her sons'. Meaning she probably wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

paulj- Didn't see it buried in there.

Jan 20, 2013
SoupRQT in Food Media & News

An article in 2/13 Bon Appetit so crazy I thought it was a joke!!!

Reading through the latest Bon Appetit this morning I came across an interview with interior designer Kelly Wearstler. The more I read, the more annoyed and disturbed I became.

The magazine chose to interview someone who doesn't eat solid food during the day and finds her energy by 'juicing'. She fuels up with 'alkaline water with cayenne extract' and water with 'drops of plankton'!!! She won't drink pineapple or orange juice - too much sugar yet she starts EVERY morning with a bootcamp workout that she reports, burns 800 calories.

So wrong on so many levels. What is most disturbing is that the magazine chose to showcase someone who exhibits the traits of a person with a eating disorder. Really, in a food lover's magazine? I am dying to try her recipe for alkaline water. Yum. Clearly this was a mistake and meant for the April Fool's edition.

Jan 20, 2013
SoupRQT in Food Media & News

Just Back from Paris!

You are so right Marcus! The staff was absolutely wonderful and allowed me to have fun with them! One of the gentlemen even took me back to see the kitchen! So small, I was astounded to see the space knowing what amazing meals are churned out from there. (Not to mention that I had a little crush on out waiter, Thomas (the first)!) As you could see, not at all stuffy, just wonderful.

Sep 26, 2008
SoupRQT in France

Bon Accueil or Altitude 95? For Last night?

I took my two sons to Altitude 95 a few weeks ago and I was terrificly underwhelmed. I felt as though I were in an international cafeteria. I service was horrific and the food, well, blah. I think if you really want a great, memorable meal, walk to the Eiffel tower and then head to a bistro nearby (like Bon Accueil). Good luck and have fun!

Jun 04, 2008
SoupRQT in France

Just Back from Paris!

Thank you for watching! We had such a great time there and it was really fun putting it together so I could relive it in a way.

Jun 02, 2008
SoupRQT in France

Just Back from Paris!

We went 4 or 5 times and the line wasn't long at all. There was a line at Amorino in the 6 e but in moved quickly. Henri IV is at the tip of the Ile de la Cite (next to the Pont Neuf). Also, there are a couple of nice bistros in the Place Dauphine, the 'secret' park on the tip of the Ile de la Cite. They are nice because there is really no traffic to speak of and if kids get antsy they can go out and play in the park while you watch from the table. Have fun!

Jun 01, 2008
SoupRQT in France

Seafood Birthday Dinner in Paris

We just ate at Fish Boissonnerie in the 6e (is this what you folks are referring to as 'Fish' in earlier posts). If so, I disagree with PhilD, I was just there last week and it did specialize in fish. I didn't recall a raw bar but had some nice selections as first courses that were leaning to the sushi side of things. The cost was about 35-40 euros a piece without wine. Great place.

Jun 01, 2008
SoupRQT in France

Guy Savoy-Wonderful/L'Astrance-Weak

Sorry to hear about your L'Astrance experience as well. We just got back and had a phenomenal! meal there. On the butter front, from my experience and understanding of French culture, you are almost never served butter with bread at lunch or dinner, only breakfast. Bread and butter is more of an American menu item so I wouldn't dock them too much on that. I was somewhat jealous of the patrons up on the second floor, it seemed more exclusive. The grass is always greener I guess.

Jun 01, 2008
SoupRQT in France

Just Back from Paris!

I just want to thank all of you 'Chowhounders' for inspiring us to eat at some really great places.

To share, we had our first dinner at Henri IV on Ile de la Cite (where we were staying in an apartment). With our two sons in tow (ages 7 and 5) we had a great jet lagged meal. Low key and yummy. My husband had a very unique sandwich, foie gras with goat cheese, topped with magret prosciutto paired with a nice Margeaux! Great spot.

We also ate at Reminet in the 5 e. A wonderful bistro with a New French menu. We (including the boys) had a wonderful meal there.

Ze Kitchen Gallerie wowed at party of 11 of us (just adults, thank goodness). The Asian-French fusion was welcome after a few days of many a classic French dish.

The next night we ate at Les Boquinistes. We were a party of 16 (4 young kids included) and they were very accomodating to the younger palates amoung us. We were in Paris to celebrate a 6 year old family member's victory over leukemia so this was really her party! Although I am more of a fan of the Ze Kitchen's cuisine, Les Boquinistes was very good.

My husband and I shared an innovative and fun lunch at Spring, Paris with chef Daniel Rose. Most memorable was a tartare of duck- like nothing I have ever had before!

L'Astrance was our big meal out. Truly special! Here is a link to the event and menu. Yes, a $350 lunch is astronomical but I will never forget it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgG2sm...

For the fanfare for the kid's, we went to Altitude 95 at the Tour Eiffel. Honestly, of the meals I had in Paris, this was nothing to write home about. Even though it was a very special location and very kid friendly, I felt that we were in a giant cafeteria in an international airport. Don't bother.

Our final meal was at Fish Boissonnerie in the 6e. Laid back and fun, an awesome spot if you are into seafood. The boys were offered dishes that were focused on a younger palate (very nice of them). The rest in our party all had interesting and delish parings. I highly recommend this spot.

Of course some of the most fun things to do were to seek out the best creperie, patisserie, and ice cream. For the boys, nothing came close to Berthillon's mango ice cream but Amorino has a killer Biscotto flavor too. I had a dream trip to the Gran Epicerie market in the Bon Marche Shopping area (A MUST GO!). We also took a Fat Tire Bike Tour to Versailles and one of the highlights was the trip to the open air market to buy picnic provisions. Of course we bought more than we could eat but the choices were just too many!

Thanks again foodies, your help made our dining in Paris really great.

Jun 01, 2008
SoupRQT in France

Just Back from Paris!

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Jun 01, 2008
SoupRQT in France

Help with 2 restaurants in Paris.....

Ok, here's the challenge. My family (about 8 adults and 4 kids ages 4-8) are headed to Paris in May. We will be there to celebrate my niece's successful battle with leukemia so this trip will be largely centered around her. Some of us will be staying near the Pont Neuf some in Saint Germain des Pres and some on the Ile de la Cite but all within walking distance of each other.

1. We are looking for a restaurant to celebrate with the kids. We will most likely need to reserve a private dining room. Obviously with young kids, Haute French is not the first choice for cuisine, but I am finding that many of the restaurants with those facilities are Haute French. A place not too far from our home base (think Notre-Dame area). I was perusing Ze Kitchen Galerie, and although I don't see a private dining room, there does appear to be a large banquet that may be able to accomodate a party of 12 ( a private dining room is preferred, however). Any ideas about a Parisian restaurant's flexibility to accomodate a young palate? Not looking for chicken fingers, mind you, but perhaps less sauce or a pasta with a butter and steamed veggies? When we took our 4 year old to Rome we were pleasantly surprised to find very flexible kitchens.

2. The next dining spot is for the grown-up dinner! (Secret whoop of joy) Although we are all fans of great food we don't necessarily enjoy the stuffiness that can sometimes can accompany a 3 star Michelin restaurant. Location is not important, although a view would great (Seine even)? Not too noisy, please (the 2 oldest have some hearing issues and can miss out on conversation). Haute French, traditional French are welcome and preferred. I was considering the L'Astrance but am worried that with a large party, that it will be impossible to get a reservation, even in late May.

Many thanks!

Mar 15, 2008
SoupRQT in France

Real Deal Hot Chocolate

Whoa, made what Ruth recommended with Semi-sweet Sharffenberger 62%-and 4-5 sips was enough for me! Super rich and decadant. Could double as a sauce for vanilla ice cream! :)

Mar 15, 2008
SoupRQT in Recipes