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Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

Hi all,

We are back from our trip and just wanted to report back!

We switched our lunch rezzies in Caen to La Cave aux Huitres as we all really felt like seafood. We had some of the best oysters and langoustines ever!

Our dinner in Bayeux was at La Rapiere and it was indeed delicious. We all went for the 29E menu and it was really good (the kids shared an amazing gigot d'agneau).

We had tried to go for an early lunch in Bayeux before the pick up for our D-day tour but the tearoom we selected was not open "exceptionellement" so we had an adequate crepe lunch at Pomme cannelle in front of the cathedral (not really worth recommending but we needed to eat at 11:30).

Our lunch in Honfleur was also a bit of a bust as Au p'tit marayeur was closed for holidays. We ended up in some awful joint near the port (it was raining cats and dogs and we ducked in mainly to get out of the rain). I did console myself with some amazing "caramels beurre sale" though. :)

Thanks for the input everyone!

Jul 24, 2015
jacolis in France

Yonne + Beaune/Dijon suggestions for family

Hi all,

We are back from our trip and I just wanted to post a short report of some food highlights.

In Chablis we had lunch at this great cave/wine bar called "Signe Chablis": http://www.schablis.com/

It is just down the street from the Domaine Laroche shop. We tried a bunch of yummy terrines and cheeses. I also got to taste a flight of chablis (from petit chablis to grand cru) and the service was very kind and informative. Then we walked a few doors down to tour the Domaine Laroche Ob├ędiencerie (the kids thought the 9th c. press and "grape stomping boots" were really cool).

We had a great lunch in Beane at La Dilettante. Delicious charcuterie (jambon sur l'os) and salads. Great wine selection and lovely proprietor.
http://lefooding.com/fr/restaurants/r...

In Dijon the kids said told us they were sick of French food and begged for pasta. I found this great Italian delicatessen with a resto on the second floor called La Dolce Vita:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Dol...

The food was so fresh and delicious. The owners (the wife is from Liguria) were lovely as well.

We spent one night in Noyer sur serein but couldn't get a table at the "good" resto in town so I found this Auberge about 10 minutes away in Nitry:
http://www.beursaudiere.com/uk/index.php

It was quite reasonably priced for the prix fixe menus with generous portions. The placed filled up with locals right away - so I was lucky to get a reservation.

Our other meals weren't so memorable - we ended up at the cafeteria at both Guedelon and Parc Alesia for timing issues with our guided tours. Our other dinners we picked up food from the local boucherie to eat at our friends' house.

Thanks again all!

Jul 23, 2015
jacolis in France

Recommendations for reasonably-priced places -- family trip to Les Baux area

Hi all,

Thanks for your assistance. We are back from our trip and I just wanted to post back.

We didn't end up driving into Avignon because it was a total mob scene at the Avignon TGV station so we just wanted to get out of dodge.

We ended up having a DELICIOUS lunch at the Bistrot Mogador (at the Chateau d'Estoublon as recommended below). We dined on their terrace and then wandered around the estate a bit. There was also a play structure for the kids.

Another fab lunch was at the Cafe de la Place in St. Remy after a visit to Glanum and the Mausolee (yummy salads with seared tuna and pasteque).

Probably our best meal was at Le Tracteur in the Gard (about 10 mins from the Pont du Gard). The resto we chose in Collias was closed for some reason so I did a quick search on Le Fooding and found this quirky restaurant/art gallery in Argilliers. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

The lunch in Gordes was just ok - Ferme de la Huppe was closed "exceptionellement" so we went to l'Atelier des Bories at their poolside resto. The view was absolutely spectacular but the food was just ok (and very pricey). Maison Gouin was also closed the afternoon that afternoon so we couldn't stop there.

We had an ok lunch at the Chateau des Baux in Les Baux itself after a visit to the castle.

Our last lunch was in Maussane les Alpilles at Pizza Brun - the pizza with the lardons, honey and goat cheese is to die for! My kids loved the one with chorizo and pickled onions.

There was a brutal heat wave in Arles so we decided to skip going in during the day and chill at our pool. We picked up delicious fresh sandwiches (with "saucisson de toro") at a place called Fad'oli and brought them to the arena to munch as we took in the "courses camarguaises" in the late afternoon.

Merci a tous!

Jul 21, 2015
jacolis in France

Recommendations for reasonably-priced places -- family trip to Les Baux area

Thanks, Boredough. Nords! That puts a kink in the works. I love markets and wanted to see the bridge (growing up I had learned the "Pont d'Avignon" song at elementary school!). But my DH especially hates crowds.

We are with our two school-age kids who will probably be pretty hungry by the time we retrieve the rental car. Do you any spots on the way from the TVG station to Paradou (i.e., on the D570N heading south)?

Jun 11, 2015
jacolis in France

Recommendations for reasonably-priced places -- family trip to Les Baux area

Thanks all -- this is great!

Our train gets into Avigonon (TGV gare) at 12:09 pm. What is the traffic like in Avignon? I had wanted to get our car and drive into the Marches des Halles for lunch @ 1 pm. Then take a quick walk over to the "Pont d'Avignon" before heading to our gite in Paradou.

Or, is the traffic such that we are better off grabbing lunch somewhere from the TGV station out to Paradou (and not driving into the city centre)? I am very intrigued by trying the oyster place in Les Halles but just want to confirm it is not a logistical nightmare (presume we could find parking as well at the Marche on a Saturday @ 1 pm).

MERCI!

Jun 10, 2015
jacolis in France

Recommendations for reasonably-priced places -- family trip to Les Baux area

Hi all

We will be staying at a gite near Les Baux (Paradou) and I am looking for some reasonably-priced spots for our upcoming family trip in July. Bistrot du Paradou type places seem a bit pricy. Also looking for good traiteurs since we will have a small kitchen. Have some notional spots based on combing through previous postings.

Looking for suggestions as follows:

Saturday
- pick up rental car at TGV station in Avignon
- lunch at Marche les Halles in Avignon (oyster monger?).
- check in to gite - visit Carrieres des Lumieres
- dinner back at gite (good take-out place?)

Sunday
- visit Glanum/St. Remy
- need lunch spot nearby
- Visit LES Baux for medieval demos in pm
- need dinner spot

Monday
- visit to Arles
- need lunch spot in Arles (Rabanel or CHassagnette out of our price range! Any reasonably-priced spots?) Looking for a spot near the Arenes.

Tuesday
- Visit to Pont du gard/Uzes
- lunch in Collias (L'Enclos)

Wednesday
- Roussillon/Gordes/Abbaye de SEnanque
- lunch in Gordes (Ferme de la Huppe? L'Atelier des Bories?)

Thursday
- checkout - lunch in Maussane-les-Alpilles on way to Marseille (Pizzeria Brun)?

Thanks all!

Jun 09, 2015
jacolis in France

Lunch spot between Bayeux area and Amboise?

Hi all,

We will be checking out of our B&B near Bayeux (Meuvaines) and driving to Amboise for the next phase of our France trip.

Wondering if there is somewhere good to stop for lunch just before Amboise (past Le Mans - close to Tours?).

Our other option is to stop at Falaise on the way out of Normandy and pick up picnic provisions at the market that day (it is a Friday). Not sure where would be nice to stop for a picnic though?

We could drive the 3 hours straight through to Amboise but I feel the kids might like to stretch their legs and have a bite since I am not sure if we can check into our gite in Amboise.

MERCI!

May 18, 2015
jacolis in France

Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

Ok I think we are good to eat oysters in early July then?! We will be in Bayeux Friday July 3. I will check the FB page for that time.

Any recommendations for dinner in Asnelles or Arromanches? I dont know if we will want to drive into Bayeux for dinner every evening.

I am also hoping we can make a stop on the drive back from Honfleur at a producteur de calvados... any favourites to recommend?

Merci!

May 12, 2015
jacolis in France

Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

Thank you both. The tea room sounds great as we will be visting the MAHB that morning before the 1 pm pick-up time for the tour.

Any other suggestions for dinner @ Meuvaines?

Also any recommendations for places to eat oysters? I noticed that La Rapiere has a 3 course menu for 29E that includes an oyster starter as an option. Looks very good!

May 08, 2015
jacolis in France

Three day trip to Normandy - help with itinerary

Hi all,

Planning a 3 day trip to Normandy (mainly to see D-Day beaches). We are a family of four with two kids (8 & 10). Trying to identify restaurants that are reasonably priced (kids are good eaters). We all especially love seafood. Have a notional list below based on previous CH threads.
We are staying at a B&B in Meuvaines.

Any comments?

Thanks in advance!

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Day 1 - arrive Caen
lunch in Caen - Bouchon du Vaugueux (note: I dont like tripe - presume lots of other stuff to eat?)

Day 2 - Honfleur/Trouville
lunch - Au p'tit marayeur, Honfleur
Dinner - Bayeux? Rapiere a bit $ for us. Any comments on Le Volet qui Penche or Le Pommier

Day 3 - Bayeux
quick lunch before 1 pm pick up for D-day beaches tour - suggestions? Does La Reine Mathilde have sandwiches, etc?

dinner - Le Quai ESt, Courseulles sur mer

May 07, 2015
jacolis in France

Yonne + Beaune/Dijon suggestions for family

Merci mangeur!

I had wondered where to eat near the C de G. Good to know there is a good option nearby.

We planned to pre-book the English guided tour and "stone carving" workshop for the kids so hopefully that will help with lines!

Apr 27, 2015
jacolis in France

Yonne + Beaune/Dijon suggestions for family

Hi all,

We will be spending 5 days in the Yonne area (near Joigny). Looking for suggestions for lunches in the area. We plan to do day trips to Auxerre, Chablis, Beaune and the Chateau de Guedelon (near Treigny).

Our last evening will be in Dijon so looking for a dinner recommendation.

Looking for tasty and reasonably-priced food. My kids are 8 and 10 but are very good eaters.

Would love to combine a winery visit in Chablis with a scenic lunch if such a thing exists.

Merci a l'avance!

Lisa

Apr 27, 2015
jacolis in France

Help with Cote d'Azur & Paris Food Itinerary

Hello,

Congrats!
I only had some feedback for Nice and Vence.

1. Nice - my favourite casual lunch was Lou Pilha Leva to try socca (we were originally trying to find Chez Pipo but it was closed that day). The pissaladiere and socca were really good as were the fried stuffed zucchini flower and the sardine beignets. Another lunch was Safari at the Cours Saleya - it was just ok and very $$ for what we had. Definitely hit Fenocchio for ice cream!

2. Vence - best lunch of the week was at La Casssolette in Vence.

Apr 20, 2015
jacolis in France

Great Wolf Lodge (Scotrun, PA) - lunch option found!

Hi all,

Was trying to find a decent place for lunch near GWL and hadn't seen an updated post in a while. We discovered a yummy Puerto Rican place in Tannersville (5 minutes away) called El Rincon del Caribe. Had delicious rice + beans, plantain and grilled chicken. My kids also really liked this kind of meat patty made with green plantain (alcapurria). We had flan and tres leches cake for dessert. There are a few tables to eat-in or you can call ahead for take-out. It was better (and cheaper) than the food offerings at GWL itself.

We ended up having to eat dinner and breakfast there -- buffet was adequate - could find what to eat but it was quite pricy. A lot of people seemed to be getting take-out pizza from the pizza place on site.

Aug 07, 2014
jacolis in Pennsylvania

Wildwood Crest trip report (with school-age kids).

Hi all,

We are just back from Wildwood Crest with our 2 children (7 and 9). We enjoyed the beach and most importantly the yummy seafood (since we live inland we crave it). We rented a condo so we usually went out for a lunch or dinner only.

First off, sad to say that Sharky's Feeding Frenzy (which had been highly rated on CH) has closed. :( We did try 3 other casual seafood "shacks". The best was Hooked Up Seafood in Wildwood. Best clam chowder of my life. The fish tacos and grilled tuna sandwich were delish as were the crispy onion rings and sweet Jersey corn. My girls liked sitting on the dock and watching the boats come in. Two other places we tried were Junior's (near Cape May Court House after a visit to the zoo) and H&H seafood. Good crab cakes and flounder at Junior's. I liked the steamed clams and blue and snow crab at H&H.

One lunch was at Lucky Bones in Cape May. It was ok but I thought it was a bit $. Service was nice and there was a good selection of beers. We had to try Maui's Dog House in North Wildwood after an afternoon on the piers with the kids. It was pretty fun (the kids liked eating out of the "dog bowls" and the fries were surprisingly good.

There seemed to be a lot of Italian-American restaurants in WW but we get a lot of that back home so we didn't try them. We had planned to try Mad Batter for lunch but our kayaking tour ran late.

Thanks for all your assistance, CH'ers!

Aug 07, 2014
jacolis in New Jersey

Cape May, NJ with Kids

Just got back from 5 days in Wildwood Crest/Cape May area. My kids loved three seafood shack-type places. One was H&H seafood in Cape May (just before the toll bridge). Tried blue crabs for the first time (crack your own). Good steamed clams. A few tables seemed to be enjoying their lobster. Girls really liked cracking the crabs and the fact that your "plates" are giant trays. The second was Junior's (we went after a visit to the Cape May Zoo - highly recommended - esp. if a cloudy day). Crab cakes, steamed clams, fluke. My favourite was Hooked Up seafood truck in Wildwood. Best clam chowder I have ever eaten and delicious fish tacos and grilled tuna sandwich. Girls liked eating on the dock and watching the boat they use to catch their fish unload.

Enjoy!

Aug 07, 2014
jacolis in New Jersey

Where to buy stone crabs near Coconut Creek

Hi all,

We used to buy stone crabs from Mr. Fish in Pompano Beach, but it looks like they're now closed. Where can we pick up stone crabs in the vicinity? We will be in FL next week and assume stone crabs are still in season.

Thanks in advance,

Lisa.

Lunch at Momofuku noodle bar - what to order?

Hi all

Will be in TO for the weekend and have rezzies for lunch at Noodle bar. What are the can't miss items? Pork buns and cold noodles? My daughter loves ramen but some reviews said it was bland? And any tips for best desserts to try at Milk bar?
Thanks in advance!

Lunch at Downtown Disney in FL?

Hi all

Looking for a decent place for lunch in DTD. We will be with our 2 kids. Any chow-ish spots?

Raglan Road or Earl of a Sandwich? Have never eaten at Wolfgang Puck but heard food quality went downhill.

Thanks.

Jan 28, 2014
jacolis in Florida

Nice recommendations for families with kids

thought I would post back in case someone else is searching on these boards for the same info!

We had lunch at Safari in the cours saleya and it was ok. The best dish was my husband's grilled fish platter. The salade nicoise was just ok. My girls liked sharing the vegetable dish with bagna cauda but it was enormous.

Our best dinner was actually dinner in with purchased prepared food from the Marche Buffa (near our hotel). We had petits farcis, ratatouille and ravioli. We had another yummy dinner puchased from a charcuterie near our hotel (roast chicken, roast potatoes, ratatouille).

Best lunch was at Lou Pilha Leva to try socca (we were originally trying to find Chez Pipo but it was closed that day). The pissaladiere and socca were really good. I also enjoyed the fried stuffed zucchini flower and the kids (strangely?) LOVED the sardine beignets.

We also ended up at Fenocchio for ice cream which was justifiedly famous.

Our favourite meal of the trip was probably outside of Nice in the Nicois backcountry (La Cassolette in Vence).

Lisa

Sep 29, 2013
jacolis in France

Marais recommendations (with kids)

Hi all,

Thought I would post back on our trip now that we are back in N. America. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. We absolutely loved staying in the Marais area.

By far our favourite boulangerie was the Moulin de Rosa (concur that it was better and cheaper than Gerard Mulot!). We also had a yummy lunch at the North African stall in the Marche des enfants rouges (couscous with kefta and merguez, salade marocaine and stuffed sardines).

We were pretty tired on our fist night so we ate dinner at Chez Hanna (one of the falafel/Israeli type restaurants on the rue des Rosiers but it was sit-down). We had a quick lunch on our first jet-lagged day at Clasico near Pl des Voges for empanadas, salad and dulce de leche ice cream.

We had two more dinners in the Marais: Bofinger (got rezzies right under the "coupole" as recommended!) and Cafe Breizh. Both were delicious. My kids especially liked the choucroute at Bofinger (we got one with the meats and one with seafood) and it was the first time they had an "ile flottante" for dessert. My only quibble with Breizh was that it was the first and only time we had rude service in our 2 week trip to France!

Other dinners we picked up food from the nearby grocery store or from the great places on rue de Bretagne as recommended.

We had lunches out depending on our sights. The kids loved the Jardins de Luxembourg and we had a nice lunch at the Pavillon de la Fontaine. Another lunch was Petite Venise at Versailles (surprisingly good considering it was in tourist trap vicinity). One dinner was at Le Relais de l'Entrecote after hitting the sales on the Champs Elysees. I know it is a tourist trap but the girls loved the idea of a restaurant with only steak/frites on the menu. :)

given other family obligations we did not have time to explore other neighbourhoods - esp for Magrehbian cuisine. Next trip I suppose!

Un gros merci a tous!

Jul 24, 2013
jacolis in France

Question about Gran Caffe Orientale in Parma

thank you! i am sure the kids will not say no to pizza for dinner. :)

Jun 06, 2013
jacolis in Italy

Question about Gran Caffe Orientale in Parma

Hi all,

We are spending one night near Parma in Casalmaggiore. We only have one afternoon and evening to see the city so I was thinking of going into the downtown area for sightseeing and to have an early-ish dinner (we are travelling with our 2 school age children).

Gran Caffe Orientale looked neat but mostly people seem to recommend it for drinks only. Do they also offer antipasti and the like to order with drinks? We did not want to go for a late multi-course dinner as we must get up early the next day (have a proscuitti and parmigiano tour followed by a tour in Motor valley).

Grateful for an alternative suggestion for a light dinner (on the early side - like 7 pm) in downtown Parma.

Thank you.

Jun 02, 2013
jacolis in Italy

Nice recommendations for families with kids

Hi all,

We will be spending 3 nights in Nice in early July with our 6 and 8 year old. We will have a suite so plan to eat breakfast and some meals in. In terms of meals out I have noted :

safari in the cours saleya
Da acchiardo
Socca (chez pippo?)
Fenocchio for ice cream
Marche Buffa for snacks like pissaladiere and pan bagnat

Any other suggestions for cuisine Nicoise? My kids like seafood and I want to try a real salads Nicoise.

Merci!

May 27, 2013
jacolis in France

Marais recommendations (with kids)

Merci Ptipois. I would be especially interested in trying one of these TUnisian-Jewish places you have mentioned above.

PBSF: Do you recommend Bofinger over Petit Bofinger. I wasn't sure if we should hit Petit Bofinger as it might be more child friendly (note we would be eating at 7 pm).

May 24, 2013
jacolis in France

Marais recommendations (with kids)

Forgot to add: I am also wondering if having a falafel at one of the nearby places (L'As du Falafel?) is worth it. We have excellent Lebanese food in our city so I am not sure these places are really special.

May 20, 2013
jacolis in France

Marais recommendations (with kids)

Hi all,

We will be renting an apartment in the Marais (near Place des Vosges) for 6 nights with our two school-age children. I am looking for recommendations for bakeries, supermarkets and the like where we can pick up prepared food for our apartment.

I have already noted Gerard Mulot from a previous CH thread to pick up breakfast viennoiseries and lunch sandwiches. I plan to make reservations for Cafe Breizh (my girls would LOVE to eat crepes) and also at Petit Bofinger (my 8 year old really loves choucroute).

I know it is is not in the Marais but I am also tempted to hit La Mosquee de Paris for either their tea room or lunch one day since I love Maghrebian cuisine and we don't really have it in our city.

Merci!

May 20, 2013
jacolis in France

Tracks oyster bar in Penn station?

Hmmm ok maybe Hill Country would be a better bet then. We will be coming from Central Park (wollman rink). We need to catch a train around 7 pm back to NJ so that is why I thought an early dinner at Tracks would work.

DH and I love raw oysters so I thought we could indulge.

I would say somewhere within 10 min walk to Penn station would work before the 6 year old starts whining!

We will have spent the day in NYC (boat tour to Statue of Liberty, AMNH and Central Park). Kids like all foods. We are eating lunch at a Peruvian place. Want to avoid Asian and Italian as we travelled there recently and would like to try something different. We don't have good seafood, BBQ or Latin American in our Canadian city!

Thank you!

Mar 24, 2013
jacolis in Manhattan

Tracks oyster bar in Penn station?

Hi all

Just wondering if this would be a good place to grab a quick dinner with the kids before taking a train back to NJ (we will be in NYC for the day).

The kids like all fish and seafood.

Thanks!

Mar 23, 2013
jacolis in Manhattan

Noodle Bar (David Chang) prices

Hi all,

We are going to be in Toronto and I would like to try Noodle Bar for the famous pork buns. There are no prices on the web site. What can we expect to pay for 2 adults for lunch?

Thanks.