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Favorite wine shop recs?

I really liked Maslow 6 in TriBeCa. If I lived in Manhattan again, I'd be a regular here. They do have a sit-down area, but it is most definitely a wine shop with knowledgeable and friendly people.

We went for a rosé tasting back in May, but I don't see any tasting events listed on their website right now.

https://www.maslow6.com/

1 day ago
VaPaula in Manhattan

Paris by district (review)

You did it! I remember your original thread, thinking what an interesting way to approach eating in Paris. You clearly have excellent note-taking skills. Thanks for reporting back, and looking forward to the more extensive reviews from you and your son.

2 days ago
VaPaula in France

Great lunches but also not too far from Tourist attractions?

Google is your friend. :-) Seriously, I would just google-map the above and see what's nearby. I would also search this board using the name of the tourist attraction since this has been discussed many, many times.

Paris by Mouth has a nice feature where they list favorites that are near tourist attractions. Scroll down a bit and on the right you'll see "Best Eating Near..."

http://parisbymouth.com/

Enjoy your first trip to Paris!

2 days ago
VaPaula in France

Sat wedding rehearsal lunch near Vienna, VA

+1 for the Maplewood Grill. We've eaten there numerous times and have never been disappointed - I'm remembering a very good scallop dish, in particular. I don't know if it would meet your "local food" criterion, but Wildfire (which has been hit or miss for me) wouldn't either. Really great service, too.

2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

Get the Ma La chicken wings at Yunnan Kitchen and then come back here and let me know if they were able to finish them. :-) My husband and I couldn't and we love a lot of heat.

Sep 05, 2014
VaPaula in Manhattan

First date in Arlington area...

Given the title of the post, I thought you were pronouncing your date as gummy. ;-) I've never been to the CC one (but might if going to a show at the Synetic) but that sounds pretty bad.

Normandy Report - Bayeux, Port-en-Bessin, Granville

:-) Strolling around with a baguette anywhere in France sounds wonderful right about now...

Aug 27, 2014
VaPaula in France

Beaunne/Paris (with kids) Trip report

OK, so a few bumps and bruises, but it sounds like you all went along with the flow and had a great trip anyway. Nice report! (I'm a sucker for a Seinfeld reference anytime, anywhere.) And you didn't starve in August! While you did eat air one night, I see it had nothing to do with August closures. :-)

Aug 15, 2014
VaPaula in France

Are Next "Trio" tickets going to surpass $200pp?!

I made that request twice at North Pond for this past Sunday (well once via the reservation on OpenTable, and when asked if it was a special occasion when they called to confirm the day before.) I know they can't guarantee anything, but we ended up in a booth which felt like a diner to me. Disappointing for an anniversary dinner. Anyway, I swapped seats with my husband so I could at least see the room and not just the host/ess stand. The front room was full.

Much to my chagrin, some were dressed well below business casual - and after I swapped seats, I got to see two guys in shorts and sneakers, and one in flip flops in my direct line of vision - so the diner again, ha ha.

Regardless, the food was very good, despite some of the plates just having way too much going on - for me, anyway. Service was excellent. But had we not walked around a bit outside, we never would have known there was anything special about the space/ambiance.

Aug 14, 2014
VaPaula in Chicago Area

Are Next "Trio" tickets going to surpass $200pp?!

North Pond takes reservations six weeks out.

Aug 14, 2014
VaPaula in Chicago Area

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

It's definitely only Sundays, and I don't mind being quoted on that. :-) And I have absolutely been refused more than once on a Sunday before 12 (I always forget and order something.) It never ceases to crack me up, given that NYC is a pretty secular place.

Jul 17, 2014
VaPaula in Manhattan

Local lemoncello

Thanks for posting this! I got hooked on walnut liqueur in the Dordogne. And I had the same reaction she did the first time I tried limoncello - ick, lemon pledge. I have given it a 2nd (and possibly 3rd) chance, but I would definitely give it a shot (no pun intended) here.

Four Sisters Grill (Clarendon)

I like the caramelized tofu with lemongrass and chili in a clay pot. For $12, it doesn't look like much, but I actually couldn't finish it (the pot was deeper than I thought!). I wasn't crazy about the rice crepes, though.

Private room rec - near 42 & 9, Italian, for 60th anniv. party

How about Il Punto? It's been a couple years, but they did a great job with our party of 10-12. Good food, excellent service. We didn't have a separate room, but I see from their website that they have two "intimate party rooms." Good luck!

Jul 16, 2014
VaPaula in Manhattan

Legal Seafood Montgomery Mall

There's actually one in Penn Quarter. I found myself there a couple months ago, trying to kill time before a show or some such. I didn't eat, but partook of some good happy hour drink specials. Who knew?

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

I loved Paris Commune!

I've seen no mention of La Metairie nor Chez Michallet (which is where The Little Owl is now, I think) so I'll add those. I wonder what happened to Jessica, the owner/chef at CM. She was very sweet, from Grenoble, hated Paris, I remember.

There was also Cal's in Chelsea - just a nice, neighborhood joint - not destination-worthy. It was near a friend's workplace so we met there pretty often, always sat at the bar. Tom the bartender treated us well.

Jul 15, 2014
VaPaula in Manhattan

Best Seafood Dump on the table in Baltimore

We had decent steamed crabs at Mo's on Saturday, dumped on the table as OP requests. I am far from a crab connoisseur, but others at my table were, and enjoyed them. And yes, it is definitely touristy as evidenced by the tour bus outside - thankfully they put them upstairs, although I'm sure the large party I was with was no picnic for other diners either. :-)

Traditional foods for la fête nationale française?

Thanks for the the link, lagatta. Some nice-looking recipes in there. I don't bake much, nor eat a lot of desserts, but clafoutis is one dessert I like to make - and eat, of course. I usually think of cherries or berries for clafoutis, but I like the idea of plums.

Jul 14, 2014
VaPaula in France

Traditional foods for la fête nationale française?

I heart both of you because:

1. The imagery of hunky firefighters serving food, not to mention the fun "laced volunteers" must have (I used to be a volunteer coordinator), put a smile on my face on an otherwise lousy day at work, and
2. You reminded me that my local butcher makes a most excellent merguez in-house, so I do believe I've found my inspiration (even though it's not particular to this Fête as ptitpois pointed out, I'm OK with that.)

Jul 11, 2014
VaPaula in France
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Your favorite tapas?

If you do try Pao, stick to the appetizers. They weren't as horrible as the entrees. Yes, that's harsh, and my experience is about two years old, so take it fwiw. It did turn me off from ever buying groupons for NYC restaurants, though. The people were very nice - and there's a good selection of Portuguese wines.

Oh, and +1 on Barcelonian's morcilla comment.

Jul 11, 2014
VaPaula in Manhattan

Traditional foods for la fête nationale française?

I somehow remembered that in the body of the post, but forgot it in the title, so thanks for the correction.

Thanks to all who responded and satisfied my curiosity.

Now, I'm off to get a whole lamb (not really.)

Jul 11, 2014
VaPaula in France

Traditional foods for la fête nationale française?

Not an easy search! Anyway, do such things exist or not so much? I've never been in France for the Fête Nationale. A bit of googling turned up "lighter fare" (in July, ya think?) but not much else. We always celebrate it in our house, and I typically break out my Françoise Bernard cookbook. But I'm not feeling very inspired this year, so could use some ideas. I'm all set on the beverage side of things, but would be happy to hear about those as well.

Merci et bonne fête à tous!

<edited to fix my error>

Jul 11, 2014
VaPaula in France

Overwhelmed -should I worry about making more reservations Paris 7/23-29

Someone on another forum just raved about the T-Mobile coverage he/she had in France. Very generous with data, apparently. But I have no idea what the merger with Sprint might do, so you should just call them and ask.

Jun 27, 2014
VaPaula in France

Lunches, mostly on terraces, in and near the Luberon (Provence), early May 2014: La Terrasse (Goult); Le Galoubet (Menerbes); L’Artegal (Gordes), L’Oustalet (Gigondas); Le Petit Café (Saignon); and TGV picnic, courtesy of the Bonnieux Friday marche

I've been remiss in not telling you yet how much I've been enjoying your reports, Jake. Really top notch. You certainly did well dining en plein air - one of my favorite things, especially in such lovely settings.

Train picnics are also a favorite - we had some seriously jealous fellow passengers on the TGV from Barcelona to Paris last year. :-)

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences.

Jun 27, 2014
VaPaula in France

Barrow Street area suggestions

Louro, although I don't know if they have happy hour every day or not...? Couldn't find it on their website just now. We went on a Friday last month (before Buyer & Cellar - great show, btw) and between the bar snacks, $1 oysters and cocktail specials, it was the perfect light bite before the show - and a real steal.

Jun 26, 2014
VaPaula in Manhattan

Black Seed vs. Baz - Bagel Wars

What a fun review. I love this kind of research - thanks. I particularly liked the numerous photos at various angles, showing the ginormity in the Baz bagel.

Both of these were on my list for our most recent trip last month, and oddly enough we didn't get to either. But we ended up with some from R & D for the trip home, so hardly a consolation prize. Looking forward to checking them out next time, although that tiny bit of sweetness is what I didn't like about Montreal bagels. But they look so good...

Jun 25, 2014
VaPaula in Manhattan

Late night dining by Carnegie Hall

You can try walking over to Casellula; just note that they don't take reservations and wait times can be long after shows. You might be OK on a Wednesday night, though.

Jun 25, 2014
VaPaula in Manhattan

Which restaurants/stores have rewards for repeat customers?

Sweetgreen does an app, too, and you get credits after you spend a certain amount.

OP probably doesn't need more coffee, but I found a loyalty card in my wallet the other day from Cafe Jolie (9th bet. 44th & 45th) - punch card for free coffee and sweet or savory crepe. I have no recollection of the place, however, so I suppose I can't really recommend it....

Jun 25, 2014
VaPaula in Manhattan

20 districts appetite special

Actually, there is an Henri Le Roux shop on the Rue des Martyrs (and it looks like one in the 6th, too, but I've not been to that one.) I actually prefer Genin's, though.

To the OP, I think this sounds like such a neat idea. Have fun, and please be sure to report back!

Jun 23, 2014
VaPaula in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

Maybe because this board is for food & wine - for adults (although some people often don't act like adults, but that's neither here nor there.)

The OP came here for advice on food, restaurants & wine, not to ask what activities to do with children. He either has plans for that already (which he is not obligated to list on Chowhound of all places) or he's using another source for ideas.

He does not list every minute of every day, so how could you possibly judge his parenting skills, which is what this sounds like to me?

To the OP, I agree with whomever said Saturne is a bit more "serious" so might rethink that one.

Jun 19, 2014
VaPaula in France