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Ellsworth: 3 of us took a hit for the team.

>>There are lots of tourists (of all nationalities) who love nothing better than meeting fellow tourists to compare and crow about triumphs and finds, and moan and complain about the local foibles and idiosyncrasies.>>

Totally agree, but I don't think any of them visit Chowhound! I can't ever recall a post from someone actually looking for a place with lots of tourists.

Apr 24, 2015
VaPaula in France

Seasonal and Simple

Try Ris - they do seasonal well. Not cheap, but not outrageous either - their pre and post-theatre menu is a bargain, imo.

Ellsworth: 3 of us took a hit for the team.

Oh I know that, and someone with a blog like yours - and the experience you have - doesn't quite fit in with my "stranger" comment. My point is that we often don't really know much about online reviewers. Unless you really follow someone, and know his/her tastes align with your own, one is often taking advice from a complete stranger - and this goes way beyond restaurants.

Apr 22, 2015
VaPaula in France

Ellsworth: 3 of us took a hit for the team.

Perhaps it's the instant gratification factor, but I am always amazed when someone nixes an establishment (or an entire publication!) based on one person's (who is often a stranger) bad review.

I put Ellsworth on my list after this thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1010659
Not just because of one good review, but due to my own positive experiences at Verjus and Hidden Kitchen before that - and other aspects that made Ellsworth sound like a place I would enjoy. When I read JT's review, did I immediately pull it from my list? No! I value JT's opinion, and I most duly noted it, but I believe in giving new places time to work out the kinks, and unless it gets bad review upon bad review from now until our late summer visit, I will likely check it out for myself. That is, if other restaurants - and circumstances at the time - don't push it further down the list, which is my usual MO. ;-)

Apr 22, 2015
VaPaula in France

Bakeries, Pastry, Bars and more!

May I translate? I believe onzieme is talking about a full line, as in a full line of products. And I think you're talking about a line, as in a queue.

And they say French is a difficult language! :-)

Apr 22, 2015
VaPaula in France

Ellsworth: 3 of us took a hit for the team.

Ouch. Thanks for the gory details, and of course, taking one for the team. Keeping utensils is a big pet peeve of mine as it is, but seeing others get new ones would have really bugged me!

Apr 21, 2015
VaPaula in France

Are There No Good, Inexpensive Places In Paris?

Thank you for this - love hearing about moins chers takeaway options.

Apr 17, 2015
VaPaula in France

Paris A to Z. Four new places - A Noste, Le BAT, Ellsworth, Zebulon

I am far from a traveler who wants the comforts of home when I travel nor am I looking to "celebrate a compatriot's success," but I do admit that I enjoy going where the locals go, no matter where I am. And sometimes those are places that could indeed be anywhere. But they're not, are they? They're in Paris - with Parisian clientele, Parisian workers, Parisian chefs, in Parisian buildings on a Parisian street. And that's how I know I'm in Paris, and not in NY or Hong Kong or London. I'm OK with that - if the food, ambiance and service are to my liking, of course.

I used to feel the way you do, but I am totally over it. Like it or not, globalization has taken hold in all facets of our lives. Far be it from me to hold back French (or Parisian, as Braden is) chefs who embrace this as well, and weave all of their lifelong experiences into what is on your plate.

Apr 16, 2015
VaPaula in France
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Bouillon -- en face de La Ferme Saint Hubert

LOL, cheesecake and vodka for my next Parisian breakfast it is! And oh right, coffee. :-)

Thanks, mangeur - I often don't think about cheesecake in France, but you had me at "not too sweet."

Apr 16, 2015
VaPaula in France

Bouillon -- en face de La Ferme Saint Hubert

What a lovely-looking lunch. Thanks for all the details and photos. I just mapped it - it's about 600 meters from the apartment we're renting in September. I think it's going on the list!

I would like to live in that cheese case. :-)

Apr 16, 2015
VaPaula in France

proof, jaleo, zaytinya and?

What night of the week? Proof was extremely loud on a Saturday night when I was there (but that was probably a couple years ago) and that was before the Caps game let out! I'm not saying don't do it - just prepare yourself, especially if something happens to be going on at the Verizon Center that night.

Paris A to Z. Four new places - A Noste, Le BAT, Ellsworth, Zebulon

I had no idea Braden and Laura had a new venture - sounds like it's worth checking out.

Looking forward to more reports - thanks, Jock! Enjoy your stay.

Apr 15, 2015
VaPaula in France

Lets Talk Wings

Sizzling sisig - I still dream about it, over a year later. Also enjoyed the khao soi and a short rib special. Didn't try the wings - sorry.

Apr 12, 2015
VaPaula in Manhattan

Trip Report (was Another Paris planning post)

What a great report - nice balance of planning vs. flexibility. And your descriptions had me drooling, so you clearly did well with those! Thanks for taking the time to post.

Apr 12, 2015
VaPaula in France

Washington DC and VA burbs "ethnic" restaurants

I agree, especially when I'm visiting some place for a long(ish) period of time. Seeing how the locality creeps in (ingredients, techniques, culture) can be fascinating - not always tasty, but interesting nonetheless. :-)

Washington DC and VA burbs "ethnic" restaurants

I beg to differ on Vietnamese in Paris. That was the case 20 years ago, but Vietnamese restaurants are sorely lacking these days - imo.

Hi flygirl! Nice to see you here! There was a good thread recently where CHers listed their favorite restaurants by country. I'll try to dig it up when I'm back on a PC.

I really like the idea upthread of regional US.

ETA: Here's the thread I mentioned:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977555

Is La Grille (10th) still open?

I just added it to my list after looking it up, since it looks to be to my liking AND is pretty close to the apartment we will be renting in September. This was on its facebook page.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/top-five-...

Damn. And they had the nerve to call it a "discovery," which it very well won't be now!

Apr 08, 2015
VaPaula in France

best bagel in new york city

I agree with majordanby on Murray's. I like them just fine, mind you (although they're not my favorite) but definitely not what the OP wants, imo.

Apr 07, 2015
VaPaula in Manhattan

Peter Chang to come to Arlington?

Seriously? 3 weeks is enough to work out problems? I haven't gone yet because I don't think so. And no, not everyone here has eaten his food. It's his first location in NoVa, I think. I know about him, but I've been one of those people who has just missed him before he moves on...

Surrey, VA Lamb ham (hamb?) in the area?

Interesting. Thanks for posting. The article says it won't be available until 2016, and since it just got approved by the FDA, I doubt there are any other purveyors out there now.

ETA: I like hamb better than lamón. :-)

Sunday lunch and dinner still undecided

+1 for Le Mary Celeste. Interesting and tasty small plates, great cocktails, and welcoming staff.

Le Richer was a favorite on our last trip. Just be mindful of timing as they don't take reservations - and you're not the only one looking for Sunday meals. :-)

Not just for the Sunday question, but do a search for the 9th. There's been a couple very recent, very good threads.

Have a great trip!

Mar 31, 2015
VaPaula in France

Tasting menu at Dersou with cocktail pairing

Don't sweat it, Julie - you're fine. I didn't see it as a promo at all, and part of that has to do with seeing you here before. If you had one post, raving about a place, with dozens of "!" with no real information, then I would be skeptical. But that's not what you did. I appreciated your review, am interested in the place (although have some of the same concerns as Rio Yeti, but that's because I know myself and weaknesses, ha) and made a point to note it for friends who have a place in the 11th and love cocktails.

Linking to your blog is fine - it's done all the time on CH.

Please keep the reports coming.

Mar 26, 2015
VaPaula in France

Sri Lankan food in DC or Maryland

Black curry. You can google for exact ingredients in black curry powder.

This is a good article on the differences between Sri Lankan and Indian, if you're interested. I forgot to mention the seeni sambal (onion relish) in my other post. Good stuff.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/wh...

Sri Lankan food in DC or Maryland

Banana Leaf up on Connecticut Ave.
http://bananaleafwashington.com/

Coincidentally enough, just tried it for the first time yesterday. We tasted the following:
Vegetarian App Sampler - fine, but everything tasted the same, just different vehicles for delivery
Black Pork Curry - very flavorful, albeit very fatty.
Fish Lampri - beautiful presentation, great flavors
Fish Ambul Thial - good, but same sauce as the pork
Loved the "sides" of cashew curry and eggplant moju.

All in all, everyone (we were a group of 12) enjoyed it and I'd like to go back to try more dishes.

Peter Chang to come to Arlington?

Speaking of the sucky website, does anyone know if it's open for lunch on weekends? Haven't been able to find that anywhere.

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

I think you're looking for La Fourchette. I've never used it, but I've read mostly good reviews of it.

Mar 11, 2015
VaPaula in France

Regional snacks for gifts?

Well they're a big hit when we bring them as gifts to out-of-town friends and family, including overseas. Perhaps our visitees are not looking for them, but we often hear, "I can't find these in fill-in-the-blank-city."

Regional snacks for gifts?

Since OP stated regional, not just DC, I'll throw out the obvious of VA peanuts (you can get them flavored with Old Bay but why? ;-)) Also, there are "made in DC" toasted chickpeas that I picked up at Whole Foods recently. I'm not saying they're traditional to the area but they are made here and tasty and come in small snack-size packets. I don't know about DC proper, but here in northern VA, I find local wine stores often carry locally made snack products, including chocolates.

Fewer "I am coming to Paris" posts recently

I also just read something yesterday sourcing the Paris Tourist Office that the number of foreign visitors was down by about 3% year-over-year - but those were data through November, pre-attacks. The economy is sluggish in many areas, which definitely impacts vacationers.

Feb 27, 2015
VaPaula in France

Feedback please Lucky Pelican, Sarasota

+1, except I have only eaten there once - fresh, tasty fish and great service. It was on our "go back to" list for our most recent trip, but we just never made it out that way.

Feb 18, 2015
VaPaula in Florida