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Best Vegetarian (or even, ugh, vegan) in DC - Higher End

I've been thinking about this (I eat out with a vegetarian friend fairly often) but "high-end" is totally tripping me up. Rasika West End is good, but their star dish (palak chaat) is veg not vegan. They do have a veg section on their menu that your friends could check out, but not tons of choices, especially vegan. That's high-end.

I'd also suggest Doi Moi. Not high-end, but nice space and in THE hot area of DC (14th st.) They have a veg/vegan/gluten-free menu. I really enjoyed my duck liver salad, but that's neither here nor there. :-)

Quick Hits! Do You Have Any?

Funny, I (well my body) definitely subscribe to that theory - always craving spicy during hot weather. I need to put this place on the list. Thanks to you both for the recs.

Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

Lovely pictures - thank you. That is one gorgeous piece of fish.

Jul 25, 2015
VaPaula in France

Ice cream

Commendable research! Now I'm curious, and think I need to plan an ice-cream taste testing for our early September trip. Grom has been on my list (an NYC list, I should add) for a long time, but we just haven't made it there. And Constant has been on the Paris list for a while, but most of our trips have tended to be in cold weather. Given that, I'm a total novice on Paris ice cream (despite loving the stuff, I admit I don't crave it in cold and damp weather) and only have Berthillon under my belt - pun intended. How does Amorino fit into your high-tech ratings system, Rio? ;->

Jul 21, 2015
VaPaula in France

Suggestions needed for Menton, Ste. Agnes, Gorbio, Nice et al...

Hmmm...what made me think the Ventimiglia market was only held on Fridays? Guess I have to do some more research!

Sam, we're doing a similar trip in mid-September, except staying in Ste. Agnès for 6 days - so I don't have personal recs for you. I did bookmark this site for parking free in Nice - but only up to an hour. Still, could be useful if you're just popping in somewhere to pick up some goodies or some such.

http://www.nice.fr/fr/transports-et-d...

Jul 21, 2015
VaPaula in France

Les Chouettes, Paris - report

Another delightful read, both versions! Thank you. It might not have been irresistible enough for you, but you should know that I would give anything to have that Paris Brest right now with my morning coffee. It looks scrumptious!

Jul 17, 2015
VaPaula in France

Michelin Starred in Paris with a 12 year old?

Your maiden post! Welcome to Chowhound, Pariswat! I assume you are the same Pariswat from TA and Fodor's. Looking forward to your contributions here. VaPaula (aka YankyGal "over there." :-))

Jul 15, 2015
VaPaula in France

The Treemont Closed for Water Damage

I had a reservation cancelled through OpenTable AND a phone call from the restaurant cancelling my reservation at the end of this month. Opening TBD. Just FYI.

Between that and Matyson, I am having some rotten luck planning my girls' trip. :-)

Jul 08, 2015
VaPaula in Philadelphia

Paris - back to the 9th, all of September

We know the Anvers market well (thanks to Parigi personally taking us there many moons ago,) And yes, Laidback is who we got the rec from for Bistrot La Bruyère - thanks for reminding me!

We actually arrive the last Sunday in August. Sundays can be a challenging arrival day, albeit far from insurmountable. :-)

Jul 02, 2015
VaPaula in France

Paris - back to the 9th, all of September

Hey Peter - we've stayed in the 9th a couple times, but will be just on the opposite side of the Boulevard de Rochechouart in the 18th in September. We love the 9th and 18th as bases.

Absolutely keep Le Richer on your list. It was one of our favorite meals last November. We also enjoyed Bistrot La Bruyère with a fairly minor quibble on one of the dishes (confit of beef was a tad dry) but would go back.

Wonderful to have the whole month! We have about 9 days - maybe we can arrange for a get together during that time...? Hoping to see Parigi (whom I miss on this board, too!) and her hubby as well since we missed them last trip.

Happy planning!

Jul 02, 2015
VaPaula in France

Peter Chang to come to Arlington?

Went last night for the first time. Some hits, some misses, but overall a good experience and am eager to go back to try more dishes. There were 7 of us, and I think the biggest complaint was the inconsistency of the heat. So a 1-chili dish was spicier than a 3-chili dish, etc.

Hits: dry-fried eggplant, grandma's noodle appetizer, hot & numbing noodle appetizer, shan city Pigs' feet, spicy hunan flounder fish (from the grandma menu, not the chef's specialties, which we also tried and I found just meh and a bit too sweet for my tastes; others liked it, though.)

Misses: cilantro flounder fish rolls (greasy and bland), beef brisket soup in ceramic pot and another soup, but I can't recall the name, both of which left me thinking "so what?"

Service was very good. They left the tofu out of my vegetarian friend's hot pot, but quickly rectified it.

One weird thing was the plastic wrap on the glass of Riesling, which the waitress quickly whisked away to take off, but I saw it anyway. Pre-pouring glasses and putting them in the fridge? That's the only explanation I could think of. Odd, though.

Anyway, looking forward to a return visit.

Capitol Hill Recommendations

It's not mentioned often on this board, but we really liked Sona Creamery a couple months ago, and plan to go back. Although it's wine-focused, not beer or cocktails, I see they have a brunch menu that might work for you. We had a cheese and charcuterie plate that was good, along with some small plates, stuffed dates & cauliflower, iirc. Good stuff, very laid back, nice service.

Sri Lankan food in MD/DC/VA? Just watched No Reservations

There was a much more recent thread, which you posted to, so you might want to look at this one again, before your next trip.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1008...

Paris Trip Report

Bravo on your traipsing! Trust me when I say you likely won't ever have a checklist (at least not a strict one) in Paris again. And thanks for reporting back!

Jun 08, 2015
VaPaula in France

Paris - April Trip Report or How To Lose Your Abs In 10 Days, Part 2: Pirouette, Chez Denise, Chez l'Ami Jean, AG, Gare Au Gorille

Just piling on - great reports, thank you. Looking forward to Part 3!

Jun 04, 2015
VaPaula in France

Takeaway breakfast options downtown

Just wanted to report back on this. We ended up doing 3 take-out breakfasts: Crocevia, Lion, and Tender Greens. My favorite coffee was from Lion with Crocevia a close 2nd. Favorite breakfast was the P. Balistreri Salami from Tender Greens. Of course, comparing eggs, provolone, and salami on a yummy roll is probably not fair to the others, where we had baked goods. ;-) Loved the maple walnut scone from Lion, though. Thanks again, all.

Jun 01, 2015
VaPaula in San Diego

Lobrano, Best New Paris Bistros

I'm in that club, too (including a couple other cities) as I'm sure many of us are. I don't mind doing it, but I'm not sure anyone realizes how much work can go into it. I usually will add Metro/subway stop, cross streets (for NYC), opening times, recommended dishes (if possible), what else is nearby, and other tidbits and tips - and always, always let them know when I was last there. We should charge! :-)

I've started to save these (usually emails) in case I get one request on top of another.

May 29, 2015
VaPaula in France

Paris Diary - 5/26 - 6/7/15

Lol, sometimes the non-Chowhound days are the most fun! I'm really enjoying your diary - looking forward to more, and thanks.

May 29, 2015
VaPaula in France

Beaune trip report!

I hope onzieme has a big enough house for all of us.

May 20, 2015
VaPaula in France
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Takeaway breakfast options downtown

Too funny that you mentioned Starbucks' protein box. I ended up taking that on a bus with me a few weeks ago because I didn't plan well! But you're right - it was fine.

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions!

May 20, 2015
VaPaula in San Diego

Takeaway breakfast options downtown

Hi all - staying at the Hilton Gaslamp for a few days this week, leaving Friday morning via Amtrak, and looking for something to bring on the train. Did a search but didn't come up with takeaway options. Will not have a car, so something close by either of those places would be ideal. Doesn't have to be superduper Chowworthy, but I'm trying to avoid Starbucks (and I'm not even a Starbucks hater!) and that ilk. Good coffee a major plus. TIA for any suggestions.

May 19, 2015
VaPaula in San Diego

seeking suggestions for American w/ private room

The Hamilton might work but you'd have to ask about accessibility (although IIRC it's fine.) My company hosted an event there in a private room - it was awhile ago, though. Food was fine, service was excellent.

Beaune trip report!

Thanks for the report, indie! Heading to Beaune in September, so it's nice to see some current opinions.

May 18, 2015
VaPaula in France

another slew of dead restaurants

Aww, that makes me sad. I used to work around there, so Mangez Avec Moi was in my regular rotation. Come to think of it, I went back there even after I left NY.

May 08, 2015
VaPaula in Manhattan

Taking opinions - Saturday in May

Essex has a good oyster happy hour (with drink specials) most nights, I think. Also, Ken & Cook - and they didn't require us to be at the bar, which was nice because it was packed.

Apr 29, 2015
VaPaula in Manhattan

wadatsumi: insanely good value

I happened to have it up as I was reading this - at least I think this is the same place.

http://www.harikawausa.com/

Apr 28, 2015
VaPaula in Los Angeles Area

Louis in the 9th; Mangeur's idea of a chef's soul on the plate.

Thanks for the follow-up. I had noted it after your first visit. Glad Colette approved! It all looks good, but the lamb with shallots is calling to me, here at lunchtime on the East Coast. (Although I am eating a Paul sandwich right now, it's just not the same...)

Apr 28, 2015
VaPaula in France

Manhattan Report - I LOVE THIS CITY (very, very long. and wordy)

The server described it to us as "kind of like an Asian gnocchi" and most definitely used the word "ragu" so we weren't surprised by what we got. The spice level was fantastic (and we have a fairly high tolerance) so I, too, would be sad if they're dumbing it down. It's one of those dishes I dream about...

ETA: thanks for the awesome report, btw!

Apr 28, 2015
VaPaula in Manhattan
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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.