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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.

1 day ago
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.

1 day ago
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.

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