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Overwhelmed

Thank you all sooooo much, Souphie especially for the reality check about Arpege. I think that's why I was having so much anxiety about it. About La Veranda brunch-- the web site doesn't mention it but here is what I received when I emailed to book lunch:

"We have received your email and we thank you for the interest you show for our restaurant. Please be advised that on Sundays at noon we have the brunch. Let me know if you wish to book for the brunch, and I will send you a confirmation by return email"
I didn't see a "brunch" menu on the web site, so, we'll see. I 'll post how it turns out. Gordon Ramsay's La Veranda in Versailles, right? THANK YOU for the Steak Frites recommendations. We will definitely try one of those instead of la Ferrandaise--I have no idea what my husband read or where he got the recommendation. Very glad to hear about Guy Savoy, I am so looking forward to it.

To PhilD--I know, I know. I just want to have an unforgettable meal. I will eat anything and I practically worship food (i'm Italian) but my husband just will not eat something he doesn't think he'll like, even for my once in a lifetime experience. I guess it will have to wait for a girls' trip some day. I should have just come out with it and asked that if, for a price, the kitchen would cook something simple for my husband, while cooking an inspired meal for me. I imagine it's very annoying to read someone posting to a food lovers' web site asking about places that will accommodate a picky eater. Poor form, really.

All input is much appreciated.

Dec 04, 2008
Lisamay in France

Overwhelmed

Thank you for the reply. Will Arpege be able to accommodate my husbands picky/simple taste? Has anybody heard anything about La Ferrandaise? Any input about Sunday brunch at La Veranda?

Dec 03, 2008
Lisamay in France

Overwhelmed

Wow, I must have committed some horrible faux pas....

Dec 03, 2008
Lisamay in France

Overwhelmed

I am trying to narrow down a number of dining choices/reservations I made for a trip to Paris prior to Christmas. I was hoping to arrange one "once in a lifetime" dinner for my husband and me. He is a picky eater so I can't count on him to share in a degustation menu with me. He will likely require a la carte and even then with special requests such as a simple red meat or fish dish, a green salad and dessert. Is that possible? I have made reservations at Arpege for this "once in a lifetime" meal, but after hours and hours of reading, I am questioning this choice. How much can I expect to spend for three courses for two with by the glass wine pairings( (is that possible?) I have lunch reservations at Guy Savoy and La Veranda and for my beef lover husband, his choice was La Ferrandaise. (An aside here--last trip to Paris my husband was enamored with the Steak Frites idea and time and again was disappointed with the taste of the beef, we suspected the aging process in Europe is different than in the states?) Here is my list of favorite, memorable meals to give the reader an idea of what I see as memorable: In Europe: La Bastide D'Odeon the first time I ate there n 1999, the second time in 2002 was very good but not over the top also service last time was just ok. NYC -- BABBO- loved everything about it, San Francisco Slanted Door, Aqua, Mustard's (Napa) New Orleans Bayona, August (great one time, ok the next few times) Chicago- Frontera Grill. Boston Olives (just after they opened, mediocre the second time there), Sorry this is so wordy and disjointed, it is indicative of my frustration level right now! We are close to departure so I really need someone to intervene here and set me on the right path.

Nov 30, 2008
Lisamay in France

Woman eating alone in Paris

thanks for the post, will try Fish

Nov 24, 2008
Lisamay in France

A reasonably priced bistro in the 6th or the 13th?

what did you think of La Bstide d'Odeon? We have eaten there twice before and loved the food. Is it still good?

Nov 24, 2008
Lisamay in France

coming to paris - any fun/neat/odd foodie can't miss places?

ok, i admit that was an extreme statement, but the fresh mustard really is really, really good!

Sep 12, 2008
Lisamay in France

Woman eating alone in Paris

Hi Karen, just put Strasbourg on our travel list for our trip. Any dining recommendations? I've eaten at several places years ago but don't remember any names and don't remember any as memorable.

Sep 12, 2008
Lisamay in France

Woman eating alone in Paris

Wow, thanks for all the good advice and recommendations. Lisa

Aug 06, 2008
Lisamay in France

Woman eating alone in Paris

Perhaps then, it is because my Fench is so pathetic, though I do try to say the basics. Thank you for the suggestion regarding the wine bars, I believe Patricia Wells has a long list of them in her Food Lover's Guide to Paris.

Jul 24, 2008
Lisamay in France

Woman eating alone in Paris

Thanks so much for the advice. The restaurant suggestions you made are very helpful.

Jul 24, 2008
Lisamay in France

Woman eating alone in Paris

I am traveling to Paris with my husband but we usually split up during the day to do our own things then meet up for dinner. Last time I was in Paris, I was there alone and found it very uncomfortable eating in a nicer restaurant Ex: La Bastide d'Odeon at dinner. I was stared at constantly.) Ditto for cafe bars in the morning, I'm not sure I saw a single woman in a cafe bar. Most of my single meals will be lunch and i would love to be able to enjoy some of the starred restaurants but am afraid it will be uncomfortable. Any suggestions for places with outdoor seating with fabulous food where I can at least read a book . I have eaten alone in several of the museum cafes and been perfectly comfortable, also le petit déjeuner in my hotel breakfast room was fine.

Jul 23, 2008
Lisamay in France

Are There No Good, Inexpensive Places In Paris?

can you post or email your list? thanks

Jul 23, 2008
Lisamay in France

coming to paris - any fun/neat/odd foodie can't miss places?

The Maille store used to have fresh mustard in a pump vessel. Shoppers would bring in their own container and pump fresh mustard. I don't know if they still do that but if you wanna taste something good, oh man! The stuff they sell in the jar tastes the same as the Maille we get in jars in the states. The fresh mustard, on the other hand is like the difference between fresh and canned asparagus!

Jul 21, 2008
Lisamay in France

Pensacola Sunday Brunch in August

First things first. Because we're a beach town it is always totally ok to dine anywhere, any time in shorts. Even the fanciest restaurants will have diners in casual attire. There are two restaurants that I would make my husband tuck his shirt into his shorts at and they are Jackson's and Versaille.

So, for brunch:

Fish House -pricey, consistently good brunch, upscale atmosphere although shorts and sandals are fine here too. On the water. Not perfect but I think the best in town all 'round. I recommend it for brunch, lunch and dinner. They have good sushi, the lunch fish special is always really good, and the dinner fish special and surf and turf are usually good to very good, though quite expensive. The food is not as consistent as I would like but, that said, I eat there at least twice a week because I love the atmosphere and the fact that it's on the water. Downside is they don't take reservations and it's usually packed. There's a restaurant next door owned by the same people named Atlas and it's also very good, basically the same food, same atmosphere. There is a deck bar overlooking the water with a live band that is a hoppin' spot just about every night.

Zea's-- moderate price very nice atmosphere like Fish House. Consistently excellent food and service it's a small chain restaurant but food is great. My first choice for food but second overall because the Fish House is on the water

Versaille--never had brunch there but dinner is very good, pricey, upscale, boring location very fancy atmosphere at dinner

H20 --pricey, upscale, on the beach inconsistent food and service I don't like it but keep going back because it's on the beach and out of town guests always want to go out there.

Madison's ate sunday brunch there yesterday 7-20-08, TERRIBLE. Restaurant overall is inconsistent. Sometimes the food is great (fried green tomato BLT) sometimes ok and sometimes really really awful, like yesterday's sunday brunch.

Skopelos on the Bay--upscale, pricey, big older after church crowd. A beautiful view on the water. Very very inconsistent service and food but I can say if you get the scamp cervantes it is always very, very good. sometimes a little musty smelling because of it's location on the water with beautiful overhanging live oaks.

The Marketplace--on the beach, casual but breathtaking view at the top floor restaurant. Some brunch food good, some ok but the grits with shrimp, bacon, scallions and cheddar is worth the trip. Stop in at the deli downstairs and get take out and wine for a picnic on the beach.

Coffee Cup--not sure it's open on Sunday, not a Sunday Brunch type place--lunch counter country cooking place. I recommend it for lunch, have the daily special. This is good, plain southern cooking.

Crema-not my idea of a Sunday Brunch place either. Breakfast is fine to very good but it's a bakery with tables--linoleum topped tables--very casual. Boring location.

Scenic Hwy Diner--I've never had a decent meal here. Again, not a Sunday Brunch type place but a shiney prefab diner with mediocre food and bad bad service type of place.

Other restaurants:

No Sunday brunch but Bonefish Grill, a chain, is another one of my favorite restaurants here in Pensacola for dinner. Consistently very good food and service. Always a long wait, they take call ahead.

Aegean Breeze--very casual, excellent pricing, boring location but really great seafood, steaks and the best grilled lamb chops this side of Morton's Chicago. Located in a shopping center in gulf breeze which is basically part of Pensacola and on the way to the beach. Always a really long wait.

Cactus Flower --california style mexican. Used to be fantastic food, but last few times I was there, just ok. the quality of the food took a turn for the worst. It may be worth a try though. In a strip shopping center, decent atmosphere, usually slow slow service. Good prices. No margaritas, wine and beer only.

Zea's and Bonefish are the only chain restaurants I would recommend in Pensacola.

You really need to go to Joe Patti's seafood for the experience. You won't find another place like it It's a fish market with a gourmet shop and wine shop attached. They used to have the best sushi in town but I'm not sure if they're still doing sushi. You can get GREAT boiled shrimp, gourmet cheese and an italian baguette and a bottle of wine and drive out to the beach for a picnic.

Another fun spot to get take out and wine or for a casual deli type eat in is City Grocery.

Norma's serves a great lunch for a great price. Really good chicken salad. I always get the cup and a half with the chicken salad sand. a cup of whatever cream soup she's serving, a fruit cup and bread pudding all for under $7. Located downtown or at the mall.

Jul 21, 2008
Lisamay in Florida