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A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

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Mar 15, 2015
globalgourmet in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Hi Mikey. I will be in Paris solo as well April 8-18. It's my 23rd trip to France. If my timing crosses yours the second week of April and you're game, I'd love to meet up at one of your starred places. Not sure how to contact you directly but you can certainly check out some of my Chowhound posts.

Mar 14, 2015
globalgourmet in France

April in Paris w/ teenagers

I took some friends who had two middle school girls and their friends who had two daughters the same ages to Chez Jenny, just off Place de la Republique, for an Alsation Choucroute dinner. They had grave misgivings about how French waiters would mix with giggling, young teens and pre-teens. It couldn't have worked out better. The staff doted on the kids, there were plenty of choices for them and the adults had a great time. Of course, not "classical French" cooking but very authentic in its own right. And I enjoy introducing foreigners to the wide variety of styles the comprise French cuisine across the country. (2nd, try Ambassade d'Auvergne and make sure to order the aligot and, for dessert, their huge crock of mousse au chocolat.) Neither place is gourmet or terribly expensive, but both offer interesting experiences.

Jan 31, 2015
globalgourmet in France

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

Used to love dining at the Water Grill downtown 2-3 times a year...till they redid it to maximize the "energy." Had to shout so loud we crossed it off our list. Sad.

Pita Bread Soaked in Soup and Shanxi Knife Cut Noodles at Shaanxi Gourmet In Rosemead

Had a taste for yang rou pao mo like I had in Xi'an and found this review and a couple of others. It was delicious! And we were both given menus in English and at least one of the waitresses was fluent in English. Most excellent!

What's your LEAST favorite restaurant in LA ? (excepting of course for chains).

1. I'm a geezer (65).

2, This is one of my favorites. Excellent food and service.

Paris Lunch + Dinner for 13 on a very budget

When I'm with groups of friends who are relative neophites, I like to take them to sample various regional styles of French cuisine, including:

Limousin: Lescure, 1e. Their Confit de Canard is some of the best in Paris. Be sure to reserve your slices of fruit tart first thing or they will be gone by the time you're ready for dessert. It's been here for four generations. I've been coming here for 30 years and never had a bad meal. It's small and they don't take reservations, but if you get there at 7 or shortly afterwards, you should be okay. Their long tables are perfect for big groups. (Closed weekend.)

Auvergne: Ambassade d'Auvergne. Their multi-course "Regional" menu is 32 euros. Be sure to try the aligot, a regional dish of potatoes and cantal cheese. And you won't believe their bowl of mousse au chocolat.

Alsace: Chez Jenny, Place de la Repupublique. Plats of choucroute, mild Alsatian sauerkraut overflowing with tradiational sausages and smoked meats for 29 euros.

The last two have plenty of room and take reservations. All three have web sites.

Nov 03, 2013
globalgourmet in France

Help me find pizza!

I agree with you 100%, Kevin. Since he likes it floppy, I thought of Vito's first. Thought I died and went to heaven when Joe's started opening up out here.

"Connie & Ted's" opens June 4 -- and I'm going!

Just called for res. Booked through July 1!

I was one of the first clients to dine at Angelini. Loved it till it got so popular you could only reserve before 6 or after 9 on any weekend night. Gave up trying.

Looks like this could become the same situation.

Other than walking in or reserving a month or more in advance, good luck!

Which two of Martin Berasategui, Mugaritz, Arzak, and Akelarre?

I would recommend . Akelarre and Berasategui, in that order. We had a very disappointing meal at Arzak. The chef was away and his daughter was supervising. First time I ever sent food back at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The espresso lobster at Akelarre was amazing (no espresso in the dish, FYI). Both meals were excellent and watching the exquisitely choreographed waiters at Berasategui was a show in and of itself. No matter what, be sure to do at least one pintxos crawl. Wonderful experience.

Apr 08, 2013
globalgourmet in Spain/Portugal

Lyon & Vonnas - Experience with Le Restaurant Georges Blanc ?

Jul 24, 2012
globalgourmet in France

Lyon & Vonnas - Experience with Le Restaurant Georges Blanc ?

:) My visits have always been 4 1/2-5 hours long. Just one incredible taste after another. The package deal sounds like an excellent bargain.

Jul 21, 2012
globalgourmet in France

Baked Alaska?

Sardi's has offered it for years, flamed tableside. And Daniel, expensive and worth it, in my opinion, does it very well.

Jul 21, 2012
globalgourmet in Manhattan

Lyon & Vonnas - Experience with Le Restaurant Georges Blanc ?

Yes, I have, several times over the years. Most magnificent meals I've had in my life (and I travel, and eat, all of the world). Perfect for a special meal. Less than 2 hours on the TGV from Paris to Macon and then a short taxi ride to Vonnas. Also the Inn is wonderful and Vonnas is an official "flower village."

Can I tell you more?

Jul 21, 2012
globalgourmet in France

One day in Reims/Champagne - suggestions?

Thanks, CJ. Just finished the book "Champagne" and I'm quite sure it will enhance my visit next month. Also just booked lunch at Assiette Champenois our first day in Reims and dinner there our last night!


Apr 15, 2012
globalgourmet in France

Hollywood Chow-ography!

I second the Diamond Bakery, especially the challah (egg bread) and their corn rye--and you can get both at the bakery section of the Ralph's at Sunset and Fuller. And while you're their be sure to pick up a pint of any chip flavor of Graeter's Ice Cream. I've never had better, Yum!

Appropriate Dress in Paris


Mar 27, 2012
globalgourmet in France

Authentic French bistro/brasserie (not fine dining) Westside to South Bay preferred

I second Le Petit Bistro on LaCienega. Just ate there tonight. Always native French patrons there when I have been and I know at least some of the waiters speak French--ask for a French-speaking waitperson. Reasonable prices.

Jean Pierre's food at Cafe des Artistes in Hollywood is authentic and reasonable, but I've never encountered a French-speaking waitperson there.

Post Screening Drinks -- Raleigh Studios

I think Delphine in the W Hotel on Sunset would be perfect. Check it out:

2010 Beijing Restaurant Reviews by ALEDM

What a great report! Comprehensive doesn't beging to describe it!

Thank you

XIV - A Disappointment

A couple of very good dishes. The rest were okay. Serious lapses in service, including long periods with empty glasses. Impressive wine list; very extensive; very pricey. Overall: a serious disappointment. We won't be returning.

8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

What's the best place for breakfast in Montreal

Thanks for this. I tried L'Avenue because of your write-up. Excellent!

Baked Alaska

Well, they're different, but sweetened, whipped egg whites = meringue.

Baked Alaska?

Sardi's. Really good.

234 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Jul 21, 2011
globalgourmet in Manhattan

Baked Alaska

I too love Baked Alaska, but it's just so hard to find. Sardi's in New York does a really good one. And I had an excellent one, an individual portion, at a brasserie in Toulouse a couple of years back.

But if you've never had Ile Flotant at L'Express, you must go. Quite amazing. See attached photo.

L'Express Restaurant
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

mid-range french bistro

I agree with Le Petit Bistro above. Very reasonable and most times you will hear some tables speaking in French, a hearty endorsement.

Also, Cafe des Aristes at 1534 N Mccadden Pl in Hollywood. The chef, Jean Pierre, is Alsatian and the food reflects that.

Le Petit Cafe
2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Looking for Private Dining Room with Screen and A/V Capabilities in Los Angeles area

The HT Grill in Redondo Beach has a very nice, private room with AV hook-ups. We used it last year. Fits in your price range, too.


Yup. Impressive.

Lunch "like" Larchmont Bungalow

Try Off Vine. Nice, laid back bungalow in Hollywood with good food and reasonable prices:

Off Vine
6263 Leland Way, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Quiet Place for Drinks in Hollywood, Studio City or Sherman Oaks?

Both great suggestions!

Thanks so much.