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Good Indian In Paris?

I looked at their menu on La Fourchette, and it seems to be the usual offerings just like most of the other Indian places here. I don't actually see what makes it special, but I'll give it a try.

Nov 23, 2011
henri cat in France

Salad anyone?

No one seems to be able to give guidelines for French produce. My family continues to eat it, including salad greens and tomatoes. There have so far been 10 cases of the illness in France, but 9 of those involve persons who had just returned from Germany.

Jun 03, 2011
henri cat in France

Rimal and locations and Noura

Rimal restaurant is at 54 bd. Malesherbes, at the intersection of Bd. de Courcelles near Parc Monceau. The food is good, although I find that the food in most Lebanese restaurants here, including at Noura, tastes mostly the same. Rimal Traiteur is across the street from the restaurant and also has seating indoors and out. Noura Pavilion is in the av Marceau. It is rather formal. There are 2 Noura traiteurs just up the street from it, one of which has seating indoors and out. Again the food is fine. For exceptional Lebanese food, I go to Liza in rue de la Banque.

Apr 11, 2011
henri cat in France

La Cuisine at the Royal Monceau

Not sure what any of this cryptic discussion means. Could you perhaps speak to the ordinary person who isn't an insider. I have heard of this restaurant and would love to have some real info about it. Thanks.

Feb 12, 2011
henri cat in France

Best "Taco" in Paris?

You can't get proper fresh corn tortillas here, or at least I have never seen them. Old El Paso does have a product that looks like that, but I found it a big disappointment. The Old El Paso hard taco shells are ok, although they are loaded with evil oils (palm or coconut, I think).

May 06, 2010
henri cat in France

Top Chef on DVD

I find this frustrating also. I did buy Season 5 on DVD. The other seasons are available for download on Amazon, but only within the US, so they are inaccessible to those of us fans who live elsewhere.

Apr 18, 2010
henri cat in Food Media & News

Large Group Dinner in Paris, July

I agree about Maceo. The food is good, and they can accommodate a private group. Also, a couple of years ago I attended an anniversary party for about 40 people at the Closerie des Lilas. They provided a set menu for us, although we were in the main part of one of their dining rooms w/other people. It was elegant and the food was v. good. No idea of the cost.

Apr 08, 2010
henri cat in France

Does Anyone Go to Le Voltaire?

This is my favorite restaurant in that neighborhood, not far from the Musee d'Orsay. Although I like the restaurant, I prefer the atmosphere on the bar side (and also the lower prices). Theoretically one could order the oeufs mayonnaise and a carafe of water and spend only about 2 euros. I have never had the nerve to do this though.

Jan 08, 2010
henri cat in France

capon breast

Just bought a supreme de chapon (capon breast w/skin and bone) and I'm not sure how to best cook it. It weighs about 500 grams (1.1 lbs I think). I would like to serve it for Xmas eve dinner for two. I'm afraid I'll overcook it and it will be dry. Any suggestions appreciated.

Dec 22, 2009
henri cat in Home Cooking

Le Comptoir report

Saleena, did you go to the Comptoir in carrefour de l'Odéon? Normally you must have a reservation in the evening, so I wonder if you were maybe at another restaurant?

Dec 10, 2009
henri cat in France

Lebanese restaurant in Paris

We usually go to Rimal (near Parc Monceau) because it is near our apt., I have eaten at the Noura restaurants many times also. They have a catering business as well and have several venues, including a restaurant at the Institut du Monde Arabe. Both Noura and Rimal are very good. There is also Liza, a "modern" Lebanese restaurant in the rue de la Banque in the 2nd, near the Bourse, which has a good reputation.

Dec 10, 2009
henri cat in France

Buying scallions in Paris

Our local Monoprix rarely has them, but Asian grocers almost always have them.

Aug 13, 2009
henri cat in France

Which restaurant in Paris is this?

When you mentioned the menu with a choice of sauce and sides, the only place that came to mind was Hippopotamus (hippopotamus.fr), which is a chain. Definitely not a chowhound-type place, but maybe?

Jul 11, 2009
henri cat in France

comfort food in Berlin

Thanks so much. I have made a note of it. It looks good.

May 09, 2009
henri cat in International Archive

comfort food in Berlin

I haven't been to Berlin for 10 years and am returning tomorrow for a few days. I am pining for old-fashioned German food served in a restaurant that I might have gone to with my grandparents in the 1960s for Sunday lunch (not looking for a specific restaurant; that's just to give the idea of what I mean). I have heard that Lubitsch is like that. I believe I will be mostly in Kudamm area, maybe in Charlottenburg. Is it good? Any suggestions appreciated.

May 09, 2009
henri cat in International Archive

Poor and hungry visitors to paris

My husband and I have also been trying to eat more frugally, and we have "discovered" the Cafe (cafeteria, really) on the mezzanine at the Louvre. It is not really chowhound-worthy, I suppose, but last Sunday we had a sumptuous lunch of braised ham with creamed cauliflower and green beans, for 8,90 euros each, plus wine. They also offer a salad bar, a selection of pizzas, charcuterie and cheese plates, and desserts. At any rate, you can fill up on fairly good food at cheap prices. A bit like eating in a school cafeteria in terms of ambience, though.

Mar 29, 2009
henri cat in France

washing salad greens

Having just read the posts about washing tomatoes, I wonder if folks wash salad ingredients such as Belgian endive and cabbage. I always discard the outside leaves, but these vegs seem so clean that I am tempted not to wash them if they are organic.

Jan 28, 2009
henri cat in Home Cooking

supermarket w/American foods

I am planning a trip to London and would like to find a few foods from the Old Country (USA) to bring back to France. Are there any supermarkets near Trafalgar Square that might have imported American food? I am pining for Tex/Mex foods, American cheese (jack, especially), jalapenos, etc.

Jan 06, 2009
henri cat in U.K./Ireland

Some grand French meals, some disappointments

I just learned today that La Maison de Bricourt is closing on 15 December. I don't know whether it is the bad economy or what, but it will be missed.

Nov 11, 2008
henri cat in France

Chinese in Paris

I'm not sure if this is what you are needing, but I bought a jar of Chinese "black bean garlic sauce" (i.e., fermented black beans in a sauce) at Velan grocery in the Passage Brady. It is an Indian food shop, but they stock foods from elsewhere too.

Oct 02, 2008
henri cat in France

advice about eating mussels

Thanks for your replies. The hubby has survived and is still fine (more than 24 hours so far since he ate four of the dead ones), but now maybe he will believe me.

Aug 09, 2008
henri cat in General Topics

advice about eating mussels

When I lived in Maine, I was told that you shouldn't eat mussels that don't open when they are cooked, because that indicates that the mussel was dead before it was cooked. My husband disregards this rule, and so far he is still alive. Is this just an old wive's tale or is there good reason to avoid unopened mussels?

Aug 08, 2008
henri cat in General Topics

Gourmet's New Recipe Layout

I received the August issue of Gourmet yesterday, and I have to agree with Miami Foodie Girl. I know I sound grumpy, but I don't buy food magazines to read about politically correct farming practices. Nor do I enjoy the travel articles when they cover, for example, Mongolia. I remember the good old days when food magazines featured photo spreads of sumptuous meals accessorized with antique tableware. But I do appreciate the recipes in Gourmet; they almost always work well.

Jul 30, 2008
henri cat in Food Media & News

Romantic Paris...

According to the Guide Lebey, Les Ombres, the rooftop restaurant at the Musee du quai Branly, is open every day all year. It would be a stunning and romantic spot I believe. Haven't yet been, but I have heard good things about the food as well as the views. Also in the 7th Au Bon Accueil should be open, as will be the Cafe de l'Alma. Near Montparnasse, La Coupole is open every day all year, as is Le Dome. Of course there are lots of others; those are the ones I particularly like at the moment.

Jul 21, 2008
henri cat in France

maple candy in Paris?

I have seen maple candy at the Bon Marche foodhalls and at Lafayette Gourmet.

Jul 15, 2008
henri cat in France

Time to kill before the Eurostar

Or you could pick up the 43 bus at Gare St Lazare (not too far from Gal. Laf.) Its terminus is at the Gare du Nord.

Jul 09, 2008
henri cat in France

Cost of eating in France

I live in Paris and frequently have lunch away from the apartment (maybe 4 times a week). It is difficult to generalize, but most of the cafes I go to offer a lunch menu (formule) for between 12 and 25 euros, which would typically include two courses, and sometimes a beverage. If you prefer, say, a large salad, expect to pay between 8 euros and 15 euros. Or buy a sandwich at a bakery for about 5 euros. You can buy a six-pack of cans of soda for 3 euros at the grocery store. It is of course less expensive to buy the ingredients and prepare your salad or sandwich at home.

Apr 14, 2008
henri cat in France

Mr. Higgins restaurant-Lyon

Tom Higgins, from the U.K., owned a restaurant in Lyon specializing in British food, and he wrote a book about it, in the 1990s I think. In England the title of the book was Plat du Jour, and when it was published in the US, it was called Spotted Dick S.V.P. (it is a wonderful fish-out-of-water story). I Googled him today and could not find any mention of his restaurant, alas. I would love to know if he is still in the region.

Apr 13, 2008
henri cat in France

Opera District Foodie Shops

Lafayette Gourmet is a combination of specialist shops & practical grocery. It has an array of food stalls which seems to change from time to time. The Greek Mavromattis has a small in-house restaurant here as well as carry-out; other merchants currently include F. Giradet (I think) which offers quenelles; an Italian traiteur; a couscous traiteur, a Spanish one, etc. It is also a wonderful all-purpose grocery, where you will find a huge selection of the best mustards, oils, butter, cheese, thes, and on and on. There is an adjoining wine shop, the "bibliotheque" of wines, with an impressive selection.

Apr 01, 2008
henri cat in France

Is pepperoni the same as chorizo?

To clarify my question: In France I have not been able to find pepperoni, but I have substituted Spanish chorizo, which is good but not quite the same--chorizo seems much greasier, which is unpleasant on a pizza. Does pepperoni have another name here? I miss it!

Mar 03, 2008
henri cat in General Topics