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Family weekend in paris

I can only comment on Cheri Bibi and Mon Oncle. The latter I'd skip in a heartbeat. I don't think food is their thing, but the 1970s soul playlist was well thought out (maybe that's why Quentin Tarantino loves Mon Oncle?). Of the three courses I had, the creamy soup starter was delicious, the cote de boeuf entree was impossible to chew and overly salted, and dessert was bland and uninspired. But did I mention the music? Cheri Bibi in my opinion is better in terms of food and price, though the cuisine is not at all the best in the city. I like the vibe, which is both neighborhood-y and trendy. I guess I'd call it cozy chic. I believe you can order 3 courses for less than 30 euros, well, at least that was the case earlier this year.

Nov 29, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

The food tourist's dilemma

I had a fantastic dinner last night at La Regalade (the original). When we arrived at the restaurant at 11 pm the restaurant was packed and I didn't hear one single word in English. It's quite out of the way, so the lack of central location is a bonus if you're hoping to escape the tourists.

Jul 17, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Cafe Qui Parle -- Disappointing

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal a few months back, however hubby and I waited more than 30 minutes for the dessert menu. Our waiter kept forgetting to bring it, and at one point he simply disappeared. We hadn't experienced this kind of wait/forgetfulness since living in Belgium. Like Simon, we ate at the resto on a Saturday night so maybe it's a weekend thing?

Jul 11, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

The Table d'Eugene in the 18th - new news!

ITA, Mangeur. I adore this bistro and feel so lucky that it's in my 'hood. I hope they aren't planning on leaving the 18th arr!

Jun 23, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Please help with new situation in Paris

I happen to love that street, but maybe you were referring to the poor quality of the hotel and not the gayness of the area? As for food, maybe Le Gaigne would be a good fit for the family? I think I remember the menu had an English translation, and the food's lovely but not all exotic.

Jun 16, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

First visit to Paris - a number of dilemmas...

Senderens is open on Sunday. I celebrated my 30somethingth Sunday birthday there a few weeks ago. I found the food enjoyable and the setting very dreamy, but maybe the cuisine is not as "innovative" as you're looking for. It certainly is not close to Mama Shelter, though it's much more central than La Grande Cascade.

Jun 15, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Paris 26 Dec 2010 to 3 Jan 2011

"L'Ami Jean: closed from December 24, 2009 to January 5, 2010"

I actually had lunch there on December 30, 2009. Your parents were mostly correct because IIRC they closed for Christmas, re-opened a few days later then closed again after the 30th or 31st.

Jun 15, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

June 7 - 13 = bargain week in Paris

Last night we participated in Tous au Restaurant at Mori Venice Bar. For 35 euros the no-choice menu included an amuse of courgette soup w/ lamb meatball which was cute but kinda bland, followed by a decent entree of mixed antipasti (mashed potato croquette, sliced prosciutto over roquette, and sauteed shrimp. The main course was a risotto of chicken and spring veggies, which was snooze-worthy as was the nutty semifreddo for dessert. The food was not bad at all, just hella boring. For a 35 euros 3-course dinner I realize that at Mori Venice Bar this is a deal, but for me it still was not worth it. I agree with Meg that in the future the restaurant week prices could be lower AND I'd add that the participating restaurants could consider adding a bit of love or creativity into their menu. I'd be curious to here if any others participated or if I was the only dingbat who fell for it.

Jun 13, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Restaurant for Lunch in Paris - around €180-200 for 2 inc. Wine

Sorry, I just checked my notes and we paid 275 euros, and there were 2 aperos not 1.

Jun 13, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Restaurant for Lunch in Paris - around €180-200 for 2 inc. Wine

Last year for hubbie's bday lunch at le Jules Verne we managed to pay just over 200 euros for 2. He ordered 3 courses ALC while I had the lunch menu, add to that 1 apero and 2 glasses of wine. If you both order the lunch menu you might be able to meet your budget, but as hychka advises, check the site.

Jun 13, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

romantic weekend with hubby

Wow, 350e at ZKG? Thank you for that info, Deb. Was that for 2 people? When folks said dinner there was steep I honestly didn't think it was THAT bad. As for le Marcab, was the service at least something worth mentioning?

Jun 03, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Which beach for excellent food?

This is a great source, thank you! After doing a bit more research and considering everyone's comments on LJ, I'm now looking into renting in OB or PB. This way I can enjoy the vibe, save a bit, then maybe splurge elsewhere during the week. Thanks again!

May 21, 2010
schtroumpfette in San Diego

Which beach for excellent food?

Thank you everyone for your responses. I think I'll start looking into a place to stay in La Jolla, but I'll keep Ocean and Pacific Beaches in mind as alternatives. Just so I know so I can avoid it or try it, the George's everyone is disagreeing about is George's at the Cove?

May 19, 2010
schtroumpfette in San Diego

Which beach for excellent food?

Walking to the beach will suffice. I don't need to eat on the beach either; my only concern is that I can walk or cycle easily to the ocean and to great food. As for eating out, I'd really love to focus on local or Southern California cuisine (if this even exists) and Mexican while not exceeding a budget of $30/pp per meal excluding drinks (with the exception of maybe one or two restos over budget).

May 19, 2010
schtroumpfette in San Diego

Which beach for excellent food?

I'm planning to spend one week in the San Diego area and I'd like to stay at the beach that has the highest concentration of great places to eat. "Solana Beach" showed up quite a bit in my search. Is this a destination?

May 18, 2010
schtroumpfette in San Diego

Best cocktail bars in Paris

Is it still necessary to be on a list or have a connection in order to get in to Prescription? I'm interested but don't want to waste my time...

May 16, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Restaurants in Malloca

These recommendations are better than nothing. I'll certainly make a trip to Petra. Thank you!

Apr 29, 2010
schtroumpfette in Spain/Portugal

Restaurants in Malloca

Harters, do you have any rec's in or near Sant Joan?

Apr 29, 2010
schtroumpfette in Spain/Portugal

Paris liquor stores that sell premium tequila?

You guys rock! Thank you so much.

Apr 26, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Paris liquor stores that sell premium tequila?

Please tell me there is someone out there who has the the answer to this. So far I've only found the clear stuff that looks like what I used to get sick on in university.

Apr 26, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Please evaluate my meals in Paris

Are you referring to La Famille on rue des Trois Freres? If so, go for the adorable molecular cocktails and eat elsewhere (and not at Mon Oncle). The food at La Famille is not the worst on the planet but you could do better at home. Plus the night I went the service was so horrendous it way overshadowed the cuisine. It took 2 hours to get our food, and by the time we ordered dessert they'd run out of the best choices. For better food, more colorful deco and warmer service, I'd go to le Doudingue on rue Durantin.

Apr 02, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

PARIS HELP PLEASE, GREAT FOOD + SEXY ATMOSPHERE.

Parigi, I know, right?! Kick me if you want, but earlier this month I actually bought the Naughty Paris guide (for educational purposes of course). There are a few restos listed that seem shagadelic on paper, but the food might not be noteworthy. As for Senderens, my interest is certainly peaked. "Erotic" food at a non-echangiste establishment? I'm there.

Mar 19, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

17th ARRONDISEMENT

La Bigarrade, situated on rue Nollet, is just two streets away from Sq. Batignolles.

Mar 19, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Free macarons in Paris on March 20

So, if I'm going to drag myself all the way down to Glaciere for macarons what other fun nibbles are in the area that I can take home?

Mar 18, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Former DC hound seeks one dessert heavy lunch

This looks like fun. Do you think I'd be able to have a late lunch at coco sala without a reservation?

Mar 17, 2010
schtroumpfette in Washington DC & Baltimore

Former DC hound seeks one dessert heavy lunch

I remember the sticky rice at Raku being delicious. I'm glad they haven't changed a good thing!

Mar 17, 2010
schtroumpfette in Washington DC & Baltimore

Richmond alum seeks meal rec

Thank you both!! I think I might try Can Can for brunch. As for dinner, I'm torn between Millie's and Acacia. Which of these has a more funky, laidback vibe?

Mar 17, 2010
schtroumpfette in Mid-Atlantic

jalapenos, tortilla chips, and masa harina - can I get them in Paris?

I believe I've seen tortilla chips at Lafayette Gourmet and/or Le Grande Epicerie. Both shops have an international food section. To piggyback tmso, bio/organic stores are the way to go for some cooking products that are difficult to find in regular French grocery stores. For example, all of the ingredients from my recent kickass batch of homemade granola all came from the organic stores Biocoop and Naturalia. After living in Europe for 5 years I have simply given up the search for some beloved American foods, so when I go home to the States I load up while I'm there. When you do arrive, you should check out the shop G. Detou on rue Tiquetonne. It's a baker's paradise. Last week I found blueberry syrup of all things, which is a major treat for a pancake freak like me.

Mar 16, 2010
schtroumpfette in France

Former DC hound seeks one dessert heavy lunch

I've only got one meal slot (weekday lunch) in DC next month and I want to make it count! I'm a dessert queen, and after searching this board I'm convinced that I've got to try a sticky toffee pudding while in town. So, I'm looking for a delicious lunch experience topped off with the most fabulous toffee pudding the city has to offer. I see that Againn and Proof are well-liked and they offer the dessert. I'm eager to try a restaurant that did not exist during my DC days, and so these two might fit the bill perfectly. If you feel that there are other restaurants that offer amazing desserts that aren't necessarily sticky toffee pudding, I'm listening! TIA.

Mar 15, 2010
schtroumpfette in Washington DC & Baltimore

Richmond alum seeks meal rec

I'll be in town for one weekend next month and will have one dinner and possibly one brunch slot available. I'm looking for an original dining experience with amazing cocktails and even better dessert. My faves back in the late 90s were Kuba Kuba, Mamma Zu's and Zeus Gallery. A bit of research shows that Black Sheep might be a candidate. Any thoughts? Also, I'd like to go back to Kuba Kuba for b'fast (have only had lunch and dinner there), but I'm bringing someone who only eats sweet carbs in the morning. Will there be options for him? I checked online but I only found the dinner menu. Thank you!

Mar 15, 2010
schtroumpfette in Mid-Atlantic