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Paris Pastry Class

Did you take any classes? How were they? I would love to hear where you went and if you enjoyed what you learned!! Cindy

Jul 08, 2009
jmp7020 in France

Paris Pastry Class

Thank you for the info. How was the class on Macaroons? I have sent an e-mail to them about taking a class when I am there in September. would love to hear what you thought of the class!!!

Jul 08, 2009
jmp7020 in France

Paris Pastry Class

I whole heartedly thank you two for the info. I have been really leaning towards Lenotre and I can't wait to find out about the other Paris Chef.

Mar 09, 2009
jmp7020 in France

Need real Italian in Seattle

Our familie's favorite in seattle is Salvatore. Small fantastic Italian in the University district on Roosevelt. It's a 10 minute drive from downtown. Seats about 40 and it is AUTHENTIC. THe owner I think is from Naples.
Great wild boar, beef, seafood, pasta. My favorite is the Amarone sundae. Great TIramisu Too.
Neighborhood: Roosevelt
6100 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 527-9301

Mar 05, 2009
jmp7020 in Pacific Northwest

Four nights in Seattle

Try Dragonfish. It's walking distance from the convention center and great.

Mar 05, 2009
jmp7020 in Pacific Northwest

Paris- Brasserie/Bistro Challenge

This is wonderful

Mar 02, 2009
jmp7020 in France

No Mi Casa: the real scoop on Cabo eating.

Here's my recomendation. I was in Cabo 4 times last year and I can guarantee you that most of the restaurants are over priced for what you get. We were a group of 8 and with drinks and wine we averaged $150 - 200 per dinner. YES IN MEXICO.

I recommend going to San Jose Del Cabo and eat at Morgan's. They own two restaurants. Morgan is the female owner who is an interior designer. Her boyfriend is a chef from Toronto. FANTASTIC food and ambience. In the range of $100 -200 with drinks and wine.

For inexpensive eats that are local, head to Palapala on a back street behind Cabo Wabo. For our group we had the most memorable evening of good local food. We actually hired a street musician to come in and play songs for us all night.

Baja Cantina has good food too if your in the harbor. Pricey for what I would say you get at your local mexican restaurant.

I found Ediths to be ridiculously expensive and demanding of reservations even if they are empty!

Mi Casa is not as good as it use to be. They expanded and their food went down hill.

For breakfast...Mama's Royal Cafe. Wonderful stuffed french toast and an extensive american and authentic mexican menu. Only open for breakfast.

As for bringing your own wine. We brought our own wine to Ediths and they charged us a $50 per bottle corkage fee...Hi-way robbery.

The Office is great for eating right on the beach in the sand. The food we had there was good.

The Trailer Park has great ambience and good food. Just be careful not to order too much food. The dinner is more than adequate so you won't need an appitizer or salad. It's pricey but as I said great ambiance.

Rent a car and head to San Jose del Cabo. There's a really interesting bronze gallery there with some world class art (that's if you like what kind of sculpture they have)and there is also a great Pastry shop in town. This town has a real traditional Mexican Plaza.

You could head to Todos Santos and have lunch at the Hotel California.

As for Golf...their all expensive. The only way to get away cheap is to go on a time share tour and believe me paying for golf would be cheaper than a tour if you catch my drift. Be careful of the time share people. They are EVERYWHERE and out to get you. You have to be very direct in saying no to get them off your back. You will be accosted as soon as you come out of customs at the airport.

As for exceptional dining in Cabo...for the price I haven 't experienced it yet.

Have a great time. It's got beautiful beaches and resorts. Outside of the resorts it can be quite dirty!! I've been there at New Years, Spring Break, and September and it's always dusty and dirty. Cindy

Mar 01, 2009
jmp7020 in Mexico

Paris Pastry Class

RosieCaro, That sounds great. I have been looking at Lenotre and Alain Ducasse. I have read over the info about Cooking with Class and think it might not be for me. But I would like to hear from you what you thought of the class. I have particular things I want to learn and Ducasse seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. They just don't have September posted yet. Lenotre has a killer Macaroons class but I will need a translator. They also have a great croissant class. I will also need a translator at Ducasse

I have always dreamed of going to Paris and studying Pastry at the Ritz for a week. But with this economy I really don't think I should be spending THOUSANDS of dollars to take a class for 4 or 5 days.

If your really into Pastry you should get the book Patisseries of Paris by Jamie Cahill. It lists all the great pastry shops by neighborhood. It's going to be my bible while I'm there!!
Enjoy your trip and I look forward to hearing how the class went. Cindy

We are traveling with a group of 6 - 8 people and one of our friends daughter is probably going to meet us there and she speaks french fluently. My hope is to have her come along and translate.

Lenotre

Mar 01, 2009
jmp7020 in France

Paris Pastry Class

While traveling to Paris in September, I would like to take a class to make Croissants, Brioche and Macaroons (September 28 - Oct 3).

I am an accomplished cook and don't want to take a class that is so geared toward someone who barely knows how to hold a knife. I do though want to learn to make what I consider probably the more complicated things (croissants, Napoleons) along with the famous macaroons.

Is there a bakery or pastry chef out there who would be interested in teaching someone this?

Everything comment is greatly appreciated!!

Mar 01, 2009
jmp7020 in France

Paris- Brasserie/Bistro Challenge

Thank you!!! we will be in Paris for 9 days and look forward to "dining around"

Are you into "Pastry"? I really would like to take a "private" class from a great baker while in Paris.

Mar 01, 2009
jmp7020 in France

Paris- Brasserie/Bistro Challenge

I will be traveling with a group of friends in Sept. 09 to celebrate 50th and 60th birthday's and 25th and 30th wedding anniversaries. All of us have traveled around the world and eaten in fabulous restaurants. One of our favorite things to do is vintner dinners or hosting our own vintner dinners. I am a very accomplished cook and salivate at the opportunity to cook for my friends. With that in mind....we want to forego the "big" Michelin * restaurants and find the local establishments that take pride in their food. The small places that the chef is usually the owner.

My perfect evening...a meal of fabulous local ingredients, unbelievable pastry and cheese, good local wines, and the feel that you are at the owner's home table for dinner, a genuine love for what they are doing. To top it off, a look into the heart of the establishment...the kitchen!

We have rented an apartment near Luxembourg Gardens on Rue de Vaugirard. Any thing in the vicinity would be great (away from the vicinity would be great too).

We will also be traveling in Chartres, Amboise and Normandy. Any suggestions there would be appreciated.

I look forward to hearing your recommendations of your memorable places.

Mar 01, 2009
jmp7020 in France