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Berlin: Georgian eats?

Thanks, SB! I'll post back on this thread if I try out any of them.

May 22, 2012
LMGM in Europe

Berlin: Altes Zollhaus? Opinions?

Hi folks,

So, my sister is coming to town in a week or so, and I'm already planning to take her to a few places like Little Otik, Henne, Horvath, Dos Palillos, Würgeengel, Hühnerhaus, Bully's Bakery (Flammkuchen!), and so on.

But I noticed the Altes Zollhaus on the Landwehrkanal in my neighborhood and wondered if it was worth a try. Has anybody checked it out? Empfehlenswert? Zu vermeiden?

May 22, 2012
LMGM in Europe

Berlin: Georgian eats?

I've noticed that Berlin actually has a few Georgian eateries in town, including Ganazvale and Bei Violetta (more Abkhazian, genauer gesagt) and a few more that escape my memory. I was wondering if anybody has had a chance to check a few of these out and would have an opinion to share. It's been ages since I've had a good khachap'uri (molten cheese in bread) and various stews involving beans and nuts and coriander…

May 15, 2012
LMGM in Europe

Where to find German Radler in Ottawa/Toronto?

While it's hard to find already bottled, I know that "The Bohemian Gastropub" (I refuse to include the extraneous umlaut) has them on their drink menu.

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The Bohemian Gastropub
571 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6, CA

Sep 14, 2011
LMGM in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Riiter Sport Yogurt (not mini) in Toronto?

Reither's Fine Foods & Delicatessen! It's on Church Street, right in the middle of the gay neighborhood (between Wellesley and Maitland).

Sep 14, 2011
LMGM in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

This weekend in NOLA, lunches near Loyola, dinners in French Quarter

Bonjour à tous et toutes,

So I'll be in NOLA for a conference this weekend, and I don't want to waste even one meal on bad food. I'll be on Loyola campus for most of my lunches and in the French Quarter in the evenings for dinner. What suggestions do you have for good food? Here are some of my details:

- The past two cities I've lived in were Chicago and Paris—and I'm very much both a Chicago foodie and a Paris gourmet/gourmand.
- I'm really focused on finding the "best" of local specialties
- I'm a fan of the gastro-pub / neo-bistro stuff, especially localvore, tail-to-snout cooking, and in-house charcuterie.
- I'm also interested in checking out modest/cheap eats and family-run establishments.
- I have pretty much no dietary limits. I love fish, veggies, spices, meats, offal, marrow, and whatever else you can throw at me. As long as it's well-prepared, of course.
- I'm mostly looking for mid-level price ranges, but I also want to devote one night to a relatively high-end meal, so I'll also happily take some fine-dining suggestions.

OK, fire away! Thanks in advance to all of y'all. If anyone wants some suggestions on Chicago or Paris or Toronto restaurants, don't hesitate to drop me a line.

Apr 07, 2010
LMGM in New Orleans

Argentinian beef in Paris?

I tried it nearly two years ago, just after it got a "best new butcher's block" award from LeFooding (I think that was the name of the award…I'm pretty sure they made up the category). Anyway, the place was rammed at the time, but hopefully things have calmed down since then. We both had steak and it was well-prepared and tasty, although I miss the 'carbón' smokiness of a real parillada. I had the 'ceviche' appetizer, which I found a bit light on flavor, but I grew up eating my mom's peruvian ceviche, so I'm not a fair judge. I can't remember the desserts for the life of me (this is 2 years later, after all), but it seems like I blogged about it:
http://luisinparis.blogspot.com/2007/...

Aug 04, 2009
LMGM in France

5 days, 5 meals...

Just a couple of things: I say "meh" on Chateaubriand, but that was based on a meal I had back in Winter of 2007, so it may have improved. The meal was fine, the service was spotty. For brasserie, I'd take Julien over Bofinger, again because of the service. But both have very nice interiors.

Dec 09, 2008
LMGM in France

Bistro fare for non-snooty parents in Paris?

Thanks! I've heard lots of good things about Chez l'Ami Jean as well. I may have to give it a try.

Dec 08, 2008
LMGM in France

Fifth Week Dining Report Paris

I have to admit, I've remained ambivalent about finally going to L'ami Louis. The food sounds good, but not quite good enough to bear the service. Paris is not the kind of city where I feel obligated to endure poor service for lack of a better option. =] A couple of years ago, I wrote a "break-up blog post" to L'Ourcine for that reason:
http://luisinparis.blogspot.com/2007/...

Dec 08, 2008
LMGM in France

Fifth Week Dining Report Paris

I've seen the kumatos also at the markets at Places des Fêtes, Télégraphe, and boulevard Richard-Lenoir (near Parmentier). They're very tasty.

Dec 08, 2008
LMGM in France

Bistro fare for non-snooty parents in Paris?

p.s. re: Bouillabaisse. I made a reservation at La Rotonde, just in case. I've never been, but I've heard good things.

Dec 08, 2008
LMGM in France

What about Oysters in Paris?

Yes! At my neighborhood market (near Parmentier, 11eme), I can get a baker's dozen of Fines de Claires No 2 for 8€. Seriously. After a few minutes at home with a shucking knife, I had 13 meaty, high-quality oysters ready to go. Well worth it, when you compare it to the going price at a brasserie.

Dec 08, 2008
LMGM in France

Bistro fare for non-snooty parents in Paris?

Hi folks.

I've got the parents coming to town next week and I want to take them out for some good grub. Although my mother is a big fan of fine dining, my father is much more into informal and rustic fare. I'm already planning to take them to Chez Denise and Les Trois Marmites, but I was wondering what other places in Paris might offer a similar experience. Le Cave de l'Os à la Moelle is a possibility, but I can't make a reservation ahead of time and it's on the other side of Paris for us. Any suggestions?

Also, one related question: my parents are both big seafood eaters and I want to show them proper bouillabaisse, as I think they'll find it's very similar to Peruvian chupe (i.e., they'll love it). I've had good bouillabaisse at La Brasserie du Dôme, but the service has been execrable, so I'm not eager to take them there. Where else in Paris would you go for proper bouillabaisse?

thanks in advance!

Dec 08, 2008
LMGM in France

Best Moules in Paris?

La Gueuze, rue Soufflot near Boulevard Saint-Michel, near the Panthéon and the Luxembourg RER stop. Surprisingly good and dependable mussels and a huge selection of beers. Can be a bit touristy at times, so try to grab a table in the back, where it's quieter.

Dec 04, 2008
LMGM in France

Best Chocolate in Paris?

This may have already been mentioned in this thread, but as far as I know the only place to get Bernachon chocolate outside of Lyon is at Denise Acabo's "L'Étoile d'Or" near métro Pigalle. That store is well worth a visit for all of the amazing chocolates and candies she has for sale. Best in France, IMHO.

Dec 04, 2008
LMGM in France

Peruvian place in the Marais?

Hi all,

This is just a quick informational question for you folks. A while ago, I organized a big Peruvian food orgy at my place and one of my guests showed up with a bottle of real *Peruvian* pisco. She said that she got it from a Peruvian food store / traiteur in the Marais, but i had no idea where this was. It's not the traiteur "Casa Picaflor" on rue Tiquetonne (I asked), but my guest couldn't tell me the name of the place.

Does anybody know of this place? Please, in the name of pisco and real aji mirasol, tell me.

thanks!
Luis

p.s. Speaking of which, is there any place in Paris to get something similar to Peruvian corvina? Swordfish is tasty but just doesn't cut it as a replacement in ceviche.

Nov 26, 2008
LMGM in France

Chinese in Paris

Hi! One suggestion: Restaurant de Chengdu on rue Strasbourg, near the métro station Strasbourg-Saint-Denis. As you might guess from the name (and the hot-pepper décor), the place serves Sichuan food. The place doesn't look like much from the exterior, but the food has always been excellent. I usually go there with my friend from Shanghai and a couple of her friends from Sichuan and we order a big pile of food. Delicious.

Also, in response to PhilD re: kaffir limes: I've always had good luck with that sort of thing at the 'hypermarché' just in front of the La Chappelle métro stop in the Indian part of town. They seem to carry a lot of SE Asian foodstuffs.

Nov 26, 2008
LMGM in France

Defining "Comfort Food"

Thanks! Although I'm more likely to say Cuisine Bourgeoise Canadienne, if anything. Especially poutine, which is practically Québec's "national" dish. I've noticed that fries & gravy are rare in the states, outside of the New England-NYC-Philly corridor.

May 22, 2007
LMGM in General Topics

Defining "Comfort Food"

I'd love to add a piggyback question (if that's OK): What are some translations of the expression "comfort food" into other languages? I've noticed that this category seems to be almost exclusively anglophone. I'm currently living in France, and I have the hardest time explaining the magic of grilled cheese sandwiches, poutine, fluffer-nutter, and PB&J.

May 21, 2007
LMGM in General Topics

Ice Cream?

I must say that I've always found the dark chocolate SORBET at Soma to be fantastic, but it's very far from the sweet, creamy vanilla you'll find in ice creams like Kawartha Dairies. It's closer to the dark chocolate flavours at Berthillon, here in Paris.

May 21, 2007
LMGM in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Paris - Pastries??

I second and triple Millet. I'm almost reluctant to tell other people about it, because it's wonderfully quiet as well. They have a small amount of seating, so you can actually order some croissants and coffee and just sit down. Their other pastries are delicious, but the sublime experience is just the croissant beurre.

Apr 25, 2007
LMGM in France

April in Paris...any suggestions?

I know it's a bit late, but I should mention that L'Ourcine has really fallen in quality recently. The last two times that I've been there (February and March) have been nightmares of poor service. Their desserts have become rather banal and tasteless, and they seem to change their menu less often. Unless there's a substantial change (i.e., management), I'm not going back.

Apr 25, 2007
LMGM in France

Paris Without a Budget

Yes, I'm still very fond of Taillevent. It was a fantastic experience when I went last November. That much being said, I have heard very good things about Le Grand Vefour.

Apr 25, 2007
LMGM in France

BIG BIRTHDAY BASH IN PARIS

Le Marsangy might be a good option. Great food and reasonable prices (20-ish€ for two courses, another 6€ to add a third course). The place is not too well-known, the service is lovely, the wine list is mindboggling, and the dining room is cosy. I think they'd probably be up for pushing a few tables together for you.

Check out the restaurant listing here:
http://mmmm.free.fr/resto/5669.html

Apr 25, 2007
LMGM in France

Argh!! Paris on a restricted diet

Dear Chowhound, I never thought it would happen to me....

Actually, it's not me but my sister. She's coming to visit me in Paris next week, and her body chose NOW to develop an acute sciatica. To alleviate the sciatica, she's on a regimen of Norflex and NSAIDs, which means that she can't stomach red meat, bread, dairy, chocolate, alcohol, or pretty much anything else that makes life worth living. Needless to say, she's as much a foodie as I.

On the other hand, she CAN eat white meats and fish, and she hasn't tried duck meat quite yet. She's slowly re-taught her stomach to handle small doses of cheese, but she's pretty much on a fish/chicken + veggies/fruit diet. This isn't necessarily a horrible thing on its own, but I'm worried about taking her out for dinner and finding nothing on the menu for her.

Any suggestions for restaurants that might be flexible for people with dietary restrictions?

cheers,
LMGM

Apr 10, 2007
LMGM in France

Eating on Easter Monday?

Thanks! I have to admit that I'm not familiar with either of these two restaurants, but I'll pick one and give it a try.

Apr 08, 2007
LMGM in France

Eating on Easter Monday?

Hi all,

I have a guest in town and I'd like to take her out Easter Monday (the only day we both have some time to see each other). Can we count on some restaurants being open, or are they all closed? I suppose some of the more tourist-trappy places will stay open, but it would be nice to take her to a bistro or something. Normally, we'd go to places like Chez Denise or Au Boeuf Couronné.

Apr 06, 2007
LMGM in France

4 meals:Cantine du Quentin, Symphles de Os a Moelle , Le Petit Prince, Relais de l’Entrecote.

Very nice! I'm very interested in the new Os a Moelle, as well as the Cantine du Quentin. I'll have to try these out. Thanks for the recommendations!

I'm also eager to check out Le Petit Prince, if only to cringe at the décor. With a name like that, there's no avoiding the "whimsical" thing, is there?

Mar 20, 2007
LMGM in France

Foodie Souveniers from Paris

I'd also add saucisson sec, although I'm not sure if it will pass customs. Has anybody tried it yet? I brought back rillettes du mans a long time ago without trouble, but it was in a heavy crock and I wrapped it in old clothes and stuck it in my checked luggage. Alas, what I most want to bring back is the fresh dairy products!

Mar 15, 2007
LMGM in France