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last minute dinner help, midtown-ish

Hi. I need to come up with a good place for dinner for eight people, for this evening. One of them wants to eat fish, two are vegetarian. They're staying in Times Square but like good food and are ready to leave that neighborhood. Moderately priced place would be good. Any suggestions??

May 01, 2010
beauxmots in Manhattan

Best gnocci in the area?

Ohhhh....North Wales in PA, that explains everything!

Aug 17, 2008
beauxmots in Pennsylvania

Best gnocci in the area?

Where in North Wales is that last restaurant, AmblerGirl?

Aug 17, 2008
beauxmots in Pennsylvania

lunch in Saint-Malo

After reading all about the overpriced and underrated food in Mt-St-Michel, I'm electing to spend the second of my two days in the area in St-Malo. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good lunch there? I'm currently in Montparnasse where Breton crepes are everywhere, so I'll be looking for something other than a creperie. Also, I won't have a car.

I've read good things about Le Chalut for seafood... Any other high quality, interesting places, or local cuisine that shouldn't be missed?? Thanks!

Aug 16, 2008
beauxmots in France

Mont-St-Michel

Well....THAT sounds yummy! Now all I have to do is learn how to time travel. ;-)

I've heard from several people that the place is mobbed during the day, and it's only after they all leave that you can truly appreciate the peace and beauty of the place, which is why I'm going to stay overnight. But maybe there's somewhere off the island but near enough to walk to (or take a local bus) where I can find better food during the day?

Aug 15, 2008
beauxmots in France

Mont-St-Michel

Ah...I'm beginning to think that Poulard Ainé is a restaurant that doesn't exist anymore, seems to be mentioned in historical contexts. Alas...

Aug 15, 2008
beauxmots in France

Mont-St-Michel

I will be visiting Mont Saint Michel for two full days near the end of August, staying within the walls. Is anyone familiar with restaurants there? (I'm travelling by train, so hopping in a car to go to the next town over won't be an option.) I've heard the pré-salé lamb is worth having, but that not all the restaurants serve the real thing. Also, my budget is not huge...though I do want to eat well!

The one place I keep reading about is La Mère Poulard, for the lamb and the omelettes...but I've heard that it's an overpriced tourist trap. Are there other good places nearby for those dishes?

Are there other local specialities I should try?

I saw one mention of a place called Poulard Ainé, but can't find any address. Has anyone heard of it?

Thanks for any and all advice!

Aug 15, 2008
beauxmots in France

maple candy in Paris?

Thanks!

Aug 15, 2008
beauxmots in France

maple candy in Paris?

Is there anywhere in Paris that sells maple candy or maple cream?

Jul 15, 2008
beauxmots in France

Gifts for expat in Paris? [moved from France board]

Merci bien, Islandgirl and all of you who had such great ideas! In the end, I decided to mail some homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, since I didn't remember seeing anything like that in the French bakeries. He sounded pleased, so I guess it was a good choice.

Thanks again to everyone!

Dec 13, 2007
beauxmots in General Topics

Gifts for expat in Paris? [moved from France board]

chewing gum...that's true, isn't it, you don't see people chewing gum. Smoking, yes; chewing, no. Hmm.

I keep hearing Mallomars. I've actually never had one.

Nov 10, 2007
beauxmots in General Topics

Gifts for expat in Paris? [moved from France board]

Melinda hot sauce? Is that the best stuff? (I must confess that it's not an area of expertise for me.)

I know you can get maple syrup there now -- but can you also find maple sugar candy?

Nov 10, 2007
beauxmots in General Topics

Gifts for expat in Paris? [moved from France board]

What an original idea! And amusing, too. If only I were delivering in person instead of mailing....

Nov 10, 2007
beauxmots in General Topics

Gifts for expat in Paris? [moved from France board]

That all makes sense...except, blueberry preserves? I've had the most wonderful preserves of my life in France. And the jar I recently brought back was myrtilles sauvages -- wild blueberries. That said, of course I don't know where they got them....

Nov 10, 2007
beauxmots in General Topics

Gifts for expat in Paris? [moved from France board]

Actually, NW, I think. What do they eat up there, anyway? :-D

Nov 10, 2007
beauxmots in General Topics

Gifts for expat in Paris? [moved from France board]

That's what I'm afraid of -- and I really don't know anything about his tastes. I just know how I feel when people bring me useless knickknacks that aren't even my taste, versus yummy things that can disappear quickly. Maple candy and hot sauce might just do it, then.

Nov 10, 2007
beauxmots in General Topics

Gifts for expat in Paris? [moved from France board]

Thanks to all of you for those replies!

To elaborate further, it's someone I don't know well, and along the lines of a thank-you gift. And he's far from his student days. I'd probably feel funny sending something like toothpaste (great as the idea is). Hot sauce seems like it might be more along the right lines...

What about salsa? Maple sugar candy? Peanut brittle?

Nov 08, 2007
beauxmots in General Topics

Gifts for expat in Paris? [moved from France board]

I'm trying to come up with some good ideas for gifts for an American expat living in Paris. Something he can't get there (which is getting harder, these days!), and generic enough that he's likely to enjoy it. So far I've thought of maple products...but I think you can already get syrup there, right? And besides, isn't that what everyone brings over from here?

Anyone have any ideas? Particularly people who are living there, or know someone who is? Merci beaucoup d'avance!!

Nov 07, 2007
beauxmots in General Topics

LI Thanksgiving help needed!

Thanks, those of you that have responded so far!

Ordering in is, alas, not an option. The only place we could do it is at my elderly uncle's place -- and he would hate that (not that there's even enough room).

As far as restaurants, none of us actually knows anything about restaurants on Long Island. My uncle, who lives there, hasn't been able to get around easily for years, so we're all at a loss. I'll check out Jonathan's. If anyone has any other ideas for restaurants I should call, please do let me know!

I love the hotel idea -- I'll definitely look into that. No question that having an accessible space where we can cook is the best option by far, if it's affordable.

Thanks again, everyone!

Oct 30, 2006
beauxmots in General Tristate Archive

LI Thanksgiving help needed!

Hi, all. I need to find a restaurant on Long Island (somewhere within driving distance of Hempstead) which is serving Thanksgiving dinner. But wait: read on!

It will be a party of six:

2 vegetarians
1 person who can't eat gluten or dairy
1 elderly person who can't climb any stairs without a lot of help (besides front door, he also needs an easy route to the men's room)
1 person who absolutely requires a tradiational dinner
1 person (me) who, if we have to eat at a restaurant instead of cooking at home, REALLY wants high-quality food in an inviting, relaxed setting...though it can't be outrageously expensive.

Of all of those requirements, I suppose mine will be the first to go, if necessary. But if anyone has suggestions, I'd be most grateful for the help!!

Oct 29, 2006
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