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$ 1.00 oyster happy hour in NYC.....Any such thing??

bookmarking. thanks

Oct 15, 2013
naughtyb in Manhattan

New Years Eve in the Quarter or CBD

Any thoughts on a place for dinner on New Years Eve in the Quarter or CBD that is casual and not as expensive as August?
I was thinking maybe Emeril's on Tchoupitoulas but maybe something even closer. I am staying at the Monteleone and want something that I can walk to because I know cabs are going to be pretty scarce. Thanks so much.

Dec 03, 2012
naughtyb in New Orleans

Paris Trip Report- Day 2

It gets worse! I am not sure just how in depth to make these posts but I am writing these for myself and not as concerned about the audience. I am going to make most of the others more food centric except for one. I hope what I have written for Day 1 and 2 are acceptable for chowhound.

Oct 08, 2012
naughtyb in France

Paris Trip Report- Day 2

Day 2

The second day got off to a late start. We lumbered downstairs at 25 after 10 and were pleased that breakfast continued to be served at the hotel for another 5 minutes. This was such a pleasant way to start each day because the breakfasts at Le Comptoir du Relais were simple, yet perfectly suited my needs. Each morning, we were served croissants, baguettes, jambon, cheese, yogurt with a rhubarb and celery compote (which sounds and looks disgusting but it had a sweet and salty thing that went so well with the yogurt), and any type of coffee you liked.
After breakfast, it was time to just relax and walk around the city, flâneur style. We made our way towards the Louvre and walked through the Tuileries enjoying the spectacle that Paris presents when you have a Chamber of Commerce type day. As we made our way to the L’Orangerie, I noticed a small child playing with her parents and it made me think of my daughter. She is almost two years old and during that fleeting moment, I actually thought it would have been a good idea if she was on the vacation.
Feeling guilty that she was at home and I was in one of the most beautiful places I could imagine, I called the house just to hear her sweet voice. The call went to voicemail. Next, I called my parent’s house, thinking that my mother must have taken Madeleine there for breakfast. No answer. I then call my Mom’s cell phone. She answered and began to make small talk. I explained how I wish she could see what I was looking at, as I was seated in front of the L’Orangerie looking out on the Place de la Concorde. Curiously, I asked, “Where are you? You didn’t answer the phone at my house or yours?” She responded quietly and slowly, “I don’t want to freak you out.” I said, “Well, now I am freaking out. Tell me!” “I am at the UK Hospital. Madeleine began wheezing yesterday and then started having a really hard time breathing. We took her to the local hospital and then she was transferred here by ambulance last night. She’s doing ok though.” Suddenly, the vacation that I had thought about every day for two years took a back seat to panic. I was told that she would probably be discharged that day and I would get a call when they were leaving the hospital. I said if she doesn’t get discharged that day, I would be booking my flight home the next day.
After consoling her Mom for nearly an hour, I told her we’d do anything she’d like to do. This statement resulted in a day filled with glances at the telephone interspersed with window shopping and actual, full blown shopping. Walking from Rue St. Honore to Place Vendome to the Galeries Lafayette, we finally ended up at Au Printemps. Despite being an avid nonsmoker my entire life, I stepped on the butt of the 5th cigarette that I had chain-smoked before entering this temple of couture. Not exactly feeling the curative properties that shopping can have on some, I opted for a strong drink and something to eat.
We had a very late lunch that day that really could be considered more of a snack. Somehow recalling a post on chowhound, I remembered that there was a good place on the 6th floor that fit the bill. Feeling the need for some sort of divine intervention, sitting under the gorgeous stained glass dome with a bourbon and water was very close to a religious experience. We ordered the beef carpaccio and a cheese plate which we shared. The beef carpaccio was actually very good. It was topped with arugula, poached organic egg, caper berries and shaved parmesan cheese. The cheese plate was not really amazing but at 9 euros, I wasn’t expecting salvation. There were 3 different cheeses and they must have been pulled from the refrigerator immediately after they were ordered. The cheese came with an endive salad dressed in a lemony vinaigrette. To describe the cheese plate in one word, I would use adequate. I did enjoy this stop mostly due to the surroundings and the bourbon, however, I would only recommend the beef carpaccio while you gawk at the dome.
Having done all the damage we could do on the shopping front, we began walking back to the Saint Germain. As I strolled by a café with people spilling out into the street, I glanced at a couple that I believed I recognized. I stopped for a second a stared. It was them. I noticed them from a blog that a poster on chowhound writes of which I check daily. (full disclosure: I am not a blog type of person but there is something about hers that I can’t seem to get enough of.) I asked Sarah if I should stop and introduce myself. I was informed just how creepy that would be and how I would come off as a stalker rather than it being the random, chance encounter that it was. I asked again if I should say something and she defended her answer so vehemently that I took her word for it. We kept walking.
We finally crossed the Seine and were walking on the Left Bank, opposite of the Louvre when I noticed something amazing. My favorite college football team was on TV in a small Canadian bar… in Paris. I stopped dead in my tracks and was transfixed on the screen. Knowing that I had done what she wanted to do all day long, she said, “If you want to stop and watch the game, that is fine with me.” Unicorns flew under brightly colored rainbows immediately after that statement was uttered.
As I sat down on the small wooden bench, I immediately received the phone call that we had been waiting for all day. Madeleine was going home and would be alright. I hung up and was beaming. Did I mention unicorns and rainbows!! 2 hours went by and I have never been happier. As I got up to visit the water closet, I glanced to the left at a group three tables down from me. As fate would have it, it was the same couple I had passed on the street earlier. With nobody to tell me otherwise, I stopped and introduced myself. I informed them of their newly found “fame” and how obsessed I was with reading the blog they appear in. They were incredibly friendly to me and were amazed that I had recognized them. They also told me that Julie, the blog’s author, would be joining them soon and that we should hang out. I told them how much I would love to do that and I went back to my table with a huge smile on my face. We stayed until the end of the game and with no Julie in sight, we decided it was time to head back to the hotel.
We waved goodbye to the couple as we the left the bar and meandered back to the hotel, where we squeezed into the sardine can that is L’Avant Comptoir. Making immediate friends with a tall, brunette woman that was sandwiched against us, she asked if we had ever been L’Avant before, we quickly replied “No”. We asked her what was good and she began listing items like an experienced server. Since she was a regular who seemed to have a good relationship with the balding man behind the counter, we told her we were at her mercy. She ordered blood sausage with spiced caramelized apples, foie gras a la plancha, jambon croquettes, chicken in a lettuce wrap, and bite size pieces of grilled pork and two glasses of red wine. Although everything was delicious, the star of the show was the blood sausage. With each bite, I would look at Sarah and say, “Why have we waited so long to order this?” The foie gras was amazing as well. They were two bite size pieces of grilled foie gras on a skewer separated by roasted red peppers. They were incredible. Of all the things we were served, the least favorite were the small bites of grilled pork. After a long, event filled day, the bed 5 floors away was calling my name and I was happy to answer.

Oct 08, 2012
naughtyb in France

Paris Trip Report- Day 1

The first day in Paris was a long one. I left my house in Kentucky at 6:30 a.m. and arrived the next day in Paris at 8:15 a.m. I was eager to begin the trip. All of the hours, days, weeks, and months of researching restaurants, bars, museums, and maps amounted to a jumble of information waiting to get a chance to be utilized effectively. Unfortunately, dealing with a lack of sleep for days leading up to the trip coupled with a textbook case of jet lag, my time might not have been used as efficiently as normal. However, this is Paris we are talking about so I tried to relax without relaxing too much and anticipated the first dinner, that just so happened to be scheduled much too late that night.
8:45 p.m. finally came and we made it to Josephine Chez Dumonet. I was accompanied by exhaustion and quite a buzz from hitting cafes en route to dinner in order to waste time in a non-active sort of way. We were seated in the front section of the restaurant. The doors were open as it was a very pleasant evening. The restaurant was packed and seemed to have more English speaking diners than French, although there was a mix of both. We were greeted with a glass of white wine and gazpacho. The gazpacho was really nice. It seemed like you could pick out every single vegetable that went into the dish although it was pureed as smoothly as a cream sauce.
For the entrée, I chose the foie gras. It was a very simple presentation. 2 huge slabs of buttery smooth foie gras encased by butter and served with grilled bread. I knew I wanted to order this dish months before I got to say the words to the waiter and it did not fail to impress me. It was everything I thought it would be.
The plat was a bit more difficult to choose. I knew the recommendations were duck confit and boeuf bourguignon and I kept going back and forth debating which one would suit me better. The waiter approached and asked what I would like. Lingering a bit, I said, “Foie gras and … the pigeon millefeuille. I am not sure what caused the disconnect from my brain to my mouth but I need to start ordering that way from now on. The pigeon was served rare and it was in between layers of thin, crunchy potatoes with a red wine and garlic reduction. This dish was seasoned perfectly and the meat couldn’t have been cooked better. I thought this was one of the best dishes of the entire trip. It would definitely make my top 5 of the week.
I finished with the Grand Marnier soufflé. When it arrived, the soufflé continued to tower above the dish that was meant to contain it. It was as high as Texas hair on a Saturday night. Although I have had this dessert at many different restaurants in the past, this one is the new benchmark. What can you really say about a soufflé? It was light, pillowy and absolutely delicious.

*The entire meal, for 2, was 160 euros. We did have a bottle of wine with the meal but that was a total blur. I wanted to order a bottle of dessert wine with the foie but the sentiment was not shared due to exhaustion.

Oct 07, 2012
naughtyb in France

Pittsburgh recommendation needed

Thanks for the info!! Now I just need a recommendation for dinner next Friday and I am good!!

Oct 04, 2012
naughtyb in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh recommendation needed

Sorry for the unimaginative title but I would love some opinions on where to eat next Friday night.
My Dad and I are coming in to town for a football game on Saturday. So this is obviously not a romantic dinner or anything but would love some really good food.
I have done a bit of research and have narrowed down a few choices. I am interested in Salt of the Earth, Eleven, Spoon, or Cure. I would need to know a good place to stop and pick up a bottle of wine or 2 on the way to Cure though. We are staying at the Omni William Penn.
Also, can someone recommend a good sports bar to watch college football on Saturdays that is not too far from the hotel. We can take a taxi but the closer the better. I would like a bunch of TVs and good beer choice. The food is secondary in this particular decision, although good chicken wings would be a bonus!
Thank you so much!

Oct 03, 2012
naughtyb in Pennsylvania

Good eats in Destin/Seaside/etc.

That post doesn't seem like it is a post by the owner at all!! I bet EVERYTHING you order there is good! ;)

Sep 20, 2012
naughtyb in Florida

Recommendation for good boulangeries around St Germain area walking towards Champ de Mars

Thanks Deluca. You have been a big help to me in planning this trip. I will dance at your next wedding.

Sep 05, 2012
naughtyb in France

Recommendation for good boulangeries around St Germain area walking towards Champ de Mars

I am thinking about having a picnic int he Champ de Mars in a few days and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good boulangerie and maybe a good fromagerie as well. Also, possibly a good place for charcuterie.
Would it be best to just go to Le Bon Marche or should I go to each individual place? I am thinking some of the fun of it would be to go to all the separate stores but it could take a while to do that. Thanks so much.

Sep 05, 2012
naughtyb in France

Changes at Chez l'Ami Jean

I am glad I will get to try it before it changes. I will be there in about a month. I think it is set to change a little over a week after we eat there. My guess is I will experience a hybrid version of the restaurant which hopefully will combine the best aspects from both versions.

Aug 03, 2012
naughtyb in France

Changes at Chez l'Ami Jean

Here is a look at some of the dishes that will be served at the new CLJ.

http://thepariskitchen.com/2012/07/a-...

Aug 02, 2012
naughtyb in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

I did get screwed big time on the exchange rate and didn't even realize how bad. I just began researching so that I could correct you because I was positive about the rate that I paid. Now I am pissed that I looked!! It looks like I paid about .18 per euro that I received to exchange my dollars. Live and learn.

Jul 30, 2012
naughtyb in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

OOPS!! I guess everyone understood what I meant but obviously a typo.

Jul 30, 2012
naughtyb in France

Paris food scene - mediocre at best?

The dollar doesn't go very far compared to when? Prior to the euro? The dollar is going about as far now in Western Europe as it has in quite a while. When I was there 5 years ago, I can remember the exchange rate being 1.67 euros to the dollar. Today the rate is 1.23 euros to the dollar. I feel like I am getting a bargain!

Jul 27, 2012
naughtyb in France

The stars must be aligned just right.....Frenchie

I also called a month ago and got through once after trying over 100 times and getting nothing but the answering machine. When the lady picked up I asked for a reservation in September and she said to call back in 2 weeks because they had not yet decided when they were going to take their vacation. I wanted to yell at her and say, "You don't get it! I have just hit the lottery by actually speaking to a person. Please take my name down!!" Instead, I said, "Thanks, I will call you back." I did and I never got through again!!!! Thankfully, someone from this board made a reservation for me while eating at Frenchie.

Jul 23, 2012
naughtyb in France

Help me fill in the blank for 1 meal

First off, Le Comptoir is just as difficult a reservation today as Frenchie.

Second, the heavy lifting comes from months of research on sites like this. I don't just take any one person's word on the restaurants that I choose. I actually look into them and determine if they are something that I would like. I kind of take offense at the intended slight, as silly as it is, because it's just flat out untrue.

For example, although many people back Le Cinq, there is a thread on either the first or second page of this board entitled, "I'm no longer recommending Le Cinq for lunch". Many posters in that thread agree with the poster. Prior to making my reservations at Le Cinq and LGV, I was nearly positive that I was going to go to a couple 3 stars for either lunch or dinner. After perusing this site and others, I decided that other experiences would fit what I am looking for better.

Ask Parigi how she feels about Frenchie. She says that it is overhyped and that there are many restaurants one could find offering a better value. She is not the only person on this board that feels that way. I am going because of a strange desire to go for many years now and I can't be talked out of it.

You mentioned Le Grand Vefour being one as well that is not universally accepted.

I, on the other hand, do agree that most seem to like Josephine Chez Dumonet, Spring, and Chez L'Ami Jean. But even though I say most like them, I have found many posts where people either didn't like one of them or wouldn't recommend them.

I could make a list of about 30 to 40 restaurants that are commonly recommended on this site but to act like no real thought went into my choices is condescending for no real reason. It would be different had I offended you in a previous post or something but I am positive that is not the case. I don't come to this site to make enemies.

Jul 18, 2012
naughtyb in France

Help me fill in the blank for 1 meal

I agreed with Parigi. My wife MAY have a point. However, I believe that I have left plenty of room for uncertainty every day that we are there. I have only planned one meal per day. Granted the meals I have planned aren't just light snacks but I have left plenty of time throughout our vacation for spontaneity.

As you said, my time in Paris IS precious. I want to go to the best places that I can to maximize my time there. I do love the thrill of entering a place without any expectations, having only happened upon them and leaving feeling totally fulfilled but in my opinion, that is something better left to home town locations rather than vacations that are 5 years in the making.

Lastly, if you noticed the question, it wasn't about which restaurant is worth flying 10 hours for but what is a good restaurant within walking distance of my hotel. I have already done the heavy lifting with the other ones that have been chosen. It seems that either LMH or TP will fit the bill. Thanks for the insight on that front.

Jul 18, 2012
naughtyb in France

Help me fill in the blank for 1 meal

Coincidentally, there was a poster by the name of "Buzzy2" who claims that Paris is devoid of any good, affordable restaurants. I would disagree with that assessment completely but it seems that it is nearly impossible to do NO research and stumble into consecutive nights of fantastic meals from different restaurants.

Jul 18, 2012
naughtyb in France

Help me fill in the blank for 1 meal

0 and 4 ...Noted. ;)

Jul 18, 2012
naughtyb in France

Help me fill in the blank for 1 meal

Ok, last question on this subject. I studied and studied and studied last night to the point where my wife said, "Just pick a damn place and be done with it". She counts on me to do all the work and is thankful when we are on vacation that we are having such great meals but it is not by chance that this occurs. If it were up to her, she would have just picked the restaurants in 5 minutes by looking at Zagats or something similar.
My question is Terroir Parisien, Le Machon d'Henri, or Les Papilles? I have read so many good things about Les Papilles, it is close in proximity to the hotel, cheap(ish), and there is no choice, which is good for people who are not great at speaking French. I did look at Terroir Parisien and Le Marchon d'Henri and they both looked like something we would like as well. What is the consensus? Thanks again.

Jul 18, 2012
naughtyb in France

Help me fill in the blank for 1 meal

Thanks so much Parigi. I really appreciate all the advice.

Jul 17, 2012
naughtyb in France

Help me fill in the blank for 1 meal

After all the time I have spent on Chowhound, I have not seen either of the restaurants you mentioned come up. After looking into them, they both look great. Would you go to either of those before L'Ambassade d'Auvergne or Fish?

Jul 17, 2012
naughtyb in France

Pastries in Paris

There is a blog that I read about on JulieMarie8's blog, called Paris Patisseries. It is very informative and has quite a few drool-inducing pictures. He has a map on his site detailing the locations of all of the best patisseries as well as the best offerings from each place. You should really check it out.

http://www.parispatisseries.com/

Jul 17, 2012
naughtyb in France

Help me fill in the blank for 1 meal

After studying Chowhound for months and months and (what I thought to be) careful planning, I was informed by the conceirge yesterday that one of the places I had reserved was closed on Saturdays and they went ahead and reserved it for Friday.

This is what my schedule looks like:

Arrive Friday, Sept 7
Friday: Josephine Chez Dumonet
Saturday: OPEN - this is where I need help.
Sunday: Lunch at Le Cinq
Monday: Le Comptoir for dinner
Tuesday: Spring for dinner
Wednesday: Frenchie
Thursday: Chez L'Ami Jean
Friday: Lunch at Le Grand Vefour.

For Saturday the 8th, I was thinking I would try to do dinner some place that is not too expensive and is within walking distance from Relais St. Germain. Walking distance to me is a mile or 2. I am not overly concerned with the type of cuisine that is served. I have seen Fish la Boissonnerie mentioned here as well as L'Ambassade d'Auvergne. I thought I read that Fish lost it's chef and that place is sort of in flux at the moment. Does anyone recommend either of those two restaurants for 2 people or would you do something else? Thanks again for all of the guidance whether you have directly given me recommendations or indirectly by responding to others posts. This place has a wealth of information!

Jul 17, 2012
naughtyb in France

First night. No reservations on Friday night. Restaurant near Relais St. Germain.

Thanks!! I will make some notes!

Jul 11, 2012
naughtyb in France

First night. No reservations on Friday night. Restaurant near Relais St. Germain.

I have done some research on this site and am well aware that most people would discourage no reservations on a Friday night and normally, I would agree with you. However, I am just not sure how the jetlag is going to effect my wife and I, or any combination of the two. Is there any place that is nearby, aside from L'Avant Comptoir that I should know about that has good food with no reservations that I have a possibility of getting into?
I have thought about just seeing how we feel around lunch and if we are doing ok, have the hotel make a reservation some place. But, I know that you can feel fine one minute and the next feel like you have been hit by a train. So, instead of taking this approach, I thought I would see if there is anything that we could do without a reservation.
Anything other than Relais L'Entrecote or L'Avant Comptoir?

Jul 11, 2012
naughtyb in France

Coq au vin: what and where?

The meat should certainly not be tough, dry, and stringy. I really love it but it has to be done well. Think of a beef bourguignon but with chicken.
I am of absolutely no help though for giving you a restaurant recommendation. I like to make it at home. It is labor intensive at first but once everything is prepared, you just let it simmer away.

Jul 06, 2012
naughtyb in France

Cheese course etiquette

I must have missed out on this conversation. You are saying that if I order the cheese course for myself at Le Cinq, they will just give some to my wife as well? Seems odd that they would do that.

Jul 06, 2012
naughtyb in France

Cheese course etiquette

It certainly does seem that it would be bad manners and cheap, however, maybe only in the instance of taking more than you would normally eat just so that you would be able to share.

Jul 06, 2012
naughtyb in France