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Supper in the Marais area

Many thanks to you all for sharing your recommendations. I'll post a report when I get back.

Jan 21, 2010
Voluptua in France

Supper in the Marais area

Thanks for that quick response Soupie . . . Our budget would be around €25 for lunches and €80 per person for dinner. All good wishes, Voluptua

Jan 19, 2010
Voluptua in France

Supper in the Marais area

Myself and my 'squeeze' are visiting Paris later this month (January). I'm hoping for some recommendations for good places to eat in the Marais area. We'll be staying on the Rue des Archives. There seems to be such a wealth of possibilities. I can't wait to get there!

We are taking four of our relatives to dinner on one of the nights. They are all seasoned Parisians of many years standing and wouldn't be impressed by anything ostentatious. It will be the first time they've met, so I'm looking for somewhere quite intimate, with delicious food, a discerning wine selection and good value.

For the rest of our stay, we're up for everything! If you have any particular favourite spot for a lunch or somewhere to really push the boat out on one of the evenings. That would be wonderful.

Many thanks in advance - Voluptua

Jan 19, 2010
Voluptua in France

5 Days in Krakow, Poland

Hi Steve, many thanks for the advice and the tip.

I am originally from Nottingham in England and had the misfortune to work, for two nights only(!), when I was a student, in a Robin Hood 'themed' bar and restaurant. It was decked out with mangy pheasants and hares hanging from the walls. The customers were served copious amounts of mead (revoltingly sweet beer) at tressell tables. As you might imagine, things got very rowdy. The final indignity was that the waitresses had to dress in medieval garb, or, to be more accurate, what the owners/managers imagined was medieval. The job title on my contract said it all - 'Serving Wench'. I will be giving Jadlo a very wide berth! But I will certainly take a look in Restauracja Galicia, which is not far away from where I'll be staying. All good wishes, Voluptua

Jan 21, 2009
Voluptua in International Archive

5 Days in Krakow, Poland

Hi there rrems,

Many thanks for the recommendation. I've booked both Wierzynek and Cul de Sac. I'm really looking forward to sampling from both ends of the culinary spectrum. I'll report back, hopefully with a few more gems to add. Best wishes, Voluptua

Jan 20, 2009
Voluptua in International Archive

Breakfast Ireland?

Hi there, I'd suggest another 'Mills' . The Mills bar in Ballyvourney is well worth the small detour. You won't be disappointed!

Jan 19, 2009
Voluptua in U.K./Ireland

Dining in Ireland

Hi there, On the 'Ring of Kerry' leg of your trip, try The Blind Piper in Derrynane for good pub food. If you get an opportunity stop in Kenmare. Packies, The Lime Tree and Mulchay's all offer delcious menus based on high-quality local ingredients. If the budget is a little more limited, Prego offers nice Italian fare. Jam is a great spot for a pot of tea and homebaking. If you are looking for somewhere to stay, I can highly recommend Virginia's (I stayed there at the weekend for the first time and was very impressed). The room rate is great value for money and includes a magnificent and imaginative breakfast cooked by the delightful lady of the house Noreen. Hope you enjoy the scenary. It's a very beautiful part of the country.

Jan 19, 2009
Voluptua in U.K./Ireland

5 Days in Krakow, Poland

Hi there Earle,

Many thanks for your reply. I'd spotted Wierzynek thanks to feedback on another Chowhound thread. It's great to have this reinforcement. I'm going to book a table for two right now! Thanks also for the Cracow life link. All good wishes, Voluptua.

Jan 19, 2009
Voluptua in International Archive

5 Days in Krakow, Poland

I'm visiting Krakow at the end of February for five days. I'd be very interested on any recommendations for a first-time visitor. I'm hoping to push the boat out on a least one night as a birthday treat. Mostly, I'm hoping to sample all that can in the time I'm visiting. Reading some of the suggestions in other threads has whetted my appetite. Would anyone have a top 5 or something similiar? With thanks in advance, Voluptua

Jan 16, 2009
Voluptua in International Archive

Krakow!

Dear Roygbiv,

I'd like to take you up on your generous offer to share some of your favourite spots. I'm visiting Krakow at the end of February for five days. I'd be very interested on any recommendations you would have for a first-time visitor. I'm hoping to push the boat out on a least one night as a birthday treat. Mostly, I'm interested in trying all that can in the time I'm here. Just reading some of the suggestions in this thread alone has really whetted my appetite. Would you have a top 5 or something similiar?

With many thanks in advance . . .
Voluptua

Jan 14, 2009
Voluptua in Europe

Cannes Film Festival 2008

Merci Beaulieu, We'll do just that. Thanks too for the suggestions in Nice.

In return, as you seem to be a seasoned Cote d'Azur visitor, you might be interest in Le Comptoir 1, rue de la Tourraque in Antibes. Divine food and service.

Best wishes,

Nancy

May 14, 2008
Voluptua in France

Cannes Film Festival 2008

I'm looking for advice on where/what to eat and drink in Cannes. I'll be visiting for just one day, with my squeeze, during the festival (I'm staying in Nice for the rest of my trip).

The only item on the agenda so far is seeing a movie at the Cinema de Plagé which starts at 9.30pm each evening. For the rest of the day, I'm up for anything.

Any suggestions?

Apr 23, 2008
Voluptua in France

Boston 'Hound in Ireland

Cork City is a treasure-trove of great restaurants. Here are a handful you could try

Kinsale (West Cork) - Fishy, Fishy (which has just won a prestigious award for the best seafood restaurant in Ireland)

Timoleague (West Cork) - Casino House (modern Irish)

Durras (West Cork) - Blairs Cove Restaurant (you can stay here too and I would highly recommend that you do so), and Good Things Café.

Cork City - Café Paradiso (gourmet vegetarian food), Les Gourmandises (French), Jacobs on the Mall (modern Irish), as Irish girl says the English Market is great, and the Farmgate Cafés are both terrific for reasonably priced, traditional Irish food. Pub-wise, I'd suggest the Corner House (music on Monday evenings with the Lee Valley String Band) on Coburg Street, or Tom Barry's on Barrack Street.

Shanagarry (East Cork) - Ballymaloe House (modern Irish)

Mallow (North Cork) - Longueville House

In Dingle you should try Out of the Blue for great seafood, Forde pub for terrific lunches, Dick Mac's for a pint in a half-pub-half-cobbler (very charming). The Chart House is a great restaurant for an evening meal.

I was in Kenmare a couple of weeks ago and had a great cheap and cheerful Italian meal in Prago, the Lime Tree is good too, and Packies has a brilliant reputation. If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Kenmare, I would recommend 'Shelbourne Lodge', it is such a haven of peace, log fires, books and original artwork. They do great breakfasts too (the owners used to run Packies), they have a big herb garden out the back so everything is wonderfully fresh.

Hope this helps you . . . you'll need to come for a month to pack all that in.

May 02, 2007
Voluptua in U.K./Ireland

Pint of Plain

I'm visiting New York in May with my parents to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday. Could you recommend a good Irish bar (I'm from Cork) in Manhattan. We'll be zooming around all over the place sampling some of the delights I've picked up thanks to the suggestions on this site - a great head start!

Mar 29, 2007
Voluptua in Manhattan