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First Time in Provence - nr. St. Remy de Provence/Avignon

Will do, of course. Before and after. Thanks.

Apr 03, 2007
parker30 in France

First Time in Provence - nr. St. Remy de Provence/Avignon

We have rented a villa for a week in April in Maillane, near St. Remy de Provence and Avignon. We will be five, two couples plus my mom. Any ideas for "no-star" dining in this area or maybe splurges that we could do for lunch? Budget is a consideration. Maybe topping out at about 50 Euros per person?

We'll be coming from Paris so will probably have had our fill of steak frites/tartare/pate, etc. Perhaps something uniquely Provencal?

Also, any thoughts on farmer's markets (probably an American term) in this area will be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Apr 03, 2007
parker30 in France

Steak Tartare in Paris (and France in General)

PhillD-

Thank you for your feedback and for your suggestion. Glad to know we won't find ourselves being surprised in a not-so-good way. I have noticed that you currently live in Paris and so I also appreciate the current information that you provide.

I saw that a negative remark about a reader's bad experience with Steak Tartare has been removed and upon reviewing the rules, I understand why.

But this brings up another topic and that is the overall safety of the steak tartare found in France. Without mentioning any names (unless in a positive way) have readers found this to be a safe dish to order?

I have been eating it here for so long I forget that it is still just raw meat and as such carries the possiblity of causing problems if not handled with care (hope this topic makes it past the admins...) Thank you.

Mar 31, 2007
parker30 in France

My long weekend in Paris - report

PhilD-

Thanks for this great post which hits a lot of issues that I think come up when we travel anywhere. My wife and I are going to Paris in two weeks and one thing on our list is to find a great place for cold seafood platter. (I have many great suggestions from other Chow posts). But I know that in some way we have Balthazar's model as our point of reference -- The American ideal of the Parisian original. Expectations are so much of how we perceive these experiences and your post reminded me to keep a global context.

We also have loved Les Halles restaurant in NY (the one on Park Ave. South) and will no doubt have that in the back of our minds as we visit bistros/brasseries in Paris. (thanks also for the discussion of the difference between these two eating establishments) The challenge is to let those proconceptions go and enjoy each place on its own merit.

Anyway thanks again for that post. And to vvv03, going to Paris for the weekend puts such pressure on each moment doesn't it? Quite a lot to live up to.

Mar 31, 2007
parker30 in France

Steak Tartare in Paris (and France in General)

My wife and I are going to Paris in two weeks and enjoy eating steak tartare here in the U.S. (esp. in French-type Bistros in NY and SF). We read that much of the tartare in France in horse meat. Is this the "norm"? Can you get tartare au bifstek? Not too sure we want to go for raw horse meat. I know, when in Paris....

Any rec's for beef tartare?

Thanks in advance and have found all the previous Hound posts for Paris and France to be a major source of information and inspiration.

Mar 31, 2007
parker30 in France