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  1. Hyderabad, India

    Anyone know of anything interesting to eat, drink or do food-wise in Hyderabad? Thanks in advance!
  2. Kim..great meeting you in real life too and love the recap of all your Paris food adventures. BTW, that night we all had dinner was the first night Thibault and I had gone out as a couple. All new then...but, now, we're living together! But, i often think back that that first night we went for the first time "together"! And as for identifying things....i've got brain drain. But I'll ask T - he's better at that stuff than I am. So, when are you getting back over here?
  3. and, yes, spring is open and good...but I wouldn't call it lounge and it wouldn't have music. (but it's a good place to stop for some wine or a meal)
  4. how about la Conserverie. It's a cocktail bar/lounge/restaurant. it's open late, has music, good drinks & food. the food angle is all 'conserved' food (so canned, preserved, etc) But, not bad conserves....apparently it's very good. I've only been for the drinks, which are excellent, so I can't speak on the food, but it seems to hit a few of your requirements.
  5. Cocktails in Paris

    A friend just sent an email looking for food and drink recommendations for an upcoming trip to Paris. I have plenty of food recommendations, but less for good cocktails. There's some places that I might recommend for drinks (but not for dinner) where I think the cocktails are well-made compared to a lot of what I find such as: China Club Buddha bar and related bars SoMo Kong and for more laid back atmosphere: Fubar & Rhubarb (although I've only had their creative tini's there and think they are pretty good, but don't know about a range of cocktails at either of these) Harry's I've never really gone on a search for the best cocktails in Paris (but wouldn't mind finding them). So, any recommendations on where to find the best?
  6. Cocktails in Paris

    well, I haven't posted much here lately because there seem to be so few of us lurking around these days, but i wanted to give a little mention to La Conserverie, 37 bis rue Sentier, for their cocktails. Lots of fresh ingredients and TLC behind the bar of this hip, loungey stop.
  7. Bar des Roses

    With John's encouragement, I'm putting up a thread for the Bar des Roses 1, Rue de Vintimille, 75009 where I had a very nice dinner the other night and discussed on the Cocktails in Paris thread, but didn't really want to go OT there and post about the food. (thanks Felice & Fresh_A for the suggestion - i've walked past this place more times than I could count and never thought about going in!) The place seems pretty unassuming - typical bar/cafe on the corner of Vintimille & Rue de Clichy (if you look it up online you'll get it listed under two different addresses on these two streets - they are one in the same). The bar area was packed with a lively bunch drinking wine and eating what looked like very nice charcuterie plates. It doesn't immediately seem like a restaurant because the small room full of tables to the side aren't set for dining. But, they do have a dinner menu. Mainly they serve up tapas, but they also offer four different mains (pork, chicken, beef & tuna). All four of these can also be ordered in tapas size. The tapas prices ranged from about 5 to 11 Euros/plate. There was no one sitting in the dining area when we arrived around 9pm, but by 10 it was overflowing. We had four tapas: tomato bread - basically bruschetta, but that's not what it was called on the menu (pain a la tomate), the beef in tapas size, a salad dish and octopus tentecle. All were excellent. The beef was superb...VERY rare, though, so non-rare eaters beware. (they don't ask how you want it cooked, so if you're going to ask for something more well done, I'm not sure the flavor would be worth it on this one) The service was friendly. Apparently in a few weeks they will be putting some tables outside so there will be somewhat of a terrace. The server told me that it's a good place to reserve for a large group because the chef can do big plates of tapas and the prices get more interesting that way. Between the two of us we had a beer, a dry martini, 4 tapas plates and a half bottle of wine and it totaled 62 Euros, which I thought was a great deal for the level of cuisine. For me, it's a top find because it's a five minute walk from my place. But, I'd say this is worth the trip over if you want to have a variety of well done tapas with some fun wines or good drinks!
  8. Bar des Roses

    Thanks Saborosa! I'll do my best.
  9. Cocktails in Paris

    okay people...that time of year again...seeking ideas for cocktail bars with really killer terraces for a drink in the nice weather! Thanks!
  10. Bar des Roses

    This weekend Bar des Roses will be relaunching their tapas menu. I have other plans, so won't be trying it - but curious to hear any reports!
  11. Bar des Roses

    yet another post on the rollar coaster ride of Bar des Roses. The original owners have taken it back over from their leasors, ditched the dartboard and seem to be making an attempt to bring back some of the original charm. No food as of yet - but they say it should be coming in a few weeks. We were there on the first reopening night - early when it was still rather quiet. They offer a choice of five cocktails: cosmo, mojito, clover club, a kiss from a rose, and a bourbon sour. (actually I'm a bit fuzzy on whether I have those last three names right, but if they're not, they're damn close) Small choice, but well done for what it is. Jethro and Marie(?) were the very friendly pair behind the bar & I'm hoping they'll make this a neighborhood favorite of mine once again!
  12. I'll be making a quick visit to Banda Aceh in the near future....anyone have any suggestions for eating, drinking, food shopping? Any and all info much appreciated!
  13. Unless I'm confused, there's only the choice of the Madeleine shop (two right next to each other - one being the bakery, I think) But, it's worth a trek up there as you can pass by Laduree, the maille store, and lavinia if you're so inclined! Enjoy!
  14. oh yeah...i forgot that Genin does chocolates. His caramels are the best I've had. Ever! but, the chocolates are damn fine, too. And, agreed with Daisy17 above...Pierre Herme...macarons...just typing that was enough to make me decide I'm going to get up from my desk and go get some right now!
  15. i don't eat a lot of chocolate...but people seem to like Gerard Mulot and I've gotten some very nice chocolates at Chaudun Michel. There's also a chocolatier right next to 10 rue Blanche (maybe 12 rue Blanche) which does some very good chocolates. i don't know the name offhand, but it seems like someone once told me it's the oldest in Paris. Don't know if that's the case, but if no one comes up with the name I'll dig it up and repost.
  16. Cocktails in Paris

    well, i haven't been around here in awhile (in fact the entire France forum seems pretty quiet these days). But, due to a query from a fellow EGer and a search for cocktails for a pre-concert drink tonight I notice that my cocktail bar unchartered spaces on it. I am on the hunt for cocktail bars: 1. around champs de mars 2. around Bercy if anyone has any suggestions for these areas, feel free to send them my way!
  17. One night in Paris

    no problem! if you do follow Daisy17's advice on Experimental (which is great!) i would recommend Frenchie for dinner which is just around the corner. 5 rue du nil. The menu prices are great as is the food. It's a MUST to book in advance as the place is rather small. Also, for cocktails - I haven't blogged on it - I also really recommend the Experimental's 3rd bar that opened 23 rue Mazarine called Prescription Club which is excellent. (it's not really marked with a sign, so you'll just have to go to the address) I also ate recently at Chamarre Montmartre & thought the price/quality was excellent. They have 3 course menus at 52 Euros each. So, with some very careful planning (the wine list is a bit expensive, so you'll have to hunt out something below 100 Euros). The chef there (Antoine Heerah) is a fun and friendly guy and he's doing some things that are bit more experimental than the standard fare. If you have time for lunch, I think the lunch menu looks like a fabulous deal at 17 Euros (I think that's just for two courses). in fact, I just reserved to go back there to try the lunch this Sat. And, while none of my fav cocktail places are super close, it's on the backside of Montmartre so you could start or end on the front side where there are plenty of fun places.
  18. Bar des Roses

    Just to let folks now, Bar des Roses is under new management - no mixed drinks, no more food. It's more of a stand at the counter and grab a glass of cheap wine or coffee place with a bit too much noise and activity thanks to the new electronic dartboard. So, ignore anything I've previously posted on it, since it's no longer the same.
  19. another local here who agrees the restaurants are a bit crazy & the Champs is a madhouse for NYE. If that's what you're looking for great, but I haven't bothered with it for years.
  20. "French" cocktails?

    thanks guys for the further direction! jmfangio - i'm ordering some more books this afternoon, so I'll see if I can get those!
  21. Daniel Rose's Table 28 in Paris

    Thanks Meg...saw your blog post on it right after I checked out Adrian's! thanks for the info!
  22. Daniel Rose's Table 28 in Paris

    good to know. can you give a general idea on the price range? (i'm looking at the blog, but don't see any very specific info there.)
  23. "French" cocktails?

    I'm dredging this old topic back up because I'm trying to get more information on cocktails that were actually invented on French soil. We've got the pompier & rose mentioned by Dave above. There seems to be some debate on the Sidecar & French 75, as both here and elsewhere I've heard conflicting stories. I don't personally buy that the bloody mary (at least as we know it today) was invented at Paris Harry's. So...does anyone know of any relatively well known drinks today that were first served/created/consumed in France? (and just to clarify - I'm looking for drinks created and started here whether they were americans doing american-style cocktails in France, "French cocktails", or french cocktails based on an assimilated cocktail culture from the US and abroad). I've been looking through some of my own books on cocktails (imbibe, drink, etc) but not coming across just what I want. I've ordered some additional books that might give me some more info. But, if anyone can point me in the right direction or give me some information, it would be much appreciated.
  24. I like l'ami jean a lot! (and you will definitely find dissenting opinions on that here on EG, but for what it's worth, I'm always happy there.) also, a fan of the Constant restaurants, so Fables might be a good choice. I haven't been to the others frequently enough to comment on consistency.
  25. Frenchie in Paris

    not saturday for lunch, too? I might be losing my mind, but I thought I tried to get Sat recently lunch reservations and they weren't open for it?