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Catriona

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  1. Catriona

    Board Meeting Luncheon

    The all-day meeting I had yesterday included a lunch: cold salmon, a selection of salads (green, mixed bean, fennel, tomato and mozzarella), a cheese plate and a fruit bowl. Bread rolls were available. I'm a big fan of having something which resembles "real food" rather than sandwiches, especially in the context of a long meeting. It looks much more as if an effort has been made, and even if you only take a 5 minute break while people serve themselves from a buffet it gives people the illusion that they have had a proper lunch "break".
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    Soup Helper

    Re summer soups - yogurt, cucumber and mint... Gazpacho (possibly with the garnishes sold separately? Slightly gimmicky but cute.)
  3. The Cuckoo Club's food isn't bad, though nothing earthshattering. Pleasant enough, but it's light years from being somewhere I would feel comfortable. Lots of blondes in spaarkly dresses dancing on tables downstairs. Service in the restaurant is charming, dramatically different downstairs.
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    Hinds Head Bray

    I would add my name to the "nice but not worth a detour" team. I went last summer with a group of girls (and I freely acknowledge that when dining in a group of 10 you can't expect the best service), and we were rather underwhelmed, with both food and service. The service was just rather inelegant. Fair enough, it's a pub, and we were a large all-female group, we weren't expecting much more. I had the potted shrimps, which I liked more than Matthew did in his first post - I don't recall mine being anything other than as you'd expect, none of that prawn cocktail nastiness (thankfully). I then had a steak with marrow, which was a very nice piece of meat, well cooked. Triple cooked chips were as per Matthew's second post and made me feel ill, and the fat that lined the inside of my mouth refused to budge for hours. Nasty. Treacle tart with milk icecream was chosen in part so that the ice cream would cleanse my palate of the fat from the chips, and sadly didn't do the job, although it was perfectly ok.
  5. Thank you, John! So, Bofinger's earliest sitting (as with la Coupole, also a Flo restaurant, and one of our first ideas) is 6:30. Les Grandes Marches is indeed open again (as of March), and says it's open from 9am to 4am. I'm holding that option open, but your "never great" comment isn't encouraging. Entre les Vignes: nope, too early. We have become more creative... looking for somewhere on a direct metro between home and the opera, and we've hit on the Cafe de L'Esplanade - not wonderful food, that's for sure, but it's a nice place, it will be warm and welcoming, and it's a gorgeous walk down avenue de Breteuil and around the Invalides and a nice view of the Ecole Militaire... the metro station is just outside and it'll be easy for them. Still a little bit fashionable, and all of that orange and gold and swags of material will be a suitable start to the evening. (I wish we could have had tickets to the real Opera house, rather than the nasty Bastille). They serve food all day, and from what I've eaten there before (it's a regular stopping-off-place on our sunday walks) they should enjoy it. John - sending us to an Irish bar? Really! They will have just arrived from Dublin on the Friday evening. And Dad's first job was with Guinness. How sweet of you to put together a trip down memory lane for him on his birthday...
  6. To resurrect an old topic with (selfishly) my own query. My parents are coming to Paris next weekend for a celebration (Dad's birthday). We're sending them to the opera on Saturday night, and we'll need somewhere to have something to eat before. Something near where the 7th and the 15th meet, or near the Bastille would be ideal, but the main issue is timing: the opera starts at 7:30. Eating afterwards is a non-runner. So, in short, can anyone recommend anywhere decent (we know we're not going to somewhere "stellar" with these limitations, so budget probably isn't going to be an issue - the really high-end places won't be serving) that will be open at about 5:30? Thanks!
  7. Catriona

    Deciding where to live in Paris

    The 15th around rue Lecourbe - the market on ?Thursday mornings on avenue de Saxe, the fishmongers and fromageries on rue Lecourbe.
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    Baies Roses

    I like to just nibble on them, as they are... They're also good as a crust on a steak.
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    I have Star Fruit

    thinly sliced in a fruit salad... It's such a delicate flavour, you have to be careful not to overpower it. I think I've only ever eaten it like that (raw, and on its own or mixed with other fruit)
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    Restaurant seating lingo

    rbailin A cote would surely mean side by side, no? I may be wrong...
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    Micro Visit to Paris

    The alternative would be to take the air france coach to porte maillot, (or Etoile) but that's pretty much a desert in terms of good eating (as far as I know!). We had friends who had a 4 hour layover and came to visit us via the coach, which was lovely, but it was tough to find somwehere nice to feed a crustacean-hating coeliac (we could have had a nice fruits de mer platter, if that had appealed to her) within sight of the bus stop.
  12. oh my god, that looks so good! Can I have one for breakfast?
  13. I'm loving this, Johnny. My parents have a house in the west of Ireland (the other side of the pond to you) and their neighbour is a lobster fisherman. His name is Johnny... He's brought us back some delicious little beasties from his haul...
  14. Simple foods. I'd spend my time doing what I do on saturdays - hang out at my husband's apartment in Paris and spend every day putting together the evening meal. Taste new things, and indulge in favourites: fresh, ever-so-slightly chilled prawns with home made mayo. Open Crabmeat sandwiches. Marron glace ice cream. cold cold champagne with petits fours. Smoked salmon from the Connemara Smokehouse. Supper at my mama's house. One thing in particular: sharing meals with the people I love.
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