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  1. My wife and I are going to be in paris in Late May for a few days. We are wanting to do a day trip to Giverny as we have never hit the Gardens in the Spring. Where would you suggest that we have lunch on our trip? I have searched this board but found very little about the area. It seems that Vernon may have more choices. As we will be doing the garden thing we will be more casually dressed than our normal coat/tie for Paris. Thanks in advance

  2. Sorry to say that missed flights, delays and jetlag put us in no mood to go out to dinner. I am sorry that I missed some of these options but next trip I hope. I will say a late night burger and house made chips hit the spot from the 96th St. Bistro at the Renaissance LAX hit the spot. Thanks to all who offered suggestions.

  3. Thanks for all of the suggestions. Yes a burger is usually one of the first desires when we return from Vietnam. We were not looking for a chain restaurant but I have checked out the websites of Joe's, Axe, Gjelina, and Cafe Pinguini. I will check out Lido also. Now to see about reservations. Thanks for all of the great ideas. I will report back when we return.

  4. My wife and I will be flying in on Monday night 1/11. We will be returning after a couple of weeks in Vietnam and have to overnight in LA. We will be arriving in mid afternoon and looking for something tasty for dinner in the LAX area where our hotel is located. As we will have been in the far east for a couple of weeks that is the only type of food we would not be interested in on our first night back. Also I will most likely not have a coat and tie nor will we have a car so cab only, if that makes a difference in the choices. Thanks in advance.

  5. My wife and I have to be in Durham next Sat. night the 16th. Searching this board it seems that NANA is the choice over Magnolia Grill. Is this still true? Are there another suggestions for a great experience in Durham. Thanks in advance.

  6. Rhea & I finally were able to go to Patterson House Friday night. We left work early so we would be able to arrive shortly after opening time. We were fortunate enough to spend a few minutes talking with Toby and Adam about the development of Patterson House and the Spring cocktail and food menu.

    The room has an intimate feel, like a "rich friends" library. Rhea thought the entrance and velvet curtains said speakeasy from the start. The lighting, sound level, music choice and the new bar are all exactly right (see pictures in the links provided by newbie21 earlier).

    To begin our long anticipated (watching the construction as well as reading these posts) wandering thru the drinks menu Rhea started with a non-menu drink that Toby is working on, then a Maisy Day. I started with a Dark and Stormy then a Reelfoot Manhattan. We shared a Terra Rica as the finale.

    Some of the things we wanted to try are not available yet as running the gauntlet of Tennessee's archaic liquor laws is a process that is still ongoing. Yes our legislature just voted to allow guns in parks and bars but did not allow wine to be sold in grocery stores.

    The small plates are not to be missed as they compliment any of the cocktails, wines or well chosen beers. We sampled the Proscuitto, Fig and Arugula flatbread (the truffle oil was a perfect balance not overdone as it so often is); Crispy Sweetbreads with sweet and sour sauce; Blackeyed pea hummus with Lavash; and I had to have the Tater Tots with Horseradish-Sour Cream sauce.

    A perfect spring evening that we hope to repeat soon. Thanks to all of the crew at Patterson House for bringing a new and exciting venue to Nashville.

  7. Toby,

    I think this is fantastic for Nashville. Although I live here I have been an admirer of Violet Hour for years. My god-daughter lives in Chicago and it is her favorite place so we go every time I am in Chicago. I think that you have done a great job choosing your location in Nashville. If you do not want to post here would you PM me with contact information as I know a couple of "shaker-pro's" that I think would be a great match.

  8. As above I am not sure of the August closing dates but La Cuisine on La- Tour Maubourg is open for both lunch and dinner on Sunday. My wife and I had a lovely meal there in March. We had Sunday lunch and it was mostly french families but I think solo diners would have no problem

  9. I heartily agree with dining at Clos de Gourmets. We were in Paris for a couple of weeks in late Jan. and early Feb. and had both lunch and dinner there. Another great choice is the area (and open for lunch and dinner on Sun.) is La Cuisine.

    We had both a Thurs and Friday luch at Spring during our stay so I think Daniel is doing it on a semi-permanent basis

  10. I think that this would be a great thread. Count me in. My worst meal in Paris ever was February 4th at Le Procope. A friend was renting an apartment in the area and really wanted to go. Plateau de Mer was full of stinky items

  11. My wife and I are going to Vietnam to visit our grandkids and have about 8 hours (1pm to 9pm) layover on a Sunday going over and an overnite layover (Memorial Day) returning. We are interested in a great late lunch on a Sunday and a nice dinner on Memorial Day. The only thing that is out of bounds is sushi (for she who must be obeyed). A great wine list would be a plus. We would appreciate any suggestions.

  12. In early February, we had wonderful lunches at both Clos des Gourmets and La Cuisine.  La Cuisine is also open for both lunch and dinner on Sunday.  We had dinner at Violin d'Ingris and lunch at Cafe Constant both of which I would highly recommend
    I'll endorse La Cuisine.


    Just curious do you not like Clos des Gourmets? I seem to remember you reviewed it favorably a couple of years ago. Maybe it was the other John?

  13. In early February, we had wonderful lunches at both Clos des Gourmets and La Cuisine. La Cuisine is also open for both lunch and dinner on Sunday. We had dinner at Violin d'Ingris and lunch at Cafe Constant both of which I would highly recommend

    edited for redundancy

  14. Another vote for Le Derniere Goute. It has become my favorite wine shop in Paris. I ran across a new to me shop in the sixth a couple of weeks ago. I cannot remember the name but it is on R. de Bourgogne on the left headed south after you pass R. de Grenelle. They were having a tasting as I walked by and I was impressed with the quality of the wines.

  15. My wife and I were in Paris the last week of Jan and the first 2 weeks of Feb. In the same spot John mentions above we witnessed the same scam going on. We walked across the bridge 4 or 5 times and everytime there were at least 2 men doing the same thing. The "ring scam" was a new one for me.

    There were 2 other incidents that happened to friends during the same time. One friend was on the metro platform (Porte de Clignancourt). A man walked by and "dropped" a set of keys. As my friend bent over to pick them up his accomplice grabbed his wallet from his rear pocket and took off running down the platform. No one tried to stop him and he took the money from the wallet and then dropped the wallet as he ran up the stairs. I saw one other "key drop" tried on a street in Montmartre but the mark just kept on walking.

    The final incident was the old "gypsy children" ploy. Two female friends walking down the street, one of them was surrounded by a group of 5 or 6 children begging. One of the kids tried to get her purse but the other friend chased them all away by screaming.

    As much as we all love Paris and as much as I like to go "walk about" in the city it pays to remeber it is a huge metropolitan area. Just like anywhere else in the world you need to be aware of what is going on around you.

    The only food related part of these stories is that they all occurred during the day as we were on our way to lunch.

    edited for spelling

  16. Cafe des Musees and Brezh in the Marais are both in the price range.  The first has a prix fixe around 20-25 euros.  The second makes the best galettes (buckwheat crepes) I have tasted. 

    Tried the first in July and thought it good value.  Tried the second last night. 

    Both get packed so reservations are a must.

    My wife and I ate lunch at Cafe des Musees last week on a Thursday. They were packed so if you can, I would suggest reservations. This has been a reasonably priced (for this neighborhood), quality ingredients favorite of ours for 15 years. We did not have reservations so were seated downstairs which is not quite Siberia but the fun of people watching and the open kitchen is sorely missed. The changes of the past 2 years have made the food even better and the prices remain relatively low. I would recommend this for lunch or dinner as a great reasonably priced choice in the Marais.

  17. My wife and I were at Spring for lunch on Friday Feb. 8th. As Vinotas stated, they are in full flower this winter. We started with glasses of the Spring champagne served with the same wonderful rillettes and a choice of breads.

    The first course was a take on oeufs meurette. A perfectly poaced egg atop a buckwheat crepe. A ragout of wild mushrooms, lardons and a luscious viniagrette.

    The main was a sliced magret with burdock, chard, parsnips and caramelized baby brussel sprouts. This was enlivened with just a touch of lime zest.

    Dessert was a shot glass of a chocolate pot de creme with cream floated on top and pistachios. Think of your southern grandmother's chocolate pie filling and that is the flavor memory that this invokes. This was served with sliced pears and fromage frais (think pears and cottage cheese on steroids). A sprinkling of lime zest brought this together and tied it to the main course. We had a Mark Kreydenweiss Alsatian with lunch that was a fantastic counterpoint.

    After lunch we chatted with Daniel about his upcoming trip and the projects he has in the works. As always we talked about egullet and how much he has enjoyed the site and the visits from members. This was a very reasonably priced lunch in the scheme of prices in Paris these days.

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