Food Lovers' France
Snails... horse meat... tongue... goose liver paté... stinky cheese.... Even people who like American fast food might enjoy Europe's top cuisine. Share your best treats in France.
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Cook'n with Class
Outstanding market tour and cooking class in Paris with Chef Alex. Small group, hands on, lots of tips. Great facility. Enjoy!
Chicago, IL USA 10/28/2013
Best meals in Paris were Italian!
Da Pippo, a quiet little place in the 12th (47, avenue saint Mande) is outstanding! In fact, it was the best meal(s) I had in Paris! I had researched extensively for good restaurants and wanted some upscale places, but as I was solo, I was just too shy to try some of the trendy places. This little restaurant is superb! I found it on my second to last night in Paris[INVALID]I left a week early as Paris did not meet my expectations[INVALID]and I was sorry I hadn't tried it sooner! I ate there twice and had the best Italian noodles with pomodoro sauce I've ever had!! It is lovely, gracious, filled with locals and I never felt uncomfortable as a solo woman! The service was outstanding, the food was not only very tasty; but also hearty and hot! I was so disappointed with Paris overall but this was a true standout! Other than the baking class I took at La Cuisine Paris, this was the highlight of my trip!!
Lakewood, CO USA 10/27/2013
La Cuisine Paris is a MUST!
If you are looking for an informative and very fun baking class in Paris, go to La Cuisine Paris! I chose the croissant baking class and simply loved it! The price was right; the location was easy to find and the class instructor AND fellow participants ywwere wonderful! I learned lots of options for baking croissants and a great deal about good kitchen tools (the pastry brush was a hoot)! After creating our croissants, we all sat down with our instructor and munched our creations over a cup of coffee. I really wished that I had signed up for more classes as I felt so welcome and comfortable there that it was a true highlight of an otherwise, lonely and depressing trip.
Lakewood, CO USA 10/27/2013
Not the Eglantine further east that comes up in all the searches, this Eglantine is at 9 Rue de la Verrerie (Marais, 4ieme). Polly and I had an apartment for a week around the corner. The dinner we had here was excellent at an amazing price. I had herring and cooked in oil that I long to have again. This is in the heart of the Marais, a big gay district. Clientele mixed; the woman running the place friendly and definitely in charge. Real down to earth cooking, and great street theater passing by (silver lame hotpants with overall straps and matching high heels?).
Sacramento, CA USA 10/15/2013
"Foodie" Spots in Paris
My husband and I just returned from a week-long trip to Paris. I did a lot of investigating before we went...I researched Paris on David Lebovitz's blog and his advice helped make our trip a great one. He has suggestions for the 10 things you must eat in Paris while you are there. I printed the directions to each spot he named from our hotel and found them while we walked around the neighborhoods searching. When I showed the print-out to the shop owners they were delighted. IT made for a great experience and we were able to enjoy some great food. We ate at Les Papilles, a restaurant in Paris that David recommended, and though inexpensive, enjoyed a great French 4 course meal. The research is well worth the time and effort!
Knoxville, TN USA 08/02/2013
Lunch, learn, laugh
During our recent two-week trip to Paris, we booked the Cook'n With Class (CWC) morning Market Cooking class, figuring it would be a pleasant way to spend the morning; anything that involves lunch is a good idea in my book.
I am usually not much of a "joiner" and large groups disinterest me faster that just about anything else. The advertised small class size of CWC is exactly as it says; six people.
The facilities at CWC are excellent; spacious, well-lit, modern and professional. This is not somebody running a cooking demonstration in their private kitchen or in the back of their garage. The CWC support staff make sure that everything is cleaned, stocked and ready to go as soon a the chef and students walk in the door.
Our host, chef and teacher for the day was Constance Deledalle (as she says, "it is pronounced 'dilly dally', like "Constance, don't dilly dally!"). She met us on time at the appointed location and then led us through the market and local shops to buy the ingredients for the meal we were to prepare. She took the time to explain not just what we were looking at, but *why* a specific product was being chosen.
Chef Constance has an encyclopedic knowledge of food products that is backed up with a great sense of humour, top-notch culinary skills and the ability to bring together a group of foreign strangers and help them learn, have a good time and make a delicious meal.
We will definitely be looking at more classes with CWC the next time we are in Paris. If Chef Constance is leading them, we'll sign up no matter what the subject is.
Seattle, WA USA 07/27/2013
Cooking with Class
My daughter and I took the pastry class with Constance Delledalle--she was wonderful. We had a great time. The class only had 5 people and we made 5 desserts. Would have taken another course if we had the time.
Oxford, Ct USA 07/24/2013
Cookn With Class
My family and I recently attended a deserts class with Chef Alex in Paris and it was fantastic. Given our daughters are 10 & 12, we thought 3 hours was a bit much so CWC customized a 2 hour program for our 6 person party. Chef Alex was great with kids, easy to talk with and debunked some of the myth of cooking making it accessable to all of us. I'd highly recommend CWC and Chef Alex. Oh, and the deserts (we ate some there and had extras to take home) were amazing.
Wayne, PA USA 07/19/2013
Cooking with Class
Met Alex at the metro stop and toured the cheese shop (1/2 hr education on cheese-fantastic!) the butcher shop, the fishmonger, and the produce shop. Picked out our food then with much interaction and group work cooked a fantastic 5 course meal. We are good cooks and we were taking notes on his techniques. A bargain for the money, 6 hours, wine, food and instruction. A must do in Paris!!
Medicine Hat, AB Canada 07/15/2013
A Great B&B
The B&B L'Orée du Bois just a bit South of Dijon near Nuits St Georges train station is a great foodie-and-kid-friendly option. They have a pool and enclosed trampoline...and homemade honey, local preserves, great homemade yoghurt and a terrific gourmet four-course dinner for 25 euros. Rooms are spacious and wonderfully quiet as you are out in the country. The best option for those traveling cross-country or wine-tasting. Also, owners will pick you up at the train station.
South Bend, IN USA 07/07/2013
Cookin' with Class
We did a pastry class with Chef Alex and "Cookin' with Class". It was one of the top three things we did while in Paris. We also had our two boys with us, ages 12 & 10, and they had a blast! Chef Alex is great with the kids and really got them engaged with the process of cooking.
Dallas, Ga USA 07/05/2013
Cook'n With Class in Paris
If you are looking for a hands on cooking class with patient teachers and amazing food, I recommend Cook'n With Class. Patrick was a wonderful chef and teacher. We went to the market to purchase the ingredients and formulate our menu, then we went back to cook it and learn important skills in the kitchen, finally we ate our creations and enjoyed each others' company. The price may seem high, but the quality and quantity was outstanding. You will learn skills that will transfer into your kitchen at home. If you'd like more information, please let me know.
Naperville, IL USA 06/28/2013
Old Town Nice--great Afghan Restaurant
Great Afghan restaurant in old town Nice: Restaurant Pamir. Loved this--wish I had gotten online sooner to recommend it (our trip was April of 2013).
Longmont, CO USA 06/13/2013
Great food find near Saumur in Loire Valley
Bonjour, We had a wonderful meal - the best we had during 3 weeks in France - at a little place in Parnay, France, just East of Saumur in the Loire Valley, on road D947.
I was unable to leave a review on either TripAdvisor or Yelp for them, but sent them this message:
"Thank you for such a wonderful meal today. My wife and I loved your food and your service. Even though we do not speak French well, you were very helpful.
I tried to leave 5 star reviews on both TripAdvisor and Yelp, but they did not allow me to create a new entry for your restaurant. I will also try on the Rick Steves Grafitti Wall.
We hope that your restaurant will be a great success and hope to visit you again the next time we visit France."
Auberge de La Mangeoire
Parnay, France 49730 06/02/2013
Cooking class, how to find restaurants
Have taken two classes (macarons, market) at La Cusine Paris 80 Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville - superb both times!
To find restaurants, boulangeries, etc. in France, we have used qype.fr (which is in the process of merging with yelp.fr) and tripadvisor.fr with great success - the key is to read the French rather than the English opinions. If you don't read French, Google Translate is your friend.
Our other source of info on Parisian food, especially Parisian sweets, is David Lebovitz's blog. He is an American expat living in Paris; he used to be the pastry chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley and is therefore a great source of info on candy, butter, bread and pastries, but he has many posts on all kinds of food and has not given us a bad recommendation yet.
Walnut Creek, CA USA 05/30/2013
France bed and breakfasts and restaurants in Provence, Vaison La Romaine, Uzès, Paris
May, 2013 My partner and I travelled for 14 days in Provence and Paris in May 2013. Below are the best B&Bs and restaurants encountered during our trip. We list only experiences and people we found particularly wonderful.
During our trip US $1 = €0.78
The itinerary: * Arrived Paris for two nights. * Vaison La Romaine, Provence in B&B (chambres d'hote) for five nights. (Rented car in Avignon and drove to Vaison.) * Uzès, Provence in B&B for five nights. * Paris two nights.
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Our Paris hotel[INVALID]the Grand Hotel Français[INVALID]was comfortable (though the room and bath are cramped by American standards). The owner and manager, M. Syad, is friendly and clearly cares about his guests. His staff are helpful[INVALID]all speak English well[INVALID]and breakfast is generous. The hotel is located near Place de Nations and a block from the Rue des Boulets metro stop.
Grand Hotel Français 223 Boulevard Voltaire 75011 Paris t. +33 (0)143712757 firstname.lastname@example.org www.grand-hotel-francais.fr/en/
Nearby the hotel is a charming bistro with excellent food called Chez Mamy. The friendly, funny, animated young man behind the bar is one of the new owners and was running the place, along with one waitress, the two nights we dined there. The bistro was the long-lived achievement of Mamy until she retired in 2011. The new owners chose to retain the name; Mamy still lives upstairs and is proud that the tradition continues.
The bistro is a fun and lively place[INVALID]at 8pm, it is very quiet, but all ten or so tables and the bar are packed by 9. There are lots of hugs and kisses as patrons come in the door. Our first meal there was wonderful, and we decided to return the next evening to try a few other items. We probably would have returned for a third meal (still lots to explore on the menu) if we hadn't had to fly back to the US. Chez Mamy represents good value in Paris, considering the excellent and exciting character of all the items we tasted.
Chez Mamy 3, rue Jules Valles, Paris t. +33 (0) 143 48 74 68 www.chezmamy-restaurant.fr/
Vaison La Romaine, Provence
Based on recommendations in the Rick Steves Provence guide, we booked at charming L'Evêché, a B&B in the medieval sector of Vaison. It is a lovely old house and the hosts, Jean-Loup and Aude Verdier, are warm and welcoming. They serve the best croissants and pain au chocolat we have tasted anywhere (they have lived in Vaison for 35 years and likely are close with the best bakers).
We stayed in the Bleu room, our friends in Rose. The two rooms sit at either end of a hall and there are no other guests on that floor. Bleu has a very nice view over the old and "new" towns. Read the TripAdvisor reviews[INVALID]people rave about L'Evêché and so do we. L'Evêché does not accept credit cards, only cash, so hit the ATMs early.
L'Evêché B&B 14, Rue de l'Evêché - Cité Médiévale F- 84110 VAISON La Romaine France t. +33 (0)4 90 36 13 46; 33 - (0)6 03 03 21 42 eveche.free.fr/uk_index.htm email@example.com
Avoid driving into Vaison's medieval village, especially from the eastern end of the road (near the Roman bridge). Entering the village that way you'll encounter many tight spots, difficult turns, and loads of tourists with running kids, making driving hazardous, especially if you have a larger car.
Instead, approach the medieval town from the west, near the end of the longer bridge across the river. Parking is easy on the western road[INVALID]there are several large lots just before the road narrows, and it is not difficult to wheel bags to L'Evêché from the highest place a car can easily stop. In May there always were spaces for us to park overnight, for free, with no security problems (we left nothing in the car).
There are plenty of restaurants in Vaison, we recommend two in particular: La Lyriste (new town) and La Belle Etoile (medieval town). Both serve excellent food and wine with a friendly welcome. La Lyriste represents particularly good value.
La Lyriste 45 Cours Taulignan, Vaison t. +33 4 90 36 04 67 firstname.lastname@example.org
La Belle Etoile 5 Place du Poids, Vaison t. +33 4 90 37 31 45
We found Richard and Judy Jarvis' 781 B&B through TripAdvisor. They are British and have invited guests into their home for the past eight years. The wing is a two bedroom suite with two baths. It can sleep two to four. If there are only two of you, the second bedroom becomes your dressing room. That room has two single beds, a desk, and lots of storage. The other, smaller bedroom has a double bed and some storage. 781 provides the most luxurious towels[INVALID]we need some like those at home!
Because of the second room, at the last minute we were able to host the friends we had been traveling with in Vaison for one night in Uzes before they left the country. They paid full rate for their room, as did we, then we had the full suite to ourselves the next four nights for the "single room" price. There is plenty of room to park in the front yard/garden. Again, it's cash only at 781.
781 B&B 781 Route d' Ales Uzès 30700 France t. +33 (0)4 66 59 57 17 email@example.com www.creme-de-languedoc.com/bb/209/property-bb-Uzes-Gard-languedoc-1.htm#.URFaA2eul8E
We took our hosts up on their offer of dinner one evening (a "family style", two course meal costs €15 per person, including wine). Richard often is the chef, but that night Judy made her specialty, coq au vin. The food, the wine, and the evening were wonderful! Be sure to ask about Richard's pottery collection, all the clever pieces were created by an art school friend. The comments online about 781 are accurate and the Jarvis' deserve the high ratings they receive.
It takes 20-25 minutes to walk into Uzes from 781 (~1.5 kilometers). Don't walk on the main, busy road. Ask Richard or Judy about the old, alternate road with a bike/walking lane. Most of that walk is quiet and pleasant and generally flat, and a section of it runs through charming countryside (we enjoyed lots of birdsong and blooming poppies during our visit). Walking home was good exercise after some great meals, and was much preferable to parking in Uzes (especially on market days. Uzès also has many restaurants. We particularly enjoyed Bec à Vin (it has an inventive menu; charming owner and hostess Chloe lived a few years in Australia) and Le Bistrot du Grézac (offers traditional menu; it is not on the main squares and is not tourist oriented).
Bec à Vin 6, rue entres les Tours t. +33 (0)4 66 22 41 20 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lebecavin.com/
Le Bistrot du Grézac
7 Rue Saint-Étienne
t. +33 (0)4 66 03 42 09
Seattle, WA USA 05/22/2013
Restaurant in southwest France
Restaurant Recommendation: Cafe de France in small medieval village of Montcuq in southwest France (Quercy). Good value, great food, attentive owner Patrick.
Seattle, Washin USA 05/20/2013
Day in Reims, France
I wanted to say what an amazing time we had with Cook'n with Class from your travel guide book in Paris. We spent the day in Reims, and everything was perfect. Two wine houses, lunch, sightseeing, and a wine expert, and driver included!! So amazing. I would do it again!! Preston was fantastic, and very knowledgeable. Definitely worth going to....
Springfield, MA USA 05/09/2013
Travel club wants to eat good in France!
Any recomendations on great Paris Restaurants that are not out of control expensive?? We're heading to France in a couple months with PhotoFly Travel Club!!! Thanks for your help. http://photoflytravel.com/
detroit, MI USA 04/11/2013
Diner restuarant in Paris
HELP??? My husband is heading to Paris next month and would like to find a "diner" style restaurant. Suggestions
olympia, wa USA 03/28/2013
I am looking for a cooking class for my 12 year old granddaughter during our visit to Paris July 8 - 13, 2013. Preferably in the dessert department. Thank you, Janell Boldt
Fresno, CA USA 03/13/2013
Cookn with Class--with Chef Pino
I attended the Advanced Baking class taught by Chef Pino Ficara. The menu consisted of making mille-feuille napoleon with French pastry cream, pear almond Christmas log with pear pastry cream from pear puree, baba au rum (yeast based cake filled with cream and soaked in rum), gateau noisette (chocolate cake) with a pate de praline and chocolate mousse layer. Don't let the fancy names and your beginner's French deter you from this class[INVALID]Pino's approachable style heralds from his international culinary experiences from Italy, New York and France. A visual chart with recipe names and ingredients is rehearsed in stages at the start of class before culinary production. Pino focused on techniques[INVALID]exactly what I needed, and an excellent refresher course for any experienced baker[INVALID]and explained practical tips which will change the way you look at recipes at home. Authentic ingredients were tasted, and appropriate substitutions were discussed. My only regret is that I only took one class! Pino is a gem who skillfully incorporates proper technique with a down-to-earth teaching style.
hollywood, fl USA 02/03/2013
Paris - Cookn' With Class
We booked a cooking class with Cookn' With Class in Paris and had a wonderful time. Chef Patrick took our group of six to the market for fish, meat, cheese, veggies and fruits and, of course, bread, explaining what was fresh and what to avoid.
Back at class, we donned aprons and washed up and assisted Chef Patrick with meal preparation. It's very hands on and for us newbie cooks a great learning experience.
The meal was excellent, the wines were very good and all had a very nice time. We'll book again the next time we're Paris - maybe the baking class!
Lewisburg, Pa USA 01/28/2013
Great burger in Paris
A burger joint in Paris? Yes! Try Schwartz's Deli. 3 locations - Marais, Ternes and Trocadéro, the main location. 7 av. d'Eylau in the 16th, just a block from the Trocadéro. www.schwartzdeli.fr. Not huge, but what a great burger! Ask for the owner's son, Mickael, and you'll get not only a great meal but lots of warm, friendly chatter as well.
Lakeland, FL USA 01/07/2013
Cooking School in Paris
Cookin with Class's market course is really special. Learned so much about how to select cheeses, meats and fish. Definitely worth it.
Baltimore, MD USA 01/06/2013
Cooking with class
Cookin with class in Paris. I just took a market cooking class with my daughter and loved everything about it. We started by going to all the local food shops to get our produce to prepare our dinner. Our chef Patrick was just great! Taught us about cheeses and so much much more. It was so much fun and the food was the best meal I had in Paris. My 24 yer old daughter loved it also! Highly recommend this.
Pittsburgh, Pager USA 12/27/2012
Great find in Colmar
We stumbled across this delightful little restaurant in Colmar called "l'Arpege", and it was hands down the best meal we had in the region.
Owner young Grégoire Sanchez specializes in offering lighter Alsatian cuisine all made from local ingredients. Each day's fare is unique, and includes vegetarian options as well.
It's a tiny place, so reservations are recommended
Go to their website for directions: http://www.larpegebio.com.
Bellingham, WA USA 12/24/2012
Food in France
Three incredible treats from our recent trip to France:
The four seasons menu in the restaurant at the delightful Les Florets Hotel in Gigondas in Provence.
A much more modest meal in price and size, but a fantastic lunch at Le Petit Gourmand in Avignon. A bit away from the heavily marketed tourist area around the pope's palace and worth finding. Friendly owner and staff and a hearty, filling plat for 11 euro.
And a total blast with Chef Constance at Cookin' with Class in Paris. The shopping experience alone was worth the cost. We loved the cheese shop most of all. The meal we prepared was interesting to prepare and a delight to eat and the company made it all the better. I highly recommend Cookin' with Class
Minneapolis, MN USA 11/27/2012
A general tip - if you are driving around - and France is probabaly one of the best places to use a car to get to those fantastic places - try to eat a a les Routier resturant. Originally set up for truck drivers, they provide fantastic wholesome food at a decent price. Usually Prix Fixe for a 3 course lunch for less than EUR10. They will usually be full of local workers and drivers- everything stops for a couple of hours at lunch time. Avoid the overpriced service stations and if possible, try to locate a local Routier off the Autoroute.Dont expect a massive choice, some places only have one set menu! I think their is a LR guide book available for the map pocket of your car
London, UK 11/20/2012
La Bonne France Restaurant, Chinon
Hidden Gem in Chinon! In October we spent two nights in Chinon. The restaurants recommended by Rick Steves were either closed or fully booked so we relied on our hosts at Hotel Diderot for a recommendation and we were so pleased. If you're in the area, don't miss La Bonne France. This tiny restaurant serves up four star meals at one and two star prices. The chef works in the back and one waiter covers the front. The local wine selection is outstanding and the waiter doesn't hesitate to help with the pairings. If you want to feel 'local' don't miss this one.
Albuquerque, NM USA 11/03/2012
A Great Burger in Villefranche-Sur-Mer
I spent a couple of weeks in Villefranche-sur-mer in September going to school. It's a very nice village, and everything is within walking distance, although parts can be steep. I tried the restaurants that Steve recommended and they are very good, but if you really desired a great hamburger there is a tiny bar called L'X that had the best hamburger I have ever eaten. It's in the same area as all the other restaurants down near the port. Forget anything you may have tried in America. It was not a big burger, but the bread, the cheese, and the beef (Tartar Beef) was excellent. Just let them cook it like they normally would, not all the way through like most American restaurants do. Give it a try. You get fries and a very nice salad along with it.
NC USA 11/01/2012
"Cook'n With Class" Bread Making Class
What a wonderful bread baking class we had Wednesday at Cook'n With Class! We are eager to try our newly learned techniques to make great artisan breads.
This was our first trip to Paris. The history is tremendous, but the bread making class allowed us to connect with Paris today. We've told our friends who are travel agents that they must include info about Cook'n With Class opportunities to give their clients an estraordinary experience they'll never forget!
We just wish we could have taken the desserts class and the macaroon class! Next time we come, we'll do them!
Thanks, again, for a wonderful time.
Bill & Janice
Stuttgart, AR USA 10/26/2012
Wine & Cheese Picnics!
Nothing like getting wine & cheese at one of the numerous little shops then having a picnic in the park or along the Seine! Super affordable too. We plan to do this every day on a trip to Paris with a travel club we belong to. Good group of folks if anyone's interested: http://www.photoflytravel.com/
Kona, HI USA 10/25/2012
Cooking Class in Paris
Cooknwithclass.com. We had a fantastic time with chef Patrick shopping for food in the market, preparing it and cooking it, and then enjoying an outstanding meal together. The class is small and great fun. We highly recommend it.
San Diego, Ca USA 10/15/2012
Cooking with Class- cooking classes Paris
Highly recommend "Cooking with Class". Cooking classes offered in Paris. We took the market class where you will go to the markets of Paris, pick your food and fix a fabulous meal paired with wine back at the kitchen. Best day in Paris.
Bozeman, MT USA 10/15/2012
World in a Pan
An opportunity to both shop a local market and prepare an entire meal intrigued my friend and I so we signed up for Marie's World in a Pan market class. What a delightful experience! We met Marie and her assistant Marianne at the appointed time, along with a friendly young Scottish couple. We first discussed menu possibilities and made our decisions, then shopped through the beautiful, artfully arranged market stalls to select our ingredients. We returned to Marie's lovely apartment and set to work under Marie's direction and guidance. Throughout our "work time," Marie provided interesting and humorous information about Paris gastronomy, neighborhoods and sights. When the meal was prepared, we sat down at the beautifully set dining room table to enjoy it - a beet and goat cheese appetizer, pork filet in mustard sauce with several fresh vegetables and a tarte tatin. We learned so much more than how to shop and cook! Marie's carefully designed activity truly set the stage for the rest of our visit. We'll return again for sure!
Port Townsend, WA USA 10/03/2012
Great "Tastes of Provence" Tour-Aix
Just back from two weeks in Provence. Used RS guide extensively. The French honor their heritage, palates and health in their food, as we saw daily. But, to get a real feel for this, we took the "Tastes of Provence" culinary tour in Aix en Provence, led by Jennifer Dugdale. Outstanding, educational and fun. Highly recommend it. Saw it in RS's Provence guidebook. Her website: www.tastesofprovence.com Enjoy!
Portland, OR USA 10/03/2012
Cook'n With Class
I'll second what everyone has said about Cook'n With Class. I just took the Baking Class (we made croissants, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins and a fresh fruit "danish" out of croissant dough) with Briony as our instructor, and had an amazing time. I've taken over 20 cooking classes, and learned more in this one 3.5 hour class than in several of my other classes combined! It was great to meet fellow foodies from around the globe; our group had two Australians, one Canadian and two Americans. It was one of my highlights of my trip to Paris. The school is right in Montmartre, so you can wander around Montmartre (Sacre Coeur, Musee de Montmartre, etc.) after class. Just be aware that they have a rather strict refund/cancellation policy.
San Antonio, TX USA 10/02/2012
Cook'n with Class, Paris
We attended the Cook'n with Class in Paris our last evening in the city; what a wonderful way to end a trip. . The weather during the trip was fabulous but the evening of the class, it rained, which made the event even more atmospheric. Chef Patrick took us to the cheese market, the fish monger, the butcher, and the vegetable market. We shopped with umbrellas, then went to a fabulous French kitchen to cook our meal. We purchased fresh oysters, duck, incredible cheeses, and gorgeous vegetables. Our menu included warm oysters with hollandaise orange sauce, duck with wild mushrooms, vanilla bean mashed potatoes, and lemon curd with fresh berries. Chef Patrick is an incredible chef and teacher. The other people in our class were charming and the evening was delightful.
Littleton, CO USA 09/29/2012
We had a marvelous 18-day trek in Europe, including a week's stay in Paris. I must thank Rick for all the great advice. Tops was the picnic or deli meals. One of our best meals was store and deli purchased. The menu included fresh hot bread, a variety of mild cheeses, a bunch of thinly sliced Bayerne ham, some assorted fruits (apricots were terrific and not very common where we live in the States) some sodas for kids and wine for the wife and me. Later had a stroll in search of macaroons for dessert. Best meal we had in Paris!!!
San Antonio, TX USA 09/10/2012
La Reyniere Cooking Class
Fun Culinary Experience!
We had a blast attending La Reyniere's (AKA: Béatrice Lecuirot)'s private cooking class for my group of 5. Upon arriving, we were handed 6 French recipes. All of the ingredients were provided. I speak French but my family does not. I wanted to practice my rusty language skills so Béatrice spoke to me in French and coached me on a few terms I had not encountered before. My family however conversed with her in English. We made a fantastic five course meal paired with French wine and enjoyed eating it on her magnificent veranda. It was a fun afternoon. Béatrice is a great host and the class was reasonably priced. We really enjoyed ourselves! Bon appetit!
Vancouver, BC Canada 08/20/2012
Cook'n With Class, Paris, France
We booked a private French desserts class for our family of four (including two children, ages 13 and 10) via the internet prior to coming to Paris. Chef Pino was very welcoming and made us feel at home immediately. He then ran through our menu for the afternoon: to make creme brulee, chocolate lava cake, orange soufle glace, a sable fruit tart, and madeleines. He had everything ready for us (perfect mise on place) and was encouraging to everyone, including my 13-year-old son, who didn't have much experience in the kitchen. Along the way, he demonstrated and explained may "tricks" that could help us when we do this on our own, and explained the choice of ingredients (e.g. creme brulee won't set if there is less than 18% fat, use a good dark chocolate for the chocolate cake, use fleur de sel for a wonderful contrast when baking) so that we could understand how to replicate our creations at home. He also emailed us a complete list of recipes. We spent the afternoon laughing, creating, and of course, eating...we enjoyed some of the fruits of our labors with an excellent sparkling dessert wine. We then packed up our numerous delicious desserts to take back to our apartment, and we plan on sharing them with friends we will be visiting. The entire experience was an absolute pleasure from start to finish, and gave us a wonderful taste of French cuisine. We could not recommend Cook'n With Class more highly!
A longtime fan
Concord, MA USA 08/13/2012
Thumbs Up for "La Varangue"
Have eaten at Philippe's Restaurant "La Varangue" quite a few times on many trips to Paris. Don't know what the problem is with the other posts, I've always been treated to good home cooked food, with a fun banter with Philippe. Thank you Philippe.
St. Louis Pk., MN USA 08/11/2012
In Montmartre, we enjoyed the excellent food and service at Le Basilic--a quaint, ivy-covered restaurant about 200 years old. The address is 33 Rue Lepic 75018 PARIS.
Santa Rosa, CA USA 07/20/2012
Eating near Pere Lachaise
We got off the #69 bus at Pere Lachaise, not Gambetta. Happily we went to lunch at La Renaissance at the corner of Rue de Repos, just right of the cemetery. The quiche was devine, but the "tarte de pomme" was beyond that! The owner says that he makes it with love. C'est vrai!
Richmond, Va USA 07/20/2012
Cooking With Class - Paris
On Wednesday, June 27th our family had the most incredible experience that I would highly recommend. For many of us, it was the highlight of our trip! At 5:00 we met our amazing chef/instructor at the metro station in Montmarte. Constance took us shopping -- we went to a cheese shop and learned all about the different types of cheese, a meat store, a fish store, a produce and fruit store and a bakery. Learning about how the french shop and think about food was quite an experience. Constance was really informative and fun. Then we went to the well equipped Cooking with Class site -- there was another class going on in a neighboring room - we had our own knives and aprons and area -- we all prepared the food and received amazing instruction. The dinner was so good. Several courses and a cheese course with wine. The food was fabulous -- not only did we prepare the food, we learned about plating and got to plate our own. It was such an experience -- I cannot recommend it enough -- Constance was amazing! She also sent us copies of all the recipes via email so we can make it again!
Los Angeles, CA USA 07/17/2012
A group of girlfriends and I recently visited Paris for 10 days. Our group ranged in age from 50's down to our daughters at 20 and we all had different cooking skill levels. I carefully researched and planned activities for each day. Each one of us overwhelmingly rated Chef Alex's Cooking class our favorite! Cook n' with class cooking school. Plan your day with a trip to Sacre Couer and surrounding area then head up to the market area to begin your shopping with the Chef. We visited each market..cheese, meats, fish, produce, bread.....as the French would do and learned so much at each stop! Alex is a native American so if you are English speaking, he will be very easy to understand! Alex knew all of the neighborhood vendors and we were welcomed at each shop. What we gleaned was invaluable! We chose our menus, collected the ingredients and then walked to the Cook n with Class facility which was perfect. Yes wear comfortable shoes and clothes for cooking. This was very hands on..we each were assigned tasks thoughout the preparation of the meal. The wine flowed and the fun even moreso. We created one of the most delicious meals we had in all of Paris and returned home with such great memories of the night! Chef Alex made it fun fun fun and yet we learned so much. He was patient with all our questions and helped us with adaptations for our home cooking. Still dreaming of the delcious french strawberries! You could easily do the class with your own group or you could join in alone as the goups are small..we had 6. Dont miss this on yur trip to Paris..we will do it again!
San Antonio, TX USA 07/10/2012
French Desserts in Paris classes
Chef Pino Ficara is awesome! I attended the French desserts class at www.cooknwithclass.com with Chef Pino and I learned so much. I thought my creme brulee was the best since I lived in New Orleans and had a French grandmother. He took time to explain some important steps and show techniques to improve our skills. I love it and can not wait to take more classes when I return to Paris.
Seattle, WA USA 07/06/2012
Hotel la Fete in Vaison la Romaine
On our recent trip to Provence we stayed at Hotel la Fete en Provence in the medieval upper town of Vaison la Romaine. The two dinners we had on their lovely patio were excellent and delightful. The couple in charge spoke little English, but were charming and friendly. Wonderful setting and great food.
Houston, Texas USA 07/03/2012
KUDOS TO WORLD IN A PAN
I recently took my grand daughter to Paris and one of the highlights of our time there was a baking class with Marie LeCroix at WORLD IN A PAN. She greeted us with great warmth into her beautiful home, and immediately went about explaining her recipes, and that she would first make the dessert, then my grand daughter would do one herself! Perfect approach that brought confidence, new skills and an overall wonderful experience for us both. I cannot recommend Marie highly enough - it is so evident that she cooks with love and appreciation of fine and healthy dining. I'm sure she is used to doing classes with adults, but she related perfectly with my 12 year old grand daughter as well!
Stuart, FL USA 07/02/2012
I had one (Advanced French Desserts) class with Chef Pino at Cookin With Class, and it was awesome! He is thoughtful, organized, and generous as an instructor and really reiterates the key points so you are sure to understand the principles and techniques. He has lots of experience to share. The Cookin with Class facility on Rue Custine was super nice and well-equipped with plenty of supplies and appliances. I looked at a variety of the cooking classes ("for tourists" - it was all I had time for) in Paris and was a bit wary of what I'd really get out of such a short course, but I think they offer a really great class at a competitive price. The class-size was small and each of us got to get hands-on with every aspect of the baking. I would add that the online class description said we would work with chocolate and even learning to temper it. We worked only very minimally with chocolate and I would have liked to do more, but perhaps that is a topic for its own class. Overall, highly recommended - but make sure you have some friends to share all the classy sweets you go home with!
Bay Area, CA USA 06/29/2012
Cooking Class in Paris
A world in a pan is a cooking class offered by a lovely French woman who takes you to the local market and teaches you how to make some great French classics. She has a site where you can find out all about it. It was a neat way to discover the local fare.
Raleigh, NC USA 06/20/2012
Malestroit - Best Foie Gras, great dinner
Terrific restaurant, excellent food and delightful service. Husband chef Alain Vinouze and wife server-extraordinaire Brigitte took great care of us. They offer inside and outdoor seating just a half-block from the tie-up dock in Malestroit. Best foie gras I have ever tasted.
Modesto, CA USA 06/11/2012
Map of the Best Baguette in Paris winners
Found a google map of the winners of the best baguette in Paris competition for the last few years!! http://tinyurl.com/766kx52 If you're already creating maps in Google, you can save this to your places.
Durham, NC USA 06/05/2012
Restaurant in Paris
« Léo le Lion » in Paris. Specialty "Fishes and game birds" French traditional Cook 23, rue Duvivier, Paris 75007. Station de Métro : École Militaire (Ligne 8) Phone : (33) 1 45 51 41 77.
One of the best addresses of the 7th district, otherwise the best. The reception is warm and, in family, in lover or for a business lunch, you will spend a pleasant evening in a discreet and charming executive.
You will be received by charming Françoise, "The Boss" or by the friendly waiter Frédéric who, together, will take charge of you with attention during all the meal.
The leader, Didier, will prepare for you a cooking made by fresh products and will not miss to come to greet you, as wants it the tradition.
Montreal, Canada 05/30/2012
Restaurant recommendations without suffient details
Regarding posting of 5-11-12, the poster does not tell us where the restaurant is. We know it's France but where? If it's Paris, in which district? Many times posters do not give enough detail to be of any use.
Evergreen, CO USA 05/28/2012
French restaurant in Bayeux
Bayeux France/L'Arthe at 36 rue Saint Jean. Excellent food and the owners, Franche and Claire Jamart, are very friendly and accommodating. Bon apetit
new waverly, TX USA 05/28/2012
Food in France
We have been using Rick Steves' recommendations for 10 years and have never had a bad food experience until today in Reims, France. We stopped at Au Plat Du Jour near Taittinger and Martel. There was only one table seated when we walked in so we should have guessed there were issues but we decided to try it anyway. There were no vegetarian options aside from asparagus and cheese. No options were offered to make one of the standard dishes without meat - even salad. The tap water had an unpleasant taste and the cheeses were very strong for my taste. Two young ladies walked in after us and they also struggled to find anything on the menu. It was, by far, the worst meal I can remember having and I would not recommend it.
Gig Harbor, Wa USA 05/26/2012
La Varangue/Philippe's Restaurant
Just finished another great meal at Philippe's restaurant. I've been coming here for a few years and have never been served anything but great country style French food. Philippe is always friendly and entertaining. Tried Cafe Constant and was not impressed. La Fontaine was better, but for the price I'll return to La Varangue every time. Thank you Philippe.
St. Louis Pk., Mn. USA 05/11/2012
La Cuisine Paris
Two friends and I took a cooking class with La Cuisine Paris. We cooked lunch and then ate it in a 2-hour class. A great experience to learn recipes and about produce in France. The class was beginner-friendly (one person in the class was 12) and not as expensive as some of the others I looked into. A fun afternoon activity!
MN USA 05/08/2012
Paris for the third cooknwithclass session is the highlight of our trip to Paris . We had a fun time with Alex and had 5 amazing French deserts in a three hour sessions . It was great fun and Alex makes it look effortless .
Houghton, Mi USA 05/08/2012
Culinary Tours of Paris
John-Paul does an excellent job with the Culinary Tours of Paris. I did the Montmartre tour, and it was great food and neighborhood history. The three stops were unique places with rich histories, and he was able to accommodate my gluten sensitivity. I look forward to returning to Paris to participate in the culinary tour of the Latin Quarter.
Davenport, IA USA 05/05/2012
Cooking Class in Paris, Fr
One of the best things I've done in Paris is to take a cooking class through A World in a Pan. Marie met us at the local farmer's market and we learned about produce and buying fine cheese from an award winning cheese shop. We made duck l'orange, pea soup (since peas were in season), cheese souffle, and floating islands for desert. The food was awesome and the company even better. Marie and her friend, Maryann, were delightful teachers. I recommend this experience to anyone interested in French food and culture.
Oceanside, CA USA 05/02/2012
I had an awesome time at the morning market class offered by Cook'n'with Class. (21 Rue Custine 75018 Paris tel. 01 42 55 70 59) It's a fantastic way to spend a day with other english speakers seeking to learn a bit more about french culture and cooking. Chef Constance was our chef and she was fabulous. Very funny and sweet and informative. We walked to local cheese, fish, and vegetable shops to get our ingredients learning a bit about the culture of cheese in France. This was great because we had been a bit intimidated to jump right in to it without having someone who could show us how things are. We cooked, we laughed, we talked to other english speaking class participants and ate excellent fresh food! I highly recommend this experience to any and everyone. I will definitely take another class here if/when I return to Paris.
Langhorne, Pa USA 04/27/2012
Cook'n with class review
Cook'n With Class was fantastic! Chef Pino was great to work with and spoke excellent English. The class was my favorite part of my trip to France. I hope to go back and take more classes at the school on my next visit.
Madison, AL USA 04/27/2012
French Cooking class
Cookn'N With Class was a real high point of my visit to Paris with my daughter. It's fun, educational and tastes very good. Chef Brian deFehr is a first rate teacher as well as a great cook.
Towson, MD USA 04/21/2012
Wine Safari Tours - Provence
Mike with Wine Safari took us on a half day tour of a winery near Avignon, France. We were staying in Arles, France and Mike picked us up promptly at our hotel and took us on our tour. We stopped in Les Beux and had time to tour the town. We also drove through St Remy and a couple other towns on our way to the winery. Mike gave us history of the area during the entire tour. We toured one winery and tasted and had the place to ourselves. We learned a lot about French wine during the tour. He was very professional and so accommidating. We told him how we could not rent a car and wanted to see Pont De Gard, which was 45 minutes out of the way. After our tour was over, he took us to Pont De Gard so we could see it and gave us a tour and some history while we were there too. Not many would take an extra 2 hours that were not scheduled to show us something that was last minute and way out of the way. I would highly recommend and this tour was a highlight on our trip. Please take the time to tour a vineyard with Mike in the South of France. You won't regret it.
Atlanta, GA USA 03/29/2012
A World in a Pan
A World in a Pan was the surprise my daughter arranged for me in our recent trip to Paris, knowing how much I love to cook. Quel Surprise ! How wonderful to meet Chef Marie at the Metro; we discussed our proposed menu and then bought everything beautifully fresh directly from the market. Back to her home we cooked, made and baked profitteroles (YUM) and enjoyed her beautifully laid table for our dinner. This was the delight of our trip ! Chef Marie has given me a lasting memory and souvenir of the real Paris.
Mary W. Dickie
Tampa, Florid USA 03/21/2012
Cook'n With Class Great Experience
If you go to Paris, your trip is not complete unless you experience a market/cooking class at Cook'n With Class. Chef Constance Deledalle met us at the Metro station and we experienced shopping in the various shops for the ingredients that we would need to cook our dinner. Back at the cooking school, she guided us through all the preparations, chopping, weighing and the mixing needed to prepare our dinner. Constance was a wonderful teacher who you can tell right away loves her job and loves to cook. She gave us plenty of tips to use when we got back home. The meal we prepared was fabulous and we had such a great time sharing the meal with our chef and other class members. I'm absolutely planning on taking another class on my next trip to Paris!!!!
Bensenville, IL USA 02/19/2012
Great Cooking Class in Paris
We are over the moon about our Morning Market and Cooking Class with Cooknwithclass in Montmartre. Our chef Brian DeFehr was extremely knowledgeable, entertaining and superb as a teacher, and together we produced a luncheon we can still taste a week later. We learned an amazing amount in the market before we began cooking, perhaps the best part of the whole experience. Understanding the character of the food elements available in Paris helps us appreciate the French cuisine and understand better how to try to duplicate some of the tastes at home in the U.S. Consider a class with them an essential to a great Paris stay!
Washington, DC, 20008 USA 01/03/2012
Lots of Options - Cook 'n w Class Best at Hands On
Pino was a great teacher at Cook 'n with Class in Monmartre! It's easy enough to get there by metro and then walk about 2 short blocks. I took the French Desserts class (Buche de Noel, Chocolate Eclairs, Creme Brûlée, Madeleines, Chocolate Lava Cake). We made all of those desserts in only 4 hours! It was a great learning experience and I know that I (a non-cook) will definitely make them again! There were 5 of us in class in December and it was very collaborative and hands on, but informal and relaxed! I had taken the breadmaking class last April, which qualified me for a discount. They offer other discounts on their Web site as well. I got the Rick Steves' discount that's is his book, too. Everying was in English. I've taken classes at Le Cordon Bleu (in French and translated into English), which I've enjoyed as well, but this was a different and much more informal experience. Also, I've taken classes at L'atelier des Chefs (French only - so find someone in class who can translate as you cook or you'll be lost!). And I took a class at the Ritz (these are very hard to get into), which was also French and translated into English. I enjoy taking these cooking and baking classes and meeting people from around the world - a great experience!
Tinton Falls, NJ USA 01/02/2012