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Treating my mother to her first trip to Europe/Paris - how does this combination of meals sound?


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Treating my mother to her first trip to Europe/Paris - how does this combination of meals sound?

j.jessica.lee | Nov 18, 2010 03:22 AM

Hello again CHers! Thanks to your incredible advice, I enjoyed an amazing time/meals/food in Paris back in September. I am back now, performing in Prague. My mother has never been to Europe before, so I am flying her in for my last concert and then taking her around Prague, Paris, and parts of Italy! I have wanted to treat her to this trip for a long time, so I am very excited to show her my favorite places.

Last time, I went to Ledoyen, Chez L'Ami Jean, Le Pot O Lait, and visited many shops and bakeries (I fell in love with Seurre and Landemaine and Christian Constant - thanks CHers!!). Absolutely adored the food at Ledoyen and CLJ.

My mother and I arrive in the afternoon of December 8 and fly out in the morning on December 12. That gives us about 4 days. She does not have too many dislikes and as she has never been to France, I want to steer more towards places that serve French classics. We are staying in St. Germain but are very savvy with the metro and are willing to go anywhere. I am thinking:

-Le Cinq because it has such an aura of occasion and my mother has never been out to fine dining before
-Ledoyen because I absolutely adored the food and experience there last time
-Pierre Gagnaire because I am very curious - might not be the best time to experiment?

-so my mother can try the duck confit or boeuf bourguignon for a very traditional French cuisine experience

-return to CLJ because I loved it so much last time (had cote de boeuf and a lobster app) and would like to try more menu items
-try LRSH because there might be more room and my mother will be more comfortable there and I haven't tried it before and have seen many glowing reports
-Le Comptoir because I've heard so many great reports and have never tried it

-Le Verre Vole
-Les Papilles
-perhaps a plateau de fruits de mer somewhere?
-try another creperie? Breizh? Or return to Pot O Lait?

As always, I'm looking out for the best bakeries and croissants and desserts. I'm interested in trying the apple tart from Poilane - can anyone tell me about that? Anything new and exciting since September?

I know you all get swamped with the same requests all the time and I appreciate your patience and willingness to help us anyway. You've never steered me wrong! Any other suggestions other than places on my list would also be very welcome.

Thank you!!!

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