Christmas in Paris was fantastic!

Old Nov 7th, 2011, 06:05 AM
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I got my e-mail this morning from 'Atelier. We just need to call the day before to confirm! Thanks for your help. I am pinching myself. We are going to Paris for Christmas.
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Old Nov 7th, 2011, 07:30 AM
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Very good. I know how you feel Lrock! I truly hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did ours. Paris really is a special place to spend Christmas.
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Old Nov 9th, 2011, 07:29 AM
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Denise...

Sorry if this may "de-rail" the main topic of this thread, but I thought you might like this bit of information.

I've booked a wine tasting for my December Paris visit at O Chateau and thought if you didn't already know about it, you might want to check it out. Fodorite flygirl was there a couple months ago and mentioned it in her trip report (that's how I found out about it)

The website is:
http://www.o-chateau.com/
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Old Nov 9th, 2011, 07:59 AM
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Hi LCI-

Thanks! Always looking for new places...this trip we are trying to do more new and less re-visiting. Great timing. I will check it out. Saw that Joan and Sue didn't love L'Atelier...hate it when that happens! I am going to try Reed, if we can get in.

Seriously ready to go now!!
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Old Nov 9th, 2011, 08:31 AM
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denisea, look at Verjus. It is a new restaurant/wine bar opened by the couple who hosts Hidden Kitchen. Some of our best meals in Paris were at Hidden Kitchen but I think they may not be able to continue that and manage the new restaurant as well.
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Old Nov 9th, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Denise...

Yes, I saw Joan's post about L'Atelier and I started to second-guess my choice to make the reservation there. But knowing how the restaurant biz can be (my sister is a chef) it could have just been an off night for one cook/server and the experience is completely different!

FWIW, in a blog post today David Lebovitz wrote about O Chateau, you may want to check out what he had to say.

Judy...I'd just heard about Verjus a couple weeks ago (again, from the David Lebovitz blog) and have that on my list too! Seems like they had some big hurdles to jump through to open the place up. From what I can tell only their wine bar is open now with the associated restaurant to open very soon.
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Old Nov 9th, 2011, 09:02 AM
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LCI, if the restaurant hasn't opened, they may still be serving in their apartment as Hidden Kitchen....well worth trying to get a reservation or on a waiting list for a cancellation. They do book up months in advance.
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Old Nov 9th, 2011, 10:11 AM
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I do love David Lebovitz! I am sure we will hit O Chateau.

I am kinda sick that we are already booked up during the latter part of our week. Would love to do their Champagne cruise on the Seine. I have always avoided them because I don't want a big crowd and anything too cheesy. If our Friday/Saturday plans fall through, I am going to do that. We may have to do the wine/cheese lunch.

So many choices!!
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Old Nov 10th, 2011, 06:55 AM
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Verjus, according to their website, says they will open December 1st. Perfect for your trip, LCI.

www.verjusparis.com
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Old Nov 10th, 2011, 06:58 AM
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Hmmm, I just 'liked" them on Facebook and it appears they are already open. Dry run photos were from 25 September.
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Old Nov 10th, 2011, 07:26 AM
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BeachGirl...

I "liked" them on Facebook too. From what I read the wine bar has been open since mid-October but they have been having some difficulty getting required permits for the restaurant. I think it was the David Lebovitz blog post where I read about the delays with opening. I can't remember how long ago the post was published, maybe early October if you want to search the David L. blog.
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I think the dry run was from the wine bar. The restaurant is above the wine bar but one has an address on rue Montpensier and the other on rue Richelieu. The wine bar was opening first.
We had dinner at Hidden Kitchen in September and they were discussing their opening issues. They are quite talented and a nice young couple.
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Old Nov 10th, 2011, 04:05 PM
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OMG, I may be the last person on the planet not on Facebook! ;-)
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Old Nov 11th, 2011, 06:32 AM
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No, denisea, if you are the last I'm on the list with you.
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Old Nov 11th, 2011, 11:47 AM
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Always, good to know there are other holdouts out there!

Just a little more than a week before I head back to Paris...what to call the Thanksgiving in Paris T/R??
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Old Nov 12th, 2011, 12:05 PM
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"Thanksgiving in Paris was fantastic"? ;-) Whatever you call it, I look forward to it.

Can you believe it's almost here?! I remember when you first decided to go (clearly, I don't have a Paris trip planned, or I wouldn't be stalking other people's trips - ha!)

Btw, I'm not on facebook either.
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Old Nov 12th, 2011, 03:56 PM
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denisea,

I am awaiting your trip report with baited breath! And, I really hope you get to try the salted caramel soufflé that Joan had. That alone is enough to get me back to Paris!

I hope you sign on to FB at some point. Many of us who are here on Fodor's have so much fun sharing foodie threads and conversations about great food finds - yes, it's ll about food with me. What can I say!
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Wow, Wow, Wow. What a great report. I know it has been a while but just wanted to let you know! I love to travel and your report almost made me book a trip to Paris! LOL I live in Tucson, and if I fly Delta to Europe I go through Atlanta. If interested check out my travel blog
www.travelwiththomas.blogspot.com
Happy travels!
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Old Nov 13th, 2011, 03:21 AM
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You guys are awesome. ONE MORE WEEK!!!

I hope I can get that souffle, as well! I fell in love with the salted caramel ice cream at Berthillon last year and I love that combination. Plus, I am a total souffle fanatic...will stalk the Constant restaurants until I get it! YankyGirl-we all stalk each other's trips!

Luckyscout, thanks so much and I will check out your travel blog, for sure! Beachgirl, Mr Starbucks is on FB but I have resisted. I hate to say it, but the thing that Chaz had feared happened when he got on FB, did happen...friend requests from people he didn't really want to re-connect with, but didn't want to be rude to....I dunno...maybe I will go on FB as a "fictitious" person.;-)
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Denisea, my husband and I are planning our trip to London and we had thought we would also go to Ireland as well. However, for a few reasons ( most particularly, the time of the year we are traveling) I could not get happy with a trip to Ireland. I came upon your Paris trip reports, and that settled the matter: I went downstairs and announced to my husband, "What do you say, let's go back to Paris!" And just like that everything was settled. Thank you!
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