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Hot/Fashionable/New Restaurants and Bars in Paris -- writing article for magazine

Old Jun 10th, 2008, 08:16 AM
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Thanks Lulubelle, I am going to try and get a reservation at L'Atelier. I'll have my laptop with me and will be cruising the forum, I'll be looking for any reports you might post. I think we'll be trying to get into Spring and Les Ombres, but my main focus this trip is on chocolate - I have a list of shops to investigate.

Bonnes vacances!
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Old Jun 10th, 2008, 08:28 AM
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Spring has already been done to death, and from what I've read you need to make reservations 3 months in advance. I would count on those younger, hipper Parisian friends to steer you to the yet-undiscovered cool spots.

There is also a French publication called Le Petit Fute (that's with an acute accent - my US-International keyboard setting doesn't seem to want to work today) that's geared toward the young and trendy. I've not seen one (or ever looked for one) for Paris, but I'm guessing one exists. Might be worth checking out.
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Old Jun 10th, 2008, 08:28 AM
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Dlejhunt --

I am thinking of hitting Spring. I am from Chicago and very curious about the small private salon feel.

Also, what is your experience bringing your laptop? I will have my blackberry and always take notes for my articles by hand. I will use my clients' offices or hotel business center for computer access so not to have to lug another item. Your thoughts?

Les Ombres looks amazing, especially at night. It has not been suggested by the locals though, which I find interesting.

Nukesafe -- I think a trip to Kube Bar may happen just to check it out. We're not staying too far from there!
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Old Jun 10th, 2008, 08:35 AM
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Re: the laptop - this will be my first time bringing it. But on my previous trips to Paris I've missed it greatly. I've been doing research and bookmarking pages to refer back to when we are there, I think this will be much easier than hauling the sheaf of papers that I have in the past. Also will be easier for buying tickets, checking tour schedules, museum hours, etc. I can speak French but would do almost anything to avoid talking French on the phone, I figure the laptop will save me from doing that! As far as hauling it over there, I have a large briefcase that will hold the laptop and serve as my carryon (I don't bring that much as I generally sleep on the way over there). We have been able to upgrade to business so space won't be a problem.

By the way, I'm from Chicago, too, but now live in California. Do you write for a Chicago area publication?
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Old Jun 10th, 2008, 09:27 AM
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I don't know if this will be any help or not, but the new Zagat 2008 Paris Restaurants book is out. Try your local bookstore, Amazon or eBay. It might at least give you something to look through and narrow down some choices? The "reviews" in there are short quotes from those who vote so your comments would be more detailed. They also note which places are "new" so that might help you discover a few restaurants. They also list criteria like who has the best wine list, cheese plate, views, etc.
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Old Jun 10th, 2008, 07:39 PM
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Hi Djlehunt,

I am now in Washington, DC but grew up in Chicago (north of the city). Funny because my parents moved to LA 10 years ago. I don't have the occasion to go back to Chicago as often as I'd like but what a great city!

So you have a long flight ahead of you to Paris -- will you fly direct? I have a friend that flew L'Avion from Newark to Paris on Sunday and am looking forward to her report!

All other posters, I will keep you posted on my research and recommendations I receive from all sources as well as my experiences on the ground in Paris.

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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 10:54 AM
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Flying through JFK. 5 hours to NY and then another 7 or so to Paris. We usually fly through Chicago (AA41/42 are my favorite flights to Paris, love the flight attendants) but we could only get an upgrade on this flight.

We will be taking the kids this trip so hopefully will still get to some of the great restaurants. They are older and pretty good eaters so...we will see. We also will be meeting some neighbors and so are planning on having a couple of adult dinners and sending the kids off to one of the pizza places (oh, another very low key but good place in the 7th is Pizza Gourmandise on rue Augereau, close to rue de Grenelle. It is run by a very friendly Tunisian man who became my husband and son's best buddy when we were there in 2005. Killer thin crust pizza).

We will probably unknowingly cross paths in the city...enjoy your trip! Look forward to reading about your discoveries.
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 11:12 AM
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Hmmm thoughts on bringing a laptop? Perhaps once you have gathered those you could write an article for a significant Business/Tech Travel magazine - might help with that nany invoice
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A super hip new late night hang-out for the Chefs of note in Paris is "Digestate", a cellar with a very small entry. Excellent food such as roasted marrow bones, rate, and other offal popular with the new trend to variety meats.
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Old Jun 11th, 2008, 12:14 PM
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Djlehunt,

Where will you be staying with your kids? We're thinking of going next summer for a week with kids. Vaciliating between renting a flat and a hotel...would love your thoughts.

We'll be at Pavillon de la Reine (which says they're kid friendly!)and then for work I hop over to the Millenium Opera for my work stay. I have seen a bunch of beautiful apartments that take children, many across from the Champs de Mars.

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