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Old 02-12-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Paris bike stuff ( and, food of course)

I'll be there in a few days. Priority is really food, so I don't really know why I'm even posting this

Any great bike shops I should check out? That is, in between the bread, cheese and macarons I'll take some recommendations on those as well.

We're (me & mrs. levain) staying in the Bastille if that matters. Oh, and if you have an "in" at the Poilane manufactory in Bievres, hook a Boulanger up please. I'd love to see it, but they don't do tours... Boulangerie recommendations are also appreciated.

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Old 02-13-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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The most memorable restaurant in Paris, and I can't remember the name.

It was right across from a subway terminal (aren't they all), and had a bunch of copper pots hanging in the window. The ravioli had the best saffron sauce (or any sauce for that matter) I've ever had. You could see little burnt shavings of saffron. I may have a picture of it at home that will jog my memory, but don't count on it. I'll look tonight.

The other really memorable thing I saw was the catacombs. You can walk about a mile underground through abandoned limestone mines where human remains are still stored. Creepy and interesting at the same time.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:09 AM   #3
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OK, I think I have the restaurant:

Chez Clement
407 rue Vaugirard
75015 Paris, France
01 53 68 94 00

http://www.chezclement.com/

I can't read the online menu, so I'm not sure which is the saffron ravioli dish I had. It may have been the Ravioles du Dauphine. They probably had an English menu when I was there. We did make every effort to use French wherever we went, which resulted in a warm and welcoming Paris. Those in our group who insisted on English somehow managed to have the opposite experience.
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OK, I think I have the restaurant:

Chez Clement
407 rue Vaugirard
75015 Paris, France
01 53 68 94 00

http://www.chezclement.com/

I can't read the online menu, so I'm not sure which is the saffron ravioli dish I had. It may have been the Ravioles du Dauphine. They probably had an English menu when I was there. We did make every effort to use French wherever we went, which resulted in a warm and welcoming Paris. Those in our group who insisted on English somehow managed to have the opposite experience.
Thanks for that. We just might check it out!
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:55 AM   #5
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There's a few bike dealers around Bastile but the main area is on avenue de la Granda Armee (metro Argentine).

As for food ...

Chartier; a little touristy but an essential experience to sample lunch in this 19th century bouillon

Aux Lyonais; a touch expensive but excellent quality

Bistro des Deux Theatres; great value, good quality, fixed-priced cuisine

Sanine; super value for lunch (check out the oldest chocolate shop in Paris across the street)

Domaine de Lentillac; best duck in Paris without paying Tour d'Argent prices in fact, everything on the menu is duck!

Cafe de la Paix; but just for afternoon tea including a slice of millefeuille

Gandhi Ji's Garden; the only good curry house in Paris (the French don't like 'spicy' so if you do, ask for it when you order)

Le Boeuf sur le Toit; outstanding 1920's art deco brasserie

Bofinger Traditional Parisian brasserie

As for a boulangerie, any "artisan boulanger" where they make it on site will be fantastic.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:01 PM   #6
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Honda repair in Paris?

I need to arrange some service: engine oil and fork oil change,new brake rotors and pads front and rear installed in Paris. 2003 Honda Varadero 1000XL. Any good recommendations? Need not be a dealer, just good work for an honest price.
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