Travel: Paris

IMG_3290This is very, very much a throwback post. I’m writing it in my sunny apartment in LA because I’m feeling a travel itch and am really missing living in England, where a trip to Paris or Rome or Madrid was just a hundred bucks and an hour flight away.

Last year, Jon took me to Paris, for my birthday, and also to ask me to marry him. It was an absolutely incredible couple of days for many, many reasons and we’ll remember it for a lifetime. One amazing part was that Jon scoured restaurant and cocktail bar reviews for weeks before we went, because he knows how much good food means to me. The places he picked were all so, so incredible. The other day we were talking about some of them, and trying to remember where we went, so I thought it’d be a good idea to write them down, while they’re still relatively top of mind.

So here’s the list of our favorite bars and restaurants in Paris.

Restaurants and Cafes

Breizh Cafe

This crepe place in the Marais will ruin all other crepe places for you for the rest of your life. The buckwheat savory crepes have the most delicious fillings – from creme, caviar, and potatoes, to fresh farmers’ market vegetables. I also tried the buckwheat crepes with dessert fillings – pear, caramel and ice-cream. They also serve amazing alcoholic cider with their crepes, which is a totally acceptable thing to drink for breakfast…I think.

The main restaurant is always really crowded, and you’ll have to make a reservation, but they have a tiny cafe right next door where you can pretty much always get a seat. This place was so good, we were in Paris 5 days, and I think we may have gone here three times. Ahhh I wish I could go right now!

One of my favorite crepes at Briezh
One of my favorite crepes at Briezh

109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France, 01 42 72 13 77

L’Office

Can’t say enough good things about this place. It’s everything you want a restaurant to be – beautiful intimate atmosphere, a small selections of fresh dishes to choose from that are absolutely perfect! I had a burrata and beet risotto appetizer when we went, and a cod with sesame and miso. We split a cheese plate for dessert. The menu changes all the time, so you’ll be in for a treat!

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3, rue Richer, 75009 Paris (Montmartre), 01 47 70 67 31

Graindorge Restaurant

I loved this old-school French restaurant near the Arc de Triomphe. The design of the restaurant is very old school art deco. We splurged and went for their three course menu, which was delicious. I had a herring appetizer and a delicious fish stew for dinner. It’s kind of out of the way, but worth the trek!

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15, rue de l’Arc de Triomphe, 75017 Paris, 01 47 54 00 28

Cocktail Bars

Candelaria

A taco place in Paris? Yep, and you’ll have some of the best cocktails and tacos in the entire world here. Come early because the lines can be astronomical, and you’ll be luck to get a seat, and with tacos these delicious and messy – you’ll want a seat. Be prepared to see lots of hip, well dressed Parisians. Be prepared to want every taco and every cocktail on the menu.

Jon at Candelaria
Jon at Candelaria

52 rue de Saintonge 75003 Paris, 01 42 74 41 28

Curio Parlor

This cocktail place was really fun – incredible cocktails and a great vibe (dark, with lots of taxidermy). It’s located near Notre Dame.

16 rue des Bernardins 75005

A trip to Paris isn't complete without this shot!
A trip to Paris isn’t complete without this shot!

Review: El Coraloense Tacos (and LA Taco Madness Festival)

Today was the annual LA Taco Madness Festival in Grand Park in downtown LA. The free festival brought together some of the best taco trucks and stores from around LA.  I had very high expectations for this event, and boy were they were met!

We tried a bunch of different stalls, but my favorite tacos by far were from El Coraloense, a taco place with locations in Downey and Bell Gardens, CA. They had an incredible ceviche tostada with fresh mango salsa – so refreshing on such a hot day. Their fish “taco revolcado” was my favorite thing on their menu (pictured above). It was a grilled fish with a fantastic seasoning served with salsa, cabbage, and vegetables. After getting one round of tacos, we waited in line for another 20 minutes to get seconds at this stall. I think a trip to Bell Gardens is in my future.

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We didn’t get a chance to try any tacos from  Marisco Jalisco, which I’ve heard routinely wins the “Best Taco” prize  at this festival, but  they’re located near downtown, so we plan to go sometime in the next few weeks.

Me and Jon at LA Taco Madness
Me and Jon at LA Taco Madness

 

Restaurant Review: Sushi Gen (Downtown, Los Angeles)

Sushi Gen has fast become our favorite restaurant in downtown LA. It’s a  sushi joint in a strip mall in Little Tokyo that has the best, most satisfying  sushi combination box I’ve ever had in my life (and it’ll only set you back $20). The tuna and fatty tuna sushi is particularly noteworthy, and completely melts in your mouth.

On top of the food, going to Sushi Gen is always a special experience – the restaurant looks like a beautiful bento box inside.

The only caveat is that there’s usually around a 30 minute to 1hr wait to get in, but there are plenty of bars nearby to keep you busy. I really like the One Eye’d Gypsy, though it’s a bit of a trek.

If  this short little review didn’t convince you to give it a try- LAist ranked it as one of the best affordable sushi places in LA.

Sushi Gen, 422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Closed Sundays

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