Paris by mouth: Any dining suggestions for our restaurant critic, S. Irene Virbila?
I’m going to Paris for a four days soon and (way too late) have just begun to think about where I want to eat. What can I say? I've been busy and the time just got away from me. I did manage to snag two reservations this afternoon. Which leaves me with the two most difficult: Sunday and Monday, when many restaurants are closed. I'm stumped.
To research what’s new and interesting, there’s no better site than the year-old Paris by Mouth, a group site and blog from a star-studded lineup of Paris-based food writers. It’s a great resource namely because the contributors really know what they’re talking about. They include journalist and editor Meg Zimbeck, Clotilde Dusoulier (the blogger behind Chocolate & Zucchini and author of what I think is the best guide to Paris eating, “Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris”), Patricia Wells ("Food Lover’s Guide to Paris" and a slew of fine cookbooks) and Alexander Lobrano (former European correspondent for the much-missed Gourmet magazine) as well as cookbook author Dorie Greenspan, author most recently of “Around My French Table,” winner of this years IACP award for best cookbook.
Poke around the site and you’ll find Paris by Mouth’s guide to Paris restaurants divvied up by arrondissement (addresses would help, just a thought). Also Paris pastry shops, bakeries and wine bars, even ice cream shops, all organized by neighborhood. Print the list or lists out to carry with you or make PDFs and stick them in your smart phone.
Meanwhile, anybody have good ideas for places open on Sunday and Monday night? So far, I’ve got the wine bars Le Baron Rouge and the newly expanded Le Verre Volé. At this point I'm hoping I’ll get lucky and one of my friends will invite me to dinner so I won’t have to think about it.
Why can I never remember to avoid Sunday and Monday when planning a trip to Paris?
—S. Irene Virbila
Photo credit: Paris, as seen from the foot of the Eiffel Tower. (Associated Press /Remy de la Mauviniere)