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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

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Les Petites Assietes - steak tartare
So,with four months here in Paris we can't go too crazy and are trying to keep to our budget. Yes, there are lots of wonderful expensive foodie destinations  but they might not be our best option on a regular Tuesday evening. We're not on holiday, we've moved our lives and our regular budget here so the question is how to make it work?

Well, la Fourchette has been a big help and you might find it useful too. An online restaurant reservation service, La Fourchette offers  discounts of up to fifty percent off your bill. The key is to pick well reviewed restaurants and to read the fine print. If they say it excludes the menu they mean it, normally the deal is a la carte with an entree and main or main and dessert required to qualify.

A decorative dessert at La Reminet.

The offers vary but are often for midweek nights or for particular times, either earlier or later reservations. You'll receive an email and SMS confirmation. At first I worried that making the reservation online with the discount would mean a lesser table or poor service but this has not been the case. You don't need to mention La Fourchette, the discount just comes off the bill where it is itemized. We've used it at all of the following restaurants, generally at 8pm. 

Le Reminet - romantic ambience, decorative food and good service. The food was innovative and well presented, overall a great value after the forty percent discount. This is a good location for a special occasion, close to Notre Dame on the left bank. I recommend requesting a table upstairs.



C'est mon Plasir - an excellent small modern bistro on Isle St. Louis popular with locals. With la Fourchette they offer a three course daily "market" menu for just under twenty euro which is well priced for quality food in this area.

Sancho - High end Japanese restaurant serving interesting dishes right in our neighborhood. Forty percent off makes this place an option. Deal does not include sushi or black cod. We enjoyed our meal.

Les Trois Sceaux - Intimate  bistro in the trendy Oberkampf neighborhood with a thirty percent discount. Excellent wines by the glass, good value, friendly service and rich traditional food.
Brise Miche - Bistro practically in the shadow of the  Pompidou Centre. Friendly owner and staff, traditional fare well done. Good value.
Buisson Ardent - An excellent neighborhood bistro with a modern sensibility not far from the Institute du Monde Arabe. They offer a reduced priced menu between Sunday and Wednesday. The staff were very friendly and we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.
Les Petites Assiettes -vegetarian napoleon

Les Petities Assiettes - We stopped by on a walk through the 13th. It's an interesting meal of many small dishes, five small plates for 20 euro with La Fourchette. The place is bright and cheerful and we enjoyed our lunch.
Les Petites Assiettes - pear crumble

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