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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Le Gaigne, Marais


We had a lovely meal at Restaurant Le Gaigne with H. while he was in Paris  and I think it was good enough to share with you too. This is an intimate  nouveau bistro in the Marais where the wife works front of house and the husband is in the kitchen. It has been well reviewed and you'll definitely need a reservation. 
What is interesting about assessing restaurants is that reviewers are all about the next place because they need new content, after all the website or newspaper needs to sell pages. So, while Le Gaigne still puts out the quality of food that garnered a very favorable Mark Bittman review in the New York Times (in his  article on the Evolution of the Paris Bistro ) it isn't on his latest list.  However, the 2009 review - pointing out Le Gaigne's effortless charm and interesting combinations - remains accurate. H.,  D. and I would all recommend eating here.
We opted for the menu degustation which we very much enjoyed, I particularly like the fish dish above. H. went for the wine pairing  and liked the variety which spanned Riesling to Bourdeaux. The cheese course below was a strong mousse like dish served on a simple salad.
Tip: I haven't been here for lunch but they offer a two course lunch (entree ou plat, plat ou dessert) for a very reasonable 19 euro.

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