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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

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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