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5 Paris restaurants worth a second visit

I can't stop eating. Here's why.

1. Frenchie To Go: First of all, there's the fact that the word "Frenchie" is part of its name. Yes. Second of all, it serves breakfast items all day. Yes, yes. Third of all, that breakfast includes granola and fromage blanc plus a bacon sandwich that will haunt your dreams. (Get the extra œuf and cheddar, if anything just for the fact that you will get to say "œuf.") (That's "egg" for you non-Frenchies, meaning mostly me.) Oui, oui, oui. 9 rue du Nil, in the 2nd

2. Gyoza Bar: This small, spare restaurant in a classic Parisian passage serves two things: gyoza dumplings stuffed with pork loin, and rice. The price is right, too--you'll get a perfectly portioned meal including a glass of wine for about $20 a person. The bar upstairs is fun, but ask to be seated downstairs at the large family-style table to feel like a super-cool insider. 56 Passage des Panoramas, in the 2nd

3. Le Mary Celeste: If Mary was a real person, I'd bend down on one knee and propose. The small-plates-focused restaurant in the Marais whips up one creative dish after the other (the menu changes daily). You must start with the deviled eggs. And then you will cry tears of joy, hopefully into one of their imported beers or handcrafted cocktails. 1 Rue Commines, in the 3rd

4. Al Taglio: They sell their pizza by weight. And they cut it with scissors. And it tastes really good. I am not sure who really needs more than that, you know? 2 Bis Rue Neuve Popincourt, in the 11th

5. Verjus Bar à Vins: I've been to this wine bar three times in three weeks. That is all you have to know. Now go. 52 Rue de Richelieu, in the 1st

For the record, these are all pretty affordable spots! To find restaurant recommendations, I first consult Lost in Cheeseland and then the New Food Lover's Guide to Paris app--which has been completely worth its $4.99 price tag.

The Paris Plan - Achieved Today: Yeah. This is totally a rule #5 situation.


New Orleans: A Food Agenda

A few favorites from the weekend.

Pralines from Southern Candymakers.

Grilled alligator sausage (I know!) from SoBou.

The S'Mores Skillet at Sucré. Scoop of cupcake-with-sprinkles gelato on the side.

Crawfish croquetas at John Besh's Borgne.

Beignets at Café du Monde. (Duh.)

Muffulettas from Central Grocery, which I did not eat, but still wanted to include because the word "muffuletta" alone is delicious enough.

Café au lait from Community Coffee.

Stretchy pants from any store, anywhere.


Seoul Food: Balwoo Gongyang

Just before I headed South Korea, I was lucky enough to run into the always lovely Hana Choi, who very generously connected me to her also lovely friend Sarah Lee--a food/design/travel blogger and girl-about-town who had recently relocated from Chicago to Seoul.

Sarah and I chatted via email a bit before Danny and I left, and we made plans to meet for a lunch at Balwoo Gongyang, a restaurant in the city's Insandong neighborhood. (Which, incidentally, has great art galleries, shopping, and general people-watching--place it on your Seoul travel to-do list ASAP.)

Ten (ten!) courses of mind-blowing vegetarian food later, we felt like we had known each other for ages. I honestly can't tell you all that we had (if it was placed in front of me, I just happily ate it), but it was definitely one of the top meals I had during my week away. (So thanks, Sarah--and by extension, Hana. Delish!)

P.S. Be sure to check out Sarah's blog at SeoulInTheCity.com. (That's her above. Isn't she the cutest?) Also cute? Hana, natch. Hit her up at StyleFare.com.


Doing Dumont for Brunch 

At brunch over the weekend, I totally became That Lady Who Takes Photos of Every Dish on the Table. But I couldn't help it--the lighting inside DuMont in Williamsburg was too pretty to resist. (As were the little donut bites that start each meal, the Crispy Baby Artichokes, and the DuMont Burger.) (The DuMont Burger!)

I do. I heart it.