Ralph’s – Paris, France
Imagine The Ivy transplanted to Paris and then add beautiful Parisian waiters – yes please! I was first recommended Ralph’s by an acquaintance that lived in Paris for years. And then I read mixed reviews online, some thought it to be overrated while others couldn’t give it enough praise. I already had a reservation for lunch and thought best to make my own opinion. It was lovely! Everything about it. Set in a beautiful outdoor courtyard in the middle of the Ralph Lauren store, it’s comfortable and so relaxing. The food did not disappoint either. We couldn’t resist the cute little lobster rolls for a starter (a special that day) and then I couldn’t resist the lobster salad. Stunning!
I have a hard time recommending lunch spots in Paris to friends simply because I find it fun to just stumble upon cute little bistros while out and about. This would be an exception though if you’re looking for a nice civilized break in the day. Reservations recommended. Enjoy!
Costes – Paris, France
Our first day in Paris we were hot off the plane and needed some lunch pronto! Our hotel recommended the terrace at Hotel Costes as it was just a block from where we were staying. What a great find! Super chic and trendy, I would love to sit here all day and just people watch while drinking my French rosé.
Lapérouse – Paris, France
Do a little research on this place and you’ll quickly realize that it has some major history. Established in 1766 how could it not?! What we thought were vandalized mirrors in our room turned out in fact to be scratches from the diamonds that the “cocottes” (fashionable prostitutes) would make in order to authenticate the diamonds they got as payment and make sure they weren’t just glass. All the history aside, the food was great! I’m still thinking about my salad with fresh truffles shaved on top. I could honestly eat it everyday.
All in all this is a memorable and fun restaurant whether you’re a party of 2 or 12. Check out their Instagram to see all the notable models and famous people that have dined there.
Lettuce salad and black truffles – fresh leafs of lettuce, truffle shavings, pecorino cheese and garlic crouton
The Victor Hugo lobster – salted butter roasted and avocado
The Lapérouse soufflé – for 124 years, made from praline, served with caramel sauce
Saint Helens – Seattle, WA
Saint Helens is exactly what the North Seattle neighborhoods have needed for a long time. Located right off the Burke Gilman Trail on NE 45th, it’s the perfect location for all the surrounding neighborhood folk to meet. Whether by bike or car, stop on by anytime of the day. Summer days and nights will be perfectly spent on the outdoor patio area fit with a fire pit to keep you toasty at night.
Open morning to night, you can stop in for the most perfect coffee and pastry (the scones are to die for), tartine sandwiches, or linger at dinner with some wine and cocktails. The patio/deck is the perfect summer hangout!