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Date_Night_Icon-DE-QUELLE-PLANETE-ES-TU-011Date Night at Little Bear Colorado - De quelle planete es tu :1While home in Evergreen, Louis and I went on a date at a place where my parents would go dancing in the 70’s, The Little Bear Saloon.

It was the perfect gloomy summer evening, and we headed over for some pizza, pints & rock ‘n roll. I couldn’t think of a better place to go on a date.

I loved the idea of being in a space that my parents hung out in when they were younger and just starting to date.

The Little Bear saloon was and still is a hoppin’ space for listening to live local rock groups while sipping various pints while enjoying a Western atmosphere. The wooden bar is covered in carvings of names and notes, the walls covered with flags and street signs and license plates. It’s fantastic.

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Little Bear Saloon
28075 Highway 74
Evergreen, CO 80439
Tél: 303-664-9991

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Date Night - Académie de la bière - De quelle planète es tu 1I had heard many good things about Académie de la Bière. It was on my list of places to go for quite some time. Finally one evening Louis and I made it over there for a brewy date: Belgian style.

This little beer heaven is located right by Port Royal, near the Montparnasse neighborhood (14th). They’ve got a lovely outdoor seating area that is perfect for those spring evenings. The inside is tiny but cozy and can be. If you’re going to dinner, reservations are suggested. We had a cute table in a little window nook that had the perfect amount of space for our pints and a big bowl of delicious mussels.

The café houses about 12 beers on tap, and a large variety of bottled beer from France, Germany, Scotland and the Czech Republic, etc.

As beer lovers, this was the perfect place for a date this early evening. The servers gave excellent advice in terms of what kind of beers we fancy, which made me love it even more. What’s better than discovering new brewed creations?

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The story behind this habit for lining up his shells goes all the way back to his mother’s father and his first date with his then soon-to-be grandmother. On one of their first dates they were eating mussels, and he did exactly that with his mussel shells. She apparently found this to be as charming as can be. The story has been told every since, and the boys in the family stack their mussel shells.

Cute, right? My bowl of shells was a bit less organized.

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Académie de la Bière
88 bis, rue de la Port Roya, 75005
Tél: 01 43 54 66 65
Métro: Port Royal (RER B), Raspail (4), Vavin (4)

Date_Night_Icon-DE-QUELLE-PLANETE-ES-TU-01Date Night @ Rue Cail - De quelle planete es tu ::1This is my favorite restaurant in Paris, as most people who know me are aware. One chilly spring evening, we decided to go on a little date here to cozy up.

Chettinadu is located up in northern Paris between Gare du Nord and La Chapelle. The streets are lined with Indian restaurants back to back, and grocery stores showcasing piles of ginger and rose liquor in the windows. There is always a hustle bustle, it’s always moving and busy, it adds to its charm.

I’ve been going to this restaurant for the past 4 1/2 years, and it always makes me so happy. Even though sometimes when I suggest it as a dinner venue, I get the eye-roll from my honey, I know he knows how much I love it. Hence this particular Saturday night, we went on a date here.

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An intimate table for two it was. We ordered so many little appetizers and sides that we could barely fit it all on our table.

The menu has everything from naans to biryani to thaali to dosaï, and features southern Indian and Sri Lanken specialties. The drink menu is simple but gets the job done, with staples like Lion Lager and Strong by the bottle, house wine as well as various lassies. To finish off your meal, top on a masala tea or ginger tea.

Most meals are around 6-8 euros. As an appetizer I highly suggest the samosa légume (vegetarian samosa), which is the best samosa I have ever had in my entire life and is a whopping 1 euro. I rarely step outside the box here as I love the meal I always get so much (le plat non-végétarien / thaali), but Louis has given the rice dishes a whirl and has been very impressed.

You can go light while here, or fill yourself up. The choice is up to you.

Don’t forget to wander the neighborhood before or after your meal. It has so much life to it, and really is refreshing in the city of lights.

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15, rue Cail, 75010 Paris
Tél: 01 40 34 49 17
Métro: Gare du Nord (4/5) / La Chapelle (2) / Louis Blanc (7)

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Date Night - L'Eclair - De quelle planete es tu? 1Sometimes a dinner out is exactly what I need. It’s always a tickle to my tummy to have to pick a restaurant for a date. This particular evening, Louis and I picked L’Eclair, a somewhat new spot on Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement. I had been here for cocktails a few times prior, but always drooled when I saw them serve the food. It was destiny to go back for a date with my chou.

Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking at home, but a little push to treat ourselves for a dinner out every once in a while is a nice change of pace. Wouldn’t you say?

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The menus themselves are even lovely. The fonts & style. Yum!

And of course concerning the grub. We both couldn’t resist burgers that night, they sounded too damn good. And they were delicious. Home run.

The atmosphere is a bit noisy, so this place isn’t recommended if you’re looking for a quite and calm place to chat and such. It’s rather dark, but with beautiful furniture and decoration with upbeat tunes and vintagy goodness. I dig the casual-ness of this bar. It’s quite trendy.

Completely off-topic, but I hear their brunch is to die for.

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You can check them out on Facebook and on Yelp for visual proof and reviews.

L’Eclair
32 rue Cler, 75007
Tél: 01 44 18 09 04
Métro: École Militaire/La Tour Maubourg (8)

Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 1There’s a new icon in Larimer Square with a modern twist on comfort food…

Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 2 Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 3Tom’s Urban 24 opened last fall, and has something new to offer the Denver foodie crowd.

Not only do they have a menu that is to die for (I can’t stop thining about it), but also they are open 24/7. What’s better than that? A delicious grub, drink and snack at any hour of the day or night? Yes please.

To further enlighten you with this place’s awesomeness, this Tom guy is the mastermind and founder behind Smashburger and has the most crazy and exciting background in food science, marketing and branding for various national fast food chains. I’m not kidding when I say he had something to do with Stuffed Crust Pizza and McGriddle. According to the Westword, he’s an R&D wonderboy.

He sounds like a pretty terrific and inspirational guy.

Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 4So, when I was home for Christmas, Kristen and I went there for a revisited-comfort-food dinner date.

After a long debate over all of the choices and what to get for dinner (and of course after the Blue Cheese and Bacon Deviled Eggs as an appetizer), we settled for one of their Urban pizzas and the Shrimp Mac ‘n Cheese.

If you want to also drool over their menu, you can check it out here. I am craving most things on the menu as I type this. There is such a large variety of food and flavors, all Colorado sourced! Tom’s works with 30 different Colorado food companies and produce farmers to offer their ever so delicious “comfort food with a modern twist”.

Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 5We both paired with a pint. K went with the Hoegaarden that they had on tap, and I went with the local Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewery.

Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 6 Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 7Date on Larimer - De quelle planète es-tu? 8I’m dreaming of this place and wish so much somewhere with such delicious grub and fabulously retro and urban atmosphere could open in Paris. A great place to enjoy delicious food.

If you happen to go to Denver, check it out for yourself. Your jaw will drop.

Tom’s Urban 24
1460 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado
Tél: 720.214.0516
On Larimer & 15th Street