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Lyon for foodies? (Seeking recommendations on dining well & cooking workshops)

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My partner and I are spending a special, long weekend in Lyon and are searching for local recommendations on lovely places to eat: bistros, bouchons, elegant restaurants. I've heard good things, of course, about Restaurant (Nicolas) Le Bec, but what else is there? Also in seek of suggestions for a cooking workshop or some sort of hands-on gastronomic experience. Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. There were some very informative posts about Lyon a month or so ago.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/729292

    They included links to some great Google maps:
    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&...
    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&...

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    1. re: ardithl

      You beat me to it, Ardith! Just an add to say you're making a great choice. You might want to contact Lucy Vanel about a hands-on cooking experience. She has a blog called "Lucy's Kitchen Notes."

      1. re: ChefJune

        Thanks so much to you both! Can't believe I missed the earlier Lyon discussion, but I'm glad I didn't miss hearing about...Bernachon.

        1. re: audreystyle17

          Oh yes! You definitely don't want to miss that. And if you love Foie Gras, don't miss the Dubernet store in the Les Halles covered market. It is the best tinned foie gras you can buy, and it isn't any more expensive than the other brands I've seen.

          and BTW, although the Les Halles market is open on Sundays, lots of the stalls (including Dubernet's) are closed.

          1. re: ChefJune

            Thanks for the tip! We do like foie gras and are selecting luggage with Les Halles in mind. Are there other delicacies that you would recommend shopping for the ride back (e.g., special dried mushrooms, etc.). We don't want to miss anything!

            1. re: audreystyle17

              Well, I would bring back as many of Renee Richard's cheeses as I could get her to vacuum seal for you. Especially her St. Marcellin and Brillat-Savarin are like none you will ahve ever had, and available nowhere in the US.