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Feb 6, 2009 06:31 PM

Unique and fabulous foods to take home

I am going to Paris for the 2nd time in May. The 1st time that I went, it was with someone who doesn't eat or care about food. This time I am going with my husband. Although he does not care about buying food, he does love to eat it and have it cooked for him.

So...was thinking about what wonderful things I can buy to take home from Paris...truffle oil, chocolate, mustard, herbs, cheese etc.

Would love any input on which truffle oils for example are particularly wonderful - and a few shops to get them at. Any other uniquely French, Parisian or just gournet or interesting food products to take home.

Also would like to take a half dozen really nice bottles of wine back - any favorites that won't break my piggy bank?

Thanks for any thoughts.

Oh...cookbooks? Cooking shops? Best restuarants for tasting menus? Favorite restaurants for Fois gras?

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  1. You can try going to Maille right near Fauchon, which has several different varieties of dijon with many different flavors. I would also recommend finding a market - I'm fond of the one near the Bastille that sells sea salts flavored with lemon, truffles, etc. It makes a nice keepsake. There is also a man at that market that sells olive oils from all over the world. I travel to paris for my job frequently and recently brought back my favorite chocolates and brand of creme de cassis. Now I can have a kir that tastes as good as the one's I have in paris (of course you will need to pack all of these items very carefully!)

    1. If you go to Maille on Place Madelaine, get the unpasteurized moutardes that come out of quasi beer taps. You must buy one of their jars and they fill with one of your choice. My favorite is the 'moutarde de ancienne' which is whole seed. The normal bottles you can get almost anywhere, but the unpasteurized stuff only here and at their store in Dijon, and it is the best.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        I agree about the unpasteurized moutardes. The only thing to be aware of is that Maille recommends that you carry the jar in the cabin rather than in your checked luggage. With the current policies regard liquids (yes, mustard is a liquid to some inspectors) we brought a ziplock bag and bought some bubble wrap and duct tape. We taped the cork top down, wrapped it in bubble wrap, taped that and put it in the ziploc bag and packed it in the checked luggage. No problems! If you bring the crock back they will refill it.

        1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

          Last time through, just took the crock with the fabulous paper wrap they do at the store and put in checked-in for the reason you stated, no problems as well, no plastic, no ziploc, nuttin, perfect.

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            Yup, those Unilever products travel well. Pity they have now closed the original Maile factory in Dijon and have consolidated production in other factories.


      2. load up on pate faux grois. Also, get some sauterne wine--oh and a couple of bottles of good Creme de Cassis! Bon Chance!

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        1. re: jarona

          Do you literally mean "fake" pate fois gras? What is that?

        2. Christine Ferber jams are heavenly. You can pick them up at quite a few locations. They are sold at Pierre Herme, so if you're planning a stop there for sweets (and you should!), you can get the jams, as well.

          I also suggest a honey shop on Rue Vignon, just around the corner from Fauchon. They sell honey from various regions in France, along with honey candy, honey-based bath products, etc. There are some unusual and delicious choices.

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          1. re: purplescout

            The honey store is Maison du Miel, been there for quite a while.

            1. re: purplescout

              Second on the Ferber jams. Was also going to suggest Lavender honey, if you can find it.

              Dubernet Foie Gras is impossible to find in US, and is a FAR better product (imho) than the tinned ones we get here. Well worth carrying or shipping home. They have a store here: 2 Rue Augereau Paris 7e (75007).

              1. re: ChefJune

                The store on rue Augereau is really, really great! Just don't walk in there if you are hungry.

                1. re: Oakglen

                  There is also a really appetizing location in downtown Lyon. The same thing is true there! ;)

            2. I bought the most adorable dried morels from Fauchon on Place Madeleine. I bought both the tiny ones and the large ones. Also, bought red currants in a jar and edible gold in a spray can from Bon Marches Epicerie. Also, bought the cutest bouquet garni from the same place. I bought some Kusmi Tea and some of their teabags to make your own teabags. In a couple of places I found good quality plastic Asian spoons, forks, shot glasses for amuse bouche. I found an adorable little door plaque 'Chat Gourmand' at the department store across from City Hall. (My cat loves it when we cook.) I also came back with the most fabulous candied fruits. They aren't the artificial crap I buy in Canada but delicious real fruits that have been candied. Also bought some macarons to bring back but we ate them very quickly. Vin Jaune is the one thing I regret not buying.

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              1. re: sarah galvin

                " the department store across from City Hall" - Sarah I think you mean BHV. It has quite a good mainstream cook shop on one of the upper floors, but the real treasure trove is in the basement in the DIY section, with lots of very French souviners. Does it still have the cafe that looks like a workshop?

                1. re: PhilD

                  I went straight to the basement. I don't remember the cafe, sorry. I guess I wasn't hungry!