Want to impress a Parisian with a hostess gift
Any suggestions? I was thinking about Paulette in BH, but after reading the mixed reviews, I'm having second thoughts. Any great, authentic suggestions (beyond alcohol)?
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I have the same challenge as I exchange gifts several times a year with a co-worker in Paris who has great taste. I have bought confections from Valerie several times and they are very well received. The caramels are amazing, the toffee is quite good and the lemon petit fours stand out as well. Last time I had them shipped to my office as I was pressed for time and was very happy with the level of service.
If you want to assess my taste, I was a fan of chocolate and caramels as gifts from Boule but wasn't wowed by Jin. My husband and I think Valerie is excellent, albeit it pricey.
I'm very fond of those macarons, but I hear that they're still quite not as good as the ones you can get in France.
You should be mindful of some differences in the French mindset about gifts to the host. The French generally view bringing food or wine as a bit of an insult; it suggests that your host may not be able to provide adequate amounts by himself. Generally, flowers or perhaps some chocolates are in the acceptable range.