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Aug 13, 2009 02:47 PM

ISO small French tempered tumblers (Duralex, Arcoroc etc).

I'm in search of those little tumblers people drink table wine, juice and even coffee from across the pond, at home. Ideally Duralex, though it seems they has stopped production - classic styles like Gigogne, Picardie etc. Seems Arcoroc is still producing. Neither of the restaurant supply places close by here (on St-Laurent just south of Beaubien) carry them though. Is there any place I can find them in Montréal?

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  1. A few years ago I found a few boxes of Duralex Picardie tumblers at the quincaillerie Dante. These days, I guess you will have a better chance of finding Bormioli Rocco glassware.

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    1. re: deuxpi

      Yes, I believe Dante has Bormioli Rocco, as does one of the St-Laurent restaurant supply places. But the restaurant supply guy admitted that they were not as good (high near unbreakable) and looking on the box, it did NOT specify that they were made in Italy.

      1. re: lagatta

        Not sure where you can find them in Montreal, but Williams Sonoma stocks the Picardie as a standard item, in about 4 different sizes. You can mail-order them, or if you happen to be travelling to Burlington Vermont, or Toronto, you can pick them up at the stores there.

        1. re: cherylmtl

          Merci! I might get to Toronto before I get to Paris next, but not sure.

          Edited to add: Unfortunately I checked, and the smallest size they have is far too big. Think Americans use glasses like those for fizzy drinks, milk and water, not table wine.

          But it DOES mean that they are still available.

          1. re: lagatta

            The smallest size isn't listed on their website, but the ones I buy from there are 6 ounce glasses (at least, I think they are). They're the perfect size for table wine.

            1. re: cherylmtl

              Yes, that is what I'm looking for.

    2. We were at Arthur Quentin (St-Denis) yesterday and saw some Duralex wine tumblers. I think they were around $4 or $5 each. They were displayed in the first section of the store (southern end of store) up a few stairs, on a round glass tray/plate with a wine carafe. They probably also have them in the last section of the store (northern most end). Good luck. Personally, I use the little ones from IKEA - they are around $6 for 6 and are perfectly adequate for casual lunches or dinners.

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      1. re: londonbound

        I'll go there and look for them - though that is rather expensive for something that should be cheap. If they are exactly what I want, it could be worth it as they pretty much last forever. (I want to picnic with these for one thing). Arthur Quentin has or had an excellent "solderie" on St-André, though obviously one never knows what will end up there.

        Oddly enough, I'll probably get to Paris before I get to IKEA, which is very out of the way on public transport and a long and hazardous haul on a bicycle!

        1. re: lagatta

          I returned to Arthur Quentin and in thier "kitchen" section (in the middle) they have a good range of Duralex Picardie glasses. I bought two of the smallest but will probably exchange them for the next largest size.

      2. Are you anywhere near Standa department store on Fleury? They may have as it is an Italian department store & those tumblers are italian kitchen staples. Here's their number: (514) 321-3743

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        1. re: chefjeannine

          Yes, I live in Little Italy, so it is not hard for me to get to Standa northeast of here. Quincaillerie Dante, very close to my place, doesn't have the tumblers I want.

          Some of the Italian tumbler makers have outsourced and declined in quality, alas.

          I'm very happy with what I've found at Arthur Quentin, actually. In general that is a very pricy place but their prices for the Duralex (in the housewares section, not the fancy dishes and stemware) are very reasonable.

          1. re: lagatta

            I noticed a couple of weeks ago that Akhavan has got very small ones on offer, not by Duralex, but in the style of Picardie glasses. Perhaps a bit bigger than shot glases and probably used for tea. Still if you ever swing by Akhavan, you should take a look.

        2. Last night they had six packs of the 3oz Duralex Picardie at Warshaw. 5.99/pack.

          A bit smaller than what you wanted, but at a dollar each, I am sure you won't find a better price elsewhere.

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          1. re: hala

            That is incredible. Those are the tiny ones for drinking espresso or whisky etc. I have so much stuff bought at Warshaw when it was on St-Laurent "the Main" and have no idea where it is located now. Will have to look it up.

            1. re: lagatta

              they are across from the Marché Atwater

            2. re: hala

              Thanks to hala, papilles and all! I found eight of the size Picardie glasses I was looking for (the second-smallest size) at Warshaw, for $1 apiece!!!! There are still packs of the tiny ones (which are perfect for espresso, spirits etc. 5.99 for six. In their little pack, they would make a nice little gift. They also had a slightly larger size on hand.

              I bought all the ones on hand in the size I wanted - hey, $8 plus tax - big spending! but the clerk said they would probably be getting some more. They also have the little glass Duralex bowls useful for serving or mixing small amounts of liquids for cooking or tale, also at 89 cents to one dollar.

              Shop definitely worth a visit for cookware and glassware/dishes, though of course they don't have everything.

            3. Didn't find any at Warshaw's in Montreal but found some nice small Gigogne glasses at Pot en Ciel in Quebec City - my wife's cousin got in touch with Duralex France and apparently this is the only place in town that sells the glasses.

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              1. re: ponovan

                Thanks, ponovan. Next time I'm in Québec!