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Oct 15, 2009 02:28 PM

What food items should I bring home from Paris? Like Haricot Tarbais.

Or other tasty things that I won't find at home. Maille mustard in those wonderful crocks I guess are a must but what else would you bring back to the States? Thanks.

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  1. Buy the Maille at their store on Place Madelaine, you can get the unpasteurized stuff, it is wonderful. Confitures, even Bonne Maman Intensee, less sugar and unavailable in the states. Chartreuse VEP available at store just west of BHV on street 100 meters off Rivoli.
    This weekend Haricot de Tarbais and other great foods at Salon des Fermiers at place Champarret. Foie Gras as well

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      Oh, yes! The Salon des Fermiers! Being able to sample here before buying is a big plus. Make sure to take along a carrier bag.

        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          But I am not coming to Paris until the 24th!!! Now I am sad. Wait, I am coming to Paris on the 24th. Now I am not sad!

          1. re: t14072

            I plan on bringing back Christine Ferber jam.

            1. re: t14072

              You're right. So let's start over. First, go to G. Detou, located steps off rue Montorguiel, one of the remaining food streets in the old Les Halles area. Detou is a wholesale/retail shop that has extraordinarily good prices on stuff like vanilla beans, oils, (my husband adds) cherries in kirsch, many kinds of chocolate and yes, tarbais beans. Our purchases almost require a separate piece of luggage every visit.

              G. DETOU. 58, rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris Tel : 01 42 36 54 67. Mon-Sat. 8:30am-6:30pm.

              And while you're in the neighborhood, cross Montorguiel on Tiquetonne and go to l'Epicerie Bruno, a truly marvelous herb/spice shop. Bruno personally travels the world to the sources of his products so he can hand select them. He even has, on occasion, the impossible to find Breton spice, Kari Gosse. If you are lucky, Bruno will be in the shop. His knowledge is staggering, his enthusiasm infectious.


      1. Green lentils, La Perruche "raw" sugar (I know you can get in the US but v. expensive) and Valrhona Chocolate (ditto). Before the London terrorists mustards but not worth checking bags now.

        John Talbott

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        1. re: John Talbott

          Pay less for these (green lentils, La Perruche and many Valrhona products), John, at Detou. Enjoy!

          1. re: John Talbott

            Not so sure about checking bags - from Seattle to Paris, we had to check bags anyway since we were over the weight (not size, that was OK) limits. It's 12kg for Air France cabin bagage, and when you're carrying a lot of books for the flight plus a laptop, it's not that hard to go over.

            1. re: banshee10

              Took AF from Philadelphia to Bucharest through CDG earlier this year. At no time did they even look at my carryon for anything. But as you said they can whenever they wish.

          2. French absinthe, specifically Vieux Pontarlier.

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            1. re: porker

              If you can, stop at Poilane on your way to the airport and get a huge loaf of sourdough bread. It will be great toast and you can freeze the rest. Having that delicious toast wtih Christine Ferber blood orange jam made it less painful to be back!

            2. Fleur de sel. Any decent sized grocery store will have an amazing slection to choose from. If I were leaving France I think I would fill up my suitcase with it :)

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              1. re: frenchgirl

                True, but you can find Fleur de Sel as well as Sel de Guerande in USA for the same or even lower prices than in France, especially with current exchange rates.And a staggering selection as well. At D&D we used to carry 31 salts, 16 from France.

              2. I always buy some Edmund Fallot mustard at Galeries Lafayette. For me, it's the best - especially the jar with honey and balsamic vinegar. I never seem to find it in England, so I stock up. I always get some Herbes de Provence - anywhere will do. It seems better when it comes from France. :-)

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                1. re: zuriga1

                  To beat the dead horse again, the Fallot is available in USA, but the unpasteurized Maiile is available nowhere else, been told the store in Dijon even closed down; thus Place Madelaine is it.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    Is there any restriction on bringing in dead horse?

                    1. re: porker

                      Probably more difficult than live horse.

                    2. re: Delucacheesemonger

                      Well, I used to live near NYC, but now I don't. But I know what you mean. I bought lots of imports at D&D back then and never felt deprived. Too bad I didn't know about the Maille a few weeks ago when eating my eggs at Fauchon. :-) I don't much like how *that* store has transformed itself.

                      1. re: zuriga1

                        Couldn't agree more about Fauchon. It seems to be in a decades long process of continuous remodeling, with very little of interest inside. The final blow was when they took the glazed and fruit decorated fowl out of the window!


                        1. re: rswatkins

                          I wanted to buy some dried mushrooms (as suggested by someone here awhile back), and they didn't have any! I will try to remember that shop fondly as it was in decades gone by. :-)