Favorite train food, knives, mustards from Paris and Reims, Part 3
1) Creperolles, Comté cheese and walnut flavor
From an interesting deli on Rue Cler, maybe 50 meters away from La Mere de Famille.
I first tasted Creperolles at my local Central Market's http://www.centralmarket.com/Home
"Passport France", a 2 week showcase of French foods, cooking classes, etc. However, they didn't pick them up as a stocking item. I'd forgotten about them till I saw them in that deli.
This website http://www.dolcegourmando.com/Creperolles.html describes them as
"Creperolles are French cocktail snacks that will not last through the first drink…A specialty of Brittany, France; it's a delicate and buttery paper-thin flaky mini crepes filled with a variety of different savoury cheeses, including Roquefort & Comte cheese etc."
They are a delicious if brief taste of cheese and butter to accompany wine from . They are very "airy"; if you inhale strongly you'll aspirate them :-). Have a sip of Pinot Noir. Then let a Creperolle melt in your mouth. GREAT train snack with a small bottle of wine from the wine fridge (my hotel balcony, the best wine fridge ever...see pic.)
2) 2 knives from Le Bon Marche
2 knives from Le Bon Marche with a chic contemporary design that's a riff on Laguioles.
The smaller one is good for a bread knife and great for scruffing steaks and pork loins to give them crust. What is scruffing?
I haven't used the pretty saucisson knife yet. Wish I took a pic of the knife display at Le Bon Marche. They had a million different colors and types, all in the beautiful Laguiole shape handle. I thought the handles were interesting... like a translucent gradient of color. Wonder how they did that.
3) Clovis mustards
First tried them on the excellent Raw France tour of the grand cru champagne house Wafflart-Briet in Sacy.
After the tour, we explored Reims, a deceptively difficult town to pronounce correctly. (rrrawnce maybe) Came across a Christmas Market stall that carried a variety pack of the Clovis mustards. Not sure what to use the red grape mustard for now, but I can't wait to find a good reason...
and pictures from what I described in this post.
You have the right idea.
Avoid train food like the plague. Bring your own (food, not plague).
My go-to train picnic is a block of foie gras, antipasti prepared the night before, then fresh baguette at the last minute (or pain de campagne if the train is an early one). And fresh fruit. Voilà
Oh and a good bottle of something.
One of the last tiimes,e Deluccasnobcheesemonger not only brought his cheese selection but he also talked us into bringing real wine glasses. He was sooooo right.
we have carried a pair of these for years and years:
(there are several styles available)
unbreakable (believe me, if anybody could break them it would be me...), inexpensive, and while they're not glass, they are a thin-rimmed vessel with a stem.
We faire la pique-nique with style!
along the other requests -- if you have a car, there's Pommery mustards in Meaux (which has a wonderful marche on Tuesdays, as well as being in the heart of the Brie-making region)
I agree to bring your own train food, as the crap they sell onboard is deplorable and expensive.
Do make sure that your Laguiole knives say "made in France" -- some enterprising ass-clown has filed the intellectual-property rights on the name (how the hell do you get IP rights on the name of an ancient village??), and is hawking made-in-China garbage as "authentic".
Thanks for the report!
I agree re train food. We always pack a picnic and have never been disappointed.
Re the knives...tell us more about them. All info is valuable when anticipating a trip to Bon Marche.
Re (rrrawnce maybe) Reims is our last stop before flying home next trip and that is about what I've heard.
hychka, Those knives were on an upper floor of Le Bon Marche, in a display with many others like them in all different colors. The display was visible immediately upon exiting the escalator.
Price was low enough to not give me pause... maybe between 10 - 15 Euro.
I wish I bought the beautiful red handled one too. The other colors were too loud for me (purple !?!) , but the brown, vanilla, and red caught my eye.
Suggestion: Save that picture to your cell phone. Show someone in the kitchen section of Le Bon Marche the picture and I bet they will point you to where they are now. (Hopefully it wasn't just a Christmas thing).
One thing I completely forgot to buy - a Le Bon Marche shopping bag! I remembered one from the big 3-lettered store in the Marais, but forgot the one I really wanted!
Phil, Somewhere I got the impression that you live in the 6th. If so, want to meet for some wine with me and my wife mid May to mid June as we'll be on rue Saint Sulpice? (Yes, our apartment ...we are in our third!...keeps moving as we have more guests visiting.) How does one go about meeting fellow chowhounds?