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Buying foie gras d'oie in Paris but not at Fauchon???

We are going to Paris next week and I would like to buy as much canned foie gras as I can carry home! We have been to Fauchon and find it quite expensive and touristy. Does anybody have any other more affordable recommendations? Merci.

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  1. Foie Gras Luxe
    26, rue Montmartre

    Yellow front shop up a couple of steps at the bottom of a little breezeway off the street. Closes over the lunch hour.


    1. From the butcher Marcel Devineau at Marché St Quentin.

      1. The recs so far are great. But you can also find good foie gras d'oie in Franprix, other supermarkets, and best of all, the outdoor markets. Fauchon does have nice packaging though.

        Not a hard and fast rule and probably the effect of some silly little bee buzzing in my bonnet but I tend to prefer the foie gras d'oie from Quercy in southwest France... and several Paris épiceries/ traiteurs that specialize in Quercy products... i.e. Epicerie de Bruno on the rue Tiquetonne in the 2nd and Le Petit Quercy on the Nation-end of the boulevard Diderot. Not specifically Quercy, but Aux Produits du Sud-Ouest on the rue Montparnasse in the 14th also has a nice choice of goose foie.

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        1. re: Parnassien

          From FGL, we have brought home the silver medal duck foie gras by Chambon and Marrel Godard from Gourdon, Lot. We pay in the neighborhood of 50€ for 400gr.

          Should add a thanks to Pti for the address.

          1. re: mangeur

            The poster wants goose, not duck liver. I only visit Foie Gras Luxe at Christmas time when their inventory is vastly increased and can't clearly remember what kind of foie gras d'oie they sell. I'm simply overcome by the huge choice and the crowds.

          2. re: Parnassien

            just down the street on rue Tiquetonne you'll find G. Detou, which carries a *far* wider offering of goose and duck products than Bruno.

            (Love Epicerie Bruno, though -- great spices)

            1. re: sunshine842

              We comparison shopped Detou, and at that time, FGL was marginally cheaper. FGL also had goose in many sizes when we were there, but we chose to buy duck.

              I adore Bruno, a very kind man who is generous with his knowledge.

              In this small triangle, we have an embarrassment of superior purveyors.

              1. re: sunshine842

                Sunshine... quite true but Detou has become so well known and crowded that I tend to give it a miss... especially for something so widely available in Paris as good quality foie gras.

                1. re: Parnassien

                  (What are you and Sunshine doing up at this hour? Lucky for us, in any event. :) )

                  1. re: mangeur

                    I'm back on the East Coast of the US -- wasn't late by my clock! :)

                    I agree, Parnassien -- but I figure if you're already standing on Tiquetonne, as you would be when existing Bruno, then Detou is probably the closest place....unless, of course, you head down Rue Montorgueil for a quick stroll. Several places there to buy foie.

                    1. re: mangeur

                      Mme Mangeur... my inner child is actually Spanish and so I usually stay up until 2am or later... thank god for flexi-time at work ( 10-ish or later to 7-ish or later)... and the time difference between Paris and SF has shrunk because our daylight saving times are temporarily out of synch so it may seem that we are up later than we actually are.... and sad that our lovely Sunshine842 is back in the Great Land of Opportunity.

                      But spank me, because in my late night blur and after-bar buzz, I confused Epicerie Bruno with Godard as the Quercy specialist.

                      1. re: Parnassien

                        Thanks for that -- I was mentally wandering the shelves of Bruno trying to remember seeing foie, but I have had a lot on my plate of late, so couldn't be 100% sure which of us might be confused.....

                        While I'm no longer in the wilds of the 77, I do manage to visit regularly for work. I'm thinking I'll need a trip to Detou about June.

                        1. re: Parnassien

                          Your logic lapse is our gain. Thanks for Godard, situated conveniently across from another sweetheart, Chez Denize.


                          Add rue de Nil, and you have circumscribed a mandatory food crawl.

                          1. re: mangeur

                            Since G Detou is already on our list for next weekend in Paris I thought I would follow the mandatory food crawl. Two questions:
                            What is on rue de Nil?
                            What are the specialties at Epicerie Bruno?


                            1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                              A wonderful coffee place, plus some eateries whose phone is out of order .

                              1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                                Bruno is merchant of herbs and spices, primarily -- his blends are particularly good.

                                1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                                  Rue du Nil = Terroirs d'Avenir (separate épicerie and boucherie/ charcuterie on opposite sides of the street), Frenchie to Go (cantine and takeaway), Frenchie Bar à Vins, and Frenchie.
                                  And just around the corner on rue des Petits Carreaux, la Boutique des Saveurs.

                      2. re: Parnassien

                        "But you can also find good foie gras d'oie in Franprix"
                        Indeed. Wait, hasn't Franprix been taken over by one of the giants ?
                        I even have a fave supermarket brand for foie gras: Reflets de France, in jar form of course.

                        And I too always stock up on foie gras during those marchés aux producteurs are held in Paris, about several times a year.

                        "Aux Produits du Sud-Ouest on the rue Montparnasse"
                        Very nice place, - rue d'Odessa, dude ! -where I always get my … aiguillette aux canards. I have not had the foie gras there.

                        1. re: Parigi

                          Franprix is part of Monoprix, and always has been, I believe.

                          Reflets de France is the store brand for Carrefour (and yes, it's a great brand. All of the majors have a house brand for local products, and they're generally excellent.

                          But yes...the local marchés des producteurs are the absolute best place to buy, well, just about anything.

                          1. re: sunshine842

                            "Franprix is part of Monoprix, and always has been, I believe."
                            Not so but that's pilpul.
                            Only the very old recall the web into which Casino pulled Leaderprice, M, F and the Galeries Lafayette, or was it vice-versa.
                            In any case, they still have different and joint products.

                            1. re: John Talbott

                              Exactly. Like saying that you love all LVMH products equally.

                              1. re: John Talbott

                                ah, you're right -- I always forget about the Casino parentage, and forget that I can use my Monoprix points card at Casino.

                                1. re: sunshine842

                                  "Monoprix points card"
                                  Do you really use them? I just accumulate the SMiles

                                  1. re: John Talbott

                                    yeah -- I only ever accumulate the SMiles....but never get much beyond a folding shopping bag. (but I'm in the habit of whipping out the cartes de fidelite at a moment's notice...)

                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                      " (but I'm in the habit of whipping out the cartes de fidelite at a moment's notice...)"
                                      Why do we - ah, I, do it?, and carry around those miserable Monoprix and Franprix trucs? And fling them on the rolling carpet?
                                      The promise of gifts in the future I suppose, getting something for nothing as me Da said.

                                      1. re: John Talbott

                                        at least with Auchan and Carrefour, you get an actual, tangible payback!

                                2. re: John Talbott

                                  Indeed Franprix is not connected to Monoprix. If I'm not mistaken the big brands may be grouped as such:

                                  Franprix <=> Leader Price (management located in Alsace)

                                  Monoprix <=> Galeries Lafayette <=> La Grande Epicerie

                                  Auchan <=> Carrefour <=> Galeries gourmandes, with the "Reflets de France" generic brand of artisan products.

                                  Groupe Casino is also important but the stores are mostly located outside of Paris (except for a few large surfaces here and there).

                                  Regarding foie gras, when I want good stuff at reasonable price, I buy Labeyrie's bloc de foie gras - excellent basic product, good seasoning, good taste, nice melting texture without any residual greasiness. I've only tried duck but considering how good it is, I'll try goose next time.

                                  1. re: Ptipois

                                    Groupe Casino owns (groupe-casino.fr) :
                                    Super Casino
                                    Gèant Casino
                                    Casino Proximité
                                    Leader Price
                                    Naturalia (hmm...didn't know that!)

                                    Le Bon Marché owns Le Grande Epicerie (http://www.lagrandeepicerie.com/en.html


                                    Auchan and Carrefour are not only not the same company, but fierce rivals (auchan.fr and carrefour.fr)

                                    ETA: Carrefour owns the wonderful "Reflets de France" label. Other retailers have their own version, but IME Carrefour is the best on the whole.

                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                      "Naturalia (hmm...didn't know that!)"
                                      That is really interesting. LeaderPrice and Naturalia, my.

                                    2. re: Ptipois

                                      What do the "<=>"'s mean, who gobbled or begat who?

                                      1. re: John Talbott

                                        It only means "belong to the same group".
                                        Speaking of which I was mistaken regarding Carrefour and Auchan. I had been told some time ago they had the same ownership. Maybe they used to.
                                        However, I'm positive that La Grande Epicerie is managed by Monoprix. Or used to be.
                                        And some of these brands now belonging to groupe Casino used to be independent (for instance Leader Price and Franprix).

                                        1. re: Ptipois

                                          So while we are on this or rather off this topic; recall when 1.89% of products had a Gault-Millau tag and now 0.001 % do?
                                          Whatever happened to that tie-in, Pti?

                                          1. re: Ptipois

                                            everything from my post came from the corporate websites just this morning.

                                            Including that La Grande Epicerie is a part of Le Bon Marché, in turn a part of LVMH.

                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                              Yes and getting their fresh products (fruit and veg, meat…) from the same sources as Monoprix, for some reasons I never bothered to get into.
                                              Les Galeries Gourmandes do not (as I gathered) belong to Auchan but source some of their products from the generic Auchan brands. There may be cases of joint management or ownership with some stores.

                                              1. re: Ptipois

                                                there's this place called Rungis.... :) :)

                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                  I mean post-Rungis selection, of course.

                                                  For instance Auchan brand goods on Galeries Gourmandes' shelves, common meat and veg. selection shared by GE and Monop (with an added luxury touch for the former), etc. That may be outdated now but it has been the case for quite a while, even with GE always belonging to Le Bon Marché.

                                                  I should probably add that the "owning" factor is not always the decisive one and that la Grande Distribution is a constantly shifting mess, with attributions changing all the time and generic brand names not always going exactly with the flow (depending on how much of a stock there is left to sell and other factors).

                                        2. re: Ptipois

                                          I think Galeries Lafayette sold their 50% of Monoprix to Casino a few years ago giving them 100%.

                                          Its quite interesting looking at Casino's website to see how they position each of the brands.

                                          As an aside we now get lots of Casino own label products in our supermarkets in Hong Kong. Compared to the other offerings its pretty good stuff.....shows how poor the competition is...! (we also get Eric Kaiser freshly baked bread, in fact its amazing how many french producers are now in Hong Kong).

                                          1. re: PhilD

                                            Was it Franprix or Casino - I can't keep up - that had a product line called "Grand Jury" ?

                                            1. re: Parigi

                                              I think Grand Jury is a kind-of generic small-store brand -- that's the brand that the local epiceries always carried, and I think in a few Proxi and Shopi

                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                It's a Carrefour brand for small chains of stores (slowly disappearing under the Carrefour name).

                                  2. re: Parnassien

                                    In the interest of opening a new window, I'm looking for but not finding APdS-O on rue Montparnasse, but one at 23 rue d'Odessa. Are these one and the same?

                                      1. re: mangeur

                                        Of course Prod du Sud-Ouest is on the rue Odessa. Everybody knows that. :) I was was just testing you. Or meant to write "rue Odessa in Montparnasse". And it gets weird because, while writing my post, I was listening to some guy on the TV talk about southern Ukraine. Anyway, I'm blaming Putin for my mistake.

                                    1. This response list is fantastic! I will report back on my quest when I return in early April. Merci beaucoup.

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                                      1. re: lakeforester

                                        Following Mangeur's remark about the triangle of excellent purveyors in the foodie-fab Montorgueil quartier, I think you should focus your search on the 2nd arr. And even more to add to the list there:
                                        the very pricey Comptoir de la Gastronomie on the rue Montmartre @ rue Etienne Marcel;
                                        and the lovely Boutique des Saveurs on the rue des Petits Carreaux near métro Sentier. BTW, both have tables for dégustation/ snacking.

                                        And what about Terroirs d'Avenir on the rue du Nil ? ... I've never bought foie gras there and don't even know if they stock it but judging from the excellence of their other products, it must be good if they have it.

                                      2. My thought goes to why canned when you can get mi-cuit ( partially cooked) in jars, usually a superior product

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                                        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                          Because there was debate about the admissibility of the glass product into the US. Commercially tinned has not been a problem. Next time, I will bring glass.

                                        2. I'm rather partial to the foies gras and other related items of Dubernet (especially the foies gras of both goose and duck). Here's their web site: http://maisondubernet.surinternet.com... and their address in Paris: 2 Rue Augereau, 75007 Paris, France
                                          +33 1 45 55 50 71

                                          1. I keep hearing mixed messages from people regarding bringing Foie Gras back to the U.S. through customs. I am heading to Paris in May, so would love to hear an update from you about what you purchased, and how you got it home. Hope you had a fabulous trip!

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                                            1. re: NoshNerd

                                              Can legal
                                              Mi-cuit glass- not legal, but in my experience they have not cared.
                                              l have declared it and they allowed it.

                                              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                I have also declared jarred foie-gras, many times.The jars were well scrutinized and were let through each time.
                                                One vendor, by now I have forgotten whom, had taught me to tell the customs that the foie gras was "commercially packed". I don't even know what it means but know that it is like saying "Open Sesame" when I mouth it every time at customs.
                                                Different states of the US may have different rules, I hear.

                                                1. re: Parigi

                                                  .' I don't even know what it means but know that it is like saying "Open Sesame" when I mouth it every time at customs.'


                                                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                    We travel with a flat sheet of bubble wrap, several gallon sized freezer bags and a sturdy tape. They take little room in our luggage. Final cover is usually a used sock pulled onto the package. Have never had a jar break.

                                                  2. re: Parigi

                                                    "tell the customs that the foie gras was "commercially packed". I don't even know what it means but know that it is like saying "Open Sesame" when I mouth it every time at customs."
                                                    A lawyer friend calls it appetizer spread.

                                                    1. re: Parigi

                                                      I really don't understand the mystery or confusion. Foie Gras in jars or tins has been cooked and basically sterilised so you are free to import it. Uncooked, fresh produce or cured products are a different matter.

                                                      I assume the "commercially packed" advice was to differentiate from home made which may be risky for both bio-security and food poisoning as the processes are less controlled (that said EU food production regulations are pretty tough and apply equally to "home made" these days).

                                                      1. re: PhilD

                                                        "I assume the "commercially packed" advice was to differentiate from home made"

                                                        Not only. Many butchers and farmers make foie gras fresh. It is made by them, not exactly home-made as in a non-professional's home. It is meant to be consumed soon and is not in sealed packaging.
                                                        What do I know. I am not analytical like you. That Open-Sesame phrase has worked, and I will continue to use it. I did not know I was describing any confusion.

                                                2. Like the OP, I am practically next door to a Fauchon, but have jaw-drop at the prices. I don't want to chase around town for a fix, but the monop nearby is an abbreviation of a proper supermarket (= no help), so am I likely to stumble across another common option, or do I take a deep breath and succumb to Fauchon? I'm not noticing many chain grocers on my travels.
                                                  (On an unrelated yet related note, the chocolatiers' prices are also jaw dropping thus far - 16€ for 8 tiny pieces are literally worth their weight in 2€ coins)

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                                                  1. re: non sequitur

                                                    Fauchon is no longer that good. You are smart to hold out.

                                                    For foie gras, the butcher Marcel (look for faded "Toutoune" sign near the market café) at Marché St Quentin has good sourcing. Marcel is around all of August.

                                                    Otherwise, among the supermarket brands, my fave is "Reflets de France" for bloc de foie gras.

                                                    For chocolate, I am faithful to A La Mère de Famille.

                                                    1. re: non sequitur

                                                      non seq, your neighbourhood is pretty devoid of real life so you will just have to keep an eye open when sightseeing/ wandering in other quartiers i.e. the place Maubert in the 5th for permanent shops and the Tue + Thu + Sat open-air market (mornings only) before or after doing the Notre Dame thing... or the Marché Président Wilson (Wed + Sat morning) on the avenue du Président Wilson walkable from Eiffel Tour, Grand Palais, etc.

                                                      Maybe, just maybe the rue Vignon north of the rue de Sèze in your neighbourhood might be worth a browse. I know there are some speciality food shops there (truffles, honey, etc) but am there so rarely that I can't recall if there are foie gras and choc places too. The street is magnet for local shop/ office workers on lunch breaks so probably not grossly overpriced.

                                                      Over-priced Fauchon is a place of last resort unless you are a shameless plutocrat or abnormally fond of pretty packaging.

                                                      1. re: non sequitur

                                                        If you are looking for foie gras to bring home, I'd head over to Dubernet on 2 Rue Augereau, 75007 Paris, France, phone: +33 1 45 55 50 71. I've been very pleased with their products for years.

                                                        My favorite for chocolate (buy the bars) is patrick Roger on Blvd St. Germain. Expensive, but SO worth it.

                                                        1. re: ChefJune

                                                          I called dubernet, and from what I understood of the message, they are closed for summer (curses).

                                                          Monoprix is a dead end, but I'll keep eyes open for Reflets de France at other chains.

                                                          I wouldn't mind also some "butter-based bottled bernaise," but so far only found oil based.

                                                          The plutocrat comment made me smile between downpours!

                                                          1. re: non sequitur

                                                            Sorry about the downpours. And the worst is yet to come (on Sunday). The last stand of Hurricane Bertha sent to France from America. This is the thanks we get for Lafayette and the Statue of Liberty ?!! But I don't care... at the moment, I'm under the Tuscan sun ... day after day of cloudless skies... so boring. :)

                                                            1. re: Parnassien

                                                              I think the rain, and even the hurricane, followed me here from miami, so my apologies (even to myself, who is paying most dearly!)

                                                              1. re: non sequitur

                                                                Nah, not just you -- I saw that July was the wettest July in France is something like 50 years, and August isn't looking much better.

                                                            2. re: non sequitur

                                                              Have you tried Galleries Lafayette, Bon Marche, or Galeries Gourmandes? All will stock a good selection and are open. Easier than endless searches for the "best" across Paris if you have limited time (not certain where you are as Fauchon has a number of branches).

                                                              1. re: PhilD

                                                                I may head to galleries right this moment (via a franprix I located en route), as the family lies in various states of waste at my feet Back at the apartment after a long day of sights.

                                                            3. re: ChefJune

                                                              Agree on P Roger, even his milk chocolate bar is stunning.

                                                              1. re: ChefJune

                                                                Picked up a tin of dubernet at galleries today, but the purveyor downplayed their quality in recent years (said livers were Eastern European under new generation), so I'll be interested to see if you notice a difference.

                                                                No Patrick roger chocolate yet, but the Michel cluizel I did find convinced me a trip may indeed be worthwhile.

                                                                1. re: non sequitur

                                                                  For about 10-15 € Cluizel has a chocolate colored insulated
                                                                  large picnic bag that makes a super gift, do not miss it.