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May 1, 2014 05:05 AM

L'epicerie de Bruno, Paris

Am visiting Paris for 4 weeks, leaving next Friday and had hoped to purchase some spice/herb mixtures and Donovan tea but there is a sign up over the past 10 days indicating temporarily closed because of ill health. Any alternate suggestions please?

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  1. I get my spices either at Le Comptoir Colonial at 22 Rue Lepic,
    or the very old-fashioned Heratchian at6 Rue Lamartine
    or the quite similar Izrael at 30 Rue François Miron.

    1. I buy my spices at the Indian and Srilankan stores north of gare du Nord, mostly rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, rue Cail and rue Louis-Blanc. Cheaper, more choice, and I make the mixes at home.

      For custom-made Moroccan spice mixes, go see my butcher, Mr. Limouri, rue Larrey near the Grande Mosquée.

      1. Oh, no! I am so sorry to hear this. In 2012, I believe, the shop was just reopening due to ill health and hospitalization. Respiratory, I think. But Bruno was with two friends and when he recognized me at the window he opened to let me in. Such a nice man and purveyor of pepper.

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        1. re: ScottnZelda

          Thank you for the suggestions. I was able to go to Mr. Limouri today and bought some of his custom made Moroccan spice (he seemed surprised when I asked about it and told him it was highly recommended). He was charming and helpful and approachable in English after briefly tolerating my Canadian high school French! I hope to get to one or two other suggested places before I leave. Again, many thanks.

          1. re: ScottnZelda

            Bruno's shop assistant told us that while battling a health situation, Bruno broke his leg and was recuperating in Brittany. He told us that shop had not really been open for a month and that we caught him in by co-incidence.

            I would suggest calling before making a trek to shop there or, as we did, just stopping by when in the neighborhood.

            1. re: mangeur

              that neighbourhood is a kind of foodie paradise -- even if Bruno wasnt open, there was usually more than enough around to keep me from being crushed that he wasn't there!