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Paris Food Souvenirs – There’s Always Time for Food Shopping in Paris!

06/11/2019 | By

Pardon my absence, but I’ve been away in France, studying an intensive course about taste. And who can resist food shopping in Paris? I’ve bought home a bag full of Paris food souvenirs.

food shopping in Paris

I’m baaaack! Sorry to vanish off the airwaves for such a long time, but I’ve been in France, studying the HEG (Advanced Studies in Taste)  course with Le Cordon Bleu Paris, and collecting some Paris food souvenirs.The course involved two incredibly rigorous weeks of deeply concentrated lectures, focusing on all aspects of taste and the things that impact it – physiology, sociology, culture, microbiology, physics and culinary techniques – as applied to food and wine.

The  course content was compelling, compulsive, challenging and utterly exhausting (I don’t believe I have ever studied so intensively ever before), but I’ve arrived home with a distinctive and elevated skill set in the field of food and wine – and a bag full of Paris food souvenirs. 

I’m not much of a one for too much shopping when overseas, and there was certainly very little spare time during our course, but seriously – what kind of person doesn’t make time for food shopping in Paris. I thought you might like a peek at what I bought home with me.

tea - Paris food souvenirs

As regular readers will already know, I’m a tea addict and France is one of the few places I regularly visit where I can actually get a decent cup of it. On my first visit 11 years ago I discovered Palais des Thés and, given that they don’t ship to Australia, I always drop by – especially for their almond flavoured tea which I adore. On this Paris trip I discovered that famed pastry chef Pierre Hermé also has a tea range, so a tin of that also fell into my bag. On my way home I stopped off in Singapore, where I’ve been known to visit tea establishments before, to spend a couple of days with a friend. Of course, I added a little to the haul there too, with both tea and a gorgeous, tiny, fishy dishy.

Patrick Roger chocolate, Paris food souvenir

Another weakness of mine is chocolate, and in this city what is a girl to do?! Patrick Roger is a very famous chocolatier and one of his stores was just around the corner from me. I’m only human …

saffron, Paris

One thing I always pick up, no matter where I see it, is Persian saffron, and I was thrilled to find a tiny little Iranian shop down a Parisian back street. Iran grows the very best saffron in the world, but it’s labour-intensive, pricey and hard to find here in Oz, so when I see it, I grab it. I’m always especially cautious when buying saffron as it’s often not genuine, but this is – so, winning!

If you’re a foodie and happen to find yourself with a spare afternoon, spare cash and a hankering for some unique Paris food souvenirs, I’d urge you to check out one very happy destination indeed – La Grande Epicerie. When it comes to food shopping in Paris, this place is heaven on a stick. It includes a bakery, fresh fish, meat and cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables and an enormous range of gourmet food items.

I visited three times in the space of one and a half weeks, and came home with some very special, interesting (and slightly extravagant) bits and pieces that I haven’t seen here.

French salt, Paris food souvenirs

The range of various salts they stock is boggling – it took me over 1/2 hour to select just a couple.

pistachio essence

I’ve no idea what I’ll do with this, but I had to have it!

maple sugar chips

I can’t wait to bake with these!

essential oils for cooking

These little bad boys are teensy, tiny bottles of essential oils for cooking. They are extremely concentrated and outrageously expensive – and I’m simply not telling you how many I bought.

One final thing that I bought home with me was something that I didn’t purchase, but I was desperate to ensure it survived the journey. I’ll get around to sharing some of the extraordinary experiences that were part of my course, but one that stands out was an afternoon spent in the cellars of Mumm Champagne, where we indulged in a generous amount of their vintage champagne. On leaving, they kindly gave each of us a bottle and, as The Bloke was holding the fort here at chez nous (see what I did there?!), the very least I could do was to bring it home for him. We’ll be sharing this very special taste of France while enjoying our own, much loved, piece of the Adelaide Hills.

vintage Mumm champagne

 

 

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Comments

  1. Cathy Batley
    09/11/2019

    Would love to read more about the course. That sounds amazing

  2. Amanda
    09/11/2019

    Stay tuned, Cathy!

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