{Souvenirs from Paris: Goodies I brought back from the City of Lights…}

If you’re wondering what I brought back from my trip, here’s a rundown of most of the delicious foodie delights I packed into my suitcase (ones I haven’t completely consumed yet..)

Chocolate prailine spread from the luxury food store, Fauchon. A smooth glossy ganache that is perfect drizzled over mini chocolate cupcakes or as a decadent topping for a mountain of profiteroles..

A sampler of terrines..spread on garlic rubbed crostini with a nice glass of wine..

A mini box of assorted chocolate batons from the well-known Japanese Patisserie Saddaharu Aoki in the Galleries Layfayette..

..colour coded for easy reference. Flavours include wild strawberry, matcha green tea, myrtille plum and yuzu to name a few..

A tin of ground coffee, reserved only for special occasions to remind me of those little cafe cremes I had each morning along side a fresh pastry at the boulangeries..

A couple tins of foie gras from the Marche Maubert market..one goose and one duck…the goose one was my fave, a smooth buttery texture that just melts in your mouth…

A square tablet of chocolate studded with perfectly dried wild strawberries from Pain de Sucre..

A gift bag of assorted chocolate barks from Jeff de Bruges including milk chocolate hazelnut, white chocolate with roasted almonds and my favourite, the crushed dried raspberries on dark chocolate

A milk chocolate bar with sesame seeds, an Asia meets France twist…

A small bottle of black and white truffle oil and a jar of thinly sliced summer truffles in olive oil from Oliviers & Co. – I can’t wait to use this tossed with a mound of black pepper linguine and freshly chopped herbs or in a creamy risotto…

Tomato confit – the perfect condiment on halves of homemade mini savoury fall scones warmed slightly in the toaster oven…

My favourite vinegar ever – a white wine vinegar made of wildflower honey harvested in the valleys surrounding Modena, Italy. The sweetness contrasts with the hint of acidity from the honey vinegar and ginger extract.

A bounty of tins of loose leaf teas from Kusmi Paris..I bought a ton of small ones as gifts for friends and family. The ones below are the ones I kept: Cinnamon, Spicy Chocolate, Christmas Tea and a Genmaicha green tea…

A bag of hazelnut chocolate black tea from Cacao et Chocolat….

Earl Grey tea gelee from the famous Laduree, known for its amazing macarons..some mini tablets of assorted chocolate from Fauchon (great stocking stuffers)..

A beautiful block of pistachio paste from the La Grand Epicurie (to make rosewater pistachio cookies? macarons?) and gold foil wrapped marrons glacés – a seasonal holiday delicacy in Paris, made of chestnuts cooked and candied in several baths of sugar syrup – a process that takes several days, hence making them an expensive treat..

A box of the buttery thin and crispy punitions shortbread cookies from Poilane Bakery

A large bag of David Lebovitz’s favourite salt, Fleur de Sel de Guerande. The salt is harvested off the surface of the water by hand with rakes only by specialists who are capable of performing this delicate task. Due to its scarcity, it is one of the most highly prized and expensive salts…Luckily if you’re in France, you get a bag at a great bargain 🙂

Assorted creamy and chewy caramels from A La Mere De Familleclassic butter, green apple, raspberry and passionfruit (my favourite flavour).

The best vanilla extract and a glass tube of Bourbon vanilla bean pods from Madagascar from the ultimate foodie store in Les Halles in Paris, G. Detou, a well-organized store filled from floor to ceiling with everything a baker or chef could want..

An adorable little juicer with a bird for the handle I picked up at a small shop in Les Halles..

…postcard reminders of all the delicious pastries and beds I marvelled over on my trip..

An olive oil soap from Marseille, known for its many soap making factories…

love the vintage packaging…

A souvenir book from the Murakami exhibition at Versailles

…filled with these large-scale modern and imaginative characters set in the elegant classical backdrop of the Chateau..

..little mementos from my favourite city in the world..

3 Responses to “{Souvenirs from Paris: Goodies I brought back from the City of Lights…}”
  1. Love the Aoki shots . . . and the Fauchon terrines! I only wish supermarkets in the U.S. carried canned wild boar 😉 Great Poilane punitions, too!

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