Catch the last of summer at the Paris Grocery! Monday, Aug 22 2011 

The Paris Grocery
August 22, 2011
 

This week has me feeling deeply nostalgic. Fall is right around the corner and you can almost smell it some mornings, yet the week has been nothing but hot sunny days. It’s been the kind of week that makes you want to cling fiercely to the end of summer, and take full advantage of each of these warm evenings. One of the most delightful ways to do this is of course through good food, good wine, and good company. So this week I’d like to highlight some summer flavors you can find here at the Paris Grocery.

 

salade Niçoise: Ah, Nice. This time of August, many Parisians themselves are headed south to enjoy the sun and sea. Salade Niçoise is a perfect way to enjoy the fresh green beans and tomatoes that are in season right now with the salty kick of anchovies and olives. We also carry mussels al la Niçoise, which we think could really take one of these salads to the next level. For some great salade Niçoise recipes, look no further than our bookshelf. I’ve found at least four different recipes while hunting through the stacks, calling for everything from fresh seared Ahi tuna to jarred albacore (which we sell, conveniently, for $9.99). There seem to be endless variations on this classic and much loved salad, so feel free to get creative and try something new!

 

nicoise

 

 
In this picture, we have Vinegar of Banyuls six-year wine vinegar- $26.99, Roland silver skinned anchovies- $2.99, Barral tiny black ‘nicoises’ olives- $12.99, and Huilerie D’Opio extra virgin olive oil- $33.00 (beret and moustache sold separately).

 

almond cake

 

Biscuiterie de Provence’s Delice de l’Amandier: George brought our attention this week tothis amazing flourless, gluten free almond cake. Light, moist, and irresistible, it makes a great afternoon tea treat, or a sweet dessert on a warm summer evening. Try it with a glass of rose and some fresh peaches or strawberries. Yum! $18.99

picandou

 

Le Picandou goat’s cheeses with Fig and Walnut Confit: These divine pasteurized goat’s milk cheeses have a lightly sweet yet sour taste. Incredibly soft-textured and fresh-tasting. $2.99 each. We’ve paired them with L’Epicurian’s fig and walnut confit, a deliciously simple spread of figs, sugar, white wine from Pays d’Oc, and walnuts. $8.59.

 

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Idiazabal sheep’s cheese with Black Cherry Confit: If you’ve been in the shop in the last week, you may have noticed that we are now the home of all of the Spanish Table’s cheeses. We’re thrilled to have them, and this week we’re highlighting a traditional Basque favorite. It’s one of our favorites too, we’ve been sampling it all week! This farmhouse cheese is smoked over hawthorne or cherry wood, and is made with raw whole sheep’s milk for a robust and sharp flavor. $19.99/lb.  Try it with L’Epicurien’s black cherry confit to bring out the cherry-smoke flavors. $8.59.

 

And of course, an homage to the flavors of high summer couldn’t be complete without a few Rosés. Here are three favorites for the week!

 

 

2010 Domaine les Grands Bois “Cuvee le trois soeurs” Cotes du Rhone. $13.99

From Steve Tanzer: Bright, orange-tinged pink.  Raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by notes of dried flowers and orange pith.  Broad and fleshy but surprisingly dry, with zesty citrus and red fruit flavors and a touch of anise.  Finishes with good cut and clarity, echoing the floral note.  This has the heft to work with rich foods but there’s no excess fat here.

 

2009 Clos Cibonne “Cuvee des Vignettes” Cotes de Provence. $27.99

This special and very limited cuvee comes from their oldest parcels which are over 70 years old and the wine is a bit more intense and full flavored than the younger vine bottling. It is 100% Tibouren and it’s also aged for a year in 500L foudres under the thin veil of flor. There is a tiny hint of oxidization in the wine as a result of the aging process, but the fruit is powerful and complex. If you think you’ve had all the great and interesting rosés in the world than it’s fairly safe to say your resume isn’t quite complete until you’ve tried this one!

 

Domaine Petit Sonnailler Vins de pays de Mediterranee. $9.99

 I took a bottle of this lovely rosé down to the beach to meet an old friend this week, and it really made the evening. It’s very light, almost white, but it has a zesty strawberry flavor. It’s a great price for what you get, and absolutely perfect for a warm summer day. Serve it with shellfish, or have it on its own as a zippy refreshment!

 

Well, that’s all for this week. I hope to see you all in the store, I’m really enjoying getting to know all of the wonderful regulars who stop by.

 

à plus tard!

 

Ellen

 

and

Steve Winston and Sharon Baden

Owners, Paris Grocery

 

 

 

P.S. The Calissons here (almond-melon-orange rind-sweets) are revolutionary. $.99

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Paris Grocery news August 14th Sunday, Aug 14 2011 

Paris Grocery News
August 13, 2011
‘Allo, bonjour! It’s August at the Paris Grocery, and we have some great new things to introduce to you. For starters, there’s me! My name is Ellen, and I’m just starting out here at the store, falling in love with the cheeses and wines, and getting lost in the aisles of wonderful candies, olives, jams, pastas, and oh, so much more. I’ll be taking over from Rachel with the weekly newsletter, so I’ll be sharing with you my discoveries from the shelves as well as our newest acquisitions and deals.This week, we’re thrilled to announce a whole line of gadgets to enrich your fromage experience. From Boska Holland quality cheese tools, we’ve got everything from brie knives to fondue sets, raclettes to cheese curlers, and even a raclette barbeque! Take a look:

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true abundance (and this is only half)! In this picture, we have Boska’s rotary cheese grater, electric raclette, tapas fondue set, box grater, hand grater, and a lovely cheese tool gift box.

Okay, let’s talk raclette for a moment. Of course, the French would come up multiple ways to enjoy hot molten cheese. Like fondue, raclette is a method heating and eating cheese that shares its origins in Switzerland and France. Meaning literally ‘scraped’ (cheese is heated on metal and scraped directly onto your plate), this is a fabulous way to enjoy any good melting cheese. Using the mini raclette set, it can be a fun table show, or using Boska’s cheese barbeclette, it can be a way to bring French flair to a summer barbeque.

Although it’s true that many different cheeses can be enjoyed a la raclette or fondue, the Paris Grocery has stepped it up to bring you two choices of the most classic French melting cheese: Comté, and Comté de Fruitiere.

Comté: a french Gruyère made with raw Montbeliard cow’s milk and aged for a minimum of one year. Fruity, nutty, and beefy, with a delicious saline sweetness on the finish. It’s the quintessential cheese for croque monsiour and French onion soup, but it’s also a traditional flavor melted with potatoes, jambon and cornichons!

Comté de Fruitiere: a raw cow’s milk cheese from Jura is aged five months. This gives it a delicious fruit nectar aroma and a more delicate nuttiness than more aged comté. Almost sweet and bursting with flavors of fresh milk and butter.

So come in and try a taste comparison, or take both home to melt!

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Oh but of course, the wines.

2010 Les Perles “Piquepoul” Pays de l’hérault $7.99

 

Piquepoul means ‘lip stinger’ and this fresh, summery wine certainly delivers that- a zesty and fresh thirst quencher with a green apple and tropical fruit flavor. Enjoy it with some fresh shellfish from the market, or by itself as a refreshing early-evening drink. It’s a real catch at this price, so give it a try, we think you’ll be pleased.

 

2009 Chevalier du Moulin Bordeaux $10.99

This week’s brand new addition to our ‘Great Values under $13’ section, Chevalier du Moulin is a great bistro wine. With a red fruit start, baking spice flavors open up to a vanilla finish. One more reason we love it and want to share it with you this week- it pairs perfectly with our Comté!!

2009 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape $130.00

 

Next time you need a very special bottle, this could be it. The recipe is simple. The ingredients are great terroir, low yields, old vines, 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, and 12-15 months in Foudre. The result is a seductive and forward wine with cherry on the nose, and notes of Moroccan spice. This should be a great drinking wine for the next 15+ years, and due to the extremely limited supply, we only have two bottles! So come on in and take one home, they might not be here for long. 92-95 points, Wine Advocate. 93-95 points, Stephen Tanzer.

Merci beaucoup for reading my first entry, and I’m excited to see you all soon in the shop!

Au revoir!

Ellen

and

Steve Winston and Sharon Baden

Owners, Paris Grocery

 

Paris Grocery News 8/6 Saturday, Aug 6 2011 

This is my last newsletter for Paris Grocery. I’d like to say thanks to all of you who came into the shop (sometimes with color printouts of the newsletter, ready to use as a shopping list) and said nice things about the writing. It was always really pleasing to hear that you liked it. To say goodbye, I’m going to feature my all-time favorite things here in the shop. You can bet I’ll be stocking up before I leave.

Thanks for being such fun customers, and bon appétit,

Rachel

Will always be in style, will never break: the Picardie salad bowl.

Duralex “Picardie” Salad Bowl

I love this stuff, especially the iconic Picardie tumblers, which to me represent the Platonic ideal of a glass. We carry the tumblers in four sizes, and we also have ramekins, bowls, and plates. Before I leave today, I’m picking up the salad bowl (only $9!) for all my summer salads and for a never-break mixing bowl.

Trust me, these are delicious.

Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry

The only Vermouth that has earned an AOC designation. Dolin has none of the cloying sweetness or overly bitter qualities found in bottom-shelf Vermouths. The particular mixture of plants found near Chambéry give a fresh, restrained, and elegant nose with a subtle, complex, and bittersweet palate. I love this on its own with ice and a hefty piece of lemon peel, but it’s also great in cocktails. $13.99

André Neveu “Le Grand Fricambault” Sancerre Rosé 2010

André Neveu’s vineyards are located in Chavignol, on the silex soil of Sancerre’s hillsides. This exquisite, highly aromatic pinot noir rosé reflects this flinty terrain. Light yet concentrated, it exudes aromas of fresh strawberries and offers unbelievable minerality. While any day of the week, you might find me sipping any one of our incredibly tasty value roses, this is the one I’d really like to treat myself to. $24.99

Alpha Loire Domaines “Sables Blonds” Touraine Rouge 2009

This 100% Cabernet Franc is loaded with minerals and notes of earth and dark berries. It’s juicy and lightly tannic, making it ideal for a range of dishes, from pizza to vegetable tarts to flank steak. This is one versatile red, and is a great entry level choice for those wanting to try out cab francs. $9.99

Domaine Pierre Sparr Marquis de Perlade

Made in the traditional method, this sparkling wine is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Macabeu and Chardonnay from the wonderful Alsatian producer Pierre Sparr. Crisp, with lovely notes of green apple and a touch of honey and toast, this sparkling wine complements a big sweet and savory spreads, such as charcuterie, cheese platters, fruit, and nuts. While working here, this became my go-to festive sparkler, so now when I taste it, it reminds me of Christmas, birthdays, and raucous brunches with friends. $9.99

Lovely boxes, amazing teas.

Kusmi Tea

This stuff is so good! FloFab recently sang its praises, noting its beginnings as “the tea of the czars in 1867 in St. Petersburg.” Kusmi is now based in Paris, and its lovely black tea blends, often scented with flowers, citrus, or vanilla, have many fans. The packaging is really pretty, and each box comes with 20 muslin tea bags for $15.99 In stock now:

  • Russian Morning: a classic breakfast blend of China, Ceylon, and India teas.
  • Prince Vladimir: a Russian-style blend of China black teas with lemon, grapefruit, and spices.
  • Anastasia (as in, the princess): Earl Grey with lemon, lime, and bergamot.

Tarragon, Walnut, and Piment d'Espelette.

Mustards!

Oh, yes. Mustard sells like crazy here at the shop, because it is delicious. My favorites are Edmond Fallot Tarragon Dijon (awesomely vivid green and excellent with meats, vegetables, or in potato salad) and Walnut Dijon (so good on ham and cheese sandwiches). A new item that I’ve been enjoying is the Parfum des Oliviers Mustard à la L’Ancienne au Coulis de Piment d’Espelette (grain-style mustard with Basque pepper). It adds texture and spices to meats. Vive la moutarde!

You can look forward to future newsletters and updates from the rest of the staff of Paris Grocery and the Spanish Table!

Thanks for reading,

Rachel

and

Steve Winston and Sharon Baden

Owners, Paris Grocery