September 23rd Sunday, Sep 25 2011 

Paris Grocery News
September 23, 2011
September 25th is our two year anniversary, can you believe it? To those of you who have been with us from the start, a special thank you! It’s also an exciting week because we just received our copy of Food and Wine Magazine for October 2011, and the Paris Grocery is featured on a national list of best places to buy French wine. Check us out on page 106. To celebrate both occasions, we’re transitioning from our summer rosé six pack special to a fall red six pack. Take a tour through France with this grab-and-go six pack, and keep our Paris grocery reusable wine tote bag as a souvenir! Six tasty reds include wines from Bordeaux, Rhone, Cahors, and the Loire Valley, with a selection of different varietals. It’s a great way to jump-start the fall season and try some new wines! $58.00 includes sales tax.

 

Also this week we were nearly overwhelmed with two huge shipments, mainly of the glorious meaty and cheesy variety.

 

Take a long look at the brilliant, decadent little amuse-bouches above. Sweet, dark prunes soaked in armagnac (a distinctive brandy from gascony) and stuffed with foie gras. They’re called french kisses, and are a total knock-out. With such intense sultry flavor, these are the perfect size to get a mouthful that lingers on the palate. $15.49 for a set of six or $2.99 each.

Uncured Smoked Duck Bacon.

Yes, it’s back! a fresh batch of duck bacon. Made from moulard duck breast, this unique bacon can be enjoyed on its own for breakfast, or can be used to enhance other dishes. Try it on a salad, in a pasta, with haricot vert, or any other place you would normally use bacon to bring a richer flavor to the table. Or for a muskier, wilder flavor, try our wild boar bacon! duck bacon-$16.49, wild boar bacon- $9.49.

Foie Gras Mousse

Buttery texture, sumptuous flavor, this foie gras is perfectly fatty and perfectly fresh. light and creamy with a hint of good Sauternes wine added to the baked terrine to enhance the luxurious taste of the foie gras .Whether you want to spread it on baguette or, as many chefs are doing these days, try pan frying it, you’re in for a real treat.

But we’ll save some meats to talk about next week. In the meantime, we have two amazing cheese specials. We accidently ordered too much of two great soft cheeses, so we’re pricing them to move quickly. Our mistake is your windfall!

Purple Haze Cyprus Grove Chevre (left)

This is a beautiful soft goat’s cheese from California. The unexpected marriage of lavender and wild fennel pollen distinguishes Purple Haze and makes it utterly addictive. Delicate and sophisticated, this cheese is the winner of Best of Show, California State Fair Cheese Competition, 2009 and Best of Class, U.S. Cheese Championship 2011. I’ve eaten two of them already. You won’t find a price like this anywhere else. $1.99
Smoked Mozzarella (right)

The smoky outer layers of this cheese peel back to a sweet, soft center. This is a great little cheese for snacking on, and is perfect for kids or others who don’t appreciate your pungent gooey bleus or camembert. Melt it over mushrooms or asparagus for a perfect pairing of earthy and smoky flavors. Again, a steal at just $1.99!

Thank you for reading and we’ll see you in the shop!

Ellen

September 13th Sunday, Sep 25 2011 

Paris Grocery News
September 13, 2011
Voulez-vous manger avec moi?

Roquefort Papillon

(shown here with buckwheat honey and fig spread to pull out the earthy-sweet flavors of the cheese)

Roquefort Papillon is on our minds right now for two reasons. For starters, there’s a fig tree that grows on Western Avenue, and we’ve been watching all summer as bright green fruits ripen to purplish-brown. Now is the perfect time for figs, and Roquefort Papillon is the perfect cheese to pair with them. Made with raw sheep’s milk, curds are blended with penicillin molds harvested from rye bread baked specially for this purpose and matured in the limestone caves of Combalou. This cheese has a distinct flavor that combines the sweet, burnt caramel taste of the milk with the metallic tang of the famous mold. The other reason we’re thinking about it is that it recently halved in price due to a change in tariffs, and as always, we’re passing those savings on to you. $18.99/lb.

But what if Bleu just isn’t for you?

Tomme Crayeuse

 

Few Cheese shops know how to care for Tomme Crayeuse and preserve its freshness. This cow’s milks tomme from the Savoie undergoes 2 stages of cave aging resulting in a soft but well developed rind that was not designed to be cut and wrapped in plastic. We recommend you keep it in a container when storing it in your fridge at home in order to let it breathe. The interior of the cheese is a dense almost brie like paste that is rich, gooey, sticky and sweet. It has well developed mushroom tones and a lasting tangy, buttery finish . We try to always keep this one stocked because it is one of our favorites! $21.99

Stirrings Blood orange bitters

(Seen here with Roland rough cut sugar cubes from Mauritius and Simonet Febvre rosé cremant).

I picked these bitters up a few weeks ago on the suggestion of a friend. They’re quite versatile, staying true to the concept of bitters but standing drastically apart from what Stirrings refers to as ‘old-man-with-a-dog-bitter’. Floral, mellow, but with hints of cardamom and other spices. Try them in a classic champagne cocktail by soaking a sugar cube with bitters and pouring the champagne over the top, or to really try something different, use a sparkling rose. They also make a great addition to Sangria and help cut overly sweet non-alcoholic mixed drinks.  $6.99

Chateauneuf-du-pape 

 

This week, Wine Spectator came out with an insider’s special report on Chateauneuf-du-pape. They featured the 2009 mouthwatering wines from this crown-jewel AOC of the Rhone Valley. Known for being complex and spicy, Chateuneuf-du-pape has become synonymous with depth and polished textures.

We carry about 25 different chateauneuf-du-papes at any one time, and eight of them were among those highlighted by Wine Spectator this week. Come in to read about all of them and decide which ones you’d like to take home, but here’s a sneak peak from their review of Bosquet des Papes ‘A la Gloire de Mon Grand-Père ($65.00)’:

” ripe and fleshy, but old-school in feel, with tobacco, brick dust, and cocoa notes framing a core of cassis, black cherry and linzer torte. There’s a muscular edge on the finish, where an iron note lingers. Best from 2112 through 2022″

Alors, C’est tout pour maintenant!

 

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Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
Owners, Paris Grocery

Colonial influences on French flavor, September 9th Friday, Sep 9 2011 

Paris Grocery News

September 9, 2011

French culture is often prized for its unique characteristics, and for centuries it has been a pinnacle of style and taste. While the influence of French culture cannot be overstated, part of that wonderful je ne se quoi comes from the influence of other cultures upon the French. From Viet Nam to Tunisia, Morocco to Algiers, the French Empire adopted and was influenced by aspects of each of the peoples it colonized. The result is an incredibly rich and varied french palate, a mosaic culture full of nuance and surprise. This week, we pay homage to the fantastic diversity of French culture by showcasing a few of our products that are undeniably French, yet undeniably exotic.

click on the picture for some information/inspiration!

Feuille de brick

Just in this week, we have White Toque Feuille de brick, ‘the finest and crispiest of them all’. Originally from Tunisia, brick pastry dough is impossibly light and flaky, and used for both sweet and savory appetizers and desserts, baked or fried. There are 10 sheets (12″ diameter) in each frozen package, so keep some around for the next time you entertain. They’re a real crowd pleaser. $4.49

Red Boat Fish Sauce

At least once a week we get a call asking if we carry Red Boat Fish Sauce. It’s simply the best fish sauce on the market, an essential ingredient in Vietnamese cooking. Western chefs have embraced fish sauce as a go-to ingredient that draws out a dish’s own flavors and adds a special complexity of taste. Red Boat is an artisan fish sauce that has had people raving. Read up on it here, or here, then come in and try some for yourself! 250 ml bottles are $4.99

Le Souk Tagines

Ghille Basan defines the Tagine as a ‘stew worthy of poetry’ in his book on the subject (which we do carry for $15.99). Tagines are truly an art, and are a meal inseparable from the beautiful container they are made in and served from. The conical shape allows steam to circulate inside during cooking, preserving tender flavors. We sell a few different styles of Tagine, so whether you’re a beginner or a professional you can appreciate the succulent and aromatic spice of Morrocco. From Le Souk we carry clay cooking tagines in small and large sizes, as well as hand painted ceramic serving tagines that are drop-dead gorgeous. $40.00-$60.00

Emile Henry Tagines

But for the true marriage of French and North African cooking, no Tagine can compare with Emile Henry’s Poterie Culinaire. The Burgundy Clay that Emile Henry uses is slowly disperses heat, can be put on direct flame, under a broiler, in the microwave and in the dishwasher. Emile Henry offers the highest quality products, and they guarantee their Tagines with a limited 10 year warranty. A beautiful investment or gift for someone who loves to cook. We have them in two sizes and four colors. $126.00

And of course, the drinks (As a side note, today’s ‘french phrase’ from our one-a-day calendar is “ça l’aide à se détendre” or ‘it helps him to relax’. We thought it was appropriate)!

2009 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Chateauneuf-du-pape $55.00

Bright ruby. Spicy strawberry and raspberry aromas are lifted by a floral element and a hint of black tea. Fresh and precise, accented by silky texture and good breadth. Finishes firm and persistent, with attractive fruit and a slight dryness. this 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape has outstanding depth of dark fruit, and will be perfect to drink starting in November. What a wonderful investment for the holiday season.

2009 Cercius Cotes du Rhone Villages $16.99

The 2009 Cercius red, a Visan Cotes du Rhone-Villages, is composed of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah. It represents a naked expression of Cotes du Rhone as it is aged completely in concrete prior to bottling. This medium to full-bodied wine possesses a deep ruby/purple color in addition to copious black currant and black cherry fruit interwoven with graphite, crushed rocks, and spice, excellent fruit intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, good acidity, and light tannins. It should drink nicely for 3-4 years.

Clos Normand Brut French Fermented Cider $6.99

If you’ve ever been curious about French Cider, Clos Normand is a great introduction. If you’re already a fan, than Clos Normand is an old favorite. With crisp red apple notes and a hint of fresh bread, this is an inviting and uncomplicated cider sure to please just about anyone.

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Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
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Paris Grocery News, September 1st Thursday, Sep 8 2011 

Paris Grocery News
September 1, 2011
One my favorite things about Paris is its commitment to delight and to delicacy. Subtle, light flavors and textures abound and are taken to an art form in a fluffy croissant, a bottle of Champagne, a macaron or a creamy brie. Lucky for you, we have all of these charming Parisian treats right here in Seattle.

macaron

 

Macarons

A perfect example of a simple dessert taken to a pinnacle of taste is the macaron. Invented in Paris in the early nineteenth century, the macaron consisted of two almond-egg white wafers with ganache in the middle. More recently, the macaron has become a showcase for pastry chefs to present their creativity. It’s the size of a large truffle, gloriously smooth, and comes in almost every flavor imaginable. We have ours frozen for freshness, in two different twelve packs ($15.99 each): chocolate, pistachio, cappucino, and lemon or raspberry, mango, lemon, and strawberry. Or try a 32 pack with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pistachio, apricot, mango passion fruit, and apple cinnamon. $36.59.

croissant

 Croissant

As long as we’re on the subject of fluffy pastries, I’ve got to mentionbn  the humble croissant. Only the most iconic French pastry, it’s a testament to French sensibility that something so light can be made with so. much. butter. We have packs of 10 frozen mini croissants ready- to-bake made with pure butter. $6.99. Or for the same price, try 10 mini pain au chocolat. Of course, they’re wonderful with espresso for breakfast, but really, we could eat these all day long.

 Brie

Brie Miramont

This week we found the perfect brie, and we plan on stocking it for a while. Brie Miramont has a distinctively succulent, ripe, rich, and creamy flavor. Only gently pasteurized at moderate temperatures, our brie retains most of the authentic flavors and qualities of the raw-milk cheese you can buy only in France. Deliciously buttery with a gooey interior. $12.99/lb.

2009 Chateau Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc Sec

White Bordeaux can be hard to find, but lately we’ve been getting a few requests for it, and we can understand why. Chataeau Guirand’s Bordeaux Blanc Sec is a fresh white, with a creamy edge to the peach, melon and salted butter notes. The stylish finish lets a hint of macadamia nut chime in. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now. The 2010 white Bordeaux are quite good as well, but as Steven Tanzer says, “overall, 2010 cannot match 2009 for sheer opulence”. $19.99

Francois Chauvent Silver Cap Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut

Of course, the city of light would be nothing without a bit of sparkle. Silver Cap is a great value sparkler. It has malt, nut and brioche notes, yet is substantially lighter and finer in weight and texture than Champagne. With modest citrus and a crisp balanced acidity, this is a fun and zippy wine perfect for toasting or pairing with rich foods. $10.99

Stephane Coquillet Champagne Brut

This delicious champagne is comprised of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay grapes, which are culled from the Grand Crus and Premier Crus of the harvest. It Exhibits amazing complexity with notes of melon, berries, toast, and butter. A persistant finish and fine bubbles: a divine way to start a feast! $47.00

 

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A wine and cheese shop with a french mood1418 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
206.682.0679

Monday-Saturday
10 to 6
Sunday
11 to 5