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.

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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.

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 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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