Paris Grocery seattle

May 8, 2014

Bonjour Les Amis!

I wish all the mums out there a day of sunshine & rose. Whether you get breakfast in bed, or a day to yourself in the kitchen, Bonne Fête des Mères…

A Bientot,
Catherine

Domaine Clos des Lumieres Grenache Rose 2013, Pays d’Oc $7.99
This is ridiculously good rose that’s dangerously cheap. STOCK UP FOR THE SUMMER. Unlike the other Lumieres rose which is a buck more & a blend of Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache & Mourvedre, this is 100% Grenache. Super light & lean, I’m buying a case for sure.

Domaine des Lauribert 2011, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse $8.99 
Snap this bargain up!!! 100% Grenache from the South of France. The vineyards of Vaucluse are split between the southern Rhone valley and northern Provence, known for Chateauneuf de Pape and Tavel. This is one of those ultimate, bistro-style house wines with the tang of freshly juiced black cherries and baking spice. Serve with Bouillabaisse, grilled sausages, or enjoy on its own. I bet you can do no wrong with this wine.

Casabel Brandade des Nimes $9.99
Brandade has a fascinating history, as does salt cod, as I’m sure you know. Basque fishermen exchanged salt cod for fresh salt from the Languedoc. Brandade comes from the Provencal word for “to stir”. With this, all you need to do is spread it on toast, or potatoes for a gluten-free version.

Perard du Touquet Soupe:
Wild Fish $9.99
Crab $11.99
Lobster $12.49

A French soup with a fascinating history. Serge Perard started making his soups in the 1930’s in La Touquet’s. War-rationing lead Serge to invent a delicious soup using fish heads, onions & herbs. he went on to open Perard’s Restaurant in 1963. His legendary soup became known as “the Bouillabaisse of the North”.
With simple & all natural ingredients (seafood, tomatoes, star anise, garlic, fennel, cornstarch, saffron) you heat, add a little cream & some Rouille. Top with fresh croutons–Voila! A classic French dinner with a glass of rose.
Here’s a blogger who really took it up a notch by adding pan-seared scallops, fresh crab meat & truffle…   

Oyster Plates $10.99
Pradel Oyster Opener $14.99

It’s May, it’s oyster season! So we found these ceramic oyster plates for you & ordered up some authentic French oyster knives with a beechwood oyster holder. Give this to Mom with some oysters on it…

Domaine Saint Damien le Dix, Vin de France 2012 $12.99
A wine that will bring you back to a bistro in France. Grenache is sourced from the Rhone Valley, but the addition of 20% Marselan (a cross between Cab & Grenache) throws it out of the Rhone appellation. From an organic small-producer, this enchanted me with strawberry, roses & spice. 

La Poussie 2011, Sancerre $34.99
I always feel really guilty for introducing my brother-in-law to Sancerre. He was a Sauvignon Blanc lover who had only really had the cheap Chilean stuff. Now he’s hooked…
La Poussie is justifiably famous for both its location & its taste. The label shows the amphitheatre-like monopole vineyards of limestone which make Poussie one-of-a-kind. Very little soil & intensely steep vineyards add to the rich style–just look at these vines! To me, this is quintessential Sancerre.

À la Mère de Famille: Recipes from the Beloved Parisian Confectioner by Julien Merceran $35 hardback
For the confectionery French  cook, this is a treasure. The story of a beloved Parisian candy shop dating back to 1741. Simply gorgeous, folks.
The cookbook is incredibly, ridiculously charming and French. It is illustrated, first of all, and swathed in High Victorian Candy Shop fonts.” –Eater

 

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