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July 10, 2014

Bonjour Les Amis,You wouldn’t believe the hoops I had to jump through, but I finally was able to get Kusmi tea in!!! The other big news is that we will be having a wine tasting with yours truly here on Saturday from 1 to 4 pm.Expect rose, Beaujolais, cheese & other goodies. Free of course!

I always feel a little guilty when a burst a tourist’s bubble… They come into a French store looking for Chateau St Michelle (with a pic on their cell phone) & I have to turn them away… 

What you’ll find at Paris is wines you can trust because we taste them, buy them for ourselves with hard-earned cash, and hope you will love them as much as we do.

A Bientot,
Catherine Reynolds

We get so many requests for France’s most famous tea & I finally got a shipment in. Here’s what we have on the shelf & Anastasia tins should be arriving in the next couple of weeks (even Kusmi was out). Several of the assortments I ordered contain Anastasia.

Russian Morning No 24 $19.99
Russian Morning No. 24 is a blend of two single origin teas: a black tea from China with a subtle flavor and a black tea from Ceylon whose delicate leaves have a round, chocolate taste. This blend creates a balanced, full-bodied tea ideal for breakfast.
Detox $21.99

Blend of maté and Chinese green tea flavored with lemon and lemon grass. The combination of maté and green tea makes Detox the perfect drink to detoxify and reivigorate the body throughout the day.

BB Detox $21.99
BB Detox is a delicious Beauty Beverage with green tea, maté, rooibos, guarana, and dandelion, flavored with a hint of grapefruit.
This lovely blend is perfect for a beauty break.
Essentials $24.99
There are two of each flavor in each box, so you can try a spectrum of brews before you commit to a favorite. Green tea fans, you’ll love immune-boosting Detox, cool Spearmint, floral-infused Jasmine, light Green Darjeeling, and comforting Imperial Label. Black tea lovers, there’s lots for you too: spicy Kashmir Tchai, sweet citrus- and berry-flavored St. Petersburg, citrusyAnastasia, citrusy and spicy Prince Vladimir, full-bodied-yet-delicate Russian Morning N°24, and Darjeeling N°37, which blends Muscat grape and summer fruit notes. If you’re looking for a caffeine-free option, try Be Cool, a calming blend of licorice and peppermint.
Russian Tea Assortment $25.99
Assortment of five exclusive Kusmi black tea blends in mini tins. The perfect gift to discover – or to introduce someone else to – the wonderful taste of Russian teas: Prince Vladimir, Anastasia, Troika, St.Petersburg, and Bouquet of Flowers.
Essentials Tin $31.99
Inspired by the traditional illustrations of its now famous colored tea tins, Kusmi has created a beautiful metal gift box with a refined gold and steel design. A quintessential view of Saint Petersburg appears in relief on the sides of the tin, surrounded by iconic Kusmi flowers. Each metal tin contains 24 hand-stitched cotton muslin assorted tea bags, individually wrapped in beautiful colored envelopes to preserve the tea’s freshness.
Includes: 24 muslin tea bags (12×2)
Prince Vladimir, Anastasia, Detox, Kashmir Tchai, Imperial Label, St Petersburg, Be Cool, Euphoria, Green Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Spearmint Green, Jasmine Green

I don’t know what has gotten into Seattleites, but we have had a total run on snails as of late. Here’s what we have to feed your love of Escargot:

Saveurs de la Terre 1.5 dozen $8.99
Saveurs de la Terre 6 dozen $29.99
Escal 1.5 dozen $9.99
Escal 3 dozen $17.50
Shells 3 dozen $23.99
Pincers $3.99
Forks $4.49
Plate $6.99

Escargots Languedocienne from The Country Cooking of France by Anne Willan $50
Here’s a lovely regional way of serving Escargot, rather than with classic garlic butter. Anne, who founded La Varenne cooking school with Julia Child & James Beard, gives 3 recipes for preparing Escargot in her cookbook.

Anchovy & Walnut Sauce
10 anchovy fillets, soaked in milk for a few minutes
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
3 Tbs olive oil
2 thick slices lean bacon, chopped
1 thick slice cooked ham, chopped
2 Tbs cognac
1 Tbs tomato paste
1 cup veal or beef broth

14 oz can snails
salt & pepper
2 Tbs fresh breadcrumbs
Leaves from 3 sprigs fresh basil, shredded

For the sauce, drain the milk from the anchovies & chop finely on a  cutting board. Add the walnuts, garlic & parsley to the anchovies & briefly chop all of the ingredients together. Put the mixture into a bowl & mix in 1 Tbs of olive oil. Heat the remaining 2 Tbs of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the bacon & ham & brown well, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the anchovy mixture & cook over low heat, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the Cognac, tomato paste, broth, & bring to a bowl.

Drain & rinse the snails. Stir them into the sauce & simmer gently for about 5 minutes. Salt will probably not be needed, as the anchovies are salty, but add plenty of fresh ground pepper. Stir in the breadcrumbs to thicken the mixture slightly, transfer to warmed plates, and top with the basil. Serve at once.

Le Pommier Camembert $8.99 each
Master affineur Herve Mons is behind this incredibly delicious Camembert. Mons believes that the quality of milk is paramount. Although made with pasteurized milk, the cheese is created within a day of milking–most unusual. He also wanted to make great camembert affordable for all & he has mightily succeeded. Read the entire NYT article about Mons’ visionary Camembert project.

Baked Camembert
Until I started reading Anne Willan’s book, I had no idea you could bake Camembert in the box. What a fabulous idea! 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the cheese from the wax paper and let come to room temperature. Place back in the wooden box & prick the cheese with a fork. Sprinkle with 2 Tbs Calvados or white wine. Some suggest adding rosemary or rubbing the cheese with garlic. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes.
Serve with bread slices, apples, or pickled vegetables.

Tomme de Savoie $18.99 lb
I have found my new favorite combination–Tomme de Savoie & Rainier cherries. This rustic beauty is back in our cheese case. You can taste that the milk is from Alpine meadows. TdS wants an invitation to your picnic along with some Saucisse D’Alsace.

L’Edel de Cleron $25.99 lb
Since the FDA won’t approve of Vacheron Mont d’Or, we got this for you. This pasteurized “wonderful thing” also comes from the Franche-Comte region, & is a supported by a ring of birch bark–otherwise when completely ripe, it would turn into a puddle of goodness. Pair with Pinot Noir  or Pinot Gris.