Paris Grocery News 6/10 Friday, Jun 10 2011 

Snacks that do a lot of work.

Food @ PG

When summer comes, it’s nice give the stove and oven a break as much as possible. Grab a jar of something savory and add it to cold pasta, salads, and snack plates. Try a flavorful terrine or pâté for a simple sandwich that doesn’t sacrifice on flavor. Or consider a high-quality snack from the freezer. Here are our new favorite snacks that make life easy.

Grilled Fennel by Ritrovo

Set in olive oil with a bit of white wine, garlic, and parsley. Add to a tapas plate along roasted red peppers and some rustic charcuterie. ($10.99/10-oz. jar)

Marinated Carrots with Fennel by Arthur Épicerie Fine

Yep, we’re a little obsessed with fennel. Set in sea salt, these carrots and fennel taste unbelievably fresh. They’d be great with a plate of smoked salmon and a glass of cold white wine. ($6.49/10-oz. jar)

Balsamic Roasted Onions & Beets by Arthur Épicerie Fine

Made with a little red wine vinegar and a touch of brown sugar. Perfect with cold meat (maybe leftovers from last night?), salad, or a cheese plate. ($9.99/4.6-oz. jar)

Rillettes: Maybe the most savory stuff on Earth.

Rillettes du Périgord

A spread made from duck meat that’s been simmered in spices, juices, and fat, so the meat can soak up as much flavor as possible.  ($13.99/7-oz. terrine)

Last summer my friends and I had a particularly lovely picnic. To supplement the simple fruit, charcuterie, and salads we’d brought, we stopped by Café Presse for some rillette sandwiches. I remember thinking, are these gonna be a little too heavy for a hot summer day? Later, eating one, I thought, you shouldn’t be allowed to think anymore. They were awesome. Make your own baguette sandwiches with this terrine of rillettes from Fabrique Delices, a brand we like very much. I’d add quick-pickled red onion and shredded carrots, but classic accompaniments such as cornichons and mustard would also be great.

Frozen crepes: Making Sunday even Sunday-ier.

White Toque Frozen Crêpes

Now in the freezer case: ready-to-go crêpes for the lazy brunch chef. Made with just nine ingredients that are all extremely pronounceable. Just thaw and heat and pile on the spreads/protein/fruit/you know what to do. ($7.99/package of 6)

*Now on sale: White Toque 15 Organic Mini Fillo Shells were $5.99, they’re now just $1.99! Maybe you have some fillings looking for a home. They are flaky and fancy and delicious.

Thanks for reading, see you soon!
Rachel

and
Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
Owners, Paris Grocery

Paris Grocery News 8/20 Saturday, Aug 21 2010 

There goes Tin Tin, unearthing the mysteries behind Burgundy and Bordeaux. (But we don't recommend sharing your wine with your pooch.)

Wine @ PG

Chateau de Campuget Costières de Nîmes Blanc ($9.99)

Nîmes is one of the most charming towns in France I’ve ever seen, and their wines fit the setting. This delightful white is a blend of Viognier, Roussane, Marsanne, and White Grenache. Light and direct, balanced and limey. Delicious citrus peel, green apple and floral notes. Clean, breezy finish.

François Chidaine Vouvray ($24.99)

A lovely Chenin Blanc from the maker of our favorite Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc. François Chidaine again shows his craftsmanship with this aromatic wine that holds your attention from the rounded start to the bright, mouthwatering finish.

“Greenish yellow. The stoniest of these 2008s, displaying scents of Meyer lemon, orange, melon and nectarine, all underscored by zesty minerality. Very pure and focused in the mouth, offering juicy pit fruit flavors, a hint of honeydew and refreshing citrus zest notes. Becomes richer with air and finishes with excellent precision and juicy persistence.” 91 points Stephen Tanzer

Bergerie de l’Hortus Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé ($17.99)

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, this wine is perfect for lovers of Rhône rosés! Full bodied, defined, with ripe red fruit and a touch of pepper. The minerality really shines through at the finish. Refreshing and beautifully balanced, its weight makes it a great match for heartier fare, such as cured meat and grilled seafood.

Domaine d’Eole Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé ($14.99)

This wine comes from a family-run vineyard in Provence. The vines on their 40ha are raised organically, and the grapes are hand-harvested. This rosé is slightly creamy, with plush cherry and berry flavors. The acid is balanced though, with a zippy vein running through the ripe fruit. Come get it while the sun still shines!

Domaine de Piaugier Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Sablet Rouge ($14.99)

Sablet sits just down the road from Gigondas in the Rhône Valley, and is equally blessed with diverse and interesting soils. Jean-Marc Autran is the fourth-generation winemaker for this family-owned estate, and the family’s passion and experience shows in the quality of their wines. The Sablet Rouge is mostly Grenache, with about 30% Syrah. It is superbly balanced, with great texture. The sweet dark fruit is very aromatic, and the fruit gives way to a brooding mid-palate. The finish is persistent, but not heavy. Overall, a delicious wine and an amazing value.

Cheese @ PG

We’ve brought in some new cheeses this week, and none of them are French. Mais pourquoi? you ask, Gallically indignant. Parce que they are just that good. The first two are from Belgium, France’s friendly neighbor to the north. The last is from Italy, and we’re sure you won’t have an easy time finding it anywhere else. These are special cheeses, and we’re excited to bring them to you. Tasting is believing, and we’re generous with samples: we hope to see you in the shop soon!

A blue-veined cheese for blue-blooded cheese lovers.

Grevenbroecker

How the cheesemaker produces the attractive paste of this Belgian blue remains his secret, but it’s most likely formed by slowly layering the curds among sprinkles of penicillium, without ever piercing the cheese. Fudgy, buttery, and appealingly mellow.

$32.99/lb

$8.25/quarter lb

Le Wavreumont

A newly commissioned cheese for the Belgian city of Liège, made with raw organic cow’s milk from the area farms. Inspired by the long tradition of monastery cheeses, this has a  creamy, palate-coating texture and a complex, eggy flavor. Deliciously snackable!

$25.99/lb

$6.49/quarter lb

Speziato Al Tartufo

A semi-soft cow’s milk cheese from Italy that we couldn’t resist. Black truffles dot the interior, and the aromatic rind is dusted with black truffle oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s creamy and delicately woodsy, and you won’t find it anywhere else.

$27.99/lb

$6.99/quarter lb

Food @ PG

Whether or not the sun shines, we’re still thinking in terms of the easy-does-it, less-is-more summer cooking routines. This week we brought in some new items, and also got some of our customer favorites back in stock, that fulfill the promise of savory flavors and quality meals without taking too much effort.

Rillettes du Périgord from Fabrique Delices isa delicious spread made from duck meat that’s been simmered in spices, juices, and fat, so the meat can soak up as much flavor as possible. Serve with cornichons,  mustard, and
crackers. We like the convenient 7-ounce containers, so that you get just enough to share or save what’s left for yourself.

Escargots In-Shell with Garlic Butter from White Toque is the easiest fancy frozen food we’ve ever seen. Authentic wild Helix snails are prepped and in shells with a divine garlic butter with parsley and red pepper. Just pop the tray in the oven and in 10 minutes, you’re a gourmand.

Mediterranean Fillo Quiches, also from White Toque, make a great appetizer with their summery flavors. Each package comes with 4 each of the following flavors: Artichoke and Sundried Tomatoes; Pepper, Olives, and Feta; and Spinach and Cheese. If you want to make your own fillings, we also carry White Toque’sMediterranean Fillo Quiches, which includes 15 fully baked mini shells, in which you can make your own snacks or desserts.

Cucina Fresca is a local company that makes all natural, small-batch fresh pastas. This week we brought in two of their awesome flavors: Four Cheese Tortellini and Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli. Grab a can of San Marzano tomatoes or a Shepherds Chevre goat cheese log for an easy sauce and you’re set for a late summer meal.

Craves @ PG

Pink Peppercorns! Packed out in 8-ounce containers.

Feed Your Mind @ PG

One Pot French by Jean-Pierre Chalet

A collection of classic recipes with great coverage of the basics. With this cookbook, it is easy to master authentic French recipes.