In My Suitcase From… Paris

What’s in my suitcase when I come back from a trip? Edible things. When abroad, I love to visit grocery stores the way others do souvenir shops and I always end up with small jars or packages of things I want to experience with back home.

“In my suitcase from…” will be a recurring theme on FoodNouveau. I will post about my findings right when I come back from my trips and of course update you when I cook with it. If you have suggestions of what to do with anything I bring back, please comment because frankly, sometimes I barely know what it is! Traveling is about discoveries, no?

So a couple of days ago I came back from a trip to Paris during the course of which I visited my usual gourmet shops: G. Detou, Bovida, Dehillerin and Mora, all in the 2nd arrondissement, right by Les Halles (see the address book below). I always stay in that arrondissement and these shops are no strangers to it. Over a couple of blocks, you can find everything you ever dreamed of cooking with. Of course, I also visited La Grande Épicerie de Paris, the world’s most beautiful grocery store (according to me). This time around, I also wanted to go to Izraël for spices, but when I was there, it was randomly closed in the middle of the afternoon (as it often happens in Paris). Also wanted to go to Goumanyat, but the day I scheduled to go there, I was too tired to do the trek and I had already found most of what I wanted to bring back. Next time for sure!

Here’s a short list of the most exotic things I brought back from Paris and what I plan to use them for. If you have any suggestions, please send them to me!

Japanese powdered green tea, the Matcha kind.
Where did I buy it? G. Detou.
What will I do with it? Macarons, cupcakes, gelato.

Trablit coffee extract. Both Pierre Hermé and David Lebovitz say it’s the best. Enough said.
Where did I buy it? La Grande Épicerie de Paris.
What will I do with it? Anything baked. But first, macarons.

Pistachio paste.
Where did I buy it? G. Detou
What will I do with it? It seems it’s the secret behind the best pistachio macarons (not powdered pistachios). I also have a pistachio gelato recipe I want to try.

Titanium dioxyde or white food coloring.
Where did I buy it? G. Detou
What will I do with it? Not sure yet if I’ll do something with it. It sounds more like something that should be used in a science lab! But Pierre Hermé uses it in some of his macaron recipes to brighten the lightest colors.

Metallic food coloring: pink, bronze and silver.
Where did I buy it? Mora
What will I do with it? Make macarons and cupcakes prettier.

Valrhona white chocolate, 3 kg bag.
Where did I buy it? G. Detou
What will I do with it? Many things! I had to buy it on the morning we left, a bit ashamed to show I was really planning to bring 3kg of white chocolate back home! Valrhona is one of the finest chocolate makers and white chocolate is the secret in Pierre Hermé’s macaron creams. I also want to try it in a vanilla and white chocolate gelato.

Address book:

  • G. Detou (spices, chocolate, tea, specialty oils and vinegars)
    58 Rue Tiquetonne
    75002 Paris, France
  • Bovida (cooking equipment and nice tableware)
    36 Rue Montmartre
    75002 Paris, France
  • E. Dehillerin (cooking equipment, copper cookware)
    18 Rue Coquillière
    75001 Paris, France
  • Mora (everything related to pastry making)
    13 Rue Montmartre
    75001 Paris, France
  • La Grande Épicerie de Paris (to visit one of the finest grocery stores in the world)
    24 Rue de Sèvres
    75007 Paris, France

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