A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"


Worth seeking out…

March 20th, 2004
  • E. Dehillerin, which first opened in 1820, is a kitchen supply store extraordinaire. It is where Julia Child outfitted her kitchen when she first moved to Paris, and it has the largest collection of copper pots I have ever seen. Web site is www.e-dehillerin.fr.
  • Huile d’olive (extra virgin olive oil) by J. LeBlanc is used by many top chefs including Joel Robuchon. The oil was green, cloudy and fabulous. It is sold in a tiny store on Rue Jacob. Note that many flavored oils are available as well.
  • Bathelemy is a magnificent cheese store on Rue de Grenelle. Although the store is small, it offers a huge selection of French cheese displayed on marble counter tops.
  • Although you can buy a great baguette at many of the boulangeries; Poilane bakery is a family business on Cherche Midi known for some of the best bread in Paris.
  • There are many outdoors markets in Paris, and in addition to the Organic market on Sundays on Blvd Raspail, I particularly enjoyed the one on Ave du President Wilson. It is held on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. This market has been held since 1873 with some very high end vendors offering fish, meat, produce and flowers. I met a 6th generation vendor of foie gras that had plates offered for tastingÂ…decadent. The web site is www.bestfoiegras.com.

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