Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A charming, old fashioned grocery: Epicerie Lion

Epicerie Lion is the perfect place for buying nice and original gifts that will not end up in a drawer or on a dusty shelf. If you know the place already, I am sure you have noticed their charming food kits. What a great idea for a gift! All the ingredients required for a given recipe are piled up in a small and delicate plastic wrapping. The kit for the rice pudding with cinnamon tea and tatin apples, for instance, contains a layer of rice, another one of sugar, a small bag of tatin apples and the required amount of cinnamon tea. Everything you need (except milk!) to make your succulent dessert, or to offer an original, tasty and playful gift to a friend. The kits come in salt versions as well. Who wouldn’t care for a risotto with chanterelle and almonds..?

On the wooden shelves you find well chosen products in a wide range of categories: spices, olive oils, premium quality fruit juices (try the summery strawberry-apple), mustards, pasta, sauces, chocolates, biscuits, sweets (do not miss the fabulous marshmallow sticks with great, natural flavours like vanilla, strawberry, anise, orange blossom…), herbal tea and so on.

For the ones that like to tender their own garden, Epicerie Lion sells seedcorn for growing old-fashioned carrots, tomatoes and radish. In the green corner of the shop, you can also find bulbs for four-leaved clovers – allowing you to cultivate good luck. For yourself and for your loved ones.

The staff is friendly and happy to offer advice.

7 rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris
Métro: Abbesses (line 12)

Fabulous lunch, no ruin: Relais Louis XIII

Relais Louis XIII is my absolute favourite address for lunch in Paris.

On weekdays, this 2 stars restaurant offers a lunch menu that represents exceptional value for money: For 50 euros you can enjoy an exquisite and generous meal: appetizer, starter, main course, cheese, dessert and mignardises.

As an illustration, I paste the menu suggested on 26 Jan 2010:

Terrine de coquilles Saint-Jacques à la ciboulette /Œuf mollet et émulsion d’asperges vertes /Coquillages juste cuit en coque, persil et jus de Bellota

Pêche de ligne du jour " suivant arrivage"/ Confit de joue et aiguillette de bœuf saignante,pommes de terre dorées au poivre noir /Cuisse de volaille de Bresse façon demi-deuil, légumes oubliés

Sélection de fromages frais et affinés

Chiboust à la vanille et pomme/Chocolat et praliné façon Paris-brest/Soupe de coco-ananas, sorbet à la mangue

Service is discreet, friendly and efficient in this place where time stands still.

8 Rue des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris
Métro Saint-Michel (line 4)