Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, September 9, 2010

foie gras & blackcurrant mustard....

If you're a real foodie as I am, you must not miss this fabulous gourmet Hall
at Galleries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussman ~ this is truly food and wine wonderland!!
an entire level stocked with nothing but the finest gourmet foods from around the world.
I was totally awe~struck with this cornucopia of riches from foie gras to blackcurrant mustard
and limitless kiosks of cheeses, breads and spices ~ guaranteed to titillate your taste buds

I did recieve a severe reprimand from the service manager about
taking ~le foto~ non! non! madame - non foto!!! whilst making that little noise from the
side of his mouth pffft!! ( as French men do) oops!
Did he seriously think that I was going to go out and and try to replicate
these world class dishes ~ This in no way dampened my spirits
and I continues to saturate my senses in the wonderful ambiance and aroma
is truly as close as I will get to gastronomic heaven!!
C'est Superbe ! non ?
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Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

I loved the Galleries Lafayette and we were lucky enough to buy some food here for dinner one night, to take home and eat at our apartment with a bottle of champagne.
It was divine and would so love to go back again.
Thanks for sharing.


Tilly Rose said...

Ha ha I'm glad I'm not the only one who sanps away at everything! When we visited a few weeks ago I was told in no certain terms was I allowed to take photos :(
Isn't that food hall amazing???
I wanted to try something from all the areas...alas not enough euros!

Loving the happy memories from your pics hun!
Karen x x x

Shell Sherree said...

Hee hee, I was just thinking about "Pffft" {with the accompanying shrug} earlier today, and looking forward to actually seeing it done in person! Now I'll know what to do to elicit it when I visit Paris. Looks and sounds wonderful, Dianne!

fromBAtoParis said...

I love your blog !!! We have even shown the same things but from a different perspective....!!! That's great! There is so much to show & talk about in France...
I love your roses, too !!

SoozNooz said...

Oh i remember this place well and I will surely be visiting in Oct --- sigh - but no photos , with these works of art it seems a darn shame!
x Suzi

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful photos on your whole blog! It is wonderful to se such familiar spots thgough your fresh eyes...I thinbk it is time I "TGV" into Paris again , especially for the mustard!

joanna said...

I love your blog!! it's my dream to visit Paris!! I also love your roses! I used to have a beautiful rose garden when I lived in DC, Ambridge rose was one of my faves!
Have a great weekend :)

Anonymous said...

Love foie Gras. Nothing better in the world than that!

lauren carney said...

oh what a fine display!

i enjoy the rather dee-lite-ful pictures your splendid blog!

keep up the wonderful posts!


St. Nicholas and Christmas said...

Beautiful beautiful photos!!! Of France and roses and gourmet food!! Your love of it all shines through!

Karena said...

Yummy images, and everything looks so wonderfully fresh.

I have a New Giveaway from the French Basketeer I think you will love!

Art by Karena

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Yes, it's funny how some retailers tend to get paranoid about anyone taking photos of their wares! Perhaps "Le Masterchief" thought you were going to steal his ideas!
I took one or two photos at a Japanese stall at an international event here in Melbourne, and the stallholder was very rude to me.

Francine Gardner said...

I was just in Le Bon Marche gourmet last saturday, my mouth watering, my eyes in awe of the displays. Proceeded to purchase all kinds of fruit extract bottles from ginger to blackberry which of course did not fit in my suitcase!

"All things French" said...

I know the feeling Francine ~ I've had to curtail my spending because of baggage space. Dratt!!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Superbe bien sûr! I can't believe that I've never heard of it. I must make a trip there one day.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dianne ma chère, comment ça va? THANK YOU FOR COMING BY my post and allowing me to meet you! What a fabulous blog you have here, photos of my favorite country. And regarding your pearls...WEAR THEM! That T.V. cook has a good idea, like Julia Child, remember? And if you saw the movie Julie and Julia, you will remember that the main character put on her pearls in the kitchen too! I wear them with anything,and VOILÀ, instant chic.

How did you find me? I do hope you come again! Have a wonderful day, Anita

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I have been to lots of places in Paris but never here .. my list is endless but that is what makes each visit so much fun. Some things are best left for the cooler days too! Take care Anne

Georgianna said...

What an incredible place, Dianne! I'm so glad you went ahead and took photos. I laughed at your description of the service manager – yes, that little noise out of the side of the mouth I've experienced from Parisian waiters, too. Hope you are well and have a lovely week. xo – g

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I always make it a point to visit here when I am in Paris. Through the years, I've found some really interesting gifts and treats for myself too, of course. I'm headed to Paris this weekend, so I bet I'll swing by there at some point and think of you when I do.



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