La Grande Epicerie

IMG_0901.JPGThe luxury department store Le Bon Marché is home to an equally upscale specialty grocery store called La Grande Épicerie. What is just so grand about it? Well they have every ingredient, sauce, or sweet confection a true Parisian chef can dream of.

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Though I’m not a connaisseur of exotic jams or honey, I love to look through the thousands of perfectly packaged items and dream of one day being able to cook my guests a three course meals using these lavish recipes. I do however do plenty of shopping at their baked goods section! Aside from the rasberry cakes, and strawberry cakes, and mousses of chocolate, I love to get a box of macarons. I opted for the following flavors. lychee, yuzu vanilla, pistachio and rasberry. Mmm, c’est delicieux!

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L’Eclair de Génie

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Oh eclairs.  That vanilla cream filling gushing out of a choux-doughed pastry, topped with pecan crunch? Oui! Of course, I had to have three.

I stopped by Bourse metro station at the Fabrique Eclair de Genie and picked out strawberry, lemon tart and pecan flavors. Not a big fan of eclairs, but these always surprise me with their subtle and decadent taste. They’re as good as they look. Plus, this gave me an idea. I had no clue what to get my friends for Valentine’s Day, but maybe personalized eclairs would be a good present no?

Find it: 35 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris