CULINARY COUP . . .
GOURMET SHOPPING ADVENTURES AT GALERIES LAFAYETTE PARIS
by Bonnie Carroll
It is every woman's dream to enjoy a pre-holiday shopping adventure in an amazing city like Paris, and the historic Galeries Lafayette offers every possible gift item for the many people on your list. The amazing compound offers three different venues where gourmet foods, home design items, and designer couture and jewelry as well as every chic cosmetic and perfume on the market can be found in a city within a city. This amazing structure of commerce is a bit overwelming while stunning and wonderful.
The Galeries Lafayette Gourmet is home to twenty-four fine food artisans.
La Route Des Indies Exotic Spices
The fine food center offers everything from exotic spices to designer chocolates with a bevy of exotic eateries, wine merchants and Il Gelato Del Marcese, where I sampled some outstanding gelato. If savoring exceptional sweets is a favorite pastime you will be enchanted with the countless selections. The eclairs were a fantasy display and the diversity of fine French gourmet items is never ending. It is a center for gift buying but also a collection where divine purveyors also offer the best in outstanding food and beverages to eat at their counters or take away.
Gourmet Sweets - Designer Eclairs
Yes, like many renowned oppulent European department stores filled with exceptional gourmet foods, it offers perfect fresh fruits and vegetables to combine with your duck, fish, sushi, Asian pork purchases. Bread is ofcourse French, fresh and perfect to enjoy with everything. Le Chocolar Alain Ducasse holds a treasure trove of exquisite chocolate designs and the L'eclair de Genie display was overflowing with unique varieties of our favourite French dessert.
Duck Specialties Savored at the Counter
The beautifully gift wrapped gourmet sweet items are ideal for holiday gifts and will add so much pleasure for the holidays for the people you love. The venue is whirling with activity and is a very exciting experience for any shopper who appreciates a gourmet collection. We enjoyed the beautiful eclaire presentation and gourmet gelato while there and will happily return again on our next visit to Paris.
View of Gourmet Market from Upper Floor
The Galeries are also open in the evening, offer valet parking and are located at Boulevard Haussman and 10 Rue des Mathurins. For information visit:www.galerieslafayette.com. Bon Appetit!
Please meet my long-time friend and writing associate Lauren Birmingham Piscitelli
and enjoy a sampling of the wonderful stories in Taste of Italy Magazine. She has been taking guests on cooking tours in Italy for many years and is an expert on Italian food and fun destinations.
Dear Friends and Cooking Vacations Guests,
I am writing to each person near and far in hopes that everyone is safe. We are thinking of you and pray for better days for everyone. Our family and staff in Italy are well - thank you for the emails and calls, we appreciate your concern.
During this particular time and after much thought, I decided to send you my most recent story published in Tastes of Italia Magazine, which is out on newsstands now. (It was written before our world changed).
This story is from the historic town of Arezzo set in the hills of Tuscany. I visited this beautiful town with my friend Signora Debora, a local chef and guide - we were surrounded by Autumn sunshine and our hearts were smiling. Although we are in a fragile time right now, I hope this story brings you a sunny slice of Italy.
Take care, and we hope to see everyone in Italy in safe times.
Ribollita, Giorgio Vasari & Tuscan Gold!
"Buongiorno! Ciao signora Deborah! Volete voi un caffè o un cappuccino?” The barista asks what kind of coffee we would like as he pivots from his La Pavoni coffee maker to the counter while steaming cold milk into foam. I am here at the historic Caffè dei Constanti on the Piazza San Francesco in Arezzo in eastern Tuscany with Signora Deborah, a tour guide and chef.
Lauren Birmingham Piscitelli
Lauren writes and photographs for Tastes Of Italia Magazine. She travels throughout Italy's 20 regions interviewing chefs, food artisans, wine makers while covering the traditions of all good things Italian.
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