When I was in Paris last week I hung out with Jane Bertch, the wonderfully warm and knowledgeable proprietor of La Cuisine Paris, a cooking school. Jane is from Chicago and was just about to leave for a visit back home, so I asked her what sorts of goodies she likes to take home from Paris. Want to see her picks?
Jane in the lobby of her beautiful little cooking school.
Here's what she said!
- Piment d'Espelette – Given it's the only spice from France, people usually love this as a little gift.
- A French style rolling pin – No handles…love it!
- I like to also take home a French made 'Torchon'(dish towel) — Good quality, and perfect for any kitchen.
- If I can get there just before flying, then I race to Pralus on 35 rue Rambuteau to get their Praluline—-brioche with pink pralines (need I say more!).
- If I know I can be extra careful, then I love to try and bring back chocolates from Larnicol – some of their figure creations are just so neat! If the chocolate won't travel well – then I get a couple of their Kouignettes….pure butter delights!
- I am a bit of a praline fan, so I try to get to Mazet – the king of everything praline —- they travel really well!
Jane sweetly gave me a jar of piment (I love cooking with it) so that was one of my kitchen treasures from this particular trip to Paris. I also brought back some new napkins and towels from Merci, and some sweet felt bowls from Muskhane.
What have been your favorite souvenirs and treats from your travels abroad — especially Paris?
→ Visit Jane's cooking school: La Cuisine Paris
(Image: Faith Durand)