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French Fridays: Souvenirs from France

Haribo Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comMany of you know I spent the holidays in France and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen some of the things that I love about France (scenery AND food!). One of my favourite places to take photos to share is the supermarket because people seem to LOVE seeing the different products available there.

As I unpacked my bags this trip, I looked upon all the treasures I’d brought back and thought it might make for a good blog post. What DO I bring back from France and why? Well it changes a little each time but this trip, I OBVIOUSLY brought back Haribo candies (^^^). The Orangina ones are our faves 🙂

Also: Carambar. A classic candy that I brought back to use in the photo shoot for my book that took place a couple of weeks ago. You’ll have to wait and see what recipe photo these appear in!

Carambar Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comMy souvenirs didn’t just include supermarket candies though. We also discovered these delightful local artisinal chocolates from L’Attrape-Rêves which is located in Sauveterre Saint Denis. While we didn’t go to the store itself, we found them for sale at our local Intermarché and also at L’Épicerie Fine de Bernard Lebrun in Villeneuve sur Lot. Created by chocolatier Philippe Jarasson the collection includes dark chocolate ganaches, les Promesses du Pape, fruit fondants, feuilletines, chocolate-coated guimauves (marshmallows), mendiants, as well as grand crus chocolate bars. This box is *almost* too pretty to eat…

Chocolates from lAtrappe Reves Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comAt L’Épicerie Fine de Bernard Lebrun, we also found some of my favourite French chocolate – from Michel Cluizel which I buy whenever I see it (not so readily available outside larger cities, I’ve found). I always buy a different bar when I see them! This time I went with a couple of milk bars.

Michel Cluizel chocolate Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comNext, Petit Beurre. Research for the book. Also, delicious.

Petit Beurre cookies Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe always bring back jam of some sort and at L’Épicerie Fine de Bernard Lebrun we found our favourite – Christine Ferber – and a few doors down at another fine food store (La Boutique des Pruneaux) in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, we found “local to us in the Lot-et-Garonne” Favols jams. Great for gifts, great for us!

French jams Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd of course you didn’t expect me to come back from France without some fun flavoured chips, did you?

French chips Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve written about my love for French chips before and we brought these back for an upcoming class we’re teaching (L’heure de l’apéro).

Speaking of classes, I always bring back a little something special for my students. Like these fun éclair cases and pearl sugar for my upcoming choux pastry classes…

Eclair cases Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.com Pearl sugar Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’m always on the lookout for fun baking supplies so these guys made it into my suitcase too:

Cookie cutters Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe ALWAYS bring back fleur de sel because, even though it’s much easier to find here now that it used to be, it’s still way cheaper (minus the plane fare, of course!) in France and there are lots more choices…

Fleur de sel Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd here’s the weirdest souvenir we ALWAYS buy that’s not food. Kitchen sponges. Yes, really! I’ve been using these since the mid-1990s when I lived in Paris – they always seemed so chic and glittery. Kinda silly but hey, they’re useful to pack around wine bottles (ahem!).

Spontex sponges Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd while we’re on non-food souvenirs… There’s always some shampoo…

French shampoo Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comand shower gel in our bags…

DOP and Petit Marseillais body wash Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.com(yes that IS madeleine-scented shower gel!)

I always take advantage of buying French books IN FRANCE (so much cheaper) and on this last trip, stocked up on some of the latest Simplissime series.

Simplissime cookbooks Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comA fabulous series that I reviewed recently. I’m a huge fan of these books.

And of course, I always stock up on cooking magazines. A few of my favourites…

Marmiton Patisseries et Compagnie Fou de Patisserie Opus 1 Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.com Saveurs Fou de Patisserie Cuisine et Vins and Elle a Table Souvenirs from France on eatlivetravelwrite.comThat’s about it for this trip’s souvenirs…

What about you – what do you like to bring back from your travels?

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4 Responses to French Fridays: Souvenirs from France

  1. Tucsonbabe January 27, 2017 at 16:38 #

    Amora Mustard and Amora Savora. Creme de Cassis.

    • Mardi Michels January 27, 2017 at 17:43 #

      Ah I have a few Amora mustard glasses! Interesting you bring Crème de Cassis home – we’re lucky to be able to get that fairly easily (and not too expensively) here. Plus, we’re usually loaded down with Armagnac and wine 😉

  2. Cakelaw January 27, 2017 at 16:38 #

    Love the orangina Haribro (who knew such a thing existed?) and the smiley heart cookie cutter.

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