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Assembling a gourmet picnic for NYE

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Jan 04, 2011
mrswejo in France

Assembling a gourmet picnic for NYE

Well, we did it in a not ideal way meaning wine first (despite knowing how heavy it would be).

1:00: We bought three bottles of champagne at Caves Auge (loved it, wish they would have let me photograph the store).

1:30: A quick bite for lunch, mailed some cards, onto Pierre Oteiza for parma and smoked salmon.

2:15: Prunier for two types of caviar (both French - when in Rome), creme fraiche, bread and an oyster spoon. I wanted the trio sampler but they were sold out. That place was packed! Briefly toyed with the idea of truffle oil next door Maison du Truffe but decided to keep moving.

2:30: Worrying about early closures, we didn't want to forsake Dubois to Jacques Genin, so we stopped at Hediard next door to Prunier for a few chocolate bites (not ideal, but whaddyagonnado?). Purchased a little box of 10ish different pralines.

2:45: Hopped on the Metro to get to Dubois. HEAVEN! I bought four types of cheese (goat, sheep, two cow and yes, the 7yr comte). We also did some shopping at the plaza market for berries, asparagus, cucumber, etc.

4:00: Back home, my husband took a power nap and I walked a block to Laduree on the C-L because I can't help it - tourist lines or not, the macarons are darn good. I purchased one of each.

4:15: Cracked open the first champagne and assembled the picnic. It was tres magnifique and I can't imagine eating any other way from now on!

TOTAL COST: 390 EUR

The good news is that the wine did not weigh more than my camera and three lenses so my hubby and I had equally heavy loads on our shoulder. With the cold weather, the walking and work kept us warm. We also enjoyed the stroll through Paris exploring, doing odd errands like mail, bank, purchased a few gifts, etc. Last but not least, the picnic just wound down today. The salmon and caviar made it thru the night and into the next breakfast, then the cheese, ham, chocolates and macarons sustained us for the road trip from Paris to Madrid. We threw everything else away this morning. The only bad news? We should have bought MUCH MORE CHAMPAGNE! Each suggestion by Caves Auge was amazing and for sure, we'll be back!

Jan 04, 2011
mrswejo in France

Assembling a gourmet picnic for NYE

Mangeur, here's the map I have based on recs so far, using the Four Seasons as a starting point: http://bit.ly/fOpLPc

Dec 22, 2010
mrswejo in France

Assembling a gourmet picnic for NYE

Hah! John, many of your recommendations and that helpful ranking on your blog already have our lunch plans booked solid!

Dec 22, 2010
mrswejo in France

Assembling a gourmet picnic for NYE

Everyone, these are amazing recs! I too am a fan of the balcony refrigeration system. :-)

My starting point in the 17th is Ave George V and Rue Vernet.

Dec 22, 2010
mrswejo in France

Assembling a gourmet picnic for NYE

My husband and I will be spending NYE (coincidentally also our wedding anniversary) in Paris this year. We know paying ridiculous prices for a bad meal and one glass of champagne is silly - and any post on here would say the same - so can anyone confirm what I've gathered from threads is how to assemble it all? Price is not a factor, just quality and variety. Helpfulness of staff would be appreciated but not expected.

Caviar: Petrossian (location? 18 Boulevard Latour-Maubourg?)
Champagne: Isn't there a Taillevent wine shop that supposed to have great selection...or should I just grab what I can at a local wine store? I would prefer to be more adventurous and pick out a few bottles and we'll do flights and compare notes.
Cheese: I know of Ferme St Hubert, Marie-Anne Cantin and Barthelemy
Meats: Les Galeries (Bellota-Bellota was one mentioned - where else is suitable?)
Pastries / Chocolates: ??? Besides Lauduree...

If you want to help me figure out an efficient way to tackle my shopping, I'm in the 17th. But we're mobile and get around cities easily, so if you name me off a neighborhood and can make all my stops together in and around one location, I'd love that. We're from NYC originally and enjoy the pit stops in small stores to gather a feast. Thanks to all for your ideas.

Dec 21, 2010
mrswejo in France