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21
Jan

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I have always liked eating, from when I was a chubby little child, but I never carried food with me on my travels, that is not until I started writing about it. From that day on, I travelled like a peasant, stuffing spices and countless other ingredients into an extra bag that I carried empty with me to fill with my culinary purchases.

But on a recent trip to Paris, I decided to travel light and I took only one small bag, forgetting how irresistible Paris is, both for food and for clothes shopping; and of course, I stocked up at Yamamoto (my favourite designer) and at Desnoyer, the best butcher in Paris, who luckily was round the corner from where I was staying. Y obligingly provided me with a bag, although a simpler one than I would have expected, while Desnoyer suggested I get myself a sac isolant (with insulation) from Picard, the French Iceland, to protect my foies gras, boudin and faux filet until I got home. Two very different bags, not to mention the contents, that surprisingly looked quite harmonious next to each other.

The one thing that I would have loved to bring back, however, although I didn’t dare were sea urchins but I made sure I ate plenty while there, January being high season for urchins; and this I did thanks to my lovely friend Anne-Marie who you can see below in my old kitchen (the postcard picture  of Anne-Marie was taken by June Newton).

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The first night, we had them at her house and they were fabulous: very fleshy, and very fresh. Then we had them at the Bar à Huitres where Anne-Marie and I met the next day for a late lunch. The urchins there were just as good as those she had bought in the market although she had prepared them better, getting rid of all the liquid inside which they didn’t do at the Bar. I am now thinking of when I can go back to Paris before the season is over. And to think that I used to hate urchins when I lived in Beirut and could eat them on the beach straight out of the sea!

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    In Malta we call them ‘rizzi’ and my memory of them is bittersweet! Bitter because of the numerous times I got one of those sharp, pointy things stuck in the base of my foot and sweet, because there is nothing quite like fresh, plump rizzi eaten straight from the sea.


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    I travel in a similiar way.
    When I was in Pakistan I purchased spices, cardamom being one in particular.
    I often think that the officials that check my luggage must get a chuckle when they see the various food items I have collected to come back home with me.


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    yes, and you’re lucky they don’t take them away from you. i’ve had stuff taken away which is too bad, especially when it was kaffir limes.


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    ha, like the italian ricci. delicious on pasta. had some at esca in nyc once. so yummy. you reminded me of how i used to hate them in beirut. not sure why.


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    Very funny post! I always bring back pine nuts from Souk elTayeb in Beirut and if I am in Paris I go check out la grande épicerie at the bon marché for cute dainty things to buy that I will never use.


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    glad you enjoyed joumana. funny, i didn’t go to the epicerie this time. i love to buy good salt there. also from the souk.


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    lovely post, anissa, reminds me of the conversationwe had about this over twitter. hope your trip was absolutely lovely. ps the us customs officer threw my duck prosciutto which i so lovingly brought back from Paris last year. 🙁


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    this is too sad shayma. they did the same with my kaffir limes which i had bought at great expense to give to my friend in NYC. oh well….


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    First time reading this blog, refreshing, fun, thanks
    Fina Azouz

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