Tuesday, July 19, 2011

French Treats

La Mom is headed to the good ole US of A this summer.

And she isn't going empty-handed.

Here's a sampling of the cadeaux that will be snuggling in my suitcase for family and friends:

1) 15 different "flavors" of Le Petit Marseillais shower gel. With scents like apricot & basil and honey & lavender, I can understand why my friends are jonesing for it.

2) Speculoos pâte a tartiner, a.k.a. Crack in a Jar. So what if it's technically Belgian. Our lovely neighbors to the North have licensed their addictive bread spread for OTC use in France. You gotta love it when a product's main ingredient is listed as "cookies". 

3) Ladurée scented candles. This is the next best thing to Ladurée macarons. And it will definitely last longer. Midway through the umpteen-hour plane ride with the French Fries, I'll be tempted to give them anything to stop the griping and air sickness, even fancy French pastries.

Which gets me to thinking...

Speculoos spread + two spoons = happy travels.

What would you want La Mom to bring you?


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16 comments:

Bunny from Couleur Nature said...

I believe I'll have the pate - aka crack in a jar. . .yummy! But I can't imagine how you're going to actually make it home with that if you're bringing it in your carryon. I'd eat it all before arrival. . .

Paris Paul said...

Wow, is the speculoos thing available in Paris? It looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

A Frenchman.........an available Frenchman.

Grammy Goodwill said...

A return ticket to go back with you.

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

@Bunny It will certainly get demolished halfxay through the plane ride.

@Paris Paul You can get it in most mainstream grocery stores. Let me know what you think and we can set up the first Speculoo-holics Anonymous chapter in Paris.

@Anonymous Check out my Paris Cheese Guide post and you can bring one home for yourself. ;)

@Grammy Desolée! The tickets were super-expensive this time around so I can only spring for 4 people!

Ksam said...

That is really funny - I just brought some Speculoos back to the US as a thank-you to a co-worker, and I described it the same way, ie "crack in a jar"!!

Jo said...

I live in Belgium and I agree that that nothing beats Speculoos paste! It's also the top of our list of requests for things to take/send back to South Africa when anyone goes over.

Have a good trip!

Sweet Freak said...

You are a good friend, mon amie! I recently asked a friend to bring me back Speculoos, but he brought me the cookies instead of the spread - sacre bleu!

I also find chocolate bars from Jean-Paul Hévin and bonbons from Jacques Genin make stateside friends happy.

Anne said...

And guess what?! The spread is now available in the U.S. although it's sold under the name "Biscoff" (same manufacturer). http://justanotherdayinwashingtondc.blogspot.com/2011/07/score.html

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Nikki said...

Kind-of ironic, in a "Pepe le Pew" kind-of way, but I ran out of deodorant on my last trip to Paris, and had to buy some at Monoprix. I ended up LOVING it and when I ran out last month, I had my friend who lives there send me some. And a multi-pack of Kinder Bueno bars. They came this week. <3

Allison Grant said...

I usually bring back bottles of wine, macarons, éclairs au chocolat, and Milka chocolate bars... but maybe I'll bring some Speculoos back this time. Thanks for the great idea!

Paraphernalia said...

A gorgeous, single Frenchman, please!

Stella said...

i'm in Paris, so no need, buy when I go visit family I bring back Speculoos a tartiner, aussi. My mom adores it, as well as a good quality confiture du lait. I also bring back some of the more random and fun flavored chocolates that we have here. I would bring back macarons but don't think they would last...

on the other hand, i'm pregnant and craving everything under the sun that is unavailable here---random cereals, chips such as cheetos (whats up with those weird puffed things that taste like peanuts. eww), proper Mexican food, proper tasting and non-greasy chinese food (i've found that Picard stuff tastes better than restaurants. sad). So maybe if you could just bring back a few of my favorite restaurants :) and a baby Halloween costume...it seems here they only have deguisements for older kids :(
hope you're enjoying your trip stateside!

Diana said...

This is a great idea! I too am always on the lookout for great gift ideas to take back to family and friends once I finishing Learning French here in France! :) Thanks for the article!

Carrie said...

LOL, I just got back to NY from a trip to Paris with my suitcase stuffed with Speculoos, Petit Marsellaise gels (Mimosa, Lavender, Marine, mmmmmmm), Dia deoderant with the blue cap, Claire Fontaine notebooks and Haribo Haricroc. It's funny the weird little things that you miss when you can't get them anymore.

 

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