Last Sunday was the beginning of the annual 3-day food fest at Mutualité-Maubert - the Omnivore World Tour.
Upstairs attendees eagerly awaited multiple cooking demos and the samples on offer.
While downstairs master classes with master chefs like Jean-Francois Piege went on sharing lots of secrets if your French was up to it. Mine was not.
Renown Pierre Gagnaire on Monday demoed on the big screen.
Beautiful displays of perfect mini vegetables were for viewing only.
But plenty of tastes of my favorite fruit juice in France from Alain Milliat, so intensely fruity, real fruits have a hard time competing. I lurve their nectar fraise. Do try it next visit.
Endless species of French potatoes
Would go perfectly with the famous Bordier beurre.
Bread, butter and salt. The great trifecta.
Kalios is the new hot Greek olive oil and olives sanctioned by Paris top chefs being produced by two French guys in Greece.
Inhale the perfumey saffron from Iran.
Mini verrines of gingered creme fraiche and fruit.
I didn't realize I was tasting raw fish until it was too late...doodly-doodly-do.
That's what happens at these free-for-all degustations.
But raw oysters I'll taste whenever. Miam!!
Miniature boxes of chunky Malden salt from the UK so you can bring your own salt (BYOS) next restaurant outing.
Black lemons! For cooking not eating on the spot.
I love French lentilles and you could actually by these Red Label Loire vallee lentils. Two sacs went into my bag.
Fromages d'Italie was again this year dishing out wonderful BIG tastes of Italian cheeses.
You forget how much you miss the strong flavors of Parmigiano and Gorgonzola
Big sandwiches from Le Verre Vole. I had to laugh - a blogger busy piling exotic caviar on little toasts spilt it all over her fancy camera.
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