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Fresh Snow, Another Hyacinth and Sardines

I find it fascinating and comforting knowing what makes up a day, when reflecting on it the following day–all the little bits & bobs that occur, all the interactions, the food eaten, the conversations. One other way in this modern age is looking back at images. I woke up yesterday to this image in an e-mail from caretaker Bill. He knows how much we love the snow and a fresh dusting occurred. The lions looking regal standing at attention keeping watch with a coat of snow.

The day was full of meeting folks for interviews for the new position we have opening up at Watson Kennedy. But I snapped the above image right before I left the apartment as one of the hyacinth from the image I posted yesterday had grown so tall and fallen over, so I clipped it and the bloom now lives by the bathtub. White flowers against the black walls are a soothing contrast I find super visually appealing.

Not only were interviews taking place, but lots and lots of new product is arriving from lines I found last week at The Fancy Food Show, so there has been a flurry of unpacking activity taking place. I could not resist snapping these French sardine tins from Brittany. Each filled with two cans of olive oil packed sardines. That was my day in images. A full, fun day filled with tons of variety and entertaining to see what ended up being documented in photos. Hope your Saturday is grand!



 

 

Rigaud Candles, Happily Once Again at WK

We are pleased to announce that we will once again be stocking the renowned French candles, Rigaud, at Watson Kennedy. When we first opened our doors in 1998 in the Market, we carried the line, but then the importer went away and we could no longer get the candles. Fast forward to today and they are once again on my radar, with our new shipment arriving yesterday. These are a true ‘Classic’ with a cap C. 

A little history from a little web searching: Riguad was the first luxury candle ever created. Rigaud candles began in the 1850’s when the Rigaud family started a perfumery. They gathered rare plant essences from around the world to create unique, exquisite perfumes. In the 1960’s, Madame Rigaud had the Cypres candle created for her to burn in her fashion boutique on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. Customers raved over the fragrance and the Riguad candle line was born.

President Charles de Gaulle gave the Rigaud Cypres candle to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She loved the candle so much she had the line brought over to the states and the rooms of the White House were filled with Rigaud candles while the Kennedy’s were in office.



 

 

Just In, Our 2018 LJF Calendar Towels

Just In, our beloved towels arrived from France the other day. Box after box filled with our Le Jacquard Francais 2018 calendar towels. Each year they arrive a bit earlier and each year I order more & more and each year we sell these beauties out earlier. I love how many have started a collection over the years. They make stellar gifts too. We had the great pleasure of watching LJF towels being made at the factory in France years back. What an amazing process. Might just be the best $26 value we have in the shops, as these dishtowels are workhorses, while looking pretty darn swell in the process.

Happy Wednesday all. Hope everything is grand in your world! X, T



 

 

France: Inspiration du Jour by Rae Dunn

I have been so excited to get my hands on this book since I first started hearing/reading about it a few months ago. Yesterday was the release date and happy to report we have a lovely stack of them at the shops. France: Inspiration du Jour by the ever talented Rae Dunn. The tag line is ‘An Artist’s Sketchbook’ which it really looks & feels like, which I quite love. It is what makes this book so special. I have long been a fan of Rae and her work in clay, carrying her original work at the Fine Home shop when we first opened and later her produced works for the last many, many years. Inspired by her time in France, this book is filled with her drawings, notes, thoughts, photos. From her foreword: “I feel particularly connected to France because I share the sensibilities, aesthetics, and quality of life of the French.” I could not agree with her more, feeling very much the same way. For those of you who share in this, her new book will be a happy respite whenever you need a little sojourn without the jet lag.



 

 

LJF Aprons from France at WK

Just In, a happy colorful grouping of aprons from Le Jaquard Francais. They came perfectly pressed & package in these nifty clear envelopes, but we just really wanted everyone to see all the glorious color and variation in these beauties, so we hung them all. LJF is known the world over for their beautiful patterns and use of vibrant color, and that is just what these aprons bring to the table. Spiffy for both men and women who want to up their culinary wardrobe. 



 

 

GEODESIS Home Fragrances at WK

Just In, new scents & packaging from GEODESIS Home Fragrances by way of France.  A good, actually make that great, room spray can be such a divine addition to your home enhancement arsenal.  A spritz here & there can make a stuffy space just sing.  Lovely for the car too.  



 

 

Albert Ponnelle Bourgogne Réserve De La Chèvre Noire Pinot Noir

From my friends at  Peloton Imports, this is one heck of a bottle for 20 bucks. I have been trying my darndest to highlight wines that many folks can try by picking up a bottle or more, online. This is just a fab wine, whatever the price. And yes, I adore the bottle. Every glorious detail…

From their site:  Garnet core to a soft ruby rim. A broodingly seductive nose of cherry compote, cola, Chanterelle mushrooms, white pepper and just a slightly jazzy/bright note of cranberry on the tail end. Medium feel with nicely integrated acidity and fine tannins, the black cherry notes come through elements of earth, clove and allspice. Truly amazing value for Burg… bring on the Black Goat!



 

 

Domaine Guizard Rosé

As the rosé season soon comes to a close for some, I know many of you enjoy it year round.  So I thought I would highlight the bottles in the next few weeks, that were enjoyed at the rosé tasting that occured at the shop last month when we had the Jeanne McKay Hartmann trunk show.  It was such a fun eve with customers milling about shopping, sipping rosé and Jeanne painting up a storm while Arielle Dombasle played in the background.  We served a variety of wine from one of my favorite Seattle importers, Precept.  The Domaine Guizard rosé from the Languedoc Appelation was loved by all, so I thought it would be the Wine Wednesday choice of the week.  

From the vintner’s site:  “On those warm lands, the dominating Grenache combines well with the Mourvèdre. After nightly harvesting and direct pressing, the wine displays a light, orange salmon, robe, and delivers soft but elegant aromas of white flowers, hardly peppered. More expressive, the mouth is supple, round and slim.”

The kind folks at Precept have offered my blog readers the ‘Friends and Family’ discount, which is 25% off of the retail price.  If so incline contact them at Precept Wine and be sure to tell them you read about it on the daily blog post or were lucky enough to try this yummy French rosé the night of the tasting at the shop.



 

 

Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Rosé Côtes de Provence

Entertaining guests from near & far plays a big part of our stay at Hawthorne.  A combination of friends and family, it is something we both cherish about our time there.  This Wine Wednesday post is about an exceptionally divine bottle of rosé that was a gift to us from our friend Elizabeth when she stayed a night, that we popped open and enjoyed a few nights later at dinner at the picnic table out back under the stars with our friends Mimi & Richard from Little Ghent Farm. Domaines Ott Clos Mireille rosé is a wine I have seen mentioned in articles and occasionally had seen on shelves at wine selling establishments, but had never grabbed a bottle.  Silly me.  It was heavenly.  It will be a bottle we will seek out again & again.

From a little searching around on the web: Overlooking the sea, Clos Mireille is in Londe les Maures close to Brégançon. The broad sea-facing facade provides Clos Mireille wines their inimitable character. The microclimate and the sea spray create the perfect conditions for producing subtle and distinctive wines. The wine consists of a beautiful blend of grape varieties: grenache, cinsault and syrah. The bouquet consists of white fruits and strawberry aromas with a hint of citrus accents. Fruity notes on the palate segue into a smooth and firm structure.



 

 

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé

Rosé has been the libation of choice for guests this visit. The heat makes it a welcome choice.  It is always fun to check out the different varieties at wine shops & the grocery store when we are out shopping.  Different regions with different wine distributors makes the mix always interesting to peruse.  This Commanderie de Peyrassol rosé is a Provençal wine I have seen in the past but have never tried.  I am so often drawn to and like quite a bit, wines from Provence.  This most certainly did not disappoint, and was quite tasty with a tomato sandwich. 

From the maker:  Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache make a balanced trio full of fruity flavours, nicely sharpened with a touch of Mourvèdre. Its rosy appearance is soft as a dream, and an expressive, gourmet nose lends charm to this blend dominated by wild berries: gooseberry and raspberry reveal themselves in a crisp, silky palate enhanced with an elegant touch of minerality.  Ideal as an aperitif, to accompany tapas, but also goes well with all varieties of grilled fish, beef or fish tartare and fresh berry desserts.