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A Quick Redisplay

The concept of redisplay is not all that much different in the shops as it is for all of us in our home. Whether it be a bookshelf or a tabletop, the same thought process I use when doing a display can be interchangeable.  In the above case, I did not want an entirely different look.  I was just looking to refresh what was already there, by adding some new items and taking away some of what was already there. This also allowed me to dust a bit, as I moved things around.  So when all was said and done, it was not only refreshed but it was cleaned–a two in one, in my mind.  It can take little to no time at all, but the results can freshen up parts of your home, always a delight as we move into a new year.  



A Sea of Mariage Frères Tea

It is always a happy day when our Holiday order of Mariage Frères tea lands in Seattle from Paris.  I get updates along the way once it is picked up at the warehouse, what flight it is on, once it has landed, when it has cleared customs, and finally when it will be delivered to the shop.  Kind of like waiting on the arrival of an old friend coming to visit.  

Once it is delivered, it is a half days work by a group of us unpacking, pricing, stocking, back stocking and then displaying all that glorious tea.  Sort of a ‘whistle while you work’ mode as we are all so happy it has arrived safe & sound.  This year we are excited to offer the full range of NOEL teas.  Perfectly timed for the Holiday Kick-off Open House this Saturday.  The beautifully deeply hued boxes and tins a very stylishly French gift to give this season.  Add to that our ever growing grouping of honey and various tea-centric goods and the display is once again nice and full waiting to be enjoyed by all our Mariage Frères loving fans.



Green Tomato Jam

This is magic in a jar.  I stumbled upon this Green Tomato Jam in the booth of one of our vendors awhile back who imports French goods to the States. Boy am I lucky I did.  We have had a jar of this going for several months now and I can’t get enough of it, it is so good.  A dollop of this with a piece of cheese on a cracker or baguette is heaven.  The slightly sweet and yet tart of the tomato jam melding with the cheese is really quite something.  We have served this combo to guests over the last few months to much delight.  Plus I love the look of the bottle, so I put it right on the cheese board.  It is not yet on our website, but if it tickles your fancy always feel free to give us a ring at the shop at 800.991.9361.  

A lovely, lovely Thursday to you…



Albert Ponnelle Bourgogne Réserve De La Chèvre Chardonnay

Yes, the bottle got me, I will freely admit that.  Come on, look at how amazing every detail is!  The wire netting, the fonts, and the goat sealed the deal.  Plus I knew what was inside would be equally as stellar as this bottle is imported by my friends who are customers of WK at Peloton Imports.  I have been searching for more wine options to share on Wine Wednesday that can be enjoyed by many as they ship so you can just click on the link at the end of the entry if you end up not finding this tasty Chardonnay in your neighborhood grocer or wine shop.

From their site:  Albert Ponnelle is an estate and a negociant with deep roots in Burgundy. Pierre-Lazare Ponnelle founded the business in Beaune in 1870, and today the estate is run by Pierre Ponnelle, the fifth generation of the family to take the helm. The Bourgogne Réserve de la Chèvre Noire wines come from the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits. They are partly aged in oak barrels. The names of the wines are an affectionate nod to an old regional tale about a famous black goat who was known for drifting from the herd to snack on choice grapes in the best vineyards. Each year Albert Ponnelle creates a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir under the Chèvre Noir label as an homage to the black goat with a connoisseur’s taste.

Gold in color with a fine sheen and brilliance. The nose is forward with notes of lemon, baked pear, vanilla bean and a hint of caramel/butterscotch. Possessing a medium-full body, this is well-rounded and soft on the approach. Lemon and mineral shows on the forefront with finishing notes of Tart Tatin, Crème Anglaise and graceful acidity.  Peloton Imports



Happy Bastille Day!

A little part of my soul is French, I just know it is. Sending Happy Bastille Day wishes for those of you celebrating, La Fête Nationale. With so much not great stuff happening around the globe, we take every opportunity to relish in the good.  With all that has transpired in France the past few years, I send oodles of love & admiration for all you have given us.  



Our LJF 2017 Watson Kennedy Calender Towels Have Arrived!

Box after box arrived from France last week filled with our 2017 Le Jacquard Francais Watson Kennedy calendar towels.  I order more each year and we sell out quicker each year.  This is the earliest they have ever come in, so it is fun to have them available so soon. These make one stylish gift.  I like to wrap one around a bottle of extra virgin olive oil or wine as a host/hostess gift.  Customers have told me they frame them, use them as a small table cover, and of course use them to dry dishes.  Give us a ring at the shop if one or many interests you.  800.991.9361  We are always more than happy to ship some for you too.
Happy Tuesday everyone!



Vintage French Match Strikers at Watson Kennedy

20160128-104026.jpg Certain objects can be like little works of art. Vintage French match strikers are one such item. There is just something about them, they have a quality, a specialness that makes each one a little work of art. We have been selling them for many years, yet I am still completely smitten each time I pull one out of the case to show a customer. The size, the color, the varying fonts–each one incredibly unique.




A Blue Table Set For Two

This Sunday eve WestWard supper table was set with blue as the prevailing theme. If you have been to the shops, you know using one color in many shades & shapes is something I hold near and dear. It creates a collective whole, making things match, without being too matchy matchy. The whale taking center stage. The French Gien ‘W’ monogrammed plates a new find at WK, where we can order up whatever initial you would like, in a variety of sized plates. The whale glasses bringing it all together. A few candles were lit, a bottle of red was opened (the post tomorrow), chicken with root vegetables (yesterday’s post) was dished up, and dinner was served.






Learning, Always Learning

20160102-063622.jpg At dinner each eve when I was a kid, my dad would ask me, “What did you learn today?” Meaning what did I learn at school, or on the tennis court, or in life. Learning something new to him each day was of great importance, something he very much wanted to pass on to me. It is something I still to this day hear him ask me in the back of my mind. It can be as simple as a new word. On Instagram I started following French Words which posts a new word or phrase each day. Thought the one yesterday was quite fitting. Cheers to new possibilities in the new year!



Diptyque Liquidambar at Watson Kennedy

20151103-081123.jpg A gorgeous Holiday candle by Diptyque, Liquidambar, arrived the other day at the shops. A celebration of nature’s delights, which embraces the redness of this large autumnal tree. Its enveloping liquid amber is spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, then cloaked in the scent of muscovado sugar, providing a sweet and warm veil of gourmand accents. Beautifully presented container & box, so it is all set for gift-giving as we enter into the season. Yum.