Ed. Note: Marsi is back today talking about one of my favorite subjects: Transatlantic trade agreements. It goes both ways. I have French friends who give me a shopping list for the United States. Read on and you’ll understand.
My office mate Kate is visiting Paris and St. Remy next month, and we’ve been in Francophile heaven talking about where she’ll go and what she’ll do while she’s there. Kate lived in France for a year as a college student and looks forward to making her triumphal return to see it all again through adult eyes.
She was kind enough to ask me if she could stow anything in her checked baggage for me. Here is my wish list.
|1000 mg tablets of effervescent aspirin. It’s like supercharged Alka-Seltzer.|
|These old-school French caramels are addictive.|
|Divine little burning papers that’ll quickly scent your room with
the resiny goodness of benzoin.
I always burn a strip after I’ve cleaned my kitchen. (It’s a ritual.)
Papier d’armenie is also available in a beautiful rose scent. I love them both.
|Confiture Ispahan, by Christine Ferber for Pierre Hermé.
A layer of raspberry jam topped with rose-scented lychee. Blend the layers yourself.
It almost sounds too beautiful to eat.
(I said almost!)
The September issue of Paris Vogue
|The sublime Marion Cotillard fronts the August 2012 issue.
I can’t wait to see who will be September’s cover girl.
Tell me, what do you ask friends to bring you from France? I’d love to know.
In fact, I’d so much love to know that on Saturday, I’m going to draw a name from all comments below and will send the winner a booklet of papier d’armenie. So spill it: what are your favorite treats from France?