Monday, December 19, 2011

Marché de Noël des Champs Elysées

I'm not the biggest fan of all the hullabaloo that comes with Christmas as I'm a pretty low-key person by nature, but I do love food.  And Paris knows how to showcase food at Christmas time.  Our normal everyday markets are admittedly wonderful all year round, but Christmas time ratchets their wonderfulness up a notch.  We hit the Marché de Noël des Champs Elysées a few weeks ago, and noshed our way through some amazingly good food.  

These guys were hot smoking salmon.
I want one of those contraptions for Christmas.  Seriously.  I'm not kidding.
I'm a sucker for anyone selling Vin Chaud (hot mulled wine), but these two fine gentlemen ended up being my hands down favorites of the night.
Mmmmmmmm.  Cured pork products.

Everything they handed us was delicious.  

Here was our take.

The cheese was a mild goat with fines herbes, the jamon was like butter, the sausage just fatty enough, the olive oil bright and tangy, and we haven't dipped into the aioli they gave us for free yet.  (I don't know why not.)  They let us sample everything, and now after having devoured it all I know for certain we should have bought more.  I will be going back before the market ends the 3rd of January.  And if you're anywhere near here you should too!  All you have to do is find this and you'll know you're at the right place.

Drat.  Now I'm getting hungry.