Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Paris Spice Merchant

Goumanyat & Son Royaume is a super spice store in Paris, located at 3 rue Charles-François Dupuis, in the 3eme. This is the relatively new retail outlet of Jm Thiercelin, a 6th- or 7th-generation spice manufacturer (founded 1809) located in Melun, not far from Paris. This company actually makes the spices, with raw materials obtained throughout the world.

I had an interesting conversation with the very thoughtful M. Thiercelin about how he procures the best quality spices (with expertise, of course, but also with 200 years of relationships), the future of agriculture throughout the globe and other interesting food related topics.

The spices are great, especially saffron, which is a specialty, and the many, many proprietary mixtures. Also to be found here are infused oils of every kind, herbal, shellfish, etc.(click on image at left), and syrups infused with different peppers (click on image below).

Definitely worth a trip, especially if you're on your way to the nearby Marché des Enfants Rouges on the rue de Bretagne for lunch or grocery shopping.

Bobby Jay

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