The weather being clear and relatively mild, I took my dog Sylvie for a walk to the Madeleine, one of the centers of luxury French gastronomy. While I felt this was not the best year for Christmas displays, there were some interesting things in the windows.
Fauchon always has nice windows, and this year took the prize (notice the rare, gorgeous sky reflected in the window - it almost looks like it's done on purpose but the fact is I couldn't avoid it).
Hédiard makes the best pâtes de fruit and here is a nice arrangement.
Maison de la Truffe's window had some naked white truffles (a bargain this year at only $3107 per pound) as well as masses of foie gras incorporating their signature black truffles.
Caviar Kaspia featured an arrangement of, guess what?
Speaking of caviar, Prunier's display highlighted their caviar macarons, which I am now kicking myself for not trying (okay, I was a little put off by the $11 price tag for a single one, but still . . .)
For chocolates, Patrick Roger featured Christmas tree sculptures . . .
. . . while Marquise de Sévigné took a more elegant, conservative approach.
Mariage Frères, the great tea purveyor, featured a seasonal "Christmas Pudding" blend
but also a tribute to Martin Luther King - "Thé I Have a Dream," in a rainbow-colored package.
Of course, the celebration also includes oysters, game, foie gras, vacherin de Mont d'Or and all manner of wonderful products of the land and sea from around the world. But that's another post.