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Wine and Cheese - The Best Culinary Souvenirs From France

June 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 188

Vacation experiences linger with the traveler for the rest of their lives: the soft touch of an island breeze, the warmth of the sun on your back, or the fragrance of a garden in full bloom. It can be difficult to explain such sensations to those unfortunate to have travelled with you, but you can share the tastes of the country you visited. France, often considered the culinary capital of the world, is blessed with wonderfully flavored foods and beverages, many of which are portable. If you would prefer to not travel with a miniature grocery store in your luggage, there is also a plethora of kitchen gadgets and decorations you won't find anywhere else in the world.

Wine is, perhaps, the most famous of France's gastronomic heritage, and for good reason. There are many vintages and varietals that you can only find in country, and would be an ideal remembrance for an esteemed colleague. Another worthy splurge would be a rare cognac, rich in color and taste. If you are concerned about packing the glass bottles in your suitcase, a neat trick is to place toilet paper rolls around the thinner necks to help prevent breakage. Of course, any good shop will be glad to arrange shipment for larger purchases. Those who are especially discerning in their wines may appreciate a high-end corkscrew, or a set of wine glasses in a unique size or design.

The next item that many people associate with the French is cheese. Whether it is a creamy Brie or a crumbly Mimolette, you will be spoiled for choice in the markets. Ask for a taste of the cheeses, to help you find the best flavor and texture for your palate, and make sure to enjoy them with a soft baguette for a Parisian lunch. When you are ready to depart, most stores will vacuum seal your purchase to ensure it reaches your destination. If you are still concerned about spills, you can always place it in your makeup bag or dop kit. A delightful cheese slicer or ceramic plate festooned with a rooster, a favorite symbol in France, would make this a wonderful hostess gift for a party.

There are certain scents and flavors that are associated with countries, and France is known for Herbes d'Provence. Referring to a set of herbs grown in the countryside of Provence, you will find many sauces, jams, jellies and condiments flavored with rosemary, lavender and thyme. These can provide a delightful accent to everyday meals, sandwiches and desserts, as well as looking positively charming on a kitchen counter. You can also purchases the spices in a mix called Herbes d'Provence for use in recipes. Dried lavender is also used as an air freshener and can be found in bouquets for wall hanging. These fragile flowers may not be ideal for travel, but you could certainly place a postcard of a lavender field in a picture frame to decorate your kitchen.

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