Saturday, July 11, 2009


Window Licking is the literal translation for this french phrase. Americans call it window shopping but; in any language, it translates to visual eyecandy for the pedestrian. With many people having a "staycation" this year, I thought we could do some lèche-vitrines from our computers!

The summer soldes or "sales" are in full swing in France through July 28th. In case your passport is expired or couldn't find a pet sitter, here are some things you can purchase on line from Europe without getting out of your pajamas!

Pylones offers these Tour Eiffel graters in two sizes. (Thanks goes to ParisBreakfasts for this photo) These can be snatched up also through Amazon.

Once you own a jar of  Fleur de Sel de Camargue from France, you will never use common table salt again! This salt is harvested from the top layer of a salt marsh and each jar is signed by the harvester! The salt is not bitter like common table salt can be in the states. I love it sprinkled over salsa or in salted caramel! (thank you David Lebovitz)

From Italy, we can't forget the Santa Maria Novella potpourri. Aedes de Venustas offers this in the US from their New York store.(they also have the Cire Trudon candles that I love from the oldest candle shop in Paris)

Piment d'espelette is a chili grown only in the Basque region of France. When ground, it is a sweet yet hot pepper used to compliment chocolates , truffles and other candies. Hard to find in the US, but came through with a source!

Got home from your last trip to Paris and regretted leaving a souvenir behind? Don't fret mes amies, just click here for those great enameled signs or a french beret. Stretch your american dollars by staying home and shopping smart! Enjoy your finds and have a great summer.


Kitty said...

what a fun post! clever! thanks.

Theresa Cheek said...

meow! Thanks Kitty!

Lynne Rutter said...

i am so buying one of those cheese graters!

Theresa Cheek said...

Your cheese and limes will be so happy! You will also be so chic!

Regina at Fauxology said...

Ditto on the cheese graters! I'm eyeing the salt as well and the containers are DEF prettier than the regular salt ones I've got going on. Loving your blog, Theresa.

Theresa Cheek said...

Regina, the salt is so much better than what the grocery store has! The cheese graters ARE pretty clever, aren't they?

Beth Connolly said...

Oh how fun! I love the sea salt-it is my favorite. The cheese graters are fab-I need one. Great post as always.

Theresa Cheek said...

Thanks Beth! I love the chili powder as well. It is the perfect compliment to dark chocolate(Remember Johnny Depp in "Chocolate"?)

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