So, it came as a bit of a surprise when we learned of a new enterprise, recently opened on the rue du Nil, which is one block away from us, across rue Réaumur. History note: there are several streets in our quartier with Egyptian names: rue d'Aboukir, Passage du Caire, etc., all honoring Napoleon's military expeditions along the Nile.
Until last December, that is, when two enterprising young men, Alexandre Drouard and Samuel Nahon, opened up "Terroirs d'Avenir", which is hard to translate, but basically means promoting foods of the local region - ie, encouraging consumers to become "locavores"!!
And speaking of cheeses, there is substantial selection of Comtés, Cantal, Salers, Saint-Nectaire and Brebis cheeses, as well as farm butter, creamy milk, yoghurts and other products that belong in a "crémerie". Yum!
We found small containers of fresh herbs, like this "oseille de la lune" which is some kind of sorrel, and below it "oca petit", which we had never come across before. Turns out to be a small tuber, like a potato! To be tried on some future visit.
Meanwhile along the other wall of this small shop, a big array of dried herbs and infusions stood ready for selection...
...along with a big display of oils and vinegars and wines and champagnes.
This first visit, we contented ourselves with some carrots, potatoes, brussel sprouts and Cantal cheese before heading across the street...
...to La Boucherie, the second arm of Terroirs d'Avenir, with home-made saucissons, smoked hams...
...and a display case packed with an excellent selection of fresh meats: lamb, veal, beef, chicken, pork, etc.
The very cute young butcher, sliced us two escalopes de veau for our dining pleasure, and we headed home for the evening, promising we would return the next day to visit the fishmonger, the third boutique of Terroirs d'Avenir.
Friday saw us back on the rue du Nil, this time at "le poissonnerie," run by a young Japanese man, whose display of this big old ugly monkfish head kept Matthew strictly out on the street!
Too bad, really, because he missed a pretty spectacular display of fresh fish, centered with a swordfish "sword"!!
So, we are delighted with this new addition to our shopping map. It will be fun to follow the seasons, anticipate the arrival of the first white asparagus, and support this enterprising group of young fellows, who would fit in so well with the manners and mores of all the locavores of West Marin.
Meanwhile, the bewitching "winter light" continues to shine down on us...
...and there's one little blossom peeking through among the hyacinth bulbs for sale at the florist on the rue Montorgeuil!