Spanish Table Seattle & Paris Grocery Newsletter
Oh, tis the season to be so delicous… November 18th, 2009
The cold stinging rain from the dark ominous skies of Seattle has been in full swing since I arrived in the city 3 weeks ago. Yet it’s comforting to know that I can still take pleasure in the little things in life. Early this week we recieved our shipment of Mantecados and Polvorones! Simply, these sweet, flaky, buttery cookies are down right delicous and addictive. The only problem is that there are so many flavors to choose from: Wine, Almond, Cinnamon, Chocolate and many many more. We have individually wrapped flavors for .49 cent or boxes of 12 from $6.99-$9.99. On a second but not a lesser note, turron of all flavors have also made it into The Spanish Table. We have the “Never let you down” Douro and Blando vareties. But if you want to try something new this year, how about, Walnut, Fruit or Coconut turron? Sounds tasty to me! – Isaac Rivera
A French-i-fied Thanksgiving
With the Paris Grocery up and running my creative juices have been flowing. We have tasted countless cheeses, pates and wines in an effort to bring our customers what we think are the best products that represent France and its cuisine. The Paris Grocery is the perfect place to start putting a French twist on your Thanksgiving holiday meal. Below is my French-i-fied Thanksgiving menu that I’m eager to make for my wife and friends. Drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the recipes for any of these dishes. – Isaac Rivera, Manager
Baked Camembert w/ Black Currant Mustard & Black Cherry Confit
Boudin Bernaise w/ Lentils & Carrot
Duck Confit & Cranberry Beans w/Roasted Chantrells & Tomme Savoie
Nutella Filled Crepes w/Sweet Orange Creme Fraiche
Here are our favorite wines to pair with the rich flavors of Thanksgiving dinner:
Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature Cava ($15.99) Elegant and toasty, bone dry and flinty with beautiful bubbles, Juve y Camps is a stand-out match to stuffing, cheese sauces and meats.
2008 Muga Blanco Barrel Fermented Rioja ($14.99) Slow fermentation in new French oak with 3 months on lees contribute aromas of coconut and vanilla. Citrus fruit and apple stand out against a background of aromatic herbs. Both intense and persistent on the palate, it remains fresh and lively.
2001 Finca Valpiedra Reserva Rioja ($18.99) Close out price on a fantastic vintage! The grapes are hand picked, manually sorted and aged in new French oak for over 12 months. Black cherry, earth and balsamic notes lead into an incredible silky smooth finish.
2008 Vera de Estenas P.G. Bobal, Utiel Requena ($13.99) Made from 100% old vine Bobal, it’s soft texture has fresh black cherry & hints of wild strawberry. Framed by clean acidity, it has low tannins and with a character similar to a young Beaujolais.
2001 Balbas Reserva, Ribera del Duero ($32.00) “…an alluring mix of ripe fruit with mature flavors of tobacco, leather and cedar with a finish that is elegant and long. The tannins are well-integrated and softening, while the acidity is still fresh and crisp.” 93 points Wine Spectator Highly recommended!
2001 Luis Cañas Reserva de la Familia Rioja ($33.00) This is an heirloom Rioja, traditionally styled with select fruit from a great vintage. Elegant and silky, it is a superb companion to any rich holiday recipe. 93 points Wine Advocate, 91 points Stephen Tanzer
SPECIAL FRENCH THANKSGIVING WINES
Rosé d’Orfeuilles sparkling rosé, Loire ($14.99) A terrific sparkler! Dry and elegant with notes of strawberry, this festive bubbly is clean and fresh.
2008 Commanderie de la Bargemone rose ($15.99) We love to quaff a rosé with Thanksgiving dinner and Bargemone is one of our favorites! Minerally, light weight and crisp, this is a stellar choice.
2006 Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais-Villages ($11.99) Tasting of pure & unadulterated Gamay fruit, it is dry and soft with great acidic balance. This could be lightly chilled and served with Thanksgiving dinner.
2008 Domaine de la Rochette Pinot Noir, Touraine ($10.99) Light in body, it’s pie cherry flavors and silky tannins have surprising grip. Pinot noir is the ultimate fail-safe food wine and is a great match with a wide variety of foods, which make it an excellent choice for Thanksgiving.
Our new shop features French cheeses and wine, and other foods with a French mood. It’s located 1/4 of a block south of Spanish Table at 1418 Western Avenue.
IRRESTIBLE CHEESES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Comté, A.K.A. French Gruyère de Comté, is the quintessential cheese for croque monsieur, quiche, french onion soup and fondue. It has small crystalline grains, sweet saline beefiness and an undertone of fruit, nuts and toffee.
Morbier Originally this semi-soft raw cows milk cheese from the Jura was comprised of a morning milking and an evening milking divided by a layer of ash. With aromas like new-mown grass, Morbier has an appealing flavor of nuts and fruit along with a distinct taste of hard-boiled egg and veal sautéed in butter.
Beaufort is “The Prince of Gruyères.” With uniquely Swiss-like qualities and hints of grassy sweetness, Beaufort has a higher butter fat content and a creamier texture than either Gruyère or Comté. It has an excellent melting capacity and is terrific for fondue and serving with saucisson sec and fruit.
Préfére is the name now given to Reblochon which has a creamy, softer-than-brie texture, a nutty aftertaste, and a strong herbal aroma.
La Chatelaine Chocolates Located in Montana, the company was created by a Frenchman who longed for the sumptuous chocolates he grew up savoring.
Once we tasted their Parisian Mendiants made of dark chocolate, hazelnuts and orange peel, we simply had to carry them! Also try their amazing Sea Salt Caramels.
Essential for many French recipes, we’ve got Du Puy Lentils.
Spice up any dish with Dulcet Peppery Moroccan Ketchup. It’s especially delicious with lamb.
Frozen Pains au Chocolate – Keep these on hand and enjoy them straight out of the oven on a rainy Sunday morning with a café au lait.
NEW PRODUCTS AT SPANISH TABLE
1880 and El Lobo brand turron
Arroz Cebollo brand rice, 1 kilo and 5 kilo bags
Rosara brand Pulp of Sun-Dried Choricero Peppers
New shipment of Manzano Garcia ceramics just arrived today!
We’re still unloading more great products, just in time for Thanksgiving!
Stop in and check out all of our great new products, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Sharon Baden and Steve Winston, Owners
The Spanish Table, 1426 Western Avenue, Seattle WA 98101 phone# 206.682.2827
Paris Grocery, 1418 Western Avenue, Seattle WA 98101 phone# 206.682.0679
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM, except
Paris Grocery is closed on Mondays.