Serendipity

by Susan on June 13, 2012

It never fails that the places and experiences I love most when traveling aren’t the carefully planned, well researched, guide-book-recommended must-sees. Oh, I do the planning and read all the books- I’m far too type-A to wing anything- but my favorite memories are always the things I stumble upon quite by accident while en route to the next thing on the list.

My trip to Paris last weekend was no exception. Having arrived 45 minutes early for an appointment (see type-A above) Carrie and I found ourselves wandering around an unfamiliar neighborhood before much of anything was open. In what can only be called destiny, our wandering took us to the doorstep of E. Dehillerin, my own personal Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

E. Dehillerin is a restaurant supply house but it’s also a temple to the art of cooking.

They have literally hundreds of thousands of items, crammed together in a state of organized chaos.

There are rolling pins of every shape, size and material.

Whisks, whisks, whisks.

And even more whisks.

The largest wooden spatula I have ever laid eyes on. Even more remarkable? They have pots large enough to require a stirrer that large! (I tried to get Carrie to climb inside one so that I could take a pic but she decided she’d rather have her dignity. Go figure…)

They have chef’s knives both expensive and affordable.

 

This is the “smalls” section. Oyster knife and glove? Check. Cheese trier? Check. Baking pans of every shape and size? Check. Cookie cutters, chocolate molds, pastry tips, thermometers, truffle planers, couscousiers? Check, check, check, check, check and check.

Have you ever seen such a lovely sieve?

This copper rooster is the E. Dehillerin mascot. If it didn’t weigh a thousand pounds and cost a thousands of dollars, it would be my mascot. Instead I contented myself with a handful of small things that fit my budget (and my luggage) a little better, including a few surprises for Zac.

If you are ever in Paris you should really put E. Dehillerin on your must-see list. Who knows what you will stumble across on your way?

{ 9 comments }

1 Elizabeth June 13, 2012 at 7:27 am

It’s an awesome store. Julia Child shopped there when she lived in Paris in the 40s.

2 Susan June 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

ELizabeth, THANK YOU! I completely forgot to mention that. There is a lovely photograph of her above the register.

3 Anna June 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

Thank YOU. I have a friend who is a major cook living in Germany. I just saw on FB that she just bought tickets for her latest trip to Paris. Talk about Serendiptiy! I posted and she is VERY excited. :)

4 Carol S GIBBS June 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

I can not image how long you two stayed in this wonderful store! I would have loved to see Carrie in the pot!

5 JellenP June 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

I would have been in that pot faster than you can say “po-”!

You should have bought some for the Farm, as extra accommodations – wouldn’t they have looked nice next to the yurt?

6 Suzy L June 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

That Carrie and her dignity…phooey. Doesn’t she understand that we need to know exactly how big that pot was?? Carrie and a breadbox and that spatula in a pot…when would she have that opportunity again?

7 Jenna June 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Dangerous. It looks like the type of shop that would be great for the home and bad for the wallet. The whisks alone would have me in trouble. :-)

8 jamie June 14, 2012 at 6:56 am

Now, that’s a great find!

9 Adri H June 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

What a lovely find!

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