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Aug 1, 2022·edited Aug 1, 2022

Well, I finally got around to subcribing to your newsletter. With the smoke now socking in our beautiful Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon, I'm catching up on the full articles. Coming to Paris mid-August if you need some Dijon! I'll be in Le Marais. :) Or, I might be able to pay for our trip if I bring a bunch..

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Congratulations, David. You are living the good life. The counter top is stunning. Looking forward to seeing it after installation. And an ample supply of mustard in your larder!!

Live in NYC, Fallot in short supply, Amora non-existant. My vinaigrette will not be the same.

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The Washington Post says your [adopted] country is in a "panic": https://wapo.st/3oxLhxV

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We were in Paris for 14 July and stopped for picnic fare. I looked everywhere for mustard only to learn the next day about the shortage! We settled on a Mayo/mustard combo product that I quite liked and hoped to bring home, but we didn’t get back to the grocery. Perhaps when we are back in September!

I’m glad you are well stocked, at least fir now.

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looks gorgeous!

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I am really enjoying reading about All Things David, and your kitchen renovations are almost making me start serious plans to get ours done. Only been 15 years since we moved in - and then there’s the truth of the fact that parts of our kitchen are clocking up a century very soon. Some features won’t be changed. Your bespoke countertop is perfection!

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Frankly, it's a lot, so no wonder you are reluctant to tackle it. All the details, like finding light switches, matching hardwood planks, picking out appliances, etc. The internet has made finding some things easier (like towel bars) but other things you really need to look at, like appliances. Good luck if you take the leap!

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This is completely off topic, but I just saw this delightful review of David’s Tahini chocolate chip cookies and it made me think of this newsletter: https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTRBSH8Eo/?k=1. Now I want to make them!

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You are the Herb Caen if Paris 😍

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I was in France at the end of May and came across the shortage because I wanted to bring some back (when I reported the shortage to my French friends, they blamed Ukraine as well). On my first grocery trip back, I bought some mustard to be prepared in case the shortage made its way over here! In MN, the shortage has been peanut butter, so I have been hoarding that item.

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I recently passed through Dijon, and the restaurant had no mustard for my steak et frites. A tiny jar at the hotel cost €6!

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Someone sent me a picture of the Fallot store in Beaune, with a sign that there was a 4 jar limit. As much as I dislike those single-serving packets of mustard, I think those might be a good idea now because there isn't much waste, like the little pots they keep (or have kept, in the past!) on café and bistro tables.

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Love your new kitchen. Mine is white with ss handles and trim too and we’ve been living in our house since 1989! What appliances did you get? Ours are Poggenpohl and we’ve had them since then too. Good quality never goes out of style. Enjoy yours.

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Oh, I didn't know the brand "Martin-Pouret", and they also make pickles from cornichons grown in France, which are also difficult to find.

I have been using mustard from Carrefour brand's "Reflets de France" for years, until the shortage. While looking for a substitute, I noticed that Carrefour's is actually a rebranded Fallot mustard :)

A shop owner in Dijon told us they expected the shortage to be over in October, after the harvest. I really hope it starts raining soon and we get a good crop this year.

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I've been using Martin-Pouret vinegar but they don't make a lot and it's not easy to find in Paris. If you like cornichons, Maison Marc cornichons are French grown, and very good! https://www.maisonmarc.fr/

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and if you see any sriracha you best buy that too! Huy Fong

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I get mine at The Hood, where they make their own! https://www.thehoodparis.com/prepaid-ordering/sriracha

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SF CHRON did a blind taste of mustard and Trader Joe’s mustard scored higher than Fallot. I better run off to restock !

Love the countertop :-)

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Sadly not just a problem in France! Hooked onto many French brands on account of previously living there, my mother texted me yesterday asking how I was for Dijon mustard... she had found some, but had to order it in bulk... even bigger bulk than my usual Maille Costco haul!

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oh the ickies of dipping forks and such into the condiment jars on the table. I'm constantly having to remind my French guy that I don't need to see his personal (and used) fork dipping into a communal mustard jar. LOL.... I thought it was just me and my situation. Glad to know I'm not alone and I may have to move to the plastic squeeze bottle now too!

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I am pretty sure my blood pressure went down 20% after switching to the squeeze bottle (!)

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