Bon jour/soir. will be realizing a life-long dream to visit Paris next week, the first time for mi querida esposa too. as usual, will hardly have time to reasonably assimilate and adapt to a different language and surroundings. therefore, trying to use our shopping time efficiently. thanks as always to the generous and informative souls who frequent this board.
on our first day, the plan is to visit L.Dubois and G.Verot for cheese and cured meat (might get to Da Rosa if there's time), stuff that can tolerate no refrigeration for the weekend we leave the city on an excursion. best bets ? we're going right by Quatrehomme too, but other than a negative comment from DCM it's hardly mentioned on this board, while getting much praise elsewhere. after our return to the city we'll visit Barthelemy ; distance and time will limit us to one visit to la Ferme St. Hubert. have already noted recommendations from folks for Beillevaire, which is close to our temporary abode (lower Marais betw. St.Paul and Hotel de Ville metros). 'can't miss' items from Barthelemy or St.Hubert ? are there noteworthy cheese vendors where we can taste in the Marche Bastille or Marche d'Aligre ?
an etiquette question -- have heard it's considered rude to eat while walking about or on public transport. is it also perceived as foreigner/rude to eat on a long distance TGV train ?
will also be shopping for cooking oils, with a visit to LeBlanc planned. here in northern Calif, almost never do we get Provencal extra virgin olive oil, with excellent stuff available from Spain, Liguria, Sardinia, Crete at significantly lower cost. the Provencal stuff gets a premium tariff in France too, correct ? there are two shops within blocks of our Paris address, A l'Olivier and Premier Pression de Provence. has anyone tried them ? have seen prices at around 18-20 euro (or more) per 500 ml -- essentially the same as in Calif, sounds normal ? are there vendors where we can taste in the markets ? suggestions for vinaigre are also welcome, merci.
one other shopping item -- looking for small cooking knives (individual, not sets), and planning to visit Courty, Simon, possibly Armes Bastille (big selection of Opinel). Delherin is a usual suspect, but didn't get a clear notion about their inventory for this. would the large department stores have any advantage (price, selection) over the specialty shops ? is there a good vendor in one of the markets ?
much appreciate your kind assistance. if anyone happens to be at Septime on the 18th or Chez l'Ami Jean on the 19th for lunch, and spots a senior foreigner fumbling with bad French, in the company of a younger, cheerful partner, that's us. merci beaucoup.