My wife and I will be staying in an apartment near the Rue de Levis market (17e) for about four weeks beginning in late October. Although we have been to Paris for a few days before in hotels on two prior occasions, it's our first trip to Paris where we will have cooking facilities. We're not sure how well stocked with staples the apartment will be. A number of questions arise:
We will likely have to buy all the essentials for cooking for a month (flour, sugar, butter, oil, perhaps even salt and pepper, basic spices, etc.). Can any of you recommend a relatively close and inexpensive source for such things?
Is there anything special in terms of meat, fish, shellfish, game that we should be on the special lookout for during November? Similarly regarding vegetables or fruits? We hope to do roasts or other large main dishes where the leftovers can either be eaten the next few days or morph into stews and soups.
Does anyone know an especially helpful wine shop for people whose French language skills are poor at best? We are definitely not able to afford expensive wines; thus will be drinking bottles in the 12 to 20 Euro range.
Thanks for all your help.
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