A must-visit destination in Paris is the Maille Mustard Store at 6, place de la Madeline. I am a longtime devotee of their grainy mustard -- I use it almost every day and they are pros, having perfected their craft for over 200 years.
Being Paris, their stylish windows beckon you inside with their classic mustard jars presented in a striking pallette of up to the minute Neon colors and unexpected flavor options: Violet/Blueberry, Fresh Green Herbs, Garlic/Red Pepper.
Perfect for an eye-catching display, yes. But inside the store are the real seducers:
Hazlenut, Truffle, Piment d'Espelette...among others. Not to mention fresh mustard you can have pumped into on-the-spot cork sealed crocks.
I lift up a gift box filled with a colorful mustard trio and think:
Do I really really want to do this? My bags are so full. There are so many flavors I'd like to take back with me. Why carry 10 extra pounds of breakable mustard? Surely, these are all available on Amazon. Be smart. This is the 21st century. Deal with your Mustard when you get home. Bien sur.
So I left empty handed, certain I could order everything later from my Los Angeles computer.
None of these unusual niche mustards are gettable online here in the U.S. And the Maille website itself only delivers within France.
Note to self: Not everything is globalized and available online -- a good thing to remember when you travel and find special items -- pounce!
Clearly, I need to go back to Paris immediately to pick up some of those coveted jars.