Le Panier Bio: A basket full of organic produce for pick up at a store near you.

Le Panier Bio: A basket full of organic produce for pick up at a store near you.

If you don’t have time to shop for organic seasonal produce at your farmer’s market or at your local health food store there is always the other nice option of stopping by one of your neighborhood shops (a flower shop, wine bar, cheesemonger, bakery…) and picking up a basket full of fruits and vegetables already put together by the producer himself. Those baskets can also be delivered to your work place or at your home. In buying the Panier Bio you not only contribute to sustainable agricultural practices and support the local farmers but you also eat organic and save yourself some quality time avoiding the long lines at the supermarket. You might even find yourself titillated by having to learn how to cook vegetables you never heard of before—Mon Panier Bio knows you might need help with that and has some recipes on its website. Mon Panier Bio lists all of the associations providing baskets of organic produce for delivery or pick up, and their pick up locations in Paris.
Following are links to several websites who offer different Panier Bio options:

Bio Culture
Bio Culture offers different sizes of baskets with the option of adding or subtracting some produce of your choice. It also offers the option of a “baby basket” with fruits and vegetables that can easily be pureed. Baskets can be delivered at home or be picked up at specific shops in Paris’ 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 20th arrondissements.

Tous Primeurs
Most of the produce sold at Tous Primeurs are picked the day before they are delivered and a new selection of produce is offered every week. There are different sizes of baskets for different needs (single, couple or family.) Home or work deliveries require a minimum of 4 subscribers (or a minimum order of 4 baskets.) The pick up locations for Tous Primeurs in Paris are numerous.

123 Bio
123 Bio offers 4 different kinds of baskets: all vegetables, all fruit (from May to October only), a mixture of fruit and vegetables (1-2 kinds of fruits, 6-7 kinds of vegetables) and the cabas bio ménagère (a basket filled with the ingredients needed for the sweet or savory recipe of the week.) 123 Bio also sells all different kinds of flours (wheat, buckwheat, spelt, rye), fruit juices (apple, cherry), 1st cold press oils (sunflower, rapeseed) and pastas. With a monthly membership 123 Bio will deliver the goods to your place every week.

Le Campanier
A little bit of the countryside in the city. Le Campanier offers 3 different kinds of baskets, a vegetable one, a fruit one and a mix of both fruit and vegetables. Basket orders should be made at the stores (also called les points relais) that Le Campanier delivers at, and should be placed a week ahead of time. Internet orders aren’t possible yet.

Couleurs Bio
This is sort of your organic online supermarket. You sign up with Couleursbio and shop online and they will deliver to your home or office. It sells everything from produce to meat, fish, dairy, food for pets, house cleaning products… With a membership you can get your basket of organic produce (different sizes depending on your needs) delivered to you weekly or every 15 days for the amount of weeks you sign up for. Deliveries are usually made within 48 hours of your order and will take place from Monday to Friday between noon and 10pm.

Dans Mon Panier Bio
Four different baskets of organic produce delivered to your home: two are assortments of seasonal fruits and vegetables already picked (small or big basket); one is an all-fruit basket and the fourth one is made up of fruit, vegetables and other foods picked by you. New selections of produce are offered every Monday. Orders an be placed until 8pm for next day delivery at home (4, 80€ fee if order is under 60€) or at the office. Payment can be done online or at time of delivery.

For more organic foods and products, here are a few shops and supermarkets in Paris:
Naturalia stores, in and outside of Paris. They are numerous and offer a wide variety of goods. They also deliver to your home.

Biocoop. With over 300 hundred stores in France and 9 in Paris, Biocoop is the leader in organic foods and fair trade goods resale in France.

Les Nouveaux Robinson co’op supermarkets sell bulk food, organic goods, green products and much more. They also offer online shopping. These 4 stores are located right outside of Paris city limits but can easily be reached by metro or bus.

Paris Bio
179 Rue St Denis
75002 Paris
Metro: Réaumur-Sébastopol, Etienne Marcel

Lapeyronie: where to buy your coffee beans (and tea) in Paris.

Lapeyronie: where to buy your coffee beans (and tea) in Paris.

For French people American coffee is often associated with weak coffee (I guess those people have not tried a black cup of coffee from either Starbucks or Peet’s) while Americans associate French coffee with bad bitter espresso drinks served at cafés. While one might find both to be accurate it is nice to know that it is possible to find good coffee in France and strong coffee (do I have to mention good?) in the United States. An American French roast is actually darker than a French French roast, and coffee isn’t served as strong in France as it is across the Atlantic.
And for all the latté/capuccino drinkers I have yet to find a place in France where they get as crafty with the foam as our American baristas.

All the beans at Lapeyronie are 100% arabica. The shop offers three different types of coffee:
1) the “grands crus” such as the Ethiopian Moka Sidamo or Harrar, the Jamaican Bleu Mountain or the Kenya A.A
2) the single origins such as the Ebano Verde from the Dominican Republic, the Katchalu from Colombia or the Yrgasheffe from Ethiopia
3) the blends that are a mix of 3 to 5 different beans.

A lot of the coffees are fair trade, with a good selection of organic beans and a chemical-free decaffeinated Colombian beans (Swiss water process.) Lapeyronie sells coffees from small producers and supports sustainable plantations. You can lend a helping hand by purchasing high quality coffee cultivated by a co-op of 2000 small Rwandan producers who’ve been slowly and courageously trying to rebuild their lives since the 1994 genocide. You’ll pay about 4,25€/250g for the Moka Sidamo, or 4,50€/250g for a single origin organic Colombian bean. Located right next to the Beaubourg Museum, Lapeyronie also serves coffee and tea.

Quartier de l’Horloge
9 Rue Brantôme
75003 Paris
Metro: Rambuteau

M-F: 8.30am-7.30pm
Sat: 10am-7.30pm
Closed on Sunday

Rose Bakery in Paris: healthy tasty food in lively neighborhoods.

Rose Bakery in Paris: healthy tasty food in lively neighborhoods.

Franco-British couple Mr. and Mrs. Rose had a child. They called it Bakery. A Rose Bakery was born in London. Then they decided to move to Paris and they gave birth to a second, and recently a third, Rose Bakery. Rose Bakery is the name of their very successful—hence the new addition to the family—bakery/restaurants. The third Rose Bakery restaurant is in the hands of chef Kaori Endo, a 34 year-old Japanese cook who just published a book of recipes and who will be on T.V for eight cooking shows. At Rose Bakery they use quality ingredients, lots of organic and carefully chosen goods for their savory tarts, quiches, healthy salads (lentil salad, carrot salad, potato salad, baked beans, duck pot-au-feu…) and their delicious desserts (carrot cake, cheesecake, vegan fruit cake, lemon cake, green tea-raspberry cake, banana nut bread, scones, muffins, brownies…) They serve breakfast during the week and brunch on the weekend (eggs, pancakes…). In other words, Rose Bakery is a perfect place for breakfast, lunch, brunch and afternoon tea and pastries. It’s healthy, good, pretty and it is located in two great areas of Paris.

Rose Bakery 3rd arrondissement
30 rue Debelleyme
75003 Paris
Metro: Filles du Calvaire

Tu-Sun: 9am-6pm (kitchen closes at 4pm)
Closed on Monday

Rose Bakery 9th arrondissement
46 rue des Martyrs
75009 Paris
Metro: Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Pigalle

Tu-Sun: 10am-6.30pm (kitchen closes at 4pm)
Closed on Monday