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All gastronomes should gather in the Office de Tourisme! There, they will receive the “Petit livret de la gastronomie” booklet, an irresistible temptation to go and taste cheese and sweet specialities, but also to discover the Panier gourmand (gourmand basket) with a nice selection of local products.
Pommes soufflées potatoes
The legend says that the first train on the Paris-Le Pecq/Saint-Germain line, transporting Queen Marie-Amélie in 1837 was late: the Pavillon Henri IV cook was very worried about his potatoes going cold. He decided to place them in fat to re-heat them and was surprised to discover that his “fries” had become “pommes soufflées”.
Contrary to what one could think, the Béarnaise sauce originated from Saint-Germain-en-Laye and not from the Béarn region. It was created by mistake in 1837 by the Pavillon Henri IV cook, chef Collinet: he saved a miscalculated shallot stew by creating an emulsion with egg yolk. He improvised as for the name when he looked at a bust of Henri IV occupying a place of honour in the hall. Collinet was “nicknamed” by Alexandre Dumas senior, who stayed a long time in Saint-Germain-en-Laye:
Le compère en art culinaire et cotelettes béarnaises (The companion in culinary art and Béarn cutlets).
Was it from the north that the recipe of split peas soup came to Saint-Germain? It was the origin of a soup based on fresh peas, which became a classic in restaurants under the name of “potage Saint-Germain”.
The pavé d’or tradition dates back to the 16th century at the Spanish Court: Cortez and his fellow soldiers showed a new beverage based on cocoa, given with a large piece of chocolate inlaid with a gold coin. 150 years later, the tradition of the large piece of chocolate lives on Louis XIV Court in Saint-Germain-en-Laye: the Queen has handy confectioners make delicious sweets to go with her cup of hot chocolate.
Nowadays the Pâtisserie Grandin still looks after the recipe of Monsieur Grandin, whose confectioner’s talent became known in 1822 with his pavé d’or.
Created in 1930 by the Pâtisserie Hardy, the cake known as “Saint-Germain” consists of a sweet short crust bottom filled with Spanish almonds and Saint-Germain cream.
This pastry was created in 1925 by the Pâtisserie Grandin in memory of Claude Debussy, the great musician born in 1862 in the building in front of the shop, at 38 rue au Pain (nowadays Office de tourisme). It is a small cake consisting of a nut “biscuit” with praline-flavoured mousse, raisins in rum and a chocolate icing.
Chocolates Pascal Le Gac- Special Louis XIV
This chocolate pastilles were created by the chocolate-maker Pascal Le Gac specially for the Office de tourisme on the occasion of the Dîner Royal. Made of chocolate 66% from Caribbean cocoa, the pastilles are sold by 15 (50 grams) at the Office de tourisme.
“Le Debussy” cheese
This cow’s milk cheese, specially matured by the Fromagerie Sainte Suzanne (in front of the Office de tourisme, rue au Pain), has a triple layer of cream and is 70 percent fat.
“Le Saint-Germain” cheese
Also a cow’s milk cheese with a triple layer of cream, matured in the cellar of Fromagerie Sainte Suzanne (rue au Pain), Le Saint-Germain’s specificity is its generous coating of ground almonds.
Le vin des grottes - 1999
The cities of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Le Pecq decided in 1999 to replant and use the vineyards under the Saint-Germain-en-Laye Terrace to bring back to this place its touristic vocation. By planting 1820 pieces of stock on 2000 m² in April 2000, the two cities re-created the link with more than 13 centuries of history, as cultivating wine in our region dates back to the 8th century. It seems that the alpicois wine was really appreciated.
Planting the vineyards was carried out with help from a winegrower and oenologist together with the Lycée agricole et horticole (Agriculture and Horticulture secondary school) of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The vineyard is a combination of two varieties of pinot noir, producing a Bourgogne-type wine. Each year in September, the harvest is an occasion for educational and festive animation.
Saint-Germain apple juice
It is produced by the small farm of the Lycée agricole et horticole (Agriculture and Horticulture secondary school) of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, located on Route des Princesses.
Each year, the gathering brings 30-40 tons of apples. With a craft production and completely pasteurized, its texture and taste are homogenous.
The juice contains 17 varieties of apples.
Champagne Louis XIV
Issued on the occasion of the 3rd Dîner Royal of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, which celebrates the birthday of King Louis XIV, the Champagne Louis XIV is a special growth for Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
The bottle of Champagne brut is sold at the Office de tourisme boutique in 2 models: the classic one- 75 cl- 23€ and in a magnum size- 150 cl (on order only- soon available).
The tea of Saint-Germain
A new beverage appears in town. Made and sold only at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the tea “Un après-midi à Saint-Germain-en-Laye”, which means “An afternoon at Saint-Germain-en-Laye”, has green tea, peach, kiwi, bergamot, orange blossom and violet in it. Located at 19 rue du Vieil Abreuvoir since 1986, the shop “La Maison des Thés”, who makes the tea, invite you to discover the universe of the Betjeman & Barton Teas.
Choose your box of tea!
The tea is sold with its box, available in 8 colours: green, orange, red, purple, black, blue and white.
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L’abus d’alcool est dangereux pour la santé, à consommer avec modération.