Jul 30, 2010

French Food Safari Part 6: Simon Johnson Food, Alexandria.

Safari followers, are you still with me?  This is the last instalment.  We ended the day with cheeses at the Simon Johnson store in Alexandria.

There are 3 parts to the store. 

The general retail area that stocks a range of foods that are anything but 'general'.  I'll show you some of my favourite finds at the end of this post.

Upstairs is a demonstration kitchen kitted out with the latest appliances and cooktops.  Last  but not least, the cheese roam.  Which housed the 4 cheese we had to taste that afternoon. 

There was a variety of accompaniments to the cheese.  The jars to the left in the photo above are truffle oil.  There was also quince paste and muscatels.  The French usually only eat bread with their cheese but we broke with tradition and had crackers too.

There were lots of interesting things to browse whilst eating our cheeses.

An Allpress coffee bean holder and grinder.

A view of the cheese room complete with my reflection on the back wall.

Fancy cutlery.  Straining spoons and normal spoons.  I think the range comes from the head chef at El Bulli.

I've seen all sorts of food trolleys but this takes the cake....

It's an oil tasting trolley.  Complete with tasting goblets.

I'm curious about the wasabi flavoured oil.

Cous cous and barely cous cous....

A $159 bottle of olive oil.  From a distance, this looked suspiciously like a large bottle of L'Occitane fragrance.

Duchy Originals' fruit drinks.  They are from Prince Charles' project in the UK.

And on that organic and healthy note, it was time to end my French Food Safari.  Hope you've enjoyed the photos and thoughts.


  1. Hi SSG:)
    Nice photos, and all the tips was nice.
    I am going to see if i can find some of these oils in Norway...there is nothing like a homemade french dressing:)

    Have a nice day - SP

  2. Hello SP
    Thank you.

    Have fun with the oils.

    SSG xxx

  3. Your blog is really awesome. Thanks for sharing your
    experiences. I like french cuisine food very much and i have learn many french recipes which i got from French Food Safar . I like visiting French
    restaurants in weekend.


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