I Found the Pascal Beillevaire Butter!
I finally got a chance to track down that butter I found worthy of rapture from Le Jules Verne. Oddly, when I searched the name, I found out that I actually commented on way back in 2006. How I forgot about it, I’ll never, ever know.
It’s from Pascal Beillevaire, a chain of cheese shops in France. While their cheeses are very good, I have a little bit of difficulty getting past the beret-wearing salesclerks, theatrical straw mats, and hyper-bright lighting.
But after the maître d’hôtel at the Jules Verne kindly wrote detailed instructions on where to find the butter, and what it’s called, I made it a point to go there and track it down.
The official name of the butter is beurre cru baratté à l’ancienne and it’s riddled with lots of little flecks of salt from Noirmoutier.
One swipe from my knife, smeared on bread, and this butter is like eating creamy-salty candy, so sweet was the cream that it was churned from, I was afraid of what would happen if I didn’t re-wrap it and stow it away in the kitchen. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonight just knowing that butter is in my kitchen, waiting for me tomorrow morning.
The beret-wearing young salesclerk was very nice, who smiled and nodded agreeably when I told him that I’d had the butter at the Jules Verne. And at around 1.50€ it was a huge bargain. Especially if you don’t want to shell out the bucks for a fancy meal on the Eiffel Tower.
He told me not the refrigerate it—at all, since it’ll lose its marvelous aroma. So now that I have this big pat of butter, I’m going to have to eat it pretty quickly. Better get more bread!
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