A recap of my recent visit to the elegant La Maison Maille boutique in the Flatiron District of NYC, featuring unique Dijon mustards, cornichons, oils, and vinegars.
Earlier this fall, a visit to one of La Maison Maille’s boutiques in Manhattan upended my conception of Dijon mustard in the most delicious way possible. Maille had sent me a sample of one of their limited edition mustards over the summer (you might remember the Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Chops I made with it). I learned at that time that they had retail stores in the city, and Pauline Ouchikh, one of Maille’s PR representatives in New York, invited me to their Flatiron boutique for a tour. One of my favorite parts of having a blog is being able to share fun experiences such as these with my readers. I hope that you will enjoy reading about my visit to the boutique as much as I enjoyed my afternoon shopping!
Here in Central New Jersey, three of Maille’s “classic” mustard recipes are routinely stocked in markets: Dijon Originale, Old-Style Whole Grain, and Honey Mustard. They’ve been favorites of mine for years, but I had no idea that Maille’s luxurious product line extended past these varieties. I wish I’d discovered this sooner! As Maille’s Mustard Advisor, Tevin, expertly guided me around the boutique (with my breadstick in hand), I sampled recipes such as Blue Cheese and White Wine, Saffron and Crème Fraiche, Walnut, and Beetroot-Honey. Each mustard provided such a beautiful pairing of flavors and and aromas, ranging from sweet to savory, piquant to herbaceous, and ethereal to earthy. I honestly had to restrain myself from buying a jar of everything I tasted as recipe ideas spun through my head. (Though, I did leave that day with several bags of purchases in both holiday gifts for friends and treats for myself!) The boutique really is something of a paradise for a gourmet mustard lover.