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March 30, 2010

Incredible Edibles

Ducasse to go

Alain Ducasse's latest opening, BE, is part bakery, part high-end delicatessen, and wholly committed to being the best food shopping in Paris. A collaboration between the chef and celebrated baker Eric Kayser, BE (short for Boulangerie Epicerie) sells more than 400 carefully chosen products from around the world, as well as ten varieties of French bread made fresh eight times a day. Among the Italian olive oils and British teas is a well-focused collection of Ducasse's favorite French goods, such as black-currant liqueur from Burgundy ($28), lavender honey from Moustiers-Ste.-Marie in Provence ($9), and walnut oil from the Dordogne ($19). There are no tables at the buzzing eighth-arrondissement store, but judging by the lunchtime crowd that comes in for salads, soups, and sandwiches (like smoked tuna on seaweed bread for $8), Parisians may finally be rethinking a concept previously deemed trés New Yorkais: takeout. At 73 Boulevard de Courcelles; 33-1-46-22-20-20.