Cheap Eats: Little Gourmand — St. Tropez Sandwich — $9.95

Little Gourmand's St. Tropez Sandwich

Tucked away in a small brick-pathed shopping center on Green Hills’ Bandywood Drive sits Little Gourmand, a tiny French Market that you’ve either never heard of or already love. Inside, shelves are lined with pretty boxes and jars of candies, cookies, mustards and jams, all dressed up with lovely French labels. Moutarde de Meaux Pommery. Maison Francis Miot Fruits des Bois. Petits Coeurs Chocolat. The pastry case holds colorful macarons and frosted eclairs, there’s a refrigerated display of compact tins of delicate caviar. Little Gourmand also bakes baguettes every morning (from imported dough, no less) to make a limited number of French baguette sandwiches. The St. Tropez is a refreshing caprese sandwich with thick layers of fresh mozzarella tucked between flavorful in-season tomatoes and leaves of fresh basil. It’s finished with a drizzle of olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and wrapped in a piece of brown parchment that’s tied off with a length of raffia. It’s as adorable as it is delicious. Gourmand’s summer menu also includes versions with French ham with brie; dry salami and gherkins; and tuna salad, all $9.95 apiece for a filling, fancy lunch. If you’re a fan of sparkling water, pair it with a bottle of Badoit — slogan “French Bubbles of Joy since 1778.” It’s crisp with a less aggressive fizz than Perrier or La Croix, and it’s delightful. 

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