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Mmmm, butter
I had really high hopes for the Beppino Occelli. I really did.
After all, it had Eataly's stamp of approval, the packaging was irresistible (wish I had photographed the cute little rivets on the back), and a quick google search returned decent reviews.
Since our friends Jeri and Jason were joining us later for wine and cheese, we decided to put off tasting it until they arrived. We had given them some of our favorite French butter a few weeks ago, and judging from their reactions, we knew we had some fellow butter-holics on our hands.
They barely had their coats off before we dove in.
Our joint reaction was pre-approving nods while we waited for the flavor to kick in. Waiting ... waiting ... waiting ... Meh.
At one point, Jeri and I reached for salt. Nothing makes you feel like an unappreciative glutton more than grinding sea salt on top of designer butter.
So it is with great shame, I admit: I just didn't get it.
In it's defense, Beppino Ocelli has an incredibly creamy texture. But considering the amount of calories, butter needs to have some serious flavor payoff, right?
When it comes to butter, my money is still on France. At least for now.

25 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Anonymous

In Italy Beppino Ocelli doesn't exist…

In Italia Beppino Ocelli non esiste…

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Brigid – I am working on a cheese post at the moment. ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Brigid *FrenchLogic

Absolutely. Good butter should let you know it is there and not just meekly go along with whatever it is spread upon.
Which of your cheeses was the crowd pleaser of the evening?

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Anon –

Wow. Seriously! That's interesting. Maybe they are just marketing this to Americans?

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lost In Cheeseland

You're so loyal to France. At least we can say with some certainty that the Italians do one thing better…. pasta.
Though seems that Italian sparkling wine has taken Champagne's spotlight: http://www.france24.com/en/20101231-champagne-fizzy-sparkling-wine-uk-italy-prosseco-spumante-france

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Karine Ardault

yeah! says the French girl who also happens to be a lover of good (French of course but not only)!
I miss my butter

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by kasiadietz@gmail.com

It's the olive oil that wins Italy it's points. They should leave well enough (aka perfection) alone, in France.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Susan

Hooray for french cheese!!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Julie

But what about Irish butter? Surely that gets a look in? imho french butter doesn't even touch it! ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Emily

This is such a great post! I love your writing style and how you share little tidbits of your french life! And from my experiences of both French and Italian butter, my money is on France also!

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