Although the Normandie region is just two to three hours from Paris, it’s hardly considered “local.” At least not by the proud Normans! I always get the urge to visit in the fall when the apples are in season to stock up on my favorite French liquor, Crème de Calvados. If you’ve never heard of it, imagine Bailey’s made with Calvados (the region’s famous apple brandy) instead of whiskey. It’s creamy, smooth, delicious, addictive. And it makes the perfect fall aperitif over ice or as a digestif in your coffee. But it’s not easy to find in Paris (Le Lafayette Gourmet sells the brand Dream for a hefty €35). You can visit the 19th-century distilleries of Calvados Boulard in Normandie and pick up a few bottles in person, or check out the website Made in Calvados, which has an excellent (and affordable) selection of the best products from the region, including 5 different brands of Crème de Calvados (Dream is sold for just €20). I haven’t yet found this in the US, so it makes a great gift for the holidays.