New Impressions of Chicago Gourmet

New Impressions of Chicago Gourmet

This year marked the 7th anniversary of Chicago's premier culinary event, Chicago Gourmet. Created by the Illinois Restaurant Association and presented by Bon Appétit magazine, Chicago Gourmet continues to impress year after year. Held September 26-28 in Millennium Park, Chicago Gourmet 2014 was Continue reading

Fall Apple Harvest

Fall Apple Harvest

Pumpkins, apples, changing leaves, cool weather, salted caramel mochas, yes,...Fall is definitely here, at least in the Midwest. And you know how I love the Fall! This weekend was my family's annual trip to the apple orchard in Wisconsin. Thankfully our selected orchard had enough quality apples Continue reading

Monet, Merlot, and Macarons: Why I Love France

Monet, Merlot, and Macarons: Why I Love France

(photo source) With just a little over 5 weeks until my Fall French getaway, what better time to highlight some of the reasons why France is so popular for tourists, including yours truly. In early August, the French Government released tourism numbers for last year which showed that nearly 85 Continue reading

Living Renoir

Living Renoir

It is now less than 8 weeks until my trip to France! When I’m not scouring travel blogs and guide books for insiders’ tips to Paris and Provence, I’m getting my France fix in advance by attending French or European style events around the city. Last week, I was thrilled to have attended my second Continue reading

Mini and Mighty Scones

Mini and Mighty Scones

A few weeks ago, I received the August edition of Cooking Light magazine. After flipping through the pages, I came across a short article on a small baking company called Tiny Buffalo out of Atlana. Normally, I would not think twice about skipping this article and moving on to the next. However, the Continue reading

Bastille Day Celebrations in the US

Bastille Day Celebrations in the US

(photo source) July 4 may be over, but Bastille Day is just around the corner! Similar to America's Independence Day, Bastille Day - July 14 - celebrates France's national holiday, complete with fireworks, parties, and red, white, and blue decor. Although the most notable Bastille Day Continue reading

Royal Ascot: High Stakes and Style

Royal Ascot: High Stakes and Style

(photo source) Tomorrow begins Royal Ascot - the 5-day British spectacle, known as much for its top racehorses as it is for its sophisticated, and sometimes over-the-top, fashion. A mainstay in the British Royal calendar, Royal Ascot represents one of the most well-known sporting events in the Continue reading

Fresh French Bread

Fresh French Bread

(photo source) It may be 2am in Paris, but the French can still get their fresh bread fix. A recent invention by a French baker offers fresh, hot baguettes by way of a unique vending machine. Now it may seem sacriledge for the French to buy bread from anything other than a bakery. However, many Continue reading

Mother’s Day Macarons

Mother’s Day Macarons

While in downtown Chicago this weekend celebrating Mother's Day, I happened upon one of my favorite French pastry shops outside of France - Vanille Patisserie. (By the way, this charming little shop is a MUST if you enjoy a little taste of French heaven in the Windy City.) While I debated the Continue reading

The Good Life: Lessons from the French

The Good Life: Lessons from the French

(photo source) If you're like most Americans, you probably work all year long hoping to save enough money to, one day, afford the "good life". The idea of the good life is relative....good to one person may mean spending all of his/her time traveling in luxury, while another may associate the Continue reading

Top 10 Travel Selfies to Take in France

Top 10 Travel Selfies to Take in France

(photo source) Selfies are the latest craze on social media. From Ellen at the Oscars, to President Obama and now, the Pope - everyone is taking a selfie and, of course, posting it on Instagram, Twitter, and more. It's no surprise that travel enthusiasts are also embracing this phenomenon, using Continue reading

A Toast to the Eiffel Tower

A Toast to the Eiffel Tower

  (photo source) Raise your Champagne glass and grab a macaron! Today marks the 125 birthday of one of the world's most recognizable monuments-- the Eiffel Tower. Standing  nearly 1,063 feet high in the heart of Paris, France, the beloved icon is visited by nearly 7 million people each Continue reading