A Taste of Champagne in France

A Taste of Champagne in France

By now you should know that I adore Champagne and sparkling wine. So it should be no surprise that after 3 nights in Paris, we made our way North to the Champagne region to taste a bit of the bubbly. Our first stop was in Epernay at Champagne Mercier where we were taken on a short train tour of Continue reading

Our Lady, Notre Dame

Our Lady, Notre Dame

On Sunday, our third day in Paris, it was fitting that we toured the iconic cathedral, Notre Dame. On a side note, when I called the kids back home to tell them we went to Notre Dame, my son reminded me that Notre Dame had just lost to Florida State, ha! When you walk up to the towering Continue reading

Royal Tour of Versailles

Royal Tour of Versailles

On our second day in Paris, we ventured out in the St. Germain area for a quick, early morning run in Luxembourg Gardens. Whoever said the French do not run for exercise is mistaken. We saw many runners, men and women, throughout Paris (day and night) but especially throughout the garden, albeit Continue reading

Saturday in the French Parks

Saturday in the French Parks

French adventures continues. In the previous post, Jen did a quick recap of our evening at the Louvre. On Saturday, we took in the parks and palaces. A guest post by Scott Recently, the Art Institute of Chicago ranked the number one museum in the world. I love it there, and as a resident Continue reading

Paris Adventure – The Louvre

Paris Adventure – The Louvre

Bonjour from Paris! We arrived in Paris at 8:30am local time and had intended to hit the ground running. Instead, the lack of sleep on the flight quickly caught up with us, leading to two bleary-eyed travelers shuffling their way through the city to reach the St. Germain Hotel, in the heart of St. Continue reading

First Impressionism

First Impressionism

We landed in Paris on Friday morning. Another guest post by Scott. Sure is nice to sit in the front of the plane. You get quickly off and quickly through customs. I can not complain. We arrived in Paris to a low ceiling cloudy overcast day, but the clouds were summery/autumn type with depth not Continue reading

Traveling while only speaking English.

Traveling while only speaking English.

First day of France adventure! It's a day of traveling. First from O'Hare to Philadelphia and then from Philadelphia to Paris. The city that works, to the city of brotherly love to the city of light. The return of the Mr. BistroChic travelogue. In my last BistroChic adventure I was in Hawaii. Continue reading

Starting My Paris Adventure

Starting My Paris Adventure

After many months of planning, I'm off to Paris! Although it's technically a vacation, it is likely to become more of an adventure ... walking through quaint neighborhoods, sipping Champagne in Epernay, and discovering the mountain towns of Provence. Stay tuned for more details of my very Bistro Continue reading

Chicago Gourmet 2014 Celebrity Chefs

Chicago Gourmet 2014 Celebrity Chefs

Chicago Gourmet 2014 - a celebration of gourmet food and fine - featured many local celebrity Chefs, including Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard, and Jimmy Banos. What I especially liked about this year's event, was that the celebrity Chefs were front and center at the event, giving food Continue reading

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