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French Cafe 2014

(photo source) Selfies are the latest craze on social media. From Ellen at the Oscars, to … [Read More...]

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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 … [Read More...]

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Guinness and Chocolate

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like an Irish chocolate cake and a glass of Guinness Stout! … [Read More...]

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Paris Makes Top 10 List for 2014

(photo source) As if I needed another reason to visit France....late last year, Lonely Planet released it's Best in Travel: The Top Ten Cities to Visit in 2014, with Paris, France topping the list.  The travel website bestowed the ranking, noting … [Read More...]

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Big Bites in the ‘Burbs

Whenever I travel, I look for smaller, locally owned and sometimes out-of-the-ordinary places to dine, avoiding chain restaurants whenever possible. This had led me to some amazing meals here in the US, Canada, Europe, and beyond. At home in Chicago, … [Read More...]

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Valentine’s Day With a French Twist

(photo source) Valentine's Day is right around the corner. And whether you're celebrating with your true love, your family, or friends - why not put a French twist on the special day by serving a Paris-inspired drink? Take a look at these … [Read More...]

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Thawing Out in Lake Las Vegas

We are merely 5 weeks into 2014 and I'm already on my second business trip of the  year. This time, I'm in sunny and temperate Las Vegas - Lake Las Vegas to be exact. For me, "temperative" is a relative term. After having been consumed by the … [Read More...]

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Charles Dickens’ Life and Works in Pictures

(Photo source) Bonjour friends, The winter holidays may be over, but it needn't be Christmas time to appreciate Charles Dickens. The Victorian era author may have been famous for his characters of Scrooge and Marley in A Christmas Carol; but … [Read More...]

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Raising the Barre in the New Year

(photo source) Happy New Year everyone! For many Americans, the New Year is a time to set resolutions – to create a goal for the year and then do your best to try to stick with it. However, like most French girls, I’ve never really been the … [Read More...]

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Fairway Breakfasts

I don't typically eat much for breakfast. A scone here or a Greek yogurt there, is what you'll find me eating on most mornings, and usually it's right before I have to rush off to work. However, for the last few mornings, I have enjoyed a long, … [Read More...]

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Christmas Traditions from Around the World

(photo source) For the last three years, my family and I have ventured into the downtown area of Chicago to experience the wonder of Christmas in the Windy City. This year, we visited such Chicago holiday favorites as the Christkindlmarket, the … [Read More...]

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French Lessons in Politeness

(photo source) Bonjour! This weekend, I spent several hours rushing around town, trying to finalize my holiday shopping. And during my frenzied rush, I saw people of all kinds being polite to one another, but also saw a few not-so-nice … [Read More...]

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Traditional European Christmas Cookies

(Linzer cookie: Photo Source) Bonjour! Throughout the winter holidays, sweets are plentiful at gatherings around the world, and many of these treats represent food traditions of years and cultures past. Even in the United States, Thanksgiving and … [Read More...]