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

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

Big Bites in the ‘Burbs

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, I try to follow this more European style of Continue reading

Valentine’s Day With a French Twist

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 simply sweet and tasty French recipes: French Continue reading

Traditional European Christmas Cookies

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 Christmas get togethers are often celebrated with Continue reading

What’s in Your Christmas Hamper?

What’s in Your Christmas Hamper?

(photo source) Around this time of year, I get the urge to make something homemade. One year I made beaded bracelets, another I knitted scarves. This year, however, I'm taking the more traditional approach - British traditional that is - of making Christmas hampers for family and friends. Just Continue reading

World Flavors of McDonald’s

World Flavors of McDonald’s

(photo source) As a person who tries to live by French or European principles of eating, I normally avoid fast food restaurants for the simple reason that they often use unhealthy cooking methods to cook less than quality food products - not to mention they serve the same foods over and over with Continue reading

A Champagne By Any Other Name….

A Champagne By Any Other Name….

(photo source) If you're like me and love Champagne (or sparkling wine), you're going to love the December issue of Wine Spectator magazine. The cover story is dedicated to Champagne and details how France is trying to demystify the legend and focus more on the wine itself. As I was reading the Continue reading

Chicago Gourmet 2013: Eye Candy for Food and Wine Bloggers

Chicago Gourmet 2013: Eye Candy for Food and Wine Bloggers

Chicago Gourmet 2013 exceeded my expectations once again - not only because of the vast selection of wines and the incredible gourmet food bites, but also for the amazing photo opportunities. As in years past, this year's Chicago Gourmet has allowed me the opportunity to take numerous foodie and Continue reading

The Best of Chicago Gourmet 2013

The Best of Chicago Gourmet 2013

Last weekend, I attended Chicago Gourmet - the premier food and wine event of the year in the Windy City - for the third time since its debut in 2008. This year's Chicago Gourmet was, by far, the best of the three I've attended. Not only did the event sponsors - Bon Appetit magazine, Southern Wine Continue reading