Paris on a Post-it Note

Paris on a Post-it Note

(photo source) The French may be a bit proper, even aloof, at times; however, for Parisians, it only takes a little competition - and a few thousand Post-it notes - to bring out their humor and creativity. This summer, companies in Paris have started a war - a friendly competition really - of Continue reading

Spain and the Second Breakfast

Spain and the Second Breakfast

While in Barcelona a few years back, I remember ordering breakfast from a quaint but bustling cafe on one of the city's main streets. It was full of business professionals and young adults grabbing un cafe and a quick breakfast, which was, amazingly, churros dipped in chocolate. Up to this point, Continue reading

My European Staycation: French Market Days

My European Staycation: French Market Days

Paris, Provence, Marseilles...ahhh...France. Destination #2 on my European staycation was a trip to France via Chicago's Cantigny Park (north of Chicago actually) French Market Days. And what says European staycation better than a stroll around a French open air market? Although nothing can Continue reading

My European Staycation: Tea at the Drake Hotel

My European Staycation: Tea at the Drake Hotel

In keeping with my new goal of having a European staycation in August, I made my way to "England" this weekend via afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. As many of you know in reading my posts, I love to take afternoon tea, whether it is in my own house or in another country. In Continue reading

A French-Themed Birthday

A French-Themed Birthday

(photo source) Joyeux anniversaire to me! Although today was my actual birthday, in our family we celebrate birthdays over an entire weekend so I've had 3 days full of birthday surprises and wishes. While most people would celebrate a birthday in a typical American fashion - with a birthday cake Continue reading

Joie de Vivre in Epcot’s France

Joie de Vivre in Epcot’s France

When I was first introduced to the book French Women Don't Get Fat six years ago, I was not only enamored by the book's topic, but completely fell in love with the book's cover art. I immediately searched for the artist - R. Nichols - and found that he not only did Mireille Guiliano's first book Continue reading

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park

(Photo Source) All the world's a stage. And all the men and women, merely players - William Shakespeare, As You Like It In high school, I was one of the very few people who actually wanted to take Shakespeare as an English elective. Although reading the Bard's works was often confusing and hard to Continue reading

Bastille Day Farmer's Market

Bastille Day Farmer's Market

Bonjour and Happy (belated) Bastille Day! I had a lovely and very French Bastille Day. As I mentioned in Monday's post, having French coffee is a great way to celebrate this occasion - so that's just what I did! Before work, I stopped off at a local coffee shop and ordered a café au lait. It was Continue reading

Claude Monet, A French Inspiration

Claude Monet, A French Inspiration

I often wonder if life inspires art or if art inspires life. I’m sure it’s a little of both. Claude Monet, the French Impressionist, is one of my favorite artists. A botanist’s dream, Monet was inspired by his surroundings and often painted elements in nature. How could such beautiful art come from Continue reading

A Bistro Chic Birthday

A Bistro Chic Birthday

Bonjour and Joyeux Anniversaire to me! That's Happy Birthday of course! Yes, my birthday was yesterday. And, in our house, birthdays that fall on the weekend turn into a weekend-long birthday celebration. Sometimes there are parties. Sometimes there are small dinners. Other times, there is little Continue reading

French Breakfast Al Fresco

French Breakfast Al Fresco

Summer is still two months away, yet today, we enjoyed summer-like weather in Chicago. There is something so fresh and carefree about waking up to a sunny and warm morning. It nearly always puts me in a good mood and adds a little more enjoyment to my morning routine. Today was even more special Continue reading

Bonjour! Start Your Day With a French Twist

Bonjour! Start Your Day With a French Twist

We can't all wake up in France, but we can add a little French joie de vivre to our mornings. Try a few of these French rituals and say Bonjour to your day! 5 Ways to Say Bonjour to the Morning 1) Enjoy a petit dejeuner - The French are known for eating light breakfasts. In fact, they consider Continue reading