French Lessons in Politeness

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 behaviors. This reminded me of a sentiment I heard at a Continue reading

Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving

Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving

(Photo source) Bonjour everyone!! I'm still tired from a wonderful Thanksgiving in Michigan - check back tomorrow for a trip around the world - Christmas cookie style! Continue reading

Farm to Table from Your Own Backyard

Farm to Table from Your Own Backyard

One of great things about living in a large European city like London or Paris is the plentiful access to stores and markets within walking distance. It's no wonder that Parisians buy groceries on a daily basis, instead of weekly or even monthly like many Americans. Although living in the Continue reading

Touring a Japanese Garden

Touring a Japanese Garden

Since I began working for a Japanese company a few months ago, I've become increasingly interested in the Japanese culture, including art, food, and gardens. Living near Chicago, we are fortunate to have access to incredibles Japanese gardens located at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Highland Park, Continue reading

Introducing…..His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge

Introducing…..His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge

  (photo source) On July 29, 1982, the world was glued to the television watching Lady Diana and Prince Charles marry in London. On July 22 - nearly 32 years later - loyal followers are again captivated by the British Royal Family as Kate and William welcome their first child. Continue reading

Modern Twists to a Royal Birth

Modern Twists to a Royal Birth

Even the British Royal family can't escape social media, especially when the attention is surrounding Will and Kate's new bundle of joy. Although the royals will most certainly keep many traditions related to the announcement of a new heir, more modern, and socially acceptable, traditions may Continue reading

Vive la Revolution: Bastille Day Menu

Vive la Revolution: Bastille Day Menu

(photo source) The 4th of July may be over, but don't put away those red, white, and blue decorations just yet. On Sunday, July 14, French nationals (and Francophiles) all around the world will celebrate Bastille Day, a national holiday marking the beginning of the French Revolution. Not only Continue reading

Strawberries and Cream: A Wimbledon Tradition

Strawberries and Cream: A Wimbledon Tradition

(photo source) Held each year in England for more than 130 years, Wimbledon is not only the largest international tennis tournament, but it is also the largest single annual sporting catering operation carried out in Europe. Of the food served at Wimbledon, strawberries and cream is by far the Continue reading

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

(Photo source) This weekend marks one of our biggest family traditions of the year - Father's Day Weekend at Arlington Park Racecourse. It just so happens that each year around this time is also one of the biggest horse racing events in the world - Royal Ascot. Steeped in pagentry and Continue reading

Germany Voted Most Popular Country

Germany Voted Most Popular Country

(photo source) In a survey of over 26,000 people around the world, Germany was seen as the most popular country. When asked to rank 16 countries (excluding their own country), 59% of respondents ranked Germany positively. Some analysts believe the positive rating is due to Germany's strong Continue reading

Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates Centennial Year

Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates Centennial Year

(photo source) Chelsea Flower Show, May 21-25, 2013 This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world - the Chelsea Flower Show. First known as the Royal Horticulture Society Great Spring Show from 1862 through 1912, the Chelsea Flower Show has been Continue reading

Italian Bellinis and French Macarons: Sampling “The World” in Chicago

Italian Bellinis and French Macarons: Sampling “The World” in Chicago

(photo source) Happy Birthday to me! And how did this Bistro Chic celebrate her extra special day? Not only was I spending two luxurious days in an awesome Millennium Park hotel, but I was also off sampling the world in downtown Chicago. Take a peek at my itinerary: Spain - Strolled among Continue reading