In Photos: Queen Elizabeth Through the Years

A look back at iconic moments from her life. Source: In Photos: Queen Elizabeth Through the Years Continue reading

Tips for Traveling Abroad – 12 Things Americans Do Wrong

In the US, standing out from the crowd is often applauded for it shows personality and originality. However, for Americans abroad, standing out from the locals can leave you a target for scrutiny, contempt, disgust, or worse, danger. Traveling to a different county this year? Here's what not to 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

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

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

Fall in Chicago

Fall in Chicago

As I was running to catch my train in downtown Chicago today, I came upon a strange but interesting site in Dailey Plaza.....a fountain with orange water spouting out and dark orange pool water at the bottom. I've passed by this fountain many times and know that it is not a regular Continue reading

Queen Celebrates 60 years on British Throne

Queen Celebrates 60 years on British Throne

(photo source) This week, Queen Elizabeth  II celebrates her 60-year reign as Monarch of England. On June 2, 1953, her majesty was officially crowned with the highest ranking royal title, although she had been seen as Queen more than a year earlier at the age of 25, just months after her father Continue reading

French Women Add Wine for Romance

French Women Add Wine for Romance

What is a French woman's secret to romance? Add a little wine to the mix. In a recent poll of 10,500 women in five countries,  50% of French women said that wine is an important part of the dating ritual. The survey was conducted in France, the UK, Hong Kong, German, and the US in advance of Continue reading

A Bistro Chic Star is Born

A Bistro Chic Star is Born

For those of you who do not know, this Bistro Chic's day job sometimes requires her to be behind the camera - a video camera - directing/producing videos. Hence the reason I travel as much as I do. Last week, during yet another cross country video shoot in Denver, my role as producer changed. This Continue reading

The Joys of Having a Blog

The Joys of Having a Blog

The joy of having your own blog #1....taking a night off because you are sick!! Here's to getting a full night's sleep, dreaming about Paris, and drinking my Nespresso in one of my favorite Anthropologie cups in the morning. Ciao and see you on Monday! Continue reading

Colin Firth: Golden Boy

Colin Firth: Golden Boy

(Photo source) Congratulations to British Actor Colin Firth for winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama! Firth won the award for his stellar performance in The King's Speech, a period piece depicting the relationship between King George VI of Britain and his speech therapist. Per Continue reading