15 Christmas Foods Around the World

Celebrating the holidays with special foods has been a tradition for centuries. Sugar cookies, honey hams and green beans are just a few of those classic dishes that seem to appear year after year on tables during Christmas dinner. Growing up in a Polish/Welsh family, we had many of the typical 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

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

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

Healthy Indian Cooking in Chicago

Healthy Indian Cooking in Chicago

One of the best ways to appreciate different cultures is to learn how to prepare their foods in the traditional style. This weekend, I experienced the traditional style of Indian cooking at Bombay Spice Grill & Wine in Chicago. To be honest, I had never given Indian food much of a chance, aside Continue reading

Walking the Dog in Baltimore

Walking the Dog in Baltimore

I am not a huge beer drinker. However, if there is one beer that I enjoy, it is Newcastle Brown Ale. From the slightly sweet, slightly bitter taste, to the rich color and smooth finish, this English beer is one of the best. I first tried Newcastle many years ago upon my first trip to England. I Continue reading

5 Days at Royal Ascot

5 Days at Royal Ascot

(photo source) This year marks the 301st year of Royal Ascot, the most valuable and popular horse race meeting in Europe. From June 19 to June 23, over 30 races will take place and £4.5 million in prize money will be at stake. If you are not one of the 300,000 visitors expected to attend this Continue reading

Mardis Gras Around the World

Mardis Gras Around the World

(photo source) Whether it's colorful beads, King Cake, or overindulgence - there are signs of Mardi Gras everywhere. Although in the US, Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans, countries all over the world celebrate this pre-Lenten festival, only by a different name. Other notable Mardi Gras Continue reading

5 Facts About Wimbledon

5 Facts About Wimbledon

(photo source) I will be the first to admit that I am not a tennis fan. However, seeing as this week/weekend is the 125th year that the grand slam tennis tournament is being played at Wimbledon (located in Merton, England) it's hard not to be a little excited. In honor of this age-old sporting Continue reading

Celebrate Will & Kate With A Royal Breakfast

Celebrate Will & Kate With A Royal Breakfast

(photo source) Tomorrow is a very special day in the Bistro Chic household. I will be rising at 5am to capture as much Royal Wedding footage as I can before jetting off to work at 7:30am. Here's how I will be spending my morning.... Bistro Chic Royal Wedding Breakfast Crumpets with fig and Continue reading

Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea

Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea

Nearly 30 years ago, I remember sitting in the living room of my parents' house anxiously awaiting a once in a lifetime event. It was 1981 and my mother, who was quite fond of the British Royal Family, had turned the television on to watch Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles marry at Westminster Continue reading