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

English Breakfast Tea: A Refined Classic

English Breakfast Tea: A Refined Classic

For the last 4 years, I have received an Amazon giftcard from a colleague. The first three years, I used the card to buy things that we needed - for the house, kids, etc. But this year, I was determined to spend the giftcard on myself and buy something I wanted. Aside from buying several of the Continue reading

Nostalgic for Irish Oatmeal

Nostalgic for Irish Oatmeal

(photo source) While touring the United Kingdom a few years ago, I was treated to a traditional British breakfast each morning. No matter where I stayed in Britain, each hotel and bed and breakfast served generous helpings of sausage, eggs, chunky potatoes, and tomatoes. Not being a big breakfast Continue reading

Bring England Home for the Holidays

Bring England Home for the Holidays

(photo source) As many of you know, I admire English traditions. and I particularly love them at Christmastime. Whether it's the beauty of a Victorian Christmas or the decorations at Harrod's, Christmastime in England is a site I can only dream about these days. Although I won't be spending Continue reading

‘Tis the Season for Traditional English Toffee

‘Tis the Season for Traditional English Toffee

From cookies to pies and cake to fudge, Christmastime is the season for all things sweet. Although many people associate this time of year with gingerbread and sugary cutouts, my thoughts turn to one luscious treat - English Toffee. If anything symbolizes the start of the holiday season in Continue reading

How British Food Favorites Got Their Names

How British Food Favorites Got Their Names

(Photo source) From Scotch eggs to Bloody Marys, the British have many odd food favorites. And in a new book, What Caesar Did for My Salad, author Albert Jack reveals the origins of these strange dishes, and, more importantly, how they go their names. SCOTCH EGGS The Scots are known for Continue reading

Viva La Food Revolution!

Viva La Food Revolution!

Obesity is major issue, not just in the United States, but in the United Kingdom. In response to this epidemic, British Chef Jamie Oliver has recently undertaken a huge initiative - to reduce obesity in the US and the UK by promoting better food in schools. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, which is Continue reading

Celebrate Easter With British Hot Cross Buns

Celebrate Easter With British Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns, hot cross buns. One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns. Years ago in England, children could be heard far and wide singing this song during the Easter season. Hot cross buns were traditionally eaten on Good Friday during Lent. Although they are still most popular during Easter, hot Continue reading

British Become Kings of the Kitchen, Outdoing the French

British Become Kings of the Kitchen, Outdoing the French

I never thought I'd say this, but the next time I go to Great Britain, it may be for the food. Let me explain. Britain - Go for the History, Not the Food Before I went to Britain for the first time, I was told I would probably lose weight. Not because of all the walking, but because the food was Continue reading

Chocolate Memories of Dublin

Chocolate Memories of Dublin

Just days after graduating from college, I jetted off for a 3-week solo trip to Great Britain and Ireland. There are many things I remember about that trip - the churches, the countryside jaunts, and wine - lots of it. But one thing that I will always remember was walking through the streets of Continue reading

When It Comes To Wine, Less Is More

When It Comes To Wine, Less Is More

Nearly a year ago, I posted an article about how the French government was encouraging its citizens to stop drinking wine. This unprecedented call to action was prompted by new research showing that daily wine intake was linked to several cancers. Now, scientists are saying that consuming wine, Continue reading

A Cheese Lover's Thanksgiving

A Cheese Lover's Thanksgiving

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I was fortunate enough to try my first ever Dutch cheese! Sound good? Well, it was! About a week before Thanksgiving, the kind makers of Beemster Cheese sent me two wedges of their famous cheese. Being the cheese-lover that I am, I couldn't pass up this opportunity to Continue reading