Happy Birthday Julia Child

Happy Birthday Julia Child

On a recent trip to Washington DC, I had the opportunity to explore much of what the Smithsonian has to offer, including the American History Museum. My husband really had no interest in going to this particular museum, but I convinced him to go pointing out that Julia Child's kitchen was on Continue reading

World’s Best Cities For Foodies

World’s Best Cities For Foodies

  One of the best parts about traveling is getting to indulge in regional delicacies from around the world. If you're a true foodie or even a self-proclaimed food snob, add these top-notch global foodie destinations to your list. I've been to 10 out of 25....including New Orleans, Continue reading

European vs American School Lunches

European vs American School Lunches

(Photo source) Like many parents, what schools serve for lunch became important to me when my children started attending schools that provided daily meals. Growing up, I attended a private school where "hot lunch" was pizza served once a week. Today, most schools provide a multiple hot and 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

New Impressions of Chicago Gourmet

New Impressions of Chicago Gourmet

This year marked the 7th anniversary of Chicago's premier culinary event, Chicago Gourmet. Created by the Illinois Restaurant Association and presented by Bon Appétit magazine, Chicago Gourmet continues to impress year after year. Held September 26-28 in Millennium Park, Chicago Gourmet 2014 was Continue reading

Living Renoir

Living Renoir

It is now less than 8 weeks until my trip to France! When I’m not scouring travel blogs and guide books for insiders’ tips to Paris and Provence, I’m getting my France fix in advance by attending French or European style events around the city. Last week, I was thrilled to have attended my second 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

Fresh French Bread

Fresh French Bread

(photo source) It may be 2am in Paris, but the French can still get their fresh bread fix. A recent invention by a French baker offers fresh, hot baguettes by way of a unique vending machine. Now it may seem sacriledge for the French to buy bread from anything other than a bakery. However, many Continue reading

Big Bites in the ‘Burbs

Big Bites in the ‘Burbs

Whenever I travel, I look for smaller, locally owned and sometimes out-of-the-ordinary places to dine, avoiding chain restaurants whenever possible. This had led me to some amazing meals here in the US, Canada, Europe, and beyond. At home in Chicago, I try to follow this more European style of Continue reading

Valentine’s Day With a French Twist

Valentine’s Day With a French Twist

(photo source) Valentine's Day is right around the corner. And whether you're celebrating with your true love, your family, or friends - why not put a French twist on the special day by serving a Paris-inspired drink? Take a look at these simply sweet and tasty French recipes: French 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