World Flavors of McDonald’s

World Flavors of McDonald’s

(photo source) As a person who tries to live by French or European principles of eating, I normally avoid fast food restaurants for the simple reason that they often use unhealthy cooking methods to cook less than quality food products - not to mention they serve the same foods over and over with Continue reading

Chicago Gourmet 2013: Eye Candy for Food and Wine Bloggers

Chicago Gourmet 2013: Eye Candy for Food and Wine Bloggers

Chicago Gourmet 2013 exceeded my expectations once again - not only because of the vast selection of wines and the incredible gourmet food bites, but also for the amazing photo opportunities. As in years past, this year's Chicago Gourmet has allowed me the opportunity to take numerous foodie and Continue reading

The Best of Chicago Gourmet 2013

The Best of Chicago Gourmet 2013

Last weekend, I attended Chicago Gourmet - the premier food and wine event of the year in the Windy City - for the third time since its debut in 2008. This year's Chicago Gourmet was, by far, the best of the three I've attended. Not only did the event sponsors - Bon Appetit magazine, Southern Wine Continue reading

Fast Food, French Style

Fast Food, French Style

(photo source) In the last decade, Americans have been outdone by the French in weight loss, relationships, style, and child-rearing. Now, the one thing that Americans seemed to do better than the French (and most countries), may be slipping to second-best. Fast food, once shunned by the Continue reading

Rules of Mushroom Engagement

Rules of Mushroom Engagement

  (photo source) In late August through the end of September, the French take to the country in search of the elusive truffle and its sister the mushroom. It is also during this time that Americans take to the country searching for their own culinary treasure - orchards full of apples 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

A Taste of Italy: Summer Caprese Salad

A Taste of Italy: Summer Caprese Salad

Numerous studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet - one that is rich in fresh, plant-based foods, olive oil, herbs/species, and more - has significant benefits for the heart. But the use of high quality, fresh ingredients may also provide you with a more enjoyable eating experience. According Continue reading

12 Essentials for French Cooking

12 Essentials for French Cooking

While searching for  recipes this weekend, I came across a list of key ingredients that every cook should have on hand when preparing French food. Take a look at what a well-stocked French kitchen/pantry looks like..... Bread - Although a French baguette is preferred, any bread that is Continue reading

Destination Nespresso

Destination Nespresso

Although traveling for work can be tiring, tough on the family you leave behind, and often lonely, getting to know the cities you're in can often provide just enough fun and change in scenery to make you appreciate your job, family, and your wonderful life. And, if you do your homework, you can Continue reading

Java Jaunts: Top Cities for Coffee Lovers

Java Jaunts: Top Cities for Coffee Lovers

 (Photo Source) Coffee...the universal caffeinated beverage found in nearly every country, every city around the world. But, have you ever stopped to think which cities serve the best coffee? In the US, Seattle was one of the first cities to become a hub for the coffee scene, giving Starbucks Continue reading

5 Baking Tips From a French Chef

5 Baking Tips From a French Chef

(Photo source) Local cooking classes and demonstrations are a great way to learn the tricks of the trade from master chefs. The classes are often small and the chefs seem more relaxed in a teaching setting, as opposed to a stressful restaurant kitchen. Tonight, I was fortunate enough to attend Continue reading

A True French Bistro in the Heart of Chicago

A True French Bistro in the Heart of Chicago

As a travel and food writer, I often eat at new restaurants in Chicago and other major cities around the US. Every once in a while, I come across a restaurant where I am torn when writing my review. When you have a fantastic restaurant experience, sometimes you can't help but tell everyone you know. Continue reading