Roman Influence in Southern France

Roman Influence in Southern France

On our second day in Avignon, France, we drove straight west to visit the small towns of Arles and Nimes. Both towns have been highly influenced by Roman architecture and monuments. While in Arles, which is a quintessential provincial town, we toured the very large Roman arena dating back to 1st Continue reading

A Taste of Champagne in France

A Taste of Champagne in France

By now you should know that I adore Champagne and sparkling wine. So it should be no surprise that after 3 nights in Paris, we made our way North to the Champagne region to taste a bit of the bubbly. Our first stop was in Epernay at Champagne Mercier where we were taken on a short train tour of Continue reading

Royal Tour of Versailles

Royal Tour of Versailles

On our second day in Paris, we ventured out in the St. Germain area for a quick, early morning run in Luxembourg Gardens. Whoever said the French do not run for exercise is mistaken. We saw many runners, men and women, throughout Paris (day and night) but especially throughout the garden, albeit 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

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

Top 10 Travel Selfies to Take in France

Top 10 Travel Selfies to Take in France

(photo source) Selfies are the latest craze on social media. From Ellen at the Oscars, to President Obama and now, the Pope - everyone is taking a selfie and, of course, posting it on Instagram, Twitter, and more. It's no surprise that travel enthusiasts are also embracing this phenomenon, using 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

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

A Champagne By Any Other Name….

A Champagne By Any Other Name….

(photo source) If you're like me and love Champagne (or sparkling wine), you're going to love the December issue of Wine Spectator magazine. The cover story is dedicated to Champagne and details how France is trying to demystify the legend and focus more on the wine itself. As I was reading the Continue reading

Champagne, More Versatile Than Wine?

Champagne, More Versatile Than Wine?

Champagne may be associated with major celebrations and the christening of boats, but what many people don't know is that Champagne is one of the most versatile alcoholic drinks to pair with food. While attending a very entertaining Champagne tasting seminar during this year's Chicago Gourmet, I Continue reading

Diner en Blanc: Paris Enchantment in Chicago

Diner en Blanc: Paris Enchantment in Chicago

Over 25 years ago, a tradition was born in Paris - a tradition that pays tribute to the elegance, glamour, and rich history of the city. But what started as a quaint dinner for an elite guest list in the bustling city of lights, has now become one of the most sought-after dining events in more than Continue reading