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

Seasonal Cooking With Seasons 52

Seasonal Cooking With Seasons 52

One of the hallmark traits of a French girl is her love of cooking with the seasons. In Winter, she will savor her potatoes and parsnips in casseroles; Spring, she prepares lovely soups with peas or asparagus; the Summer, she may focus on tomatoes, peppers, and juicy fruits; and in the Fall, she Continue reading

Celebrating Bastille Day 2012

Celebrating Bastille Day 2012

(Photo source) Bastille Day may have come and gone, but not without celebration from this Bistro Chic! Each year, my husband and I try to remember the French holiday in our own way, whether it's having a French-themed dinner at home, seeing the latest French movie, or perusing a French market. Continue reading

French Canada Awaits

French Canada Awaits

(Photo Source) Long before reading this weekend's Chicago Tribune article about French Canada have I wanted to travel back to Québec. Although growing up, I lived 30 minutes from the Canadian border, I never ventured far enough north to actually get to the French province of Québec. However, in Continue reading

French Connection in Chicago

French Connection in Chicago

Not only did I have a very Nespresso birthday, but I also had a very French birthday! And you all know how I adore all things French. Aside from tasting a very steamy Nespresso latte - which could be considered French, Italian, or European in general, I loved perusing the vintage-looking Continue reading

Le Chocolat

Le Chocolat

Although the Lenten season may be over, it's never too late to watch the movie Chocolat. The movie is set in a small fictional and very Catholic town in France during Lent in what appears to be the late 1950's. Staying true to its title, the movie centers around chocolate, its mysterious and magical Continue reading

New Year’s With a French Twist

New Year’s With a French Twist

(photo source) Bonjour everyone! The end of 2011 is just days away which means planning for New Year’s celebrations is in full swing. If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve Party or a New Year’s Day brunch, why not give your soirée a French twist? And before you roll your eyes at this Francophile Continue reading

Why the French Grocery Shop Every Day

Why the French Grocery Shop Every Day

(photo source) One thing I admire about French women (and there are many things) is their ability to shop for their meals every day. No stocking up for a month, or even a few weeks, for these girls. They don't want to be tied down to food they have in the house, but rather eat whatever they fancy Continue reading

Lemons of the Mediterranean

Lemons of the Mediterranean

According to best-selling author and French icon Mireille Guiliano, a French woman's la boisson du jour on a sunny summer day is quite typically a citron pressé - or lemonade as we know it stateside. But given a lemon, the French can make much more than lemonade. In fact, it is a nearly impossible Continue reading

Traditional French Preserves

Traditional French Preserves

When I was in Boulder, CO, in May, I came across a wonderful little gourmet kitchen and food shop. In addition to your typical gourmet foods - specialty coffees, teas, pasta, chocolates, etc., the store had many European gourmet imports, of which several were available for free tastings. I just Continue reading

Finding France Wherever You Go

Finding France Wherever You Go

Whenever I travel, I make it a point to eat in quaint bistros, cafes, and coffee shops - really anything reminiscent of the lovely restaurants in Spain, France, and Italy. This weekend, I happened to be in Las Vegas for all of 24 hours, which was both very exciting and exhausting at the same time. Continue reading

French Women Add Wine for Romance

French Women Add Wine for Romance

What is a French woman's secret to romance? Add a little wine to the mix. In a recent poll of 10,500 women in five countries,  50% of French women said that wine is an important part of the dating ritual. The survey was conducted in France, the UK, Hong Kong, German, and the US in advance of Continue reading