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

A French-Themed Birthday

A French-Themed Birthday

(photo source) Joyeux anniversaire to me! Although today was my actual birthday, in our family we celebrate birthdays over an entire weekend so I've had 3 days full of birthday surprises and wishes. While most people would celebrate a birthday in a typical American fashion - with a birthday cake Continue reading

Holy Macarons!

Holy Macarons!

Bonjour from Disney! I am working on location in Orlando and am very fortunate to have delicious international food everywhere! Today's le gouter? French macarons of course! Stop back later today for food and fun from the many countries of Epcot. Ciao! Continue reading

Dreaming of a French Macaron

Dreaming of a French Macaron

When I think of the quintessential French pastry (or pastries in this case), I think of croissants smothered in jam, lemon madeleines, custard tarts, and - of course - macarons! Please understand mon amis, I'm not talking about American macaroons - the kind made from shaved coconut. But rather, I'm Continue reading

A Passion for Paris-Style Espresso Cups

A Passion for Paris-Style Espresso Cups

For years, I have had a very British passion for all things tea - tea cups, tea pots, tea accessories, etc. I still have a great love for tea, but that passion has since expanded to include all things espresso! Whether you associate espresso with Italy, France, or Spain, the dark elixir definitely Continue reading

The Language of Love

The Language of Love

(photo source) Valentine's Day may be coming to a close, but it's never too late to tell the one you love just how much he/she means to you. Here are five very impressive ways to say just that! 5 Ways to Say I Love You French - Je t'aime Spanish - Te amo Italian - Ti amo German - Ich Continue reading

Espresso: A Cup of Paris in the Morning

Espresso: A Cup of Paris in the Morning

(Photo source) Like tea is to England, so is coffee, or café, to the rest of Europe. I have noted several times my love for all things tea - tea pots, tea cups, tea spoons, and, of course, tea itself. But what many of you may not know is that I have an equal passion for coffee. Well, not Continue reading