Vive la Revolution: Bastille Day Menu

Vive la Revolution: Bastille Day Menu

(photo source) The 4th of July may be over, but don't put away those red, white, and blue decorations just yet. On Sunday, July 14, French nationals (and Francophiles) all around the world will celebrate Bastille Day, a national holiday marking the beginning of the French Revolution. Not only Continue reading

Lago Mar: The Quintessential South Florida Resort

Lago Mar: The Quintessential South Florida Resort

(Photo courtesy of Lago Mar Resort) When I was in college, Ft. Lauderdale was a huge mecca for students. However, with all of the drinking binges, wild parties on the public beach, and endless hours laying  in the sun, I didn't understand why parents with young children made Ft. Lauderdale a Continue reading

Joie de Vivre in the New Year

Joie de Vivre in the New Year

(Photo source) It's time to ring in the New Year - and what better way to do so than with family, friends, and a bit of French joie de vivre! To get you started on the celebration, check out these French/Euro-themed New Year's articles: New Year's Traditions from Around the World New Year's Continue reading

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

(Photo source) Growing up, one of my favorite Christmas songs was the 12 Days of Christmas (who could forget the classic version by John Denver and the Muppets). I used to imagine what it would be like to receive 12 days worth of gifts - all themed after the old English song. Today, I still enjoy Continue reading

Canadian Adventure: Eagles, Owls, and Crepes in Mont Tremblant

Canadian Adventure: Eagles, Owls, and Crepes in Mont Tremblant

Bonjour everyone! As you all know by now, I spent my vacation in French Canada, including in the beautiful mountain town of Mont Tremblant. Our final day in Mont Tremblant was just as exciting as the days before. After sleeping in - which I rarely get to do any other time of the year - we ventured 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

A Very Nespresso Birthday

A Very Nespresso Birthday

Last weekend, my husband treated me to an overnight in city for my birthday. After checking into the Hotel Palomar (a fantastic boutique hotel in Chicago), we headed to Bloomingdale's Home Store to view its Nespresso products. As I walked through the doors, I was completely surprised and nearly Continue reading

Mardis Gras Around the World

Mardis Gras Around the World

(photo source) Whether it's colorful beads, King Cake, or overindulgence - there are signs of Mardi Gras everywhere. Although in the US, Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans, countries all over the world celebrate this pre-Lenten festival, only by a different name. Other notable Mardi Gras Continue reading

A Bistro Chic Valentine’s Day

A Bistro Chic Valentine’s Day

(photo source) Bonjour everyone! Just returned from sunny and not so warm Florida and am completely worn out. However, I am not too tired to offer some last minute Valentine's Day tips for all of you Bistro Chic readers. If you're looking to celebrate the day of love with a European flair, be 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

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: An Elizabethan Christmas

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: An Elizabethan Christmas

(Photo source) Two years ago, I wrote about the Christmas traditions of Victorian England. Although Victorian England is one of my favorite eras, Elizabethan England - the time of Shakespeare - is a close second (minus all of the torture and head chopping). So, as Christmas is less than one week Continue reading

Christmas Sleepover in Chicago

Christmas Sleepover in Chicago

(photo source) Bonjour! My husband and I and our two small children returned yesterday from a lovely, albeit whirlwind trip to downtown Chicago. Although we have stayed overnight in the city many times, this was our first annual Christmas sleepover in the Windy City. Prior to our weekend Continue reading