Christmas in Washington

Christmas in Washington

Yesterday I returned from Washington, DC, after spending 3 days there for what will probably be my last business trip of 2011. As I mentioned before, I've been to Washington many times, mostly on business. However, this was my first time visiting the Capitol during the holidays. After spending a day Continue reading

A Capitol Christmas

A Capitol Christmas

(photo source) Fresh off of my trip to Maui, this Bistro Chic girl is headed back to the friendly skies later (with status!) this week for my second Fall/Winter excursion and my 12th trip of the year - this time to Washington, DC. Although I've been to the Capitol many times, I've never visited Continue reading

French Guest Soaps for the Holidays

French Guest Soaps for the Holidays

(Pottery Barn Photo) Attending a holiday party this year? Keep in mind that, more often than not, it is polite to bring a small hostess gift. Although a nice bottle of chardonnay is always classy, it is not always the ideal gift for someone who is very particular about his/her wines; someone who Continue reading

From Good To Great: Four Seasons Wailea

From Good To Great: Four Seasons Wailea

(Four Seasons Wailea Serenity Pool) For a seasoned traveler, I've come to expect certain amenities from hotels and resorts where I lodge. Good service, clean hotel rooms, and decent food choices are top on my list for just about any place I stay, for work or play. When you think about it, these Continue reading

Oktoberfests Around the World

Oktoberfests Around the World

(photo source) September may be coming to a close, but Oktoberfest celebrations are gearing up all around the world. If you're in the mood for a little wiener schnitzel or kraut and potatoes, you won't have to head to Germany to find them. Check out these top 10 places to celebrate Oktoberfest - Continue reading

Bastille Day Delights

Bastille Day Delights

(photo source) Bonjour and Happy Bastille Day! July 14 is not only France's Independence Day, but it is also a great excuse to indulge in many Francophile delights. Not sure of the significance of Bastille Day or how to celebrate? Read my previous posts on how to celebrate the holiday with a 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

La Fête des Rois

La Fête des Rois

(photo source) In the Christian faith, January 6 marks the Epiphany, or the day that the Wisemen came bearing gifts to the newborn Jesus. In celebration of this belief, Christians all over the world celebrate the Epiphany in different ways. In France, the Epiphany, also known as the La Fête Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! Look for new Bistro Chic articles in the coming year! (photo source) Continue reading

Fortnum & Mason for the Holidays

Fortnum & Mason for the Holidays

(Fortnum & Mason - photo source) Fortnum & Mason has been the quintessential English store for over 300 years. Situated in the heart of London's Piccadilly, F&M is known for its specialty food halls filled with delectable gourmet treats, including pastries, fresh fruits, wine, Continue reading

‘Tis the Season for Traditional English Toffee

‘Tis the Season for Traditional English Toffee

From cookies to pies and cake to fudge, Christmastime is the season for all things sweet. Although many people associate this time of year with gingerbread and sugary cutouts, my thoughts turn to one luscious treat - English Toffee. If anything symbolizes the start of the holiday season in Continue reading

Literal “Roots” of the French Yule Log

Literal “Roots” of the French Yule Log

(Photo source) There are many Christmas traditions that are shared by those in the US and in France, including tree decorating, gift giving, and the belief in Santa Claus (or Père Noël in France). Both countries also share a love for elaborate holiday feasts which most often include decadent Continue reading