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

Oktoberfest: On Location in Munich!

Oktoberfest: On Location in Munich!

(Photo source) September may be a time for cooling temperatures around the US, but in Munich, Germany, things are just heating up for Oktoberfest! I've never actually been to Oktoberfest, or Germany for that matter, but have always been curious about this tradition. Do people really drink beer Continue reading

Bastille Day Farmer's Market

Bastille Day Farmer's Market

Bonjour and Happy (belated) Bastille Day! I had a lovely and very French Bastille Day. As I mentioned in Monday's post, having French coffee is a great way to celebrate this occasion - so that's just what I did! Before work, I stopped off at a local coffee shop and ordered a café au lait. It was Continue reading

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Bonjour and Happy 4th of July! I'm currently entertaining out-of-town guests and enjoying a wonderful week off on vacation. I'll return this Thursday with more details Ciao! Continue reading

Navigating Sunday Brunch Like a French Woman

Navigating Sunday Brunch Like a French Woman

Yesterday was Easter Sunday. And, with Easter Sunday, typically comes Easter Brunch. I do not eat restaurant brunches or buffets on a regular basis for the simple reason that I nearly always consume too many calories in one sitting. And, I almost always regret the things that I've eaten, feeling bad Continue reading

Celebrate Easter With British Hot Cross Buns

Celebrate Easter With British Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns, hot cross buns. One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns. Years ago in England, children could be heard far and wide singing this song during the Easter season. Hot cross buns were traditionally eaten on Good Friday during Lent. Although they are still most popular during Easter, hot Continue reading

Remembering Paczki Day

Remembering Paczki Day

Whether you celebrate Carnaval, Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday, tomorrow will mean the last day of indulgence for the next 40 days, at least if you follow the Christian religion. Coming from a family with a strong Catholic-Polish background - and from Detroit no less! - we never really celebrated, Continue reading

A European Valentine's Day

A European Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just a few days away! If you're looking for a more unique way of expressing your love, take a look at how the Europeans celebrate this special day... Denmark: In Denmark, Valentine's Day is celebrated as Fjortende Februar. On this day, lovers send snowdrops, white flowers, to Continue reading

Pizzelle: The World's First Cookie

Pizzelle: The World's First Cookie

Growing up in a largely Polish-American family, I was accustomed to having great amounts of Polish food at our Christmas and New Year's gatherings. You could always find stuffed cabbage, Polish sausage, and wafer cookies that were dusted with powdered sugar. The stuffed cabbage was always made by my Continue reading

French Strategies for Holiday Eating

French Strategies for Holiday Eating

With Christmas approaching and New Year's just around the corner, we are heading into a very busy week of shopping, family gatherings, and many, many indulgences. In fact, all of these indulgences - a little wine, a few cookies, and and extra helpings of mashed potatoes - can add up to 7 to 10 Continue reading

The Caganer: Spain's "Potty Crasher"

The Caganer: Spain's "Potty Crasher"

There are many European Christmas traditions that I admire, such as lighting the yule log, leaving your shoes out for St. Nicholas (Holland), and attending midnight mass. And then, there are traditions that I find just plain strange, like giving someone a fruitcake for a gift and hiding all of your Continue reading

Crabtree & Evelyn Holiday Giveaway Winner!

Crabtree & Evelyn Holiday Giveaway Winner!

And the winner of the Crabtree & Evelyn Holiday Giveaway is.... #2 Shaunah, aka Blackbird Running, who wrote: I love the La Source shampoo, conditioner and hand soap. I was treated to hotel-sized versions on vacation once, and can’t get enough! Congratulations Shaunah! Please email your address Continue reading