Gelato Vs. Ice Cream

Gelato Vs. Ice Cream

(photo source) When a good friend of mine recently returned from Italy, he raved about the wonderful flavors of this amazing Mediterranean country - the pasta, pesto, wine, and especially, the gelato. Once you have gelato, you'll never go back, he said. Gelato....Ice Cream - What's the 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

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

Is She French? Check Her Nightstand!

Is She French? Check Her Nightstand!

(Photo source) How can you tell the difference between an American woman and a French woman? Aside from the accent, just look on her nightstand. If a woman has more than 3 facial creams in her bathroom or on her nightstand, she may very well be French, or at least be very in touch with her inner Continue reading

Mediterranean Diet: A Cultural Symbol

Mediterranean Diet: A Cultural Symbol

(Photo Source) Italy is known for many things – the wine, the history, and home to the Vatican. But what Italy really wants to be known for is the food – specifically, the Mediterranean Diet. According to recent reports, Italy has aggressively been pushing for the Mediterranean Diet to be Continue reading

Be a Natural European Beauty

Be a Natural European Beauty

(Photo Source) Women in Europe take beauty seriously. But, you may be surprised to learn that many European women rely on very age-old, natural beauty enhancers that you can find in your own pantry. Women’s Health magazine recently featured the natural beauty products that women in 20 different Continue reading

My Visit With Julia Child

My Visit With Julia Child

Although Julia Child was not French, she became the expert in French cuisine and America's sweetheart of the kitchen. Last year when the movie Julie & Julia was released, the world fell in love with Julia Child all over again. And, thanks to the movie, the world discovered a side of Julia Child Continue reading

5 Countries in 2  Hours

5 Countries in 2 Hours

Bonjour from Paris! Well, not really from Paris, but definitely from France - in Epcot! That's right, I'm back at Disney World! This time I'm here for a conference. But, I was able to sneak away for a few hours and visit 5 of European countries, including France, England, Germany, Norway, and 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

Bistro Bites: Italian Hot Chocolate

Bistro Bites: Italian Hot Chocolate

Italy is often associated with beautiful landscapes, amazing wine, and ancient history.  Well, this weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful city of Baltimore for the first time where I experienced another true, but little-known, Italian speciality - Italian hot chocolate. Italian v. Continue reading

Sexiest European Cities

Sexiest European Cities

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine just released its picks for the top 12 Sexiest Cities in the World. Europe leads the pack with 8 cities on the list. So what makes these European cities sexy? Let's take a look... Europe's Sexiest Cities Rome - Spanish Steps, gladiators, romantic art, and, not 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