Paris Makes Top 10 List for 2014

Paris Makes Top 10 List for 2014

(photo source) As if I needed another reason to visit France....late last year, Lonely Planet released it's Best in Travel: The Top Ten Cities to Visit in 2014, with Paris, France topping the list.  The travel website bestowed the ranking, noting that the world's most beautiful city is now more Continue reading

Thawing Out in Lake Las Vegas

Thawing Out in Lake Las Vegas

We are merely 5 weeks into 2014 and I'm already on my second business trip of the  year. This time, I'm in sunny and temperate Las Vegas - Lake Las Vegas to be exact. For me, "temperative" is a relative term. After having been consumed by the Polar Vortex in Chicago for four weeks, 55 degrees and Continue reading

Raising the Barre in the New Year

Raising the Barre in the New Year

(photo source) Happy New Year everyone! For many Americans, the New Year is a time to set resolutions – to create a goal for the year and then do your best to try to stick with it. However, like most French girls, I’ve never really been the type to make or stick with New Year’s resolutions. After Continue reading

Floating Gardens of Sausalito

Floating Gardens of Sausalito

Last week, I mentioned my recent trip to the little seaside town of Sausalito, CA, and gave you a snapshot of the many unusual floating homes. This waterfront community, formed just after WWII ended, started with just a few makeshift houseboats and now has more than 400 floating homes. Long, Continue reading

Scenes from Sausalito

Scenes from Sausalito

  While in San Francisco last week for work, I took a quick side trip to the beautiful and quaint seaside town of Sausalito. Although this was not my first time in the little town - I had been to Sausalito, nearly 3 years prior to the day -  this time, I was able to spend some quality Continue reading

Chicago Gourmet 2013: Eye Candy for Food and Wine Bloggers

Chicago Gourmet 2013: Eye Candy for Food and Wine Bloggers

Chicago Gourmet 2013 exceeded my expectations once again - not only because of the vast selection of wines and the incredible gourmet food bites, but also for the amazing photo opportunities. As in years past, this year's Chicago Gourmet has allowed me the opportunity to take numerous foodie and Continue reading

The Best of Chicago Gourmet 2013

The Best of Chicago Gourmet 2013

Last weekend, I attended Chicago Gourmet - the premier food and wine event of the year in the Windy City - for the third time since its debut in 2008. This year's Chicago Gourmet was, by far, the best of the three I've attended. Not only did the event sponsors - Bon Appetit magazine, Southern Wine Continue reading

Champagne, More Versatile Than Wine?

Champagne, More Versatile Than Wine?

Champagne may be associated with major celebrations and the christening of boats, but what many people don't know is that Champagne is one of the most versatile alcoholic drinks to pair with food. While attending a very entertaining Champagne tasting seminar during this year's Chicago Gourmet, I Continue reading

Diner en Blanc: Paris Enchantment in Chicago

Diner en Blanc: Paris Enchantment in Chicago

Over 25 years ago, a tradition was born in Paris - a tradition that pays tribute to the elegance, glamour, and rich history of the city. But what started as a quaint dinner for an elite guest list in the bustling city of lights, has now become one of the most sought-after dining events in more than Continue reading

Rules of Mushroom Engagement

Rules of Mushroom Engagement

  (photo source) In late August through the end of September, the French take to the country in search of the elusive truffle and its sister the mushroom. It is also during this time that Americans take to the country searching for their own culinary treasure - orchards full of apples Continue reading

Touring a Japanese Garden

Touring a Japanese Garden

Since I began working for a Japanese company a few months ago, I've become increasingly interested in the Japanese culture, including art, food, and gardens. Living near Chicago, we are fortunate to have access to incredibles Japanese gardens located at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Highland Park, Continue reading

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

(Photo source) This weekend marks one of our biggest family traditions of the year - Father's Day Weekend at Arlington Park Racecourse. It just so happens that each year around this time is also one of the biggest horse racing events in the world - Royal Ascot. Steeped in pagentry and Continue reading