Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates Centennial Year

Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates Centennial Year

(photo source) Chelsea Flower Show, May 21-25, 2013 This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world - the Chelsea Flower Show. First known as the Royal Horticulture Society Great Spring Show from 1862 through 1912, the Chelsea Flower Show has been Continue reading

Destination Nespresso

Destination Nespresso

Although traveling for work can be tiring, tough on the family you leave behind, and often lonely, getting to know the cities you're in can often provide just enough fun and change in scenery to make you appreciate your job, family, and your wonderful life. And, if you do your homework, you can Continue reading

Italian Bellinis and French Macarons: Sampling “The World” in Chicago

Italian Bellinis and French Macarons: Sampling “The World” in Chicago

(photo source) Happy Birthday to me! And how did this Bistro Chic celebrate her extra special day? Not only was I spending two luxurious days in an awesome Millennium Park hotel, but I was also off sampling the world in downtown Chicago. Take a peek at my itinerary: Spain - Strolled among 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

3 Ways to Shake the Winter Blues

3 Ways to Shake the Winter Blues

(photo source) Feeling a little down today? You may not be alone. A few years ago, British researchers identified the third Monday in January as "Blue Monday", the most depressing day of the year. But why is January 21 so depressing? It's really a combination of anxiety and gloominess brought on Continue reading

Channel Your Inner French Girl

Channel Your Inner French Girl

(photo source) Spring is two months away...which means January is the perfect time to dream of Paris in the Springtime! To give your fantasy a boost, check out the latest issue of Matchbookmag.com which features a full spread on how to channel (or dare we say chanel?) your inner French 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

Healthy Indian Cooking in Chicago

Healthy Indian Cooking in Chicago

One of the best ways to appreciate different cultures is to learn how to prepare their foods in the traditional style. This weekend, I experienced the traditional style of Indian cooking at Bombay Spice Grill & Wine in Chicago. To be honest, I had never given Indian food much of a chance, aside Continue reading

Seasonal Cooking With Seasons 52

Seasonal Cooking With Seasons 52

One of the hallmark traits of a French girl is her love of cooking with the seasons. In Winter, she will savor her potatoes and parsnips in casseroles; Spring, she prepares lovely soups with peas or asparagus; the Summer, she may focus on tomatoes, peppers, and juicy fruits; and in the Fall, she Continue reading

The Grand Cru of Chicago Gourmet

The Grand Cru of Chicago Gourmet

Whether you're a wine connoisseur, enthusiast, or an all-out snob, Chicago Gourmet aims to please when it comes to the art of wine tasting. From the informative seminars to the elite Grand Cru, this year's event pulled out all of the stops (or should I say corks?) to please discerning wine Continue reading

A Taste of Chicago Gourmet 2012

A Taste of Chicago Gourmet 2012

If you want to challenge, delight, and expand your palate all in one setting,  look no further than Chicago Gourmet, the Windy City's annual celebration of food and wine. Earlier this week, I gave an overview of the 5th Anniversary of Chicago Gourmet, including a glimpse of the food, wine, and Continue reading

Chicago Gourmet 2012: Wide Eyes & Eager Palates

Chicago Gourmet 2012: Wide Eyes & Eager Palates

Chicago is one of the hottest foodie cities in the US, if not the world. On any given day, you can visit everything from a posh dessert bar to a retro French bistro to a true culinary Chicago landmark - all that seem to have put the Windy City on the map for highbrow eats. This key dining power is Continue reading