French Women Saying "Non" to Beach Nudity

French Women Saying "Non" to Beach Nudity

Although many a tourist have blushed at the site of a topless woman in the French Riviera, a new survey shows that young French women are having second thoughts about beach nudity. In the 70s and 80s, it was quite common to see French women baring all, or at least half, of their bodies on the Continue reading

Could Haggis Really Be English?

Could Haggis Really Be English?

**WARNING** Alarming haggis photo ahead! For centuries, haggis has been Scotland's claim to fame. But, new findings report that this classic Scottish dish may actually be English - ah - gasp! Departed Scots are most certainly rolling in their graves at the mere thought of this. It's not enough that Continue reading

5 Healthy Life Lessons From European Women

5 Healthy Life Lessons From European Women

When it comes to health and wellness, Americans may think we know it all. Yes, we diet like crazy, eat all low-fat foods, and drink vitamin water, but do we really know what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle? It has long been recognized that European women weigh less and are in better overall Continue reading

English Gardens: A Trip Down Memory Lane

English Gardens: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Prior to visiting England, I was never much of a garden person. You could say I really didn't appreciate a garden or all the work that goes into making a garden beautiful. But after seeing the amazing gardens at Hampton Court, Kensington, the Cotswolds, and other places in England, I was enamored Continue reading

Moonlight and Mozart

Moonlight and Mozart

Last night, my husband and I took a quick trip to Europe for a little classical music concert under the stars. Ok, we really didn't leave the state, but we were magically transported to France and Austria through the sites and sounds of Ravel and Mozart.   These days, I've been trying to add a Continue reading

Le Goûter: Refined French Snacking

Le Goûter: Refined French Snacking

For the most part, the French do not snack. But when they do, they make it sound so much better. Although popular as an after school treat for children, le goûter - a late afternoon snack - has become part of the French culture as much as afternoon tea is in England. Le goûter, pronounced Continue reading

Turn Your Lunch Hour into a Spanish Siesta

Turn Your Lunch Hour into a Spanish Siesta

Some say the quintessential Spanish siesta is a dying practice, others are trying revive, or at least hold onto the luxury. Although the typical Spanish siesta (a 3-hour break around midday) is basically unheard of in the United States, there are a few ways that we in the States can bring a little Continue reading

Hot and Steamy in a Finnish Sauna

Hot and Steamy in a Finnish Sauna

If you've ever been to Finland, you know that trips to the sauna are as ritualistic as trips to nail or hair salons are in the US - only its popular among both men and women. Saunas, steam rooms, Arizona rooms. I've never really understood the purpose of these special rooms but the Finnish swear by Continue reading

Italian Food With A Side of Baseball

Italian Food With A Side of Baseball

Bonjour Friends! Since my husband and I are now officially off of our restaurant diet and back to a dining-out budget, we decided to celebrate our success by doing, what else? Going out to dinner!   Seriously, we had planned this dinner nearly a month ago. We drove into the city to meet with Continue reading

8 Strategies for Dining at Home

8 Strategies for Dining at Home

Bonjour everyone! Well, we did it! My husband and I survived the Restaurant Diet! From June 15-July 14 we did not spend any of our own money on dining out, whether it be for Starbucks or a steakhouse. It was tough at first, more so because going out to eat became such a habit for us. But it did get Continue reading

Feeling Liberated! Bastille Day Breakfast

Feeling Liberated! Bastille Day Breakfast

Bonjour everyone and Happy Bastille Day to all of my French friends and Francophiles everywhere! Even if you are not French or a French-loving person, you can still celebrate this infamous day. Bastille Day is about freedom, liberty, and democracy, beliefs that all people in the US and other free Continue reading

12 Bistro Chic Ways To Enjoy Bastille Day

12 Bistro Chic Ways To Enjoy Bastille Day

Bonjour everyone! Hope you are having a lovely morning so far. Seeing as tomorrow is Bastille Day, I thought I'd share with you a little history about this historic occasion.  Bastille Day History On July 14, 1789, 220 years ago tomorrow, French citizens stormed the Bastille - a fortress/prision Continue reading