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

Fast Food, French Style

Fast Food, French Style

(photo source) In the last decade, Americans have been outdone by the French in weight loss, relationships, style, and child-rearing. Now, the one thing that Americans seemed to do better than the French (and most countries), may be slipping to second-best. Fast food, once shunned by the 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

Farm to Table from Your Own Backyard

Farm to Table from Your Own Backyard

One of great things about living in a large European city like London or Paris is the plentiful access to stores and markets within walking distance. It's no wonder that Parisians buy groceries on a daily basis, instead of weekly or even monthly like many Americans. Although living in the 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 French Summer Wedding

A French Summer Wedding

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a friend's wedding in downtown Chicago. The ceremony took place in a gorgeous, restored church in the heart of the city, followed by a reception in a lighted, outdoor tent. Two days later the bride and groom headed off to France for two weeks in the Continue reading

Modern Twists to a Royal Birth

Modern Twists to a Royal Birth

Even the British Royal family can't escape social media, especially when the attention is surrounding Will and Kate's new bundle of joy. Although the royals will most certainly keep many traditions related to the announcement of a new heir, more modern, and socially acceptable, traditions may Continue reading