5 Baking Tips From a French Chef

5 Baking Tips From a French Chef

(Photo source) Local cooking classes and demonstrations are a great way to learn the tricks of the trade from master chefs. The classes are often small and the chefs seem more relaxed in a teaching setting, as opposed to a stressful restaurant kitchen. Tonight, I was fortunate enough to attend Continue reading

A True French Bistro in the Heart of Chicago

A True French Bistro in the Heart of Chicago

As a travel and food writer, I often eat at new restaurants in Chicago and other major cities around the US. Every once in a while, I come across a restaurant where I am torn when writing my review. When you have a fantastic restaurant experience, sometimes you can't help but tell everyone you know. 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

Falling for Apples

Falling for Apples

From pumpkins to corn to the big grape harvest, Fall is a wonderful time to experience the many pleasures of food and drink. And, just as the French take to the ground in the Fall to forage for mushrooms, the Americans take to the trees in search of apples. Every year for the last 7 years (at Continue reading

Fall is in the Air

Fall is in the Air

Bonjour! Fall is my favorite time of year. How I love the color orange! Ciao Continue reading

The French Secret to Parenting

The French Secret to Parenting

Like any parent with two small children, I struggle with how to be a better parent and, more importantly, how I can raise two wonderful children without losing my sanity. So, I often read parenting books or articles to what's new and improved in the parenting world. By now, you may have seen the Continue reading

Canadian Adventure: Ottawa’s Top 5 Attractions

Canadian Adventure: Ottawa’s Top 5 Attractions

On the last leg of my Canadian adventure, I headed to the capital - Ottawa. Although it is located in Ontario, it is literally on the border of Quebec, the French-speaking province. One strange thing I noticed on my drive from Mont Tremblant, Quebec, to Ottawa, Ontario, was that there were Continue reading

Canadian Adventure: Eagles, Owls, and Crepes in Mont Tremblant

Canadian Adventure: Eagles, Owls, and Crepes in Mont Tremblant

Bonjour everyone! As you all know by now, I spent my vacation in French Canada, including in the beautiful mountain town of Mont Tremblant. Our final day in Mont Tremblant was just as exciting as the days before. After sleeping in - which I rarely get to do any other time of the year - we ventured Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II and Her Diamond Jubilee

  (Photo source) This weekend, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee with 60 years as Queen and Head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealths. At 86 years old, the Queen has celebrated numerous accomplishments and reached significant milestones, Continue reading