A Beach in the Heart of Paris

A Beach in the Heart of Paris

(photo source) The French Riviera may be known for its beaches, but what many people don't know is that Paris sports its own beachfront property, right in the heart of the city. Each summer, from July 21 to August 21, at least one well-known waterfront along the Seine River is transformed into Continue reading

Lemons of the Mediterranean

Lemons of the Mediterranean

According to best-selling author and French icon Mireille Guiliano, a French woman's la boisson du jour on a sunny summer day is quite typically a citron pressé - or lemonade as we know it stateside. But given a lemon, the French can make much more than lemonade. In fact, it is a nearly impossible Continue reading

Gelato Vs. Ice Cream

Gelato Vs. Ice Cream

(photo source) When a good friend of mine recently returned from Italy, he raved about the wonderful flavors of this amazing Mediterranean country - the pasta, pesto, wine, and especially, the gelato. Once you have gelato, you'll never go back, he said. Gelato....Ice Cream - What's the Continue reading

Finding France Wherever You Go

Finding France Wherever You Go

Whenever I travel, I make it a point to eat in quaint bistros, cafes, and coffee shops - really anything reminiscent of the lovely restaurants in Spain, France, and Italy. This weekend, I happened to be in Las Vegas for all of 24 hours, which was both very exciting and exhausting at the same time. Continue reading

For the Love of Peonies

For the Love of Peonies

(Photo source) Right about this time every year, my thoughts turn to gardening. Like any aspiring French girl, gardening, and particularly the flowers in the garden, are an important part of spring and summer. It is also right about this time when my peonies first start appearing. You may Continue reading

Doors of Provence

Doors of Provence

When most people think of the south of France, they think of its warm climate, hearty food and wine, and lavender fields. However, the tourist with a more discerning eye knows that there is much more to southern France than meets the eye. A friend of mine was recently in Provence in the south of Continue reading

Simple Mediterranean Recipes from Cooking Light

Simple Mediterranean Recipes from Cooking Light

(photo source) From hummus to feta and olives to orzo, Mediterranean food is one of my favorite cuisines to eat. We all know by now that the Mediterranean diet is thought to be one of the healthiest in the world - which is a big reason why I like it. However, Mediterranean food is also extremely Continue reading

Walnuts: Food of the Gods

Walnuts: Food of the Gods

(Photo source) The Mediterranean Diet is publicized as one of the healthiest diets in the world. It has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, lower risk of cancer, lower rates of obesity, and more.  What makes this diet so rich in health benefits is the plentiful use of whole and Continue reading

Crunchy Granola a la Bistro Chic

Crunchy Granola a la Bistro Chic

There are many things that I admire about the Mediterranean lifestyle - the laid back attitude, the emphasis on friends and family, and their love of eating foods in their purest or most natural form. I feel that just about anything that you can find prepackaged in the store can be made at home if Continue reading

Vinegar and Oil: Taste of the Mediterranean

Vinegar and Oil: Taste of the Mediterranean

You've all heard of wine tastings, beer tastings, cheese tastings, etc. But have you ever been to or even heard of an olive oil and vinegar tasting? Olive oil and vinegar tastings sound very exotic, something you'd most definitely find in the Mediterranean while on holiday or possibly near the Continue reading

Mediterranean Diet: A Cultural Symbol

Mediterranean Diet: A Cultural Symbol

(Photo Source) Italy is known for many things – the wine, the history, and home to the Vatican. But what Italy really wants to be known for is the food – specifically, the Mediterranean Diet. According to recent reports, Italy has aggressively been pushing for the Mediterranean Diet to be Continue reading

Yogurt of the Gods

Yogurt of the Gods

If you follow my other blog Running With Cake, you know how much I love Greek yogurt. Aside from the awesome health benefits of Greek yogurt, there's just something about the rich flavor and the thick, smooth, and creamy texture that make me think I'm eating a dessert rather than yogurt for Continue reading