A Taste of Travel Memories

A Taste of Travel Memories

(photo source) Each time I travel to a different country or even a city, there is usually one food or meal that ends up being so memorable that just the thought of it can take me right back to my worldly destinations. I recently read a New York Times article on unforgettable foods of Europe, Continue reading

Spain and the Second Breakfast

Spain and the Second Breakfast

While in Barcelona a few years back, I remember ordering breakfast from a quaint but bustling cafe on one of the city's main streets. It was full of business professionals and young adults grabbing un cafe and a quick breakfast, which was, amazingly, churros dipped in chocolate. Up to this point, 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

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

Cooking Around the World

Cooking Around the World

(Photo Source) Williams Sonoma is one of my favorite stores for kitchen and housewares. However, I have to limit my escapades to this California-based store because it’s – to put it bluntly- so damn expensive! One thing I love about the store - aside from their awesome European servingware Continue reading

Mediterranean Style Dining

Mediterranean Style Dining

I recently had the pleasure of dining at a lovely French bistro for dinner on Friday night, which was followed by a fabulous Spanish tapas dinner on Saturday. These meals, although quite different in flavor and presentation, were more similar than you might think. French and Spanish food may appear Continue reading

Christmas Eve Chocolate – A La Barcelona

Christmas Eve Chocolate – A La Barcelona

Feliz Navidad everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas Eve. Although I've been off work for the entire week, I feel like I've had little time to relax or to have some quality me time. But thankfully, I was able to take a few minutes to enjoy a little bit of chocolate - Barcelona Continue reading

My Favorite European Things: Crabtree & Evelyn Giveaway

My Favorite European Things: Crabtree & Evelyn Giveaway

Last night, while enjoying an exceptionally tasty French dinner at a local bistro, my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas. We had just ended a 7 hour shopping spree, buying holiday gifts for everyone (including my husband) - everyone but me. So naturally, when he finally asked moi what I Continue reading

Bistro Chic Has Returned!

Bistro Chic Has Returned!

Bonjour Friends! Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you! I was so used to writing for Bistro Chic, first daily, then weekly. So, when this pattern is abruptly changed - by choice of course - it's such a weird feeling. Regarding my hiatus, I would love to say that I was jet-setting all around Continue reading

New Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet

New Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet

Bonjour everyone!  Sorry I'm so late posting today. It's been a VERY busy morning. I first want to say farewell to the King of Pop Michael Jackson - you were an icon to generations and will be missed by millions. And, just as ABBA said, Thank you for the music! My morning run was not the greatest Continue reading

Breakfast Around the World

Breakfast Around the World

Bonjour everyone! Hope you started your day off with a great breakfast. I sure did and I'm ready to take on the day! Just take a look at what I ate: In addition to my new fav - yummy Greek yogurt -  I had a few cups of hot English Breakfast tea (one of my favorites!). After enjoying my breakfast, Continue reading

I said Tapas Bar, Not Topless Bar.

I said Tapas Bar, Not Topless Bar.

Tapas or Topless? Tapas have been around for centuries in Spain and for many years in the US - so it always amazes me when people don't know what they are or have never heard of them. I remember when my mother, who lives out of state, first learned about tapas. I called her as I usually did on Continue reading