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

They Came From Royalty

Bonjour and Happy Memorial Day! This weekend I had a lovely time visiting with family in the beautiful state of Michigan. The weekend was full of eating, reminiscing, and a few surprises, including a few presents! My gifts included a lovely tea-for-one butterfly teapot and saucer - a birthday gift Continue reading

Decorate Like a French Girl

In her book, Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl, author Debra Ollivier reveals the many secrets of French women, including her sense of style. But Ollivier doesn’t just give insight into the French woman’s closet, she extends her knowledge of French style to decorating all Continue reading

Sexiest European Cities

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine just released its picks for the top 12 Sexiest Cities in the World. Europe leads the pack with 8 cities on the list. So what makes these European cities sexy? Let's take a look... Europe's Sexiest Cities Rome - Spanish Steps, gladiators, romantic art, and, not Continue reading

The European Runner

In my very busy life, I wear many shoes - the shoes of a wife, a mother, a career woman, etc. But, I also fill the shoes of a runner - literally. Running is my vice, my love, my outlet for stress, a way to relax, and a way to manage my weight/fitness level. I also use running as a way to see new Continue reading

From Doors to Saunas – New Year's Traditions From Around the World

Happy New Year from Bistro Chic! As Americans get ready to ring in the New Year with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, let's check out how our friends across the pond are celebrating... Britain - Many British still keep the age-old tradition of first footing, a practice whereby the first visitor Continue reading

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

The Caganer: Spain's "Potty Crasher"

There are many European Christmas traditions that I admire, such as lighting the yule log, leaving your shoes out for St. Nicholas (Holland), and attending midnight mass. And then, there are traditions that I find just plain strange, like giving someone a fruitcake for a gift and hiding all of your Continue reading

Suggested Bans on Long Lunches in Italy

Long lunches may be a thing of the past in Italy. Earlier this week, an Italian government official called for a ban on excessive lunch breaks, attributing them to growing Italian waistlines and the poor economy. Currently, the majority of Italian workers spend at least an hour enjoying a Continue reading

Couto: The Couture Toothpaste of Portugal

When you think of retro what do you think of? I think of leg warmers, acid-washed jeans, and Flock of Seagulls hairstyles. But, one thing that I don't think of is toothpaste. Until about a month ago that is. It was about that time that I received a sample of Couto, a toothpaste from Portugal. When Continue reading

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