Charming Baltimore

Charming Baltimore

This morning at work, I mentioned to a colleague that I just spent the weekend in Baltimore. He replied, "that sounds about as exciting as saying you went to Jersey."  On the contrary, I felt that Baltimore had a lot to offer, even to a seasoned traveler. I, of course, had the great fortune of being Continue reading

A Boulder Latte

A Boulder Latte

This week, I was lucky enough to travel to Denver for work. After many hours of being under studio lights with heavy makeup, my colleagues and I decided it was time for a coffee break. Little did we know that our coffee break would take us 30 minutes away to a small cafe in Boulder. If you're not Continue reading

Holy Macarons!

Holy Macarons!

Bonjour from Disney! I am working on location in Orlando and am very fortunate to have delicious international food everywhere! Today's le gouter? French macarons of course! Stop back later today for food and fun from the many countries of Epcot. Ciao! Continue reading

Dreaming of a French Macaron

Dreaming of a French Macaron

When I think of the quintessential French pastry (or pastries in this case), I think of croissants smothered in jam, lemon madeleines, custard tarts, and - of course - macarons! Please understand mon amis, I'm not talking about American macaroons - the kind made from shaved coconut. But rather, I'm Continue reading

A Passion for Paris-Style Espresso Cups

A Passion for Paris-Style Espresso Cups

For years, I have had a very British passion for all things tea - tea cups, tea pots, tea accessories, etc. I still have a great love for tea, but that passion has since expanded to include all things espresso! Whether you associate espresso with Italy, France, or Spain, the dark elixir definitely Continue reading

English Breakfast Tea: A Refined Classic

English Breakfast Tea: A Refined Classic

For the last 4 years, I have received an Amazon giftcard from a colleague. The first three years, I used the card to buy things that we needed - for the house, kids, etc. But this year, I was determined to spend the giftcard on myself and buy something I wanted. Aside from buying several of the Continue reading

Espresso: A Cup of Paris in the Morning

Espresso: A Cup of Paris in the Morning

(Photo source) Like tea is to England, so is coffee, or café, to the rest of Europe. I have noted several times my love for all things tea - tea pots, tea cups, tea spoons, and, of course, tea itself. But what many of you may not know is that I have an equal passion for coffee. Well, not Continue reading

La Fête des Rois

La Fête des Rois

(photo source) In the Christian faith, January 6 marks the Epiphany, or the day that the Wisemen came bearing gifts to the newborn Jesus. In celebration of this belief, Christians all over the world celebrate the Epiphany in different ways. In France, the Epiphany, also known as the La Fête Continue reading

Bonjour Croque Monsieur

Bonjour Croque Monsieur

(photo source) In any French bistro anywhere in the world you will most certainly find two things on the menu – French wine and croque monsieur. In the US, croque monsieur is simply known as a ham and cheese sandwich – quite plain and uninteresting. But in France, or any French restaurant for Continue reading

Nostalgic for Irish Oatmeal

Nostalgic for Irish Oatmeal

(photo source) While touring the United Kingdom a few years ago, I was treated to a traditional British breakfast each morning. No matter where I stayed in Britain, each hotel and bed and breakfast served generous helpings of sausage, eggs, chunky potatoes, and tomatoes. Not being a big breakfast Continue reading

Fortnum & Mason for the Holidays

Fortnum & Mason for the Holidays

(Fortnum & Mason - photo source) Fortnum & Mason has been the quintessential English store for over 300 years. Situated in the heart of London's Piccadilly, F&M is known for its specialty food halls filled with delectable gourmet treats, including pastries, fresh fruits, wine, Continue reading

Bring England Home for the Holidays

Bring England Home for the Holidays

(photo source) As many of you know, I admire English traditions. and I particularly love them at Christmastime. Whether it's the beauty of a Victorian Christmas or the decorations at Harrod's, Christmastime in England is a site I can only dream about these days. Although I won't be spending Continue reading