Navigating Sunday Brunch Like a French Woman

Navigating Sunday Brunch Like a French Woman

Yesterday was Easter Sunday. And, with Easter Sunday, typically comes Easter Brunch. I do not eat restaurant brunches or buffets on a regular basis for the simple reason that I nearly always consume too many calories in one sitting. And, I almost always regret the things that I've eaten, feeling bad Continue reading

Celebrate Easter With British Hot Cross Buns

Celebrate Easter With British Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns, hot cross buns. One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns. Years ago in England, children could be heard far and wide singing this song during the Easter season. Hot cross buns were traditionally eaten on Good Friday during Lent. Although they are still most popular during Easter, hot Continue reading

British Become Kings of the Kitchen, Outdoing the French

British Become Kings of the Kitchen, Outdoing the French

I never thought I'd say this, but the next time I go to Great Britain, it may be for the food. Let me explain. Britain - Go for the History, Not the Food Before I went to Britain for the first time, I was told I would probably lose weight. Not because of all the walking, but because the food was Continue reading

Bistro Bites: Italian Hot Chocolate

Bistro Bites: Italian Hot Chocolate

Italy is often associated with beautiful landscapes, amazing wine, and ancient history.  Well, this weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful city of Baltimore for the first time where I experienced another true, but little-known, Italian speciality - Italian hot chocolate. Italian v. Continue reading

Chocolate Memories of Dublin

Chocolate Memories of Dublin

Just days after graduating from college, I jetted off for a 3-week solo trip to Great Britain and Ireland. There are many things I remember about that trip - the churches, the countryside jaunts, and wine - lots of it. But one thing that I will always remember was walking through the streets of Continue reading

'Twas a Great Day in the World

'Twas a Great Day in the World

Where can you have tea in England and a pastry in France - all in the same day? Why, Disney World of course! If you can't get to England or France - or many other European countries for that matter -  a trip to Disney's EPCOT can satisfy the urge to take a journey across the pond. But after Continue reading

British Prefer Cold Cereal Over Porridge

British Prefer Cold Cereal Over Porridge

We all remember the classic children's tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Goldilocks gets lost, ends up at the cottage of the three bears, and proceeds to eat their hot, cold, and just-right porridge, etc. Well, if the tale's author, British poet Robert Southey, were alive today, he may need Continue reading

Remembering Paczki Day

Remembering Paczki Day

Whether you celebrate Carnaval, Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday, tomorrow will mean the last day of indulgence for the next 40 days, at least if you follow the Christian religion. Coming from a family with a strong Catholic-Polish background - and from Detroit no less! - we never really celebrated, Continue reading

Say Cheese With a Do-It-Yourself Facial

Say Cheese With a Do-It-Yourself Facial

Cheese - in the food world, it goes with just about everything. There's wine and cheese, cheese and chocolate, cheese and crackers - you get the picture. But cheese and facials? Hmm...that's a new one. Actually, cheese has become increasingly popular as an ingredient in do-it-yourself beauty Continue reading

Bistro Chic 2009: A Year of European Inspirations

Bistro Chic 2009: A Year of European Inspirations

As we enter into a new year, some people reflect on all of the things they didn't do - their regrets. Well, I'm choosing not to focus on the regrets (besides, I don't really have any) and opting to focus on all of those things I DID accomplish this year. The biggest thing I did in 2009 was start Continue reading

Pizzelle: The World's First Cookie

Pizzelle: The World's First Cookie

Growing up in a largely Polish-American family, I was accustomed to having great amounts of Polish food at our Christmas and New Year's gatherings. You could always find stuffed cabbage, Polish sausage, and wafer cookies that were dusted with powdered sugar. The stuffed cabbage was always made by my 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