The New French Wine Opener

The New French Wine Opener

The French are serious about their wine, but not so serious when it comes to opening a bottle of vino. Check out the French way of opening a wine bottle without a corkscrew - hint, it involves a shoe! Leave it to the French to get you out of every wine emergency! The tutorial is in French, but 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

French Women and the Secret of Yogurt

French Women and the Secret of Yogurt

(Photo courtesy of Flickr) French women have many secrets. They have secrets related to beauty, particularly skin care, secrets related to fashion and style, and, as we all know by now, secrets related to weight loss and health. A big proponent of how French women stay so slim is a magical white Continue reading

Easy and Healthy French Cooking With Mireille Guiliano

Easy and Healthy French Cooking With Mireille Guiliano

At a time when Americans were desperate to try any fad diet (ie. Atkins, South Beach), author Mireille Guiliano introduced the US and most of the Western world to a new concept - weight-loss and healthy living à la Française. In her 2005 best-selling book, French Women Don’t Get Fat, Guiliano Continue reading

Do French Women Diet?

Do French Women Diet?

(Photo courtesy of Flickr) I've written time and time again about the French paradox, the idea that the French can eat high fat foods at every meal and still manage to maintain a healthy weight. This concept was further popularized in the 2004 book French Women Don't Get Fat, by Mireille Guiliano. Continue reading

French Breakfast Al Fresco

French Breakfast Al Fresco

Summer is still two months away, yet today, we enjoyed summer-like weather in Chicago. There is something so fresh and carefree about waking up to a sunny and warm morning. It nearly always puts me in a good mood and adds a little more enjoyment to my morning routine. Today was even more special Continue reading

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

Bonjour! Start Your Day With a French Twist

Bonjour! Start Your Day With a French Twist

We can't all wake up in France, but we can add a little French joie de vivre to our mornings. Try a few of these French rituals and say Bonjour to your day! 5 Ways to Say Bonjour to the Morning 1) Enjoy a petit dejeuner - The French are known for eating light breakfasts. In fact, they consider 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

French Strategies for Holiday Eating

French Strategies for Holiday Eating

With Christmas approaching and New Year's just around the corner, we are heading into a very busy week of shopping, family gatherings, and many, many indulgences. In fact, all of these indulgences - a little wine, a few cookies, and and extra helpings of mashed potatoes - can add up to 7 to 10 Continue reading

New French Business Book By Mireille Guiliano!

New French Business Book By Mireille Guiliano!

For all of you who haven't heard, Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don't Get Fat, has a brand new book coming out!! The book, called Women, Work, & the Art of Savoir Faire, will be available on October 13, just 5 weeks away! I have read French Women Don't Get Fat, at least twice, Continue reading

French Are Adopting American Food Habits

French Are Adopting American Food Habits

With the recent popularity of French-themed books and movies, such as French Women Don't Get Fat, French Women Don't Sleep Alone, and  the newly released Julie & Julia, Americans are becoming more and more curious about French traditions, French culture, French food, and French fashion. Now, in Continue reading