Paris’ Culinary Dreams Lost … and Found

“It’s just as important for a gourmand to know the strengths and weaknesses of his stomach as for a general to know the morale and strength of the army he commands.” – Grimod de la Reynière If any of you know me, or have read my previous writings, then you’re aware of my love/obsession for…

Au Régime!

Almost two months ago, mon meilleur ami came to stay with me, for about three weeks. Originally French, he grew up in Paris and now lives in Barcelona working as a theatre instructor. We met in Louisiana when I was in high school, back in the late 80s, and essentially, he is family. Even though…

France, Ciggies, Living and Fidelma Cook

The question “what do I want to be when I grow up” often comes to my mind. As a freelancer, nothing is certain. Though, these days, that can be said for most any job, freelance or permanent, or for most anything in life. I have gotten lazy these past few years as flexible work-from-home writing…

Shop and Eat like a Florentine? – Oh yes, per favore!

Since moving back to Louisiana a couple of years ago, major traveling has been put on hold. There was that week in New York, a couple of short weekends in Austin, an overnight stint in New Orleans and a good amount of back-and-forth jaunts to visit Nana. Traveling isn’t a priority for me right now….

A Wonderful Read – Mastering the Art of French Eating

“I’m not a voracious carnivore, but there’s something about being in Paris that makes me want to sink my teeth into a bloody piece of beef. Perhaps it’s the French paradox, the seductive theory that a diet rich in cheese, meat, and red wine actually lowers cholesterol. Perhaps it’s watching all those sexy French women…

R.I.P. Nora Ephron

Thank you, Nora, for showing us a world of hope, love and possibility.

A Cure-All to Your Supermarket Catatonia!

This afternoon, in the somewhat stuffy 3rd floor room of the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library at NYU, I sat, listened, and learned a bit about how to shop for my food from Dr. Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of NYU’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. First of all, aren’t we all just…

The Real Food Revival

Eating…hmmmm….definitely my favorite hobby. So how do we do it without filling our body with crap? It’s such a pain to figure out what we’re supposed to eat or not. So much easier just to grab some fast food and munch away in front of the TV. Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely a…