I Love it When a Plan Comes Together

One of the biggest inspirations France gives me is cooking/eating. On that note, tears of inspiration filled my eyes recently while walking down my old Paris neighborhood’s Rue Daguerre. During my short week’s stay, I made time for cheese shopping on a Friday afternoon, on the hunt for the perfect morsels to add to the…

What a trip …

My cankles are throbbing. My glands are slightly swollen, and that weird little cough I get when I’m exhausted and have been drinking too much coffee and wine is back. I might have taken 4 naps today. But to my advantage, I did also do some leg lifts and swam about 4 laps in my…

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…

Fear and Loving while in New Orleans

I hemmed and hawed this morning over whether I should take a swim and lay out before heading over to New Orleans. There are worse problems, right? Well I shut my brain off and did it anyway. The swim was nice, but I can never stay in for too long. It really is that initial…

Summoning Paris

My birthday was one week ago. I could reveal my age, but since a true lady never does, neither shall I. Insomnia and a couple of glasses of white wine from the previous evening woke me from an intense dream. I have lots of crazy dreams these days, very vivid, with lots of plots and…

Venice Below Paris – Magnifique!

Sadly, I will not be in Paris next January, but what about you?! Thanks once again to Messy Nessy Chic, I am informed of a magical world happening January 22, 23, 29 and 30 along the underground Paris canals. Maybe you’ve already read about how you can book an overnight stay in Les Catacombes on…

Finding Fabulous Crustaceans in Paris

What a delectable account for deciphering oysters in France! One of my favorite things about Paris during the holiday season – aside from plentiful foie gras samples, mulled wine and Nutella crêpes at the Champs-Élysées Christmas market, and all the super stylish department store windows – is passing by the shellfish stalls all around the…

Paris is Burning!!!!

Nooooooo, this can’t be happening!!! I’ve lived in and continue to dream of living in Paris. So please stop ruining this beautiful city/country and stomping on my dreams of returning to the Paris, France I know and love. The markets, the sidewalk cafés, the specialty stores for everything (you name it) and even the angst…

How Hipsters Ruined Paris – NY Times

“And so a vivid and storied layer of authentic Paris is being wiped out not by not-in-my-backyard activism, government edict or the rapaciousness of Starbucks or McDonald’s but by the banal globalization of hipster good taste, the same pleasant and invisible force that puts kale frittata, steel-cut oats and burrata salad on brunch tables from…