Settling into the City of Lights with Bruscetta & Salad, La Tour Eiffel & Rosé

We last visited this city in 2009 with three children in tow--a newly-blended family experimenting with a first trip together. "Quite an undertaking," my husband says now.   My version is slightly different. More like blurry dotted with a few crisp images of happiness. It was my first trip to Europe and nothing like I imagined. So … Continue reading Settling into the City of Lights with Bruscetta & Salad, La Tour Eiffel & Rosé

Last-night celebration with Angel Hair, Grilled Shrimp, Tomato Confit and Blue Cheese Salad

Our last night with the sweetest people had to be a little on schedule because I really couldn't handle another well-past-midnight celebration, so I set a bedtime for myself of 1:00 a.m. and worked backward. Whenever we stay with friends abroad, we try to make one special meal for them out of love and appreciation, … Continue reading Last-night celebration with Angel Hair, Grilled Shrimp, Tomato Confit and Blue Cheese Salad

Sweet welcome with “Letut” or “Those cute little pancake thingys”

Almost 24 hours of travel can take energy out of the strongest person. Leave you dead, defeated, dazed, delirious. But then you are surprised by the energy you find in the home of beautiful people. Last night we arrived in Helsinki (or Esbo, a suburb, to be more precise) and were met at the airport … Continue reading Sweet welcome with “Letut” or “Those cute little pancake thingys”