Sometimes you know what to expect when you go to a restaurant. Sometimes you have no clue what to expect. Sometimes you think you know what to expect and realize you were wrong. Sometimes getting there is not the issue you expect. Sometimes you are surprised by the unexpected. All of this was the experience … Continue reading La Sassa: The most terrifying drive that was worth it.
Farmer's markets are a community staple and in the last 30 years they have popped up in every community, large or small, sometimes more than once a week; and while the intent always is to give access to locally-sourced food and flowers of the season, in some places they have become a real stamp of … Continue reading Shopping a real French market…in France
Once back in my 30s I hosted a dinner party for which I wanted to serve cheese after dinner. I had heard it was a cool Euro thing to do. But then I was like, how do you fit in dessert with cheese? And Will anyone want it? And isn't that a lot of food? And also looming in the … Continue reading Dessert ou Fromage?
Laughter. I brace myself for the peels and squeals of laughter shared between my husband and his friend, Jacqueline as her husband, René and I sit back and cast each other knowing glances...as in, "they will laugh, you and I will go for a walk." My husband met them years ago, in another place and … Continue reading When it’s easy…
Who would think that one can experience the Louvre in a radically different way, with a childhood-like scavenger hunt? The typical experience that is shared with me by others (and within my own memories) goes something like this... "It's so huge." "Overwhelming." "I got tired." And those are comments by people I know who actually … Continue reading Louvre Scavenger Hunt? Oh, yes, please!
My husband surprised me with tickets to a show at the Moulin Rouge, and an 11:00 p.m. showing at that. Normally waaaaaay past the bedtime for this Northwest girl, but for some ridiculous reason, this city gives you an energy you never thought you had in your core. So we set out about 8:30 last … Continue reading Un Soir dans le grand cité: Le Sanglier Bleu et Le Moulin Rouge
No idea what to expect, but I knew I wanted to do a cooking class. I took my first cooking class abroad in 2012 in Istanbul with Selin & her company, Turkish Flavors. It changed me. I loved being in someone else's kitchen, hearing their stories, watching their tricks, examining their layout and tools, finding … Continue reading A sweet little French breakfast on a rooftop facing Sacré Coeur