5 Things

1) Lunch in le jardin2) noire et blanche3) Saying au revoir to chèvre until next spring 4) Painted by mother nature5) Coffee drinking and people watching ...more

Will BBQ And Brownies Kill Off French Cuisine?

Some of the negative comments on social media about the recent opening of a Texas BBQ joint in Paris by a Frenchman got me thinking...As an expat in France who loves to cook and eat, appreciates everything food related and has been watching the culinary scene in France evolve over the last decade, I've noticed that in recent years there seem to be a lot of expats getting their knickers in a twist over foreigners (e.g. Anglophones...more

5 (Delicious) Things

1) le...more

5 Things

1) Smoked garlic2) I always miss the beauty of the Minervois this time of year 3) Gym? Who needs a gym? 4) Sweet autumn treats 5) The joys of being une flâneuse ...more

At Last...

...my favorite time of the year ....more

5 Things

1) The last of the summer radishes2) That light. That sky3) La carte 4) Old maps of ...more

10 Reasons I Will Never Be Une Parisienne

There are the French and then there are the Parisians....more

Dividing My Time And Biding My Time

The train between Bayeux and Paris has become my second third home.I've become so familiar with the route that I know about what time I will lose 3G connection on my phone after leaving the station in Caen, how long it takes to get from the station at Mantes-la-Jolie to Paris and at precisely what time I will see the top of the Eiffel Tower if I glance out the window on the right side of the train.At home I start the day with a big café au lait, cook with a lot of vegetables, avoid weeding the lawn as long as I can, cuddle with my husband and our chihuahua (and try to cuddle with our cat) and probably watch too much TV.In Paris I start my day with a cup of tea or une noisette, eat Thai, Vietnamese and Indian food, snack on cheese and charcuterie, miss my husband, dog and cat and when I'm not trying to be a good house guest, probably spend too much time playing Words With Friends.Eventually, when we find our apartment in Paris, these two worlds will meld together and I will avoid stepping a foot inside...more

5 Things

1) The blue hour2) Summertime3) Une pause-café 4) Apéro 5) There aren't enough hours in the day ...more

It's funny how

It's funny how these bouts of nostalgia hit.Just a few weeks ago I wrote about moving to France and the point of no return, and yet here I am today after watching a cooking show that took place in southern Louisiana and New Orleans, feeling incredibly homesick. We only lived in New Orleans for a few years, but it definitely got under my skin.I do know what it means to miss New Orleans.I try to return almost every year and while I'm there I eat (best food city in America!), soak up its heady atmosphere and celebrate. Because every day there seems to be some kind of celebration in New Orleans ....more