Soon-to-be Kitchen

The first thing we did Saturday morning was measure our soon-to-be kitchen. Five feet by nine feet may not sound like much, but it feels enormous compared to our current cuisine. The room still smells of fresh paint and rings with the sound of empty space. As with many unfurnished apartments in Paris, ours comes […]

Caves, Castles and…Asparagus (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of posts on our recent trip to the Loire Valley. The first one was about the cave we slept in. In the next two posts, I’ll be talking about castles. Part 2: Leave your guidebook at home Our travel guides on France have started getting tattered- we tend […]

Caves, Castles and…Asparagus

This is the first in a series of posts on our recent trip to the Loire Valley. We never stick to the beaten track when we travel and always try to find some of the “hidden secrets” of the place we’re visiting. Read along to see some of what we discovered: where we stayed, what […]

Canapés au saumon fumé (Recipe)

One of my favorite terms in French is amuse-bouche. The verb amuser means to entertain or amuse and the word bouche means mouth. An amuse-bouche is a small hors d’oeuvre served with an apéritif. The term makes me laugh because I imagine sleepy taste buds being teased and woken up in preparation of the meal […]

How I Became a Pescetarian

The year I decided to become a “permanent expatriate” in France was the year I became a “pescetarian.” Translation: In 2005, as a teaching assistant nearing the end of her nine-month visa, I officially told my family I wasn’t leaving France. I also began eating fish. Staying in France was not a difficult decision. Becoming […]

Sweet, Salty…or Both?

On the recommendation of our local wine merchant, we decided to try a dessert wine with some Roquefort. The result: a unique combination of strong, slightly salty cheese and light, aromatic wine. I didn’t think I would be a fan of sweet wine, but am always open to trying something new, especially if it’s a […]