Sauce au beurre blanc (Recipe)

I was just reading about how sauerkraut is good for your gut. This article is interesting, as is this one. Good to know, though health benefits aren’t the primary reason I eat it. “Real” sauerkraut simply tastes wonderful and reminds me of Alsace. Alsace is a region of France that I find absolutely beautiful, especially in autumn. […]

The Widow Clicquot

Last night I went to a captivating reading at the American Library here in Paris. Tilar J. Mazzeo was presenting her New York Times Bestseller The Widow Clicquot. Many of us know of “Veuve Clicquot” champagne, but we don’t know anything about the woman behind the name. I have to admit that I had once […]

Only in France

How can you not laugh when you see a row of over-sized underwear hanging in a wine shop’s window? Twice a year French boutiques and department stores transform themselves into one of three kinds of art. Either they become life-sized Warhols and Pollocks, bursting with bright gaudy ribbons and attention-grabbing window signs.  With yellow, blue, […]

Gambas au Safran (Recipe)

Here’s a French-inspired dish for you, but first let me write an important reminder to myself: there are no outdoor food markets in Paris on Mondays. Not anywhere, ever. And, all the charming food shops lining the street near our apartment are also closed on Mondays, including the fruit shop, the cheese shop, the coffee […]

Favorite San Francisco Restaurants

Three of the restaurants I tried while in San Francisco left quite an impression on me. What I appreciated most was the excellent vegetarian fare they all offered. In this post, I’ll be talking about Greens, an upscale vegetarian restaurant, Pauline’s Pizza and Dragon Well, a hip Chinese spot. Greens My new favorite restaurant (in […]

Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market (San Francisco)

Back from San Francisco- with lots of foodie stories to share! When I travel, it’s all about food- well, at least 85%. It’s about trying new fare and seeing what’s in, what’s local. It’s about color and spice and just plain satisfying the palate. Food-wise, San Francisco is a beautiful fusion of culture. I felt […]