How this humble peasant dish helped me feel at home in Paris.
While hoards of tourists flock to Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast every year, Puglia has managed to retain a quintessential Italian flair — not to mention a cuisine boldly celebrating the freshest flavors of the Mediterranean.
A seafood lovers' slice of heaven...
If you were to tell me in high school that, after graduating college, I would pack up and move abroad, I would more than likely have laughed in your face. My image of post-graduate life involved hole-in-the-wall NYC apartments and cubicles, not working abroad. But I suppose life can surprise you when you'd least expect it because, as … Continue reading 10 things France has taught me about food
As a little girl, France meant 1 thing: Paris. Outside of glowing images of the Eiffel Tower, bustling bistros, and baguette, I'll admit I knew very little. My horizons were broadened once I began studying French in school and even more so when I spent a semester at the Sorbonne. But only since packing my bags … Continue reading a taste of Saint-Malo
They say the Provence region of France is blessed by the gods. I'm inclined to agree. With sun-soaked hillside villages overlooking sweeping lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards, "charming" is certainly an understatement. In fact, I think "enchanting" is more appropriate. We stationed ourselves for the week in Avignon, a medium-sized city in the Vaucluse department. Medieval stone … Continue reading a taste of Provence
When it comes to coastal cities in France, La Rochelle is a must-see. Commonly referred to as "La Ville Blanche" due to its characteristic limestone facades, this port city sits in the Poitou Charentes region of southwest France, a short 2-hour drive from Bordeaux. La Rochelle boasts a rich history as one of France's principal seaports from the … Continue reading a taste of La Rochelle and Ile de Ré
Picture this: someone blows up a pig intestine like a balloon until it takes the shape of a sausage casing. Then he/she stuffs said casing with more chopped up (and very well rinsed) intestines before tying up both ends with string, cooking it, slathering on some mustard sauce, and calling it andouillette. Now picture this: Jacqueline … Continue reading a taste of Lyon
Although it wasn't exactly a white Christmas this year, it sure was a bubbly one. Reims, a city located around 80 miles outside of Paris in the heart of the champagne region, was the perfect holiday getaway. Combining the history and culture of a large metropolitan city with the charm of a smaller village, Reims … Continue reading a taste of Reims
The first time I noticed persimmons I was navigating through an over-crowded outdoor market in Sète on the last day of my late-October vacation. Signs of the off-season were everywhere: windows with navy blue shutters intact, boats docked, and sails wrapped securely around the boom with thick white rope. It was a time when the … Continue reading a taste of persimmons