Fika

Yesterday you got a chance to see what Stockholm looks like.  Today I’m sharing a tradition in Sweden that I think we should adopt here.  It is called fika (fee-ka).  The basic idea of it is to have an afternoon coffee with a sweet treat, but it is more than that.  It is a break…

Venice of the North: Bruges

Bruges (Brugge) is a quiet town in Northern Belgium. It is easily accessed from Brussels, which makes it possible to visit if you are staying in Paris. Bruges is physically possible in a day trip, but it is well worth an overnight stay or longer. Join me as we explore this gem in Belgium.

French Market in Chicago

Visiting markets is one of my favorite activities whether I’m traveling or at home.  Chicago has a wonderful little French market for the public.  The “French” title may be a little misleading.  Yes there are cheeses, wines, macarons, and more, but there is also lobster, falafel, and bahn mis. If you are in the area,…

Paris by Métro: République

République at a Glance Lines=3, 5, 8, 9, 11 Arrondissement=3rd Tip=There is more than one exit for this metro.  Knowing the street you want to exit on can save you some time and walking. Sights Within 1 Kilometer: North Canal Saint-Martin-450m Chez Prune-600m Hôtel du Nord-800m Pink Flamingo-850m Jardin Villemin-1km East Hôpital Saint-Louis-1km South Place…

Learning Italian While Making Tiramisu

Dabble has got to be one of the coolest ideas I’ve ever heard of.  Basically, you pay a reasonable amount of money for a couple of hours filled with something you enjoy.  Learn something new, try new activities, meet new people; it is just a fantastic idea. I attended my first class today: Make Tiramisu…

The Language of Food in France Part 1

Visiting France is a culinary overload.  There are fromageries, boulangeries, and charcuteries.  What does it all mean?  Follow the slideshow tutorial to learn the basics.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery

The restaurant and winery might be a chain, but it is too good not to share with everyone.  Going to Cooper’s Hawk Winery will hit the wallet a little harder than places such as Olive Garden or Chile’s, but the food and wine leave unforgettable flavors in your mouth. One option to help save a…

The Miracle of Meandering

My plan today was to walk around. I had no exact endpoint, but I had some options in mind.  I started early enough to visit the Latin Quarter without everyone else visiting it at the same time.  I considered taking a bus up to Montmartre, but by the time I found a bus that actually…

Place Monge Market and a Meal

The mist that hung in the air did not deter me from opening the door, and setting out to the market.  I shuffled down to Ile St. Louis, past Hemingway’s home, and through Rue Mouffetard to Place Monge where the market can be found.  Markets look so inviting in the rain with their covered roofs…

Cook’n With Class in Paris Part 2

I think I was suffering from the tryptophan of the amazing meal we prepared last night because all I wanted to do when I got home was go to sleep.  Now that I have recovered from the food trance, I’m ready to talk about what an amazing experience I had.  There were several classes offered,…