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Eating around the Eiffel Tower

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

My apartment in Paris is right next to the Eiffel Tower, which sounds fancy, but in reality the neighborhood is more crowded with young families than fashionistas. I first got to know the area when I was working at the American Library in Paris and even though someone recently described it to me as stuffy/ […]

Dining out and about (London): Fish and chips

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Every summer, I visit my parents in London for a long weekend. This year, I had a yen for a spot of afternoon tea — scones! clotted cream! strawberry jam! — but when I rang Brown’s Hotel (voted Top London Afternoon Tea by the Tea Guild — whoever they are) I discovered they require a […]

Dining out and About (Paris): Frenchie bar à vins

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

I think I’ve said before that I don’t like writing negative reviews. My theory is, there are so many great restaurants, why focus on the bad experiences? But sometimes there are meals so unpleasant they stick in my craw, refusing to leave until documented. My dinner last Monday at Frenchie Bar à Vins was one […]

Russ & Daughters (New York)

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Living overseas (and by overseas I mean anywhere outside of New York City) there’s one thing I miss the most. A bagel. With cream cheese. And lox. But not just any bagel — I want one with heft, with chew, with a crust that almost crackles between my teeth. I want the schmear to be […]

La Table d’Aki, Paris

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The last Tuesday dinner I had in Paris was at La Table d’Aki, a 16-seat bijou of a restaurant near the Boulevard St-Germain. This is “French food cooked by a Japanese chef,” the chef/owner Akihiro Horokoshi told me. Every bite was exquisite. You can read more about my meal in the Bites column of the […]

Côte d’Azur and London

Monday, August 6th, 2012

It has been a summer of planes, trains, and automobiles, of overnight bags and mini-sized toiletries. I had planned to document all my voyages but, to my surprise, I was too busy actually, you know, enjoying my travels. Imagine that! Instead of an avalanche of photographs, I’ve got a flurry of snapshots. Instead of detailed blog posts, […]

La Colombe d’or (St-Paul-de-Vence)

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

If you arrive in the sharp heat of a summer day, you understand immediately why they flocked here, the greats like Picasso, Matisse, Leger and Renoir. On the Côte d’Azur, the sun seems brighter, the sky bluer, the shadows darker, the light more dazzling. If you stare long enough, the wrought-iron balconies turn Cubist, the […]

Land of sandwich (Vermont and Cape Cod)

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

On our drive from Vermont to Cape Cod, we kept seeing signs proclaiming “Sandwich.” Of course they made me hungry. I was a little disappointed, however, to discover they referred to a town in Massachusetts, rather than lunch. Before we embarked upon our New England vacation, my friend, Katia, asked me to document my sandwich consumption on […]

Green Mountain vacation (Vermont)

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

I never thought I’d say this, but jet lag is a marvelous thing when it wakens you at 5.23 to a soft and dewy Vermont summer morning. The sun, which will set your face on fire later in the day, is still gentle, low in the sky. The air feels like silk pajamas, cool against […]

Life, lemons, lemon tart

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

There’s a lot of stress and anxiety over here as Moving Day approaches (er, tomorrow). But why contemplate the unpleasantries of life when you can dwell on a lovely afternoon of tea and tarts? After all, when life hands you lemons… Jacques Genin’s tarte au citron has a crust so tender it crumbles at the mere […]

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