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Financiers à la framboise

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but La Grande Epicerie—Paris’s glossy mecca of gourmet food—used to be my neighborhood grocery store. Most people make special trips across town to visit—there’s a pungent, overflowing cheese counter, an aisle dedicated to salted butter, hard-to-find American ingredients like canned pumpkin or chocolate chips, and sublime, yet overpriced, fruit (I […]

Life on a Paris houseboat

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

  You’re never far from the Seine in Paris. It snakes across the city creating a natural boundary between the right and left banks, carrying tourist boats and transport vessels in its swift-moving current. But what if, instead of strolling along the romantic but odiferous cobblestone quais (is it just me, or do they usually […]

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/ […]

What are cheese mites?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

I’ve been curious about cheese mites ever since I learned about them while visiting friends in St-Etienne. Before we dug into one of the many (many, many) local cheeses, my host tapped some powder off its surface into a small glass bowl, and handed me a magnifying glass. I saw a bunch of crumbs moving constantly, […]

An Evening at the American Library in Paris

Monday, February 10th, 2014

  I had so much fun last week at my book event at the American Library in Paris with Patricia Wells that I couldn’t resist sharing a few photos. As you can see, we shared a lot of laughs with a lovely crowd of Francophiles. I saw so many familiar faces in the audience that […]

Paris book signings

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Salut, friends! I’m heading to Paris tonight! And I’m giving a book talk with Patricia Wells next week at the American Library in Paris, on Wednesday, February 5th at 7.30pm.    Patricia and I will interview each other (I’m preparing my hard-hitting questions now). Copies of both books will be for sale courtesy of WH […]

Where to eat in Paris

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

When you close your eyes and think of the quintessential Paris meal, what comes to mind? For me, it’s always been steak frites, a juicy hunk of meat accompanied by a pile of fries so hot they sting your fingers. Steak is simple to prepare — season it, slap it in a hot pan, don’t […]

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 […]

Brownies of gratitude

Monday, July 1st, 2013

A few days ago, I tried to wash some dishes and noticed there was no water. I had seen no announcement of a water cut in my apartment building’s lobby, received no letter from the Syndic. Without warning, the taps had, quite simply, gone dry. This being France, I couldn’t help but feel a sense […]

Worth the wait

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

First of all, thank you, dear friends, for all your comments on my last post. Somehow life’s ginormous changes aren’t quite as scary with you next to me. Reading your kind words of congratulations and encouragement gave me my first tiny burst of confidence — a feeling of I can DO this! (instead of: we are […]

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