I am not a glutton


I am not a glutton—I am an explorer of food.”  ― Erma Bombeck If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you will quickly realize that I travel mainly through my stomach.  Heck, even when I am not traveling, I live this way! I recently wrote an interview series with Nathalie […]

Misadventures in France 2010 – Part 9 – Paris & The end!


This is it, the last part of my France 2010 trip reports! Had I known how long it was going to take me to get through posting about my whole trip, I might have never started! But I am determined to finish chronicling this trip before I start posting on Japan and China. For all […]

Misadventures in France 2010 – Part 8 – Paris!


At last we arrived in Paris, the final days of our trip. For this visit we decided that we would stay in a different hotel than our usual and we made a pact not to eat in any of our regular restaurants as well. We arrived in the early afternoon, checking into the magnificent Westin […]

French Friday – World Class Complainers

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While we were on vacation in France we watched a show on TV one night that had a Top 50 countdown of the best “râleur” scenes in French cinema. It had just been announced the the French were ranked number 1 in the world for this activity and the show was sort of “celebrating!” A […]

Saturday Six #24


Can I just say that it is incredibly hard to find a picture of six mochi?  It is not a very popular number in Asian culture, so I couldn’t find any photos with six in them!  So I went with rice which is the key ingredient in mochi instead.  Why do I have mochi on […]

Sex and The City Paris


I apologize for having a little Sex and The City on the brain. With the movie coming out in two weeks and me watching the series on my commute, there’s little wonder! Bear with me, it will be over soon. [Update 2014] Those words were written nearly three years ago, yet this post remains the […]

French Friday – How to order coffee in Paris

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During our last trip to Paris my husband and I noticed a distinctly new difficulty in coffee ordering. Our coffee of preference while in France is the “noisette.” This is an espresso which just a kiss of hot milk. It’s called a noisette (hazelnut in English) because of the color of the coffee. Not complicated […]

58 Tour Eiffel – dining with a view

In the past, if you wanted to dine at the Eiffel Tower, you had to go to Jules Verne, a ridiculously overpriced restaurant on the second platform run by Alain Ducasse. The view is breathtaking, but the price is just plain highway robbery! Well now there is another option that still allow you to keep […]

Le Procope Paris – dining in rich history

One of the restaurants that my husband and I tried while on our vacation was Le Procope. It is located in the St. Germain/Latin Quarter which is the 6th arrondissement, near the Sorbonne. We have often passed this restaurant on previous trips, but had never dined there. But since one of our goals for this […]

The vacation recap: Where to start?

Our travel itinerary was whirlwind to say the least. I took 549 pictures (yikes!). I had a fantastic time. So where do I start? Here are the highlights of how the 11 days played out: Day 1/2 (Wed/Thurs): Flew from San Francisco (Wed) to London (arrived Thurs) on Virgin Atlantic. Flight and experience flying with […]



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