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 Hamidi who posed several questions to me around the topic of travel and food. (The interviews are in … [Read more...]

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 of you that stuck through the entire trip, you guys are troopers! I am curious whether you prefer one hellaciously long … [Read more...]

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 Paris at the Place de Vendôme. My husband and I are loyal SPG, Starwood Preferred Guest, members and we had … [Read more...]

French Friday – World Class Complainers

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 râleur is somebody who is a grouch a complainer, a moaner, and in a big way. Or when someone just loses it and goes … [Read more...]

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 the brain? Well it is really two people's fault, you'll have to check out this week's Saturday Six #3 to find out. You can definitely … [Read more...]

Sex and The City Paris

Despite the fact that Sex and The City has been over for a decade I always have it 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 my most visited post ever.  So, I feel it is my obligation as a lifelong … [Read more...]

How to Order Coffee in Paris

Each time my husband and I visit Paris, we have to reacquaint ourselves with how to order coffee in Paris! During a recent 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 … [Read more...]

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