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June 2010

Paris is always a good idea

While city dwellers are dreaming of relaxation and sunshine, I am lusting after hustle and bustle. While I'm quickly growing accustomed to the laid-back, beachy lifestyle of the French Riviera, I miss the sophistication of city life. I'm craving a...
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Sweet or sour, the challenge continues

So I admit that I've been slacking a bit on the Challenge of the Cornet. Two weeks, and I've only tasted five flavors! Unfortunately, I've had a bit of dessert distraction, otherwise known as my obsession with crafting the perfect clafoutis. Even so,...
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Practice makes perfect in the kitchen

My grandma is the cute old lady who always has cookies--for her granddaughters (obviously), for the kids next door, for the people who work at the bank. Whenever you go to her house, chocolate chip cookies and pizzelles will be there, without fail....
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Celebrate the start of summer with a song!

Fête de la Musique is hands-down one of my favorite holidays in France. The concept is simple: take advantage of the longest day of the year with an open-air music festival. Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to play in the streets,...
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Travel isn’t always beautiful, but it’s always worth it

"Heureux qui, comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyage" --Joachim du Bellay Roughly translated, this means "Happy is he who, like Ulysses, has made a beautiful voyage." Ever since stumbling across this mosaic on Castle Hill, the quote has stuck...
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Syrups are for cocktails, not pancakes

I've always had a sweet spot for syrups. Shirley Temples were my drink of choice throughout my childhood, and I had a great run with Dirty Shirleys when I started going to the bars. I also loved Italian sodas, especially with a dash of half-and-half...
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Clafoutis: the perfect five-ingredient dessert

Little-known fact: I had a brief stint as an au pair in a tiny village west of Paris when I was 18. However, it only took me about two weeks to realize that I'm not cut out for the countryside or crying children. The only upside to country living? A...
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Today, Nice parties for France

150 years ago, Nice chose France. Well, at least that's what all the posters say--but really, the territory that has switched hands between Italy and France countless times in its history was ceded to France as a territorial reward for French...
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So close yet so far away

Thanks to the glorious technology of Skype, I talk to my parents now just about as often as I did when I lived two hours away. True, I can't pick up my iPhone and call my mom when I'm waiting in traffic or photo text my dad when I see something...
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You can close the beaches, but you can’t take our sunshine

Another epic windstorm hit Nice last week--one of those days where you walk outside and literally feel like you might be blown away. I saw a flower pot blow off a fourth-story window in Old Nice and shatter just inches from people walking below. The...
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