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July 2010

Homemade raspberry jam, all year long

I do not come from a family of jam-makers. For me, jam is a souvenir: I buy pineapple or passionfruit jam in tiny shops in Maui upcountry, or fresh apple butter after a trip to Apple Hill. I’m intrigued by the homemade labels and unexpected fruit...
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Logistics: a place to stay in Paris

Rarely will I admit to being a spoiled only child, but there’s one thing that I did always take for granted: perfect Paris accommodations. Other than a monthlong stint in a dorm in the Thirteenth while studying at Alliance Française, Paris has...
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A bet on love in the city of romance

I’m a sucker for black-and-white pictures of Paris and wedding photos. I can look at either one for hours, daydreaming of rendezvous in the most romantic city in the world and pretending that Taylor Swift songs really do come true. So when I...
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Even a heat wave in Paris is charming

One of my favorite ways to spend a sunny day in Paris is in the Jardins de Luxembourg. All I need is the latest copy of French Elle, a refreshing (preferably pink) drink and a place to put up my feet. Obviously, I'm not the only one who thinks this...
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Ice cream as a cooling system

Summer has finally arrived in Nice, and with it, an ever-constant layer of sweat. I pride myself on an ability to withstand triple digits, coming from a region where we measure a summer's intensity in consecutive days over 100 degrees. However, the...
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Eggplants should be barbecued, not fried

Many Americans' knowledge of eggplant limited to when it's fried beyond recognition, covered in tomato sauce and accompanied by a heap of spaghetti. For me, at least, eggplant parmigiana was the only way I ate eggplant for a really, really long...
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Logistics: the rails between Paris and Nice

Wondering how to turn your visit to the City of Lights into a day at the beach? Nice and the sunny shores of the French Riviera aren't as far as you think, thanks to the glorious European rail system. Plane, train or automobile? That was the...
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I left my heart in Paris

Walking out of the Gare de Lyon, I immediately felt like the country bumpkin in the big city. I certainly wasn't in Nice anymore. The neutral urbanness of the city--despite its beauty--was a drastic change from the vibrant colors that usually...
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Postcard from Paris

Paris tends to be one giant photo opportunity: the characters, the architecture, the balance of opulence and grittiness. There are the perfect set-ups: in front of the Tour Eiffel or the Arc de Triomphe, the crowds in front of Moulin Rouge or...
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Challenge of the Cornet: Paris Edition

True, the Challenge of the Cornet is centered around trying all 93 flavors at Fennochio in Nice (only 76 left to go!). However, I didn't see why my ice cream obsession should be limited to the French Riviera when Paris is foodie heaven. I took the...
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