November 2010

The art of dining in France

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While working as a waitress in Nice, we once had a huge lunch rush, resulting in a longer wait time for main courses than normal. (The Snug only has one chef in a teeny-tiny kitchen!) One of the tables was a group of young French professionals, who were a bit frustrated at the wait—they had […]

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Postcard from Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is one of those perfectly picturesque cities: tree-lined canals, bicycle-lined cobblestone alleyways, old-style architecture. The skies may have been gray, but the cozy coffee shops provided the perfect escape.

November 28, 2010 Continue reading…

Why the French don’t celebrate Thanksgiving

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For starters, the food isn’t anything worth being thankful for. Cranberry sauce out of can–either whole or jellied–just wouldn’t cut it next to fresh confiture. Oven-warmed rolls don’t stand a chance against a baguette, fresh from the boulangère. And why, mon Dieu, would you ruin good sweet potatoes with a load of brown sugar and […]

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Lyon: more than just a place setting

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Not many countries can boast a gastronomic capital. But this is France, and food is never taken lightly. Lyon, an industrial city along the Rhone, is known best for its nurturing of haute cuisine and its pork-filled bouchons. While the restaurants are certainly the highlight of the city, Lyon has far more to offer than […]

November 23, 2010 Continue reading…

Postcard from Provence

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It’s all about who you know, right? I’m lucky enough to have family friends who live in the heart of the French countryside. Down a bumpy, unpaved road outside of a tiny town that boasts a church, a bakery and a few assorted cafes, they live in utter serenity. I spent a weekend wandering through […]

November 21, 2010 Continue reading…

Not always cheap, but Paris is always a good idea

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Paris is always a good idea. While that was Audrey Hepburn’s opinion, I’d have to say I agree. Paris is a city that captures the heart of Francophiles and Franco-wary alike, with its iconic architecture, world-famous gastronomy and unbelievably fashionable women. Despite its status as one of Europe’s most sophisticated capitals, it’s still possible to […]

November 18, 2010 Continue reading…

Confessions of a first-time couchsurfer

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As a solo female traveler, I’ve always been a bit wary of Couchsurfing. Sure, the concept is great: instead of being isolated in a hotel room or surrounded by other travelers in a hostel, you’re immersed in the culture by staying with passionate locals. However, after joining the site, I noticed that many of the […]

November 16, 2010 Continue reading…