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November 2010

The art of dining in France

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...
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Postcard from Amsterdam

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. 2265...
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Why the French don’t celebrate Thanksgiving

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....
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Lyon: more than just a place setting

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...
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Postcard from Provence

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...
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Not always cheap, but Paris is always a good idea

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...
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Confessions of a first-time couchsurfer

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...
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Postcard from Oxford

I'm lucky enough to be friends with an Oxford University student, and thus was able to score not only a private tour of the town and university, but also get an inside look into student life at the first university in the English-speaking world....
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A Museum Night to remember

Many young people have a number of European festivals on their bucket list: La Tomatina in Spain, Oktoberfest in Germany, Carnival in Venice. However, there's an event in Amsterdam--and no, I'm not talking about the huge rave--one that's little-known...
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When too much choice is a bad thing

Confession: I have no idea what I'm doing next. Very, very soon (eight days to be exact), I'll be back home. While I'm beyond excited to have some of my mom's home cooking and catch up with girlfriends over cocktails, I'm also a bit worried. Worried...
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