Travel isn’t always beautiful, but it’s always worth it

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“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 with me. While I’ve forgotten much of what I learned during Greek mythology freshman year, […]

June 20, 2010 Continue reading…

Syrups are for cocktails, not pancakes

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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 and a lot of whipped cream. So it’s no surprise […]

June 18, 2010 Continue reading…

Clafoutis: the perfect five-ingredient dessert

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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 backyard full of cherry trees […]

June 17, 2010 Continue reading…

Today, Nice parties for France

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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 assistance in the Second Italian War of Independence against Austria. Regardless of the shady […]

June 16, 2010 Continue reading…

So close yet so far away

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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 funny. And yes, the […]

June 14, 2010 Continue reading…

You can close the beaches, but you can’t take our sunshine

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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 wind gusts were strong enough to close down the beaches […]

June 13, 2010 Continue reading…

Challenge of the cornet: Nutella edition

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Birthday week meant I blew off most responsibilities, took uber-long naps and didn’t think twice about eating dessert first. Even though my birthday dessert was officially chocolat fondant (think brownie mix right before it goes in the oven–heavenly), I still found room to squeeze in some ice cream. My best choice was ending my birthday […]

June 11, 2010 Continue reading…