Snooping Around

While snooping around a friend’s kitchen, I opened a drawer and found this. She swears it wasn’t directed at me.

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Patriotic Pie

Happy Fourth of July!

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Forget Catherine Deneuve and Carole Bouquet. The most photographed and revered woman in Paris is Denise Acabo. With her braided pig-tails, necktie, and crisply-pleated kilt, Denise is the sweetest woman in Paris. Her shop, A l’Etoile d’Or, has an ethereal selection of artisan confections and chocolates from France and whenever I go, I invariably find something new to try, something tasty, something that is so…

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…I-T-A, that’s BRITA™! It lurks in my kitchen, waiting…and waiting. It thirsts for the precious fluid of life. And it will stop at nothing to get it. It is voracious. It is unstoppable. And it doesn’t care who gets in its way. I can’t leave it alone. I hydrate. The water level drops, it needs to be filled. It craves it. Seeking completion. It hungers…

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Everyone over here is getting a chuckle over the Oprah vs. Hermès flap. There seems be a lot of back-and-forth about what happened and who-said-what when Oprah wasn’t allowed into Hermès to buy a watch for her pal Tina Turner (I had the same problem with her as well. Tina is so particular about which brand of watch she’ll wear.) The kinds folks at Hermès…

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Brie de Meaux

In summertime, I follow Parisians who’re making a mass exodus from the city. We scurry from the city, jamming crowded autoroutes and packing the train stations. The city offers few trees or shade, and the sunlight reflecting off the white buildings means little respite from the withering heat no matter how hard you look-and there’s only so much icy-cold rosé that I can drink! So…

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10 Reasons The Amateur Gourmet Should Come to Paris… 1. They have no idea who Bobby Flay is. 2. The have no idea who Rachel Ray is. 3. They know who Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are, but don’t care. 4. Scientology is illegal. 5. Since they wouldn’t let Oprah into Hermès, there’s an unclaimed Birkin bag for Adam’s mom. 6. They know who Oprah…

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I’m in heaven with all the sensational fruits that explode at the markets every summer. Each shopping trip, I invariably lug back with way too much fruit. But everything looks so good I can’t resist; rosy nectarines, blushing apricots, and crisp, dark cherries. So to help you choose the best summer fruits, here’s some shopping tips. Best bets are often at Farmer’s Markets, where the…

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