I’ll Have a Suze, S’il Vous Plaît

This, my friends, is a bottle of Suze, a French aperitif I’ve been drinking for the last two weeks in Brittany and Paris. I’d never heard of Suze before it was suggested to our group of hikers at the hotel Manoir du Sphinx in Perros-Guirec on the Côte de Granit Rose...

Road Trip to Bentonville

It started with a phone call from Robin. “Hey, you want to drive over to Bentonville, Arkansas to see the new Crystal Bridges art museum?” Of course I did. We both adore road trips. Bentonville, home of Wal-Mart, was a nice long distance – about 20 hours – from...

Dinner at Bar Le Passage in Paris

Paris is famous for fine restaurants, but often they’re way out of my price range. But my friend Donna Morris of Best Friend in Paris took Barbara Wendell and me to Bar Le Passage on place Madeleine, where we could taste the food of highly-decorated chef Alain...

Dining Alone: How to Make Ethiopian Hash

I live alone. I eat out a lot – at least one meal a day, almost every day. I’m not much of a cook. But I do have my favorite “home-cooked” meals, and this is one of them. True, the actual cooking is done in the kitchen of Abol, my favorite Ethiopian restaurant down...

I Embark on an “Eating Plan”

I’m not calling it a diet. Diets sound bleak. They require a surfeit of will power that I possessed as a younger woman but no longer exercise much. Look, I know I’m overweight. I see that bulge around my middle – that famous apple shape that predestines me to a heart...

Street Food in Brittany

Donna and I are staying at a B&B (aka “chateau”) called Le Manoir de La Villeneuve near the small town of Lamballe in Brittany. Yesterday we visited the Lamballe morning market, then drove to Dinan for their larger market. Lunch was galette saucisse, a sausage...