In Search of Heloise and Abelard in Paris

My friend Donna Morris of Best Friend in Paris has been reading Paris and Her Remarkable Women by Lorraine Liscio. It presents sixteen mini-biographies of women whose lives influenced Paris. They begin with Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, and end with...

A Cup of Joe

by Frank Finamore, guest blogger I’m an admitted coffee junkie. My fascination probably started as a kid when I saw that my grandmother’s blue Wedgewood cup was never empty. Today, I sometimes go to bed early just so that the time will go by faster before I can...

Go to Paris for an Agriculture Show? Oui, bien sur!

I was in Paris last week expressly so I could attend the International Agriculture Salon. It’s like the biggest state fair you’ve ever seen – except that it’s way better…indoors, in Paris, and all about French food and wine. What particularly lured me was the cows. Of...

American Jazz in Paris at the Swedish Club

Listening to live jazz is often problematic for me, because jazz clubs start playing about the time I’m snapping off the bedside lamp. But last week in Paris, my friend Donna Morris pointed me to the Cercle Suédois, upstairs in a beautiful building near the Place de...

I Love Galettes

I never used to care for crepes. Until I discovered galettes, those dark buckwheat flour crepes – all crisp and lacy on the edges – last time I was in Paris. So here I am again in Paris. And it’s always a debate: do I try new things (that’s how I discovered galettes...

Snowbound? Make Snow Ice Cream

We’re having a blizzard here in Washington, DC. That’s bad news on all sorts of fronts, from people without power, people without shelter, cancelled events (surely somebody had to change their wedding plans), dangerous driving conditions. We’re all stuck at home for...