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Le Camion de Sophie

Le Camion de Sophie parks just down the street from our apartment. I was heading to the bakery as I wanted to pick up two mini quiches for dinner. So startled I was to see an ardoise (menu board) on the sidewalk where there usually is nothing but doggie poop I almost tripped over my feet. […]

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Comfort Food – Endive Gratin

Because I love comfort food and because I love Jamie’s blog, here’s a post from January 2012 that combines both these things. I made this for dinner last night, again to rave reviews from my husband. Seriously, who can say no to melted cheese? And since the weather on the Côte d’Azur is still a […]

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Schnitzels and beer in Innsbruck

When in Innsbruck… Innsbruck’s clean and brisk alpine air and stunning mountain views combined to take my breath away. The little breath I had left I used to inhale my first schnitzel. Who knew flattened, breaded and fried meat was so good? It turns out that a lot of people know how crazy good schnitzel is. I have […]

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Ham it up

Sometimes what you really need is ham.  And I mean really good ham.  On a recent trip to Paris D and I did just that: we had ham for dinner. We left our hotel one evening unsure about where to go for dinner.  We were in Paris so we weren’t lacking in the choice department. […]

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Tomato

I get a little adrenaline rush every time I get to the marché at Cours Saleya. I don’t know what it is and this time of year the buzz is more pronounced.  Cours Saleya hums with the sounds of French mixing in with English, German, and Italian.  Natives and tourists alike wander past stalls, stopping […]

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Originally posted on Blissful Basil:
Patience is most often a virtue but once in a while it’s a lavender macaron.  A petite, pillow-like cookie that is typically so darn pretty one might believe that it couldn’t possibly taste good.  But it does.  It tastes like heaven all wrapped up into two bites.  Of course, tasting heaven is going to cost you. …

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Burger Wars: A Religious Experience?

My exile in Toronto has serious advantages, all of them food-related. First of these is my mother’s cooking.  The second, and perhaps most crucial advantage, is the quintessential summer staple: the hamburger. Sometime during the past year hamburgers became the must-eat item. Burger joints have opened up all across Toronto and greasy spoons are making […]

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Picture this: Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin

It’s no secret: I adore gin.  While some people dedicate their lives and their taste buds to rum — yes, I’m talking ’bout you K — I enjoy a glass of gin now and then.  Not much quenches my thirst or preps my taste buds better than a well-crafted gin & tonic.  (Dare I admit […]

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My Latest Crave: Burger – Holy Chuck Burgers

When you’re away from home on an extended trip or vacation what food/meal do you crave? Before arriving in Toronto my biggest crave was for a good hamburger.  I wouldn’t say that I’m a huge burger eater but lately it seems that burgers are everywhere.  Some of my favourite food blogs and magazines are feeding […]

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Dining in the 14th: Restaurant Monteleone

Business trips to Paris are always a lot of fun for me:  I get the trip without the business.  D’s schedule generally dictates in which arrondissement we stay and on our most recent stay we’d found a nice hotel in the 14th.  To my knowledge, there isn’t anything in this part of Paris.  At least, […]

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