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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: Pont du Gard

A sunny weekend chez les parents included a day trip to the beach. Before hitting the waves D and I stopped to visit the Pont du Gard.

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Miami Firsts

While many Canadians celebrated Queen Victoria’s birthday yesterday I was thinking about Miami.  Why Miami instead of this woman, a monarch, who reigned for almost 64 years?  (I wasn’t even thinking about Charles and Camilla who were both in town for the holiday.) Well, this first long weekend of the summer reminds me of another set […]

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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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Desperately Seeking Summer

Just how optimistic are you?  Are you a ‘the glass half full’ person and do you see the silver lining on every cloud? Do you retire your shoes and socks for flip-flops at the first sign of warm weather? Even if it means sporting your summer footwear with a heavy sweater or even a coat? […]

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Help!

Mayday: the international radiotelegraph distress signal used by ships and aircrafts.  It’s origin?  (Venez) m’aider, French for (come) help me! Mayday is also one of my favourite programs on the Discovery Channel. If you’ve never watched an episode — I think I’ve seen them all — and if you’re not a fan of flying this […]

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Picture this: cherry blossoms

I love cherry blossoms and their delicate sweet fragrance.  Despite the fact that I hate to get up-close-and-personal with bugs of any kind, I will gladly poke my nose into almost any flower. I do like to stop and smell the roses and the cherry blossoms. Sometimes you are just forced to stop…or to take […]

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Two hours in Ménerbes

This time last year, I was in Toronto preparing to return to France with my mother in tow.  Even though we’re only a few days into April, much like last year, much of France was blessed with an early spring.  Even Paris had shrugged off her grey coat in favour of sunny skies. D and […]

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Picture This: Flowers

Today happened to be one of the few times I had my camera with me while at the market.  I marked this ‘occasion’ by snapping a quick photo of some of the lovely flowers for sale at Cours Saleya. My favourite flower is la pivoine (the peonie) but I do appreciate Mother Nature’s skill at […]

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