Anna Barie is not an aspiring cookbook author, culinary celebrity or foodie elitist. She is an enthusiastic novice and budget gourmand with a sense of humor. Discover with her the cuisine, culture, history and la vie au quotidien in Lyon, France.

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The French get fatter, even during a crisis

There are no shortage of blogs, and books and movies that paint France as a magical culinary wonderland. My latest discovery is Rachel Khoo‘s cooking show for the […]

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5 Ways France Cured My Food Addiction Pt. 3

Continued from 5 Ways France Cured My Food Addiction Pt. 2 The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. One day I was speaking to a friend, a gorgeous […]

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5 Ways France Cured My Food Addiction Pt. 2

    Continued from 5 Ways France Cured My Food Addiction Pt. 1   Pt. 2 Eating what’s on our plates. When I was younger, my family went […]

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5 Ways France Cured My Food Addiction Pt. 1

    If this March 2012 report is accurate, then 24 million Americans have an eating disorder, that is 13% of the total population.  And I’m sure it […]

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On chicken soup and convenience

Donovan may have sang about the “Season of the Witch”, but we have hit upon the ‘season of the sick’ here in Lyon as friends beg off social […]

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Because It’s Always Time For Apéro Somewhere

  Ah, June. So, amazingly, here we are, in something resembling a heat wave, with the kind of restlessness that comes with the ever later summer coucher de […]

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Signs of Spring : Of Elections and Asparagus

  (After a slight respite, I’m back !) Yesterday was another day of firsts for me here in France, as it was the first round of the French elections […]

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A Chocolate and Marron Fondant to Melt Hearts and Toes

<3 My first winter in France and we are in the grips of a historical European cold wave–which has nothing to do with cool synth music. This is […]

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Of Milk and Tea: Part II

Part II. Milk I don’t like milk. As a kid I would guzzle it by the gallon (which might have attributed to some big growth spurts), then I […]

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Of Milk and Tea: Part I

Part I. L’Heure du Thé I like licorice–sometimes. Even the crazy strong salted German licorice holds some appeal for me (which I learned has a salmiak flavor, a […]

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