Back to Blog Home

All Posts

Green Things Soup

  Like the name says, this soup is green! I make this soup all the time and I’ve shared the recipe so many times with satisfied friends that […]

Read More…

Menton’s Quirky Central Park Coffee

I have a confession to make.  I’ve never seen the TV programme, Friends until today when, strictly for the purpose of writing this post, I watched the episode […]

Read More…

Madeleine with Cornmeal, Olive Oil and Lemon

  I don’t know about you, but this cold, wet, snowy weather of late is freaking me out a bit. In the last century when I first landed […]

Read More…

Bio Boom in Beausoleil

  It seems the Municipal Market in Beausoleil and the Monte Carlo market near it, has become quite the hot spot for healthy eating of late.   LB Bio, […]

Read More…

Goodbye Dragon, Hello Snake

Having just returned from Hong Kong, you’d never have guessed the year of the snake was on its way unless you were really looking for snakes. Last year […]

Read More…

A Playground Called Hong Kong

I think Hong Kong is a wondrous and inspiring place.  In my opinion, it makes New York and even Tokyo seem laid back by comparison. From the minute […]

Read More…

Pâtisserie Canet Returns, Supermarket Loyalty Programmes, and the Bookaffé

  Pâtisserie Gérald Canet Do you remember the Pâtisserie Canet clinging to the Monaco border on Avenue du Maréchal Foch near the market in Beausoliel?  After over 50 […]

Read More…

Out and a Boot. A Good Dinde is Hard to Find

Being a vegetarian, out of habit I scoot by the butcher shops in most covered markets without a second look.  It’s not that I’m squeamish about seeing meat, […]

Read More…

Out and a Boot. A Basque Welcome, Belgian Chocolate, Japanese Goodies

I must say, after the Mairie de Monaco revitalized the covered market in Place d’Armes, the place has come alive again like nobody’s business. If you remember back […]

Read More…

Ho Ho Ho in Monaco. Eight Thoughtful, Affordable Gift Ideas

Well, ’tis the season!  If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet or you’re stumped, or both, these suggestions may help especially if you have a foodie to […]

Read More…

The Marché Paysan in Montpellier

I loved our approach to the Sunday Marché Paysan in Montpellier.  It was a wide boulevard for both pedestrians and cyclists and it was flanked by tall, young […]

Read More…

A Proper Cup of Tea

There’s no doubt about it, here in the Côte d’Azur we’re smack dab in the centre of the Italian/French coffee belt.  Espresso?  No problem.  Cappuccino or Latte?  Coming […]

Read More…

Out and a Boot. A 2€ Shop in Discovered in Menton.

As all my friends know, and as you  may have gathered by reading my blogs, I am a big fan of flea markets, jumble sales, coupons and bargains […]

Read More…

Truffles at the Food Court

After spending the summer in Canada and cocooning for a few days to work on my jet lag, I finally surfaced to have tea and a “catch up” […]

Read More…

Toronto’s St Lawrence Market. The South Side

      When I visited Toronto back in May, I popped in to the St Lawrence Market in Toronto this summer on a weekday which was all […]

Read More…

Enjoying a Rainy Day Market in Canada

  When I tell people that I love rainy weather, they look at me, puzzled. They don’t usually ask me why, they just say, “oh” like I was […]

Read More…

Beauty and the Beast. Chocolate Truffles on Artichoke Leaves

All summer I’ve been enjoying bars of unique, sensuous, and completely addictive Hummingbird Chocolate and I always pick up a few bars from Drew and the mysterious Erica […]

Read More…

Julia Child, Luck, and Legacies

Five years ago on a rainy Saturday in May, I went to an estate sale in the west end of Ottawa. After setting aside a few goodies I’d […]

Read More…

The End is Nigh. Time for Dinner.

Around the dinner table the other day, in the lull between the appetizer and the main course, the subject of the recent drought here in Canada came up.  […]

Read More…

New York’s Union Square Greenmarket

With beautiful, classic skyscrapers surrounding us, I had an inspiring visit to New York’s Union Square Greenmarket last Saturday.  Despite the steamy 94°F weather, the crowds were thick, […]

Read More…