Upon leaving the beautiful Abbaye de Sénanque last summer, we wound our way a few kilometers south to the hillside village of Gordes for an enjoyable lunch and some sight-seeing.  Its perch high above the Luberon valley, paired with its unique cliff-hugging design, has earned Gordes a spot on the list of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, and as we approached, we were met  by a breathtaking view that explained why. Our lunch reservation was on the patio at L’Artegal, a lovely café… Read more »

I love, love, love French macarons. The vibrant colors together with endless flavor combinations create the perfect little bite of sweet happiness.  I picked up Jill Colonna’s book a while back and recently tried out some of her recipes. I got a bit carried away.  Making these snack-sized little treats really was a lot of fun.  I have tried the Italian method of making the batter as well as the French, and I think I like Jill’s take on the French method… Read more »

A wonderful exhibit simply titled “Posters of Paris” is about to wrap up its Dallas visit, so of course, I had to check it out before it leaves town.  So much material was on display that a single post wouldn’t do the exhibit justice, so I have created a series of stories.  Here we go.  The collection includes works from Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, including this 1891 advertisement for that famous Parisian cabaret, a work that elevated posters to a fine art… Read more »