This infamous, though likely apocryphal, line is attributed to Marie Antoinette. It does make you want a slice of cake, or a bite-sized petit four, or an almondy financier. A petit four literally means “little oven,” and is an exquisitely decorated tiny bite of cake with frosting. Pronounced ... Read More about Let Them Eat Cake!
Angelina is certainly no secret, but when you step in this gold-and-mirrored “salon de thé” on the rue de Rivoli in Paris, you will immediately feel like you’ve found something special. You have! I heard about this lovely little gem of a café years ago when a friend raved about the best hot ... Read More about Angelina Paris
Paris is especially lovely around Christmas and New Year’s. The trees along the Champs-Élysées are lit with twinkle lights. The big department stores have lacey lights on every surface of each building, the insides of the stores have beautiful oversized decorations, and the window displays are a ... Read More about Le Nouvel An (The New Year)
Each year I love to decorate my home for Christmas, or as the French would say Joyeux Noël! Over the years my decorations have evolved into a French and Santa theme, a whimsical mix of McKenzie-Childs Christmas and French accessories, ornaments, ribbons, and gift boxes. The final touch is a ... Read More about Joyeux Noël
There’s nothing better than a party among friends and family with a fun cocktail in hand. Cocktails such as the cranberry champagne cocktail from Bon Appetit magazine is among my favorite. It’s delicious, festive, easy to make, and a real crowd-pleaser. While this is an obvious choice ... Read More about Cocktails