Classic Summer Dessert: Peach Clafoutis

This recipe is a classic from my childhood in France. My mom always made it with cherries. This time I used peach that had been in my refrigerator for a week, and needed to get eaten. You can use any summer fruit, just keep in mind baking time may vary based on the fruit used….

400 Years of Secrecy Behind a French Liquor

May 16 is Chartreuse Day! Do you know what it means? The Chartreuse liquor is today considered one of the oldest liquor in the world. The recipe for that French liquor made in the heart of the French Alps was given to the Carthusian Monks in 1605, more precisely, you guessed it, May 16, 1605….

The Mythical Wines of France

France is known for some great wines. Who has not drink a Bordeaux, a Burgundy, or a Champagne? But did you know there are several areas that produce fabulous wines, consumed mainly in their regions’ of origin, and mostly unknown from the general public? The Bugey This region is one of the smallest in France…

France: A Few of The Most Beautiful Villages of the Atlantic Coast

There are so many stunning villages in France that it was hard to select just a few, so I based my selection on specific conditions: The village had to be on the Atlantic Ocean, of course… Less than 5,000 people live in these villages all year long. All villages have unique traits of the region…

Visit Provence: The Village of Seguret

It’s been over a month since we got back from our trip to France. Besides spending time visiting family, we took a 2-day trip down the Rhône Valley. We spent the first day visiting the little village of Tavel. The primary and only industry in this area is wine making. Tavel produces rosé wines, and…

An Escape in the Côtes du Rhône Meridionales: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is located on the southern region of the Rhône Valley a few miles from Avignon, the city of the Popes. Its mediaeval castle dominating the valley was built in the XIV century for Pope John XXII, the second of the popes to reside in Avignon. That said, this was not the purpose of our…

An Enchanted Summer on the Atlantic Ocean

The year was 1982; I was finishing my college junior year and was getting ready to go on the adventure of a lifetime. I had been selected has one of 17 students to go on a summer internship abroad. I was going to the United States! I was the proud owner of a passport with…

[A royal treatment] a unique way to visit France!

A friend of mine just started a fabulous custom-made intercultural and language experience for individuals in the beautiful region of Touraine France. The Touraine region is known for its castles and wines. In the 15th and 16th centuries the region was the favorite residence of the French kings and is now a popular tourist attraction…