The Beauty of New York State Parks

I admit that I’m not that well-traveled in this country.  Given the choice between England and New England, I’d pick the overseas flight rather than the traffic-filled drive.  But in the summer, air travel can be cost-prohibitive.  Plus, if you don’t have the ability to get away for a full week or more, it may…

Bastille Day Tribute: The New Wine Bars of Paris

Having a glass of wine in France is like having water in the US (unless you’re in California). In fact, you’ll rarely be offered water when dining in Paris. On this Bastille Day, I thought it was fitting to finally finish my last post on Paris and write about the French tradition of wine consumption,…

The Pleasure of Pasta Making

Just because it’s late summer, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy pasta.  It’s actually the perfect time of year to enjoy it most! As the nights cool off, you can finally tolerate the heat of the kitchen again. And you have the best ingredients available:  Field grown tomatoes and basil for fresh marinara sauce.  And of…

Blowing Off Steam In Burgundy

Looking for a relaxing trip in France?  Consider Burgundy.  Known for its wine and its food, it’s a more laid back option than Paris. Stretching over 60kms, the Cote d’Or is divided into two regions: the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits, making it easy to tailor your visit to a weekend or…

A Farewell Note To Pastis

There was something comforting about the red-awning hanging outside this Meatpacking institution.  Busiest late nights, it was a welcome respite from the masses lined up to get into whatever the latest club was on a Saturday night. The crowd at Pastis tended to be more local.  Those who didn’t need a scene.  Just a place…