About Me

I have always been passionate about food and its origin, all things France and Julia Child. Travel tugs at my heart, luring me to new places where I can feast my eyes and senses, taste local foods -mostly via the open air markets- explore ancient sites and listen and learn from stories told by its people. Thus, the reason for beginning this blog in May of 2012… I dedicate it to food and travel, the love it brings to our lives, and the messages, recipes and photos from my heart and soul to you. The best part of my adventures are the people I’ve met abroad and become lifetime friends with:  Jacques, Angela, Davino, Nico, Mattia, Michelle, and you will read about them here.

Meeting Julia for an interview

My travels to France quench my lust for excesses of petite, ruby, candy-sweet strawberries, French breakfast pastries warm from the oven, tender, meadow green asparagus, and goat cheese so fresh and creamy my mouth waters just thinking of it. Let’s not forget the too many choices of vin ordinaire that accompany this party. Italy is my latest obsession, traveling both to the heel of friendly Puglia and to the verdant Tuscan hills. Lucca has stolen my heart.

La Mimosa

More about moi: I fell in love with Europe while studying the fine art of culinary at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. Degrees in Nutrition and Communication have spurred my commitment to sharing my love of food. My mom and grandmother inspired and influenced my cooking passion and are fabulous cooks in their own right. Along with food, comes its source. A growing passion of mine is gardening and learning about the the roots, literally and figuratively, of the food I love to eat.

The best cooking school in the world!

My first view of the Eiffel Tower at age 23.

Sparky, my canine friend who appears randomly in my photos, loves my cooking and drools when he hears the chop of broccoli. A vegetable lover like me; I have caught him nibbling green beans straight off the vines!

I am rarely without a camera, documenting via photographs, my travel, cooking, and ever-growing garden. All photographs on this blog are taken by me.

Enjoy!

Mary