À Table!

Take your pleasure seriously. ~ Charles Eames In French, à table literally means “at the table”. Equivalent to “lunch (or dinner) is ready,” the phrase, à table!, is used in many French homes to let people know when the meal is ready to be eaten. The first time I heard of this phrase, I knew I wanted… Read More

Burma, A World Apart

This is Burma, and it is unlike any land you know about. — Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898) Kipling was right. Burma (also known as Myanmar) is such a very unique and fascinating place. For years it was a pariah state and isolated from the rest of the world. As a result, it… Read More

Dolsot Bibimbap

Once upon a time, I lived in a bucolic city called Chuncheon (choon-chun)…. Nestled in rugged, snow-peaked mountains of South Korea, Chuncheon is about 45 miles northeast of Seoul. It’s considered Korea’s lake country and acts as a haven and perfect getaway for weary city slickers wanting to escape Seoul’s urban jungle. For me, it was a great… Read More

Of Love, Happiness, and Romeo and Juliet

Happiness does not come automatically. It is not a gift that good fortune bestows upon us and a reversal of fortune takes back. It depends on us alone.One does not become happy overnight, but with patient labor, day after day. Happiness is constructed, and that requires effort and time. In order to become happy, we… Read More

GALETTE DES ROIS

In celebration of Epiphany, at the beginning of the New Year French bakeries and pastry shops are filled with special pastries called les Galettes des Rois. After writing about the importance of family traditions, this new year I wanted to follow an interesting, adorable and beloved French tradition surrounding the Epiphany, a Catholic festival or day… Read More

A Little Piece of Yemen

In my last edition of Petit World, I showed a picture of the following structure and asked you to guess its name and its locale. The hint I provided was: the structure is a former palace. It looks as if it has grown from the rocks. An iconic symbol of the country of it’s origin,… Read More