Patricia’s Atelier Chocolat

I love holiday traditions and beautiful customs, especially when they involve handmade holiday gifts made with care and love.  My friend Patricia has a lovely way of celebrating friendship during the holidays. It not only involves good company, but also involves sinfully good desserts, children and chocolate mendiants! Around Christmastime, Patricia invites an intimate group of friends… Read More

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

Gorilla French

I often get together with several French-speaking mothers with children about the same age as my little one. We meet at someone’s home and each bring a dish to share, and while our children play together or independently, we chit-chat about a variety of things—life, schools, travel plans, books, the news, etc. The last time… Read More

Québec City

The heart of Québec City is Vieux-Québec (the Old City). It’s divided between Haute-Ville (Upper Town) and Basse-Ville (Lower Town). The former is home to a lot of the city’s most famous sites—like the majestic Château Frontenac, Terrasse Dufferrin (Boardwalk) and more—while the latter, once home to dilapidated warehouses, is now filled with boutique hotels, trendy shops,… Read More

Gougères

Gougères make an elegant alternative to dinner rolls, but are light enough to serve as an appetizer as well. I recently made gougères to accompany an exotic mushroom pâté I served at a play date. The easiest way to describe gougères is to call them savory cheese puffs. Their dough, pâte à choux (or choux pastry), is a… Read More