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Dublin Ireland on a map

48 hours in Dublin, Ireland

My husband and I spent a week in Ireland last December. We traveled by car from Dublin to the cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay, up the coast along beautiful country roads, and then back across the country all the way to Belfast. I’m excited to share bits of this wondrous trip. It has allowed me […]

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Cooked Haggis, Dominion Square Tavern, Montreal

Burns’ night at Montreal’s Dominion Square Tavern

It’s the time of year where folks around the world get together in celebration of Robert “Robbie” Burns, the Scottish poet from Ayershire who passed away in 1796. As an homage to the man – and in particular to his poem “Address to a Haggis” – his friends held a dinner in memoriam which eventually morphed into […]

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Macarons, Pierre Hermé Paris

Croissants, coffee and macarons for a great Parisian morning

Though I am a huge fan of world-renowned La Durée macarons, I have a personal preference for Pierre Hermé’s; they’re fluffier and the taste, no matter how extravagant the chosen flavour, will make your mind wander for a moment of discovery and pleasure at every bite. Pierre Hermé could be described as a “designer” pâtisserie […]

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La tête dans les olives, orange and anchovy

La tête dans les olives – and a word on sincerity

Preambule: I am aware that the “food blogging” movement has changed the restaurateur’s business reality. In fact, I don’t think it’s a reach to say that the emergence of blogs, Trip Advisor reviews, Facebook, Twitter and other such crowdsourcing, community-based websites has affected and changed the service industry as a whole. I feel lucky to […]

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Huitrerie Regis, Paris

Make it an oyster (and champagne) night in Paris – l’huitrerie Regis

Paris is romantic. Fresh oysters are good. Champagne is fun, and good. Having all of those things tucked neatly into a 20-person space in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a dream come true. To the exception of a cheese plate and minimal cold cuts, this small restaurant exclusively serves raw seafood, satisfying your biggest cravings for oysters, urchins […]

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Endive salad sweet and sour dressing

Getting a fancy dinner out of your leftover’s leftovers

If you’re American, you’re probably all turkey’d out from Thanksgiving celebrations. If you’re Canadian, Thanksgiving’s long gone but still lives on in your freezer, and you’re most likely exhausted by the idea of Christmas on the way (the massive meals, the cocktails, the family reunion marathon). You’ve eaten the left over turkey already and had […]

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Miniature quincaillerie, passage Jouffroy, Paris

Top walks in Paris: Covered market streets

It took me nearly 5 trips to Paris and 3 months of living there to discover the beautiful covered market streets in the 9e arrondissement. Dating from the 19th century, le Passage Jouffroy and its extending passages Verdeau and des Panoramas were the beginning of the modern shopping scene, where le lèche vitrines could finally […]

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Bistrot Paul Bert, Paris

Girl’s lunch and Paris-Brest – bistro love

Winter is slowly creeping up on us. Before you say that I sound like Eddard Starck , I’d like to share a recent find which may prove to be a perfect lunch time hideout from the cold weather. A girlfriend of mine thought to invite me on a lunch date “un samedi après-midi”. She mentioned that […]

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Mercado San Miguel, Madrid

Linger at Madrid’s Mercado San Miguel, Spain

If you happen to pass by Madrid, you may want to reserve some time for Mercado San Miguel. It’s a great place to linger for a glass of wine or two before heading for dinner mas tarde. You’ll find fresh meat, cold cuts, seafood stands boasting fresh oysters and champagne, cocktails, wine bars, pastries, local […]

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Cassoulet breakfast in Paris

Cassoulet: uncensored

As mentioned in my previous post “Guests in Paris”, I set myself an endpoint goal for a fat, meaty, poached-eggs sitting atop a mountain of goodness type of brunch. The path to this goal could have been simple, had I opted to buy the tried and delicious canned cassoulet sold here for no more than 8 euros. […]

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