Confession: Why I Hate the Eiffel Tower


Can you picture Paris without the Eiffel Tower? I can. And so can many Parisians. The truth is that I don’t really like the landmark and – while I’m blowing your mind – here’s another confession: I lived in Paris for 6 months without even so much as one step on the … Read more

Franco-Foodie Adventures in Los Angeles


  One of the first questions people ask you in Los Angeles is “where are you from?” because most people aren’t actually from LA. I’m a rare exception, growing up a child of the beach amidst many transplants. But these transplants are what I love most about my hometown. They create an … Read more

Seattle French Food And Adventures


  August. The month when every Frenchie goes on vacation. This month-long exodus is SO popular in French culture that the word “vacation” is even plural, perhaps to refer to a vacation’s implied multi-week duration. We in the states are not so lucky, but quick summer vacations still make for fantastic adventures … Read more

Battle of the West-Side LA Croissants: Café Laurent vs. Amandine


  With the recent appearance of the “cronut” in Santa Monica, you may think the days of the traditional butter croissant are numbered. But I’ll beg to differ. There’s a reason a warm, buttery layered stack of dough has become such a stronghold of the French culinary ecosystem, and it’s largely because … Read more