Warm Hearts, Cold Days…Paris Perfection!

Warm Hearts, Cold Days…Paris Perfection!

Paris in the winter is a treasure of perfection. Just when the cold outside numbs fingers and toes the performing arts; music, ballet and opera are prime and sensational. Something about being inside warmed by soft light or intimate crowds is cozy and feel so personal. A concert in February at Eglise de la Madeleine. Vivaldi sounds so great in this space…enjoy! The Parisians are very community oriented and in the winter months everything feels warmer, smiles are bigger, crowds smaller and everyone a little more friendly. A long sit in a cafe by a fire is a welcome respite from long walks under grey skies. Hearty rich foods with plenty of red wine will keep your spirit warm and comforted. Try Dining at Le Coupe-Chou in the 5th. Warm fireplace and a cozy meal. This charming ivy covered restaurant is wonderful and charming. Paris is in her winter grey and this is when the light can change to a pale purple hue. Photography is moody and spectacular. If snow falls its white magic mingling with all the golden illuminated street lamps. Visit Versailles on a winter day. The gardens are open and quiet, even free entry at times during the winter…check for scheduled openings. This is the time of year when costs are lowest and travel on a budget reasonable. It is also the time to see Paris as a local, spending plenty of time inside with new friends who effortlessly make you feel welcome like family. Try Eating with Locals in Paris. Cookening the new web based foodie network similar to airbnb will connect you to a...
Chefs are the New Rock Stars and Food is their Music

Chefs are the New Rock Stars and Food is their Music

Food has always been a symbol of culture. It is the one thing we all have in common our love for a good meal. But the culinary world is changing, food is no longer just for nourishment it has become an art form. …And chefs are the artist People pay thousands of dollars and travel across the globe just to experience food prepared by a particular chef. In 2012 the food network had an average of 1.1 million viewers per night in America alone. We don’t even care about eating the food…as long as we can see chefs make it! Just as every painting is different, every plate is unique. Each chef has his or her own form of expression, style and background. Each explores flavor, technique and visual to create their own individual kind of food. It is the creation of visual edible art. Not to get too flowery on you but… there is also something even more amazing about each dish that you eat because it is immediately destroyed. Even if the dish can be recreated it will never be exactly the same. Every culinary experience is completely different, just like every song, painting and sculpture. It has the power to make us happy, sad, excited and frustrated. It is the thing closest to our hearts. It is what literally keeps us going. To every great chef and those aspiring to become one I say “bravo” and “encore!” Who’s...