November 30, 2019

The Sweetest Royal Treatment: P√Ętisserie in Biarritz

La Grande Plage in Biarritz is desolate but still dreamy in wintertime.

Most visitors come to Biarritz during summertime for a classic seaside vacation. I was lucky enough to visit in the off-season. During this period (late fall and winter) when the weather is moody, this oceanfront Basque resort gets a break from the crowds. The beaches are no longer packed with sunbathers, so you can really appreciate the natural beauty and peacefulness of the coastline. 

October 12, 2019

"Downton Abbey" Tea Party!

Scene from Downtown Abbey PBS Series {Photo credit: Carnival Films}

Since Downtown Abbey is now on the big screen, it's the perfect time to throw an authentic English-style tea party. I hope that my recipes and etiquette tips inspire you to host a celebration of the new cinema release.

September 30, 2019

Lavender and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

A good friend recently offered me a special gift to indulge my passion for French baking: a packet of culinary lavender from Campie's Lavender Patch. The lavender is grown on a family farm in northern Nevada's Great Basin near the town of Stagecoach.