...it wasn't because I was lazy
...it wasn't because I didn't want to
...it wasn't because I didn't care
It was simply because life took over and there wasn't a minute left over for writing.
But I'm back now and am thrilled to be sharing again. So, here we go!
As for what I've been up to lately, the biggest thing was my recent trip to Barcelona and Paris. The trip was, in fact, a gift from my husband for our 35th wedding anniversary, which we celebrated in May. (Full disclosure: Going to Paris has been a lifelong dream of mine. My husband finally made it come true!)
We left on a Tuesday afternoon, and by 9am the next day, we had landed in Barcelona. We spent two days there before taking a train to the South of France and renting a car. From there, we worked our way up to Paris, one beautiful town at a time, until we hit the big city. Then we spent the last five days of our vacation in the magnificent, glorious, magical City of Lights.
Somehow, words do this trip no justice, especially when it comes to the food (natch!). Which is why I'd like to share my culinary journey with you pictorially. After all, it's always about the food, right? Hope you enjoy!
|DAYS 1-2 IN BARCELONA, SPAIN: Tapas platter
|Breakfast buffet at our Barcelona hostel
|A typical Spanish breakfast
|A stand at La Boqueria in Barcelona--one of the best public markets in the world
|A meat stand at La Boqueria
|A salted fish stand
|An egg stand
|Beautiful, fresh vegetables
|A gorgeous assortment of fruits, nuts, and vegetables
|Mushrooms...and more mushrooms
|Your choice of cheeses
|Colorful tropical fruits, complete with spoon
|Delicious smoothies (only 1 euro each!)
|A cafe off the beaten path in Barcelona
|Fresh, hot churros and a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream in Barcelona
|DAY 3 IN MONTPELLIER, FRANCE: A decidedly upscale bakery
|Beautiful design AND beautiful products!
|Take a look at these! Who could resist just one? (Not me!)
|DAY 4 IN AVIGNON, FRANCE: Butternut squash soup with floating mousse foam
|Chicken with mashed potatoes and mushrooms
|Fresh cream and raspberry sauce with cotton candy on top!
|Butter croissant with freshly squeezed orange juice
|Quiche Lorraine with cappuccino
|DAY 5 IN LYON, FRANCE - A great meat-lovers
|Vol au vent
|Andouillette (aka chittlins!)
|The famous Salade Lyonnaise
|DAY 6 IN BEAUNE, FRANCE - The classic French onion soup
|Escargots (aka snails)
|Pain au chocolat
|DAY 7 IN FONTAINEBLEAU - Oysters
|Guinea fowl with potatoes
|Sweet cheese with raspberry sauce
|DAYS 8-12 IN PARIS, FRANCE - Foie gras carpaccio with toasts
|Chocolate milkshake at the Louvre Museum cafeteria (you have to stir it from the bottom up!)
|A street vendor selling hot chestnuts on the Champs-Elysees
|The famous "Le Grand Colbert" restaurant
|The staff was fabulous!
|What a grand interior!
|Lamb chops with dauphinois gratin
|What a beautiful display!
|It just doesn't stop!
|Snails in a parsley cream sauce
|Duck a l'orange
|Chocolate opera cake
|Rabbit terrine en croute
|Rumsteak with Bearnaise sauce and potatoes
|Caramelized beef cheeks
|Pear sorbet and vanilla ice cream
|Veal with Roquefort cream sauce, potatoes with duck fat, and spinach in cream sauce