Stormy Skies

Hello, fellow campers and food aficionados, Well, the weather here in the Loire has certainly slipped into late fall/winter. I awoke this morning to the sound of what seemed like a tornado about to rip my roof off, as an extremely strong wind drove the rain against my windows. My Catalpa tree in the center […]

Camping During COVID — Part 3

Dear Friends and Fellow Adventurers, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from sunny and now temperate Santa Barbara. We’ve had some oppressive heat waves the past few weeks. Over now, hopefully, and I trust everyone is still doing well considering the challenges we’re facing at the moment. I’ve written about our stays at Hipcamps before. They […]

The Goat Farm

Hello from the Loire Valley, France! Gourmet Girl Denise here. I hope everyone is having a wonderful late summer/early fall. I know not everyone is, especially since it’s been really hot in Southern California and fires are raging seemingly all over the planet earth. Here in the Loire folks have mentioned to me that the […]

Summer’s End

Hello friends, fellow campers, and gourmets! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire Valley, France. The days are getting noticeably shorter as fall sets in and the swallows and swifts have fledged their young and moved away. Evenings are cool and the veggie garden is pumping out the last of the season’s tomatoes and my […]

Camping During Covid — Part II

Dear Fellow Foodies and Camping Aficionados, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Pismo Beach on the Central Coast of California. We’ve been doing some serious local camping most of the summer, and one of our recent excursions was to Lake Cachuma, a reservoir in the Santa Ynez Valley on the Santa Ynez River off California […]

Sunflowers and Blueberries

Greetings from the Loire! Gourmet Girl Denise here with the latest from Le Petit Saint Barnabé. A couple of weeks ago I got a call from my friend Alexia who lives here in Mouliherne. She wanted to go blueberry picking and wanted to know if I wanted to go along. Of course, I said yes, […]

Camping During Covid — Part I

Dear Friends and Followers, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Lake Cachuma, a short drive from my home in Santa Barbara. The thing I noticed most on my way up the 101 Freeway to Buellton were the number of RVs on the road. According to the RV Industry Association, RV sales in some areas have […]

Cooking at Le Petit Saint Barnabé

Hello friends, cooks, and fellow campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Pays de Loire, France. In case you are wondering where on earth the opening picture is from, it is here at Le Petit Saint Barnabé. It is my kitchen where I have been inspired of late to start baking in my ancient, wood-burning […]

The Anarchist Campground

If you don’t mind digging your own latrine, the anarchist campground is your new, self-isolation, best friend! I recently found myself in a situation where my best option was driving halfway across the country. Airplanes? No thanks. Hotels? I was on the fence. But camping… now that’s something I can get behind. Multiple Covid experts […]

Mom’s Apple Pie in the Sky

Dear Friends and Fellow Foodies, Gourmet Girl Gail here! How is everyone faring during these challenging times? We sincerely hope you are safe, healthy, and still cooking up some fabulous meals. They say there’s nothing more American than apple pie and baseball. Growing up, our family had plenty of both. My father was an avid […]