Spring and the Pandemic

Hello, fellow campers, cooks, and gourmets everywhere! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire, France. Well, I don’t think any of us could have possibly predicted the turmoil that our fellow humans are experiencing as a result of this horrible disease that has taken over the planet. We hope you are all well and have […]

Children of the Carl

Hello! Gourmet Girl Lindsey here. Have you been making sourdough bread at home just like every other nonessential worker in America? Yeah, me too. I started this process back in December when the pandemic was just a twinkle in Uncle Ben’s eye. Heeding the sage advice of my friend Sarah, I ordered some dried sourdough […]

The Slow Life

Hello, campers, food enthusiasts, and cooks everywhere! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire Valley, France. Well, what a strange time we are living in right now, n’est ce pas? Here in France, we have just completed a two-week lockdown only to be told we will have to stay on lockdown another month, until April […]

Comfort Food in Uncomfortable Times

Dear Friends and Followers, We hope you’re all doing OK and keeping safe. We’re as overwhelmed as everyone about our current state of affairs. With folks around the world (myself included) hunkering down and avoiding physical contact with friends, many of our routines have been thrown out of whack. In times like this, it often […]

Pasta!

Hello, fellow campers, friends, and food lovers everywhere! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the beautiful Loire river valley, France. Spring has come early here in the form of flowering trees but the weather remains quite cool. This year my Mirabelle plum tree, always the first to flower in March, bloomed its little heart out the […]

On Being a Naturalist

Dear Friends, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara. Living on the central coast of California, one doesn’t need to travel far afield to find wonderful campsites, meet new friends, and experience Mother Nature in all her splendor. Less than 25 miles from where I live, there are two state parks and a private […]

Paradise in Pismo

Dear Friends, Gourmet Girl Gail here. As we usher in a new decade, we’d like to thank our followers for reading our blog, posting comments, and tweeting about something we wrote. We are so grateful to be able to connect with like-minded people who follow their adventurous hearts, enjoy well-prepared, gourmet meals, and have a […]

How Much Is Enough?

Hello, fellow campers, chefs, and lovers of food! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire River Valley, France. It has been a while since I have been in communication, mostly because it has been a very busy holiday season for me over here and the remodel of my farmhouse continues. A wonderful WorkAway fellow, Mark,  […]

The Loneliest Road in America

Dear Friends, Foodies, and Fellow Travelers, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara, where there’s a crispness in the air (finally!) after temps being in the mid 80s earlier this week! If you live in Chicago or Big Piney, Wyoming (the ice box of the nation), you might think this is a wonderful thing. […]