An Early Spring

Hello friends and fellow campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé in the Loire, France. It seems spring has come early here in the Loire. Daffodils are up and sporting their sunny, yellow faces, and my Mirabelle plum tree has bloomed its little heart out and it has been warm enough for bees […]

Le Chandeleur

Hello Friends, Campers, and Gourmets! Greetings! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé here in the Loire, France. Today is Le Chandeleur or Candlemass here in France, always celebrated on February 2. Originally it was a religious holiday that celebrated the presentation at the temple of Jesus forty days after his birth, or […]

Joyeux Noel and Happy Hanukah!

Hello, fellow campers, wanderers, and food lovers! Well, here we are again ready to celebrate Christmas and the year’s end. This year seems to have gone by very quickly, and maybe that’s a blessing after all. What a year it’s been! We have lost so many souls to the dreaded Covid and the resulting lockdowns […]

Camping During COVID — Part 4

Hello Friends, Foodies, and Fellow Campers, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from sunny Santa Barbara. I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving, however you celebrated during this year of COVID. I stayed low key and cooked a small turkey with my neighbor, ordered sides from Lazy Acres (yum!), and three of us dined al […]

Comfort Food

Hello, fellow campers and food aficionados! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire, France. The nip of late fall early winter is upon us here in the Valley of Kings and it’s time to turn on the heat and start eating comfort food. One of the best and most reasonably priced winter delights that I […]

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 […]