Expat Life In France

Hello friends! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire Valley, France. As I sit here hunched over my big electric heater at my computer writing this, I can’t help but remember a post on a website group that I belong to, ‘Expat life in France’. They were asking what you miss the most from your country […]

Gone with the Wind!

Dear Readers, Gourmet Girl Gail writing to you from rainy Santa Barbara. We’re getting a ton of rain here on the California coast, and it’s much needed, but it feels somewhat like an El Nino these past couple of days. I hope to see sunshine by the end of the week when my sister and […]

Epiphany and the Galette des Rois

Hello friends, Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé in the Pays de Loire, France. The 6th of January or Epiphany (an awakening or realization) has just passed; a long tradition that was instituted by the Catholic church here in the 13th century. Epiphany celebrates the visit of the three kings or magi, Balthasar, […]

The Hunt Is On!

Hello Friends, Gourmet Girl Denise here. The last leaves have fallen from the trees here in the Loire River Valley and there is a chill in the air. Two weeks ago the night temperature dipped below freezing, and when I awoke the next morning and stepped outside my tomato plants were black and had turned to […]

Greetings from Ocean Mesa!

Hello Dear Friends and Followers! Well, it doesn’t get much better than this. I’m writing from my camper van at Ocean Mesa, a mere 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara. I had the carpets cleaned in my apartment and decided to let them dry thoroughly for couple of days. I know, I know! Any excuse […]

A Year To Be Thankful

Hello Friends, Campers, and lovers of the Culinary Arts! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire River Valley, France. Fall has passed and winter is upon us here in North-West France. The skies are gray with intermittent sunshine, weak as it is, and the leaves have fallen from the trees. Nature is beginning its’ long sleep, […]

Exploring Morro Bay

Howdy Everyone, A few weeks ago, shortly before Halloween, I took Gone with the Wind (aka Roadtrek) up to Morro Bay State Park. Accompanying me in her Minnie Winnie was my RV pal, Kathy Moran. Each of us had booked three nights with full hookups. Never having camped there with RVs before, we didn’t know […]