Dinner at the Moulin Bregeon

Hello, fellow food lovers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire River Valley France, where spring has sprung and life is busting out all over! This is the view as I drove into my new hometown in Mouliherne today with her twisted bell tower and the view of a huge ornamental cherry in my front […]

Gearing Up for Spring Camping

Camp Kitchen

Hello Fellow Campers and Future Camping Enthusiasts, Gourmet Girl Gail here.¬† A real chill has set in on the west coast, and it’s getting down to freezing in some areas. As much as I don’t consider myself a wimp, I”m holding off until the weather warms before I head up to El Capitan State Beach, […]

Cooking With Fire!

Hello and Happy Valentines Day to all of our fellow campers and chefs out there! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire River Valley in France. I don’t know if you all know that I have purchased a home here in the Loire Valley, and the transaction was finalized on Friday the 9th of February. […]

Hipcamp Is Not Only for Hipsters

Greetings! Gourmet Girl Gail here with another bucket list adventure item for 2018. I joined Hipcamp several years ago but haven’t taken the opportunity to check out any of their campsites, yurts, or cabins. The mission of Hipcamp is to get more people outside. They’ve got over 285,000 U.S. locations, including campsites, ranches, vineyards, farms, […]

How to Cook

Hello, friends and campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here! As most of you know by now I have moved to France, which I feel has always been the centre of some of the best cuisine ever known. Now I know that all countries have their regional cuisine that it is wonderful, locally sourced, has been passed […]

2018 Camping Bucket List

Greetings Everyone! Gourmet Girl Gail here. We’re finally getting back to a bit of normalcy after the fires and mudslides in the Santa Barbara area. Although I and most of the people I know weren’t physically affected, I think psychically it has taken its toll. It was hard to wrap our minds around the idea […]

New Year Resolution: Eat More Great Food!

Cheers from Gourmet Girl Denise in the Loire River Valley, France! Well, the holidays¬†are over and some of us are relieved and now on a diet. Others are still basking in the glow of having eaten their way through Christmas and into the New Year, with no intent to diet or stop looking for the […]

New Year’s Eve and the Wolf Moon

Hello friends and fellow campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here, writing to you from the chilly Loire River Valley in France. It’s a new year, and I brought it in with many new friends at the home of my friend Yvonne, where she cooked a wonderful dinner of wild boar with all of the trimmings. Yvonne […]

Ringing in a New Year … Mindfully

Dear Friends and Followers, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara, after having been evacuated for ten days due to the Thomas Fire. Where I went and who I spent time with in those ten days was comforting in so many ways (I’m extremely thankful!), but it seems more than fitting as we herald […]