The Snowbirds Visit – Part 2

Greetings from Santa Barbara! We’re seeing sunny days and crisp temperatures here in our city known as the American Riviera. It’s a lovely change from all the much needed rain we’ve been having, and even though there’s more rain in the forecast, these breaks in the inclement weather bring locals out to picnic in the […]

Spring Is On Its’ Way!

Hello Friends and Fellow Campers, Today the sun came out for the first time in over a week and it was warm outside! You Southern Californians probably can’t relate to my exuberance over one sunny day, but then you haven’t experienced the Loire in the winter. Every morning I dress up in multiple layers of wool […]

The Snowbirds Visit — Part I

Greetings! Gourmet Girl Gail here reporting from Santa Barbara. I’m happy to say that we’re getting buckets of much needed rain along the California coast. Our lakes are filling up, creeks are flowing, and thankfully there has been only minor flooding and debris flow so far. I’m hoping things will dry up a bit later […]

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 […]