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,  […]

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head!

Hello friends! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé, Pays de Loire, France. Well, the rains have begun and the days are getting shorter, but my garden just won’t quit. My hollyhocks re-sprouted and my ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ climbing rose at the kitchen door are still blooming.     I am still harvesting […]

Autumn in France

Hello friends! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire, France. The rains have begun intermittently with sporadic sunshine peeking through the grey clouds from time to time. The air is crisp at night though it is still too warm during the day to start a fire in my dining room fireplace. This particular fireplace (there […]

The Hunt is On!

Hello friends and fellow campers! Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé in the Loire Valley, France. I am filled with a bit of sadness as I write this week, as my two hundred and seventy-one poplar trees are being cut down outside right now. The big saw is buzzing and the sound of the […]

Salad Lovers, Rejoice!

Hello Fellow Gourmands! Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara where the weather is heating up. August tends to be one of the warmest months here and elsewhere . . . the dog days of summer is a phrase that comes to mind. When temps reach into the 80s and upwards I tend to […]

Summertime!

Hello friends and fellow campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé, Mouliherne, France. The weather is hot here at the homestead in the Loire River Valley. The mercury is topping out this week at 40 degrees centigrade or 104 degrees Fahrenheit! Yikes! Lemonade consumption is going to be high and I will […]

Grilled Cheese Smackdown with Toad&Co

Dear Friends and Foodies! Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from windy Santa Barbara. Did you know that April 12 is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day? Yep! It has its own unofficial holiday, celebrating one of the most popular comfort foods on the planet. In a ranking of America’s favorite cheesy foods, pizza ranks #1 (94% of […]

An Early Spring

Hello friends! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the beautiful Loire River Valley, France. Spring has come early to the Loire this year, and the winter was very mild. Many of you may already know that in the States I worked as a landscape designer, and although I have yet to create gardens for clients here […]

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 […]