Cozy Scenes (and Eats!) from Stockholm

Mysig Stockholm

I tried to make my way to Sweden for the Midsummer holiday this year, thinking that warm weather and round-the-clock sunshine would be the best way to experience my first taste of Scandinavia. But the calendar filled, summer faded away, and I wound up meeting my Mom in Stockholm in late October instead. It was very dark and very cold, but also very cozy.  Continue reading Cozy Scenes (and Eats!) from Stockholm

Stockholm Fika Favorites


Americans go on quick coffee runs, Brits break for tea, but Swedes linger over fika. This daily (sometimes twice daily) ritual of coffee and pastries is more about socializing than refueling…though the refueling bit is of course my favorite part.  Continue reading Stockholm Fika Favorites

Brittany’s Buttery Cakes

Brittany bakeries

Within the first hour of being in Brittany, I sat down at a cafe and made my way through half a golden wedge of cheese, spreading it on a sliced baguette and marveling at its subtle flavor. It was slightly tangy, faintly sweet and laced with crunchy flecks of coarse sea salt. Totally addictive stuff. A full ten minutes passed before I realized that this magical cheese was not cheese at all, and that I’d been eating cultured, hand-churned butter by the mouthful. Continue reading Brittany’s Buttery Cakes

The Larder of France

Reine Claude

The Loire Valley is often called the Garden of France due to the enormous amount of vineyards, orchards and farms dotting the country side. But there are enough other edible specialties that we might as well call it the Larder of France instead.
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Will Pedal for Pêches

pêche de la vigne

It goes without saying that Saint-Émilion is known for its wine. Some of the top labels in the world come from here and, if I’m honest, I really don’t care. I mean, I love wine. A lot. But I’ve been on few vineyard tours in my day and, when you’ve been to one, you’ve been to them all (when it comes to the big names anyway). The fact that I know how to say malolactic fermentation in several languages proves the overuse of horrifically lengthy informational videos in these places. Which is why, instead of being forced to ride in wooden barrels through a tunnel of dioramas using mannequins to depict the wine making process (I wish I was kidding), I go to itty bitty family operations instead. Continue reading Will Pedal for Pêches