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Cherry Blossoms in DC


I spent the past weekend in DC catching up with old friends and enjoying the Spring weather and Cherry Blossoms. Everyone should have a friend or two that makes you laugh so hard you start crying. A big thank you to my friend Elizabeth for hosting me for the weekend and showing me around the DC area. She was a great sport for helping me bloom spot and kept me laughing nonstop.









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We found a row of Cherry Blossoms near Haines Point that was beautiful. We sat under the trees and enjoyed the sea of pink on a warm Spring day.

You’re invited – Pottery Barn Event


This Saturday April 26, 2014 I will be at the Pottery Barn in Lincoln Park Chicago for a fun photography event and wine tasting. I will be sharing some of my new Paris photographs from my latest trip. Stop on by and say hello between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.


Easter in Paris


In 2010 I took my first solo trip to Paris when I launched my photography business. I spent 10 days photographing the city from sunrise to sunset. My travel schedule happened to overlap with the Easter holiday. I assumed everything would be closed and I would have to make alternate plans for the day. Luckily this wasn’t true at all and Easter in Paris is just as an other Sunday in Paris. The Bastille market is open which is a major plus in my book. Wherever you may be this Easter weekend enjoy it with something sweet! If you are in Paris I recommend a praline egg from La Mere de Famille as pictured below.

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Spring Blossoms continue


Cherry Blossoms season continues with a little more pop of pink


Spring Pantone Colors meet Paris Doors


The other day while scrolling through my pinterest page the Pantone colors for Spring popped up! I was instantly inspired because in my door collection I have all but one of those colors! Any guess which one I don’t have? Scroll through for a visual journey of Paris doors in Spring 2014 Pantone colors.

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pantone spring colors 2014 in paris doors

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In the Kitchen with La Cuisine Paris


This past trip I had the opportunity to get my hands dirty in the kitchen of La Cuisine Paris. I took a fantastic cooking class at La Cuisine Paris When I said I got my hands dirty it really was the case as I had to put down my camera and put one hand on the chicken and the other on the knife. With guided instructions I learned how to debone a chicken. We used the bones to create a chicken stock and the chicken breast for a Paupiette.







The Paupiette were stuffed with pine nuts, parmesan cheese, mushroom,basil and more delicious flavors.



The chicken stock was used to make the most delicious onion soup. A classic french dish.The recipe was easy and I even tried it at home this past weekend.



The finished Paupiette with a sauce to finish it off.



We all sat to enjoy the meal we cooked in the beautiful sun lit kitchen over looking the Seine.



Along with our paupiette and french onion soup we had a fresh salad with homemade vinaigrette and ice cream with caramel sauce.





For more information on the fun classes that are offered at La Cuisine Paris

I can’t wait to check out the Market class and the Croissant Class next!

Happy Spring Weekend


In Chicago the temperatures continue to stay cold and I keep telling myself Spring is coming. I am so jealous of all of those enjoying the very warm Spring in Paris. Here are a few links for your weekend reading:

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This one made me laugh out loud. 23 Mildly Embarrassing Signs you lived in France

If you are in Paris there is an exhibit that just opened up at the Musee D’Arabe about the Orient Express It opens today and runs through 8/31

A tale of Paris in the Spring. A blog post I wrote for the fabulous blog Haven in Paris 

David Lebovitz just released a new book: My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories now available on Amazon

The WSJ published an article on Where to Find the Best Croissants in Paris. As if I need another reason to go back?

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