Travel

Happy New Year! Cooking with Mom – Chicken Provencal

chicken-provencalHappy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. We finished off 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland spending Christmas with Cheryl’s sister Shelly and her husband Ross. On the way back we stopped off to see my family in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley of New York which is where we rang in 2017. As a bonus, I got to cook New Year’s Eve dinner with my mom which I really enjoyed doing. (more…)

Truffle Hunting in Provence

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That’s Mirabelle. She rocks at hunting truffles.

I didn’t want to put this in last week’s post because, let’s be honest here, black winter truffle deserve their own post. When we were planning our Thanksgiving week trip to Avignon I remembered one of the people/places I follow on Twitter is Les Pastras, a farm in Provence. But not just any farm. One with truffles. And truffle hunts. Once we booked our place to stay I sent a request regarding joining a truffle hunt if they had any scheduled. They did! (more…)

Avignon – Thanksgiving Week Abroad

View from the rear of the flat

View from the flat

I promised you some photos from our trip to Avignon in Provence and here they are!  Too short a trip as always but that’s ok, because it just means we’ll have to go back. Over the past few years we’ve discovered traveling internationally over the Thanksgiving holiday/early December can be quite reasonable and enjoyable. Yeah, the weather may be a little drizzly and damp depending where you go (in Europe at least), but since it’s the off-season you don’t have to fight the crowds of tourists. And you save a little money too since you’re not paying high-season prices. (more…)

Joyeaux Thanksgiving from Provence!

avignon2Happy Thanksgiving everyone! That’s right, we’re abroad in Avignon, France for the week and will be settling in for our own Thanksgiving dinner (duck breast) as soon as I make it. Much smaller affair than if we were back home and it was very easy to do all of the shopping this morning. Warmer than Chicago too. Some very fun posts coming in the next weeks. Cheers!

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I’m Supposed to be Drinking Beer in Germany

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Everyone is still sitting down so this must be early, only 1 or 2 litres in!

It’s really weird to be home when you’re supposed to be somewhere else. This week’s regular post was supposed to be interrupted by a trip to Germany to see my brother and his family…but…things didn’t quite work out that way. (more…)

Scotland Part II – Some Food

That's Ben Nevis behind us (highest point in Britain)

That’s Ben Nevis behind us (highest point in Britain)

After a very relaxing 10 days in Scotland, we’re back in Chicago. We went on two good hikes, the one I posted about last week and another one which put us across a glen from Ben Nevis. Couldn’t see the top of it though. It wasn’t all hiking up mountains though. We did find time to eat, cook, and sip some whisky. (more…)