sonoma meets france: caillettes

Jules and I returned from a few weeks in France at the end of last month, and every time we come back to the States, my heart aches. It’s not that I don’t like it here, but there is something about being in the French countryside that really resonates with my soul. I’ve never considered […]

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feliz navidad: tamale time. {mexico}

Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I love most things about the holidays – the fresh cut Christmas tree we bought from Little Hills in Petaluma, the mulled wine our neighbors made for after dinner drinks this weekend, the stash of European treats I squirreled away (Christmas pudding, dark chocolate Digestives, and marzipan), and […]

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savoring the fruits of yesterday.

Technically, October is “fall”, when farmers markets are overflowing with pumpkins and apples and you’ve exchanged your wedge sandals and summer dresses for jeans and knee high boots. Perhaps you’ve moved on from rosé and your new drink of choice is a #PSL. But what if summer has decided to hang on for a little […]

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here comes the great pumpkin.

Here in Northern California, it’s starting to finally feel like fall. We had a bit of rain yesterday and this morning, and the leaves have started to shed off the trees in our courtyard, littering the ground with orange and red. I had just begun looking longingly at the stack of skinny jeans and my […]

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oodles of noodles. {korea}

I spent a large portion of my childhood in Hawaii, where I was lucky enough to be exposed to one of the greatest cuisines ever – Korean food.  For the uninitiated, Korean food might be a bit overwhelming, especially if your first experience is Korean BBQ, with its abundance of pickled vegetables (some with quite […]

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sueños, guitarras, paella. {spain}

I don’t know how it happened, but Spain wove its way into my heart since I was very young.  I was fascinated with flamenco dancers as a child (my mom can tell you stories about this), I was probably one of the only 16 year olds I knew who listened to Spanish guitar music (receiving weird […]

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haf adai, chamorro chicken! {guam}

There is something universally familiar about chicken and rice – so many cultures all over the world have some version of it.: arroz con pollo (Latin America), chicken adobo (Philippines), oyakodonburi (Japan), Jerk Chicken & Rice (Jamaica), Halal chicken & rice (Middle East), chicken biryani (India) …just to name a few! Not only is this […]

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from the kitchen of ma belle-mère.

One of the perks of being married to Jules is being able to visit his family home in the southwest of France.  The area where his parents live is 20 minutes from Bergerac, and since we’re pretty much in the middle of the countryside, we don’t really go out to eat.  This means lots of […]

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