a celebration of spring

I look forward to the spring each year, because Jules’ annual company meeting happens around that time, and that means I get to tag along and head to Europe with him. The weather in France at that time of year is completely unpredictable, and I usually spend an unusual amount of time figuring out what to […]

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planning for paris.

Every year, we head to Europe for Jules’ annual business conference – we are fortunate enough to be able to piggyback a vacation on top of it. This year, I’ve planned to stay in Paris for a few days before we head to his parents’ place in the countryside, and I’m super excited to spend a […]

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mamie’s simple green soup

Instead of apple picking last weekend, we ended up at the San Rafael Civic Center Farmers Market – my favorite market in the Bay Area, even more than the SF Ferry Building’s market. One of the market’s most popular vendors – Tomatero Farms – carries some of the most spectacular greens at great prices: several […]

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you made it to the weekend!

I can’t believe it’s the last day of September already!  From what I gather, it’s actually supposed to rain this weekend – and we’re heading up towards Mendocino (where it’s apparently going to thunderstorm).  As California has had quite a massive drought over the past few years, we definitely need the water – but I’m not […]

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j’adore le sud-ouest.

With my parents living in Honolulu and my husband’s parents living in France, I consider myself super lucky that a visit to either “home” is never a bad thing. Not only do my hub’s parents live in France, but they live in the Southwest – home to some of the most pristine countryside I’ve ever […]

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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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postcard from st. emilion! {bordeaux}

If you ever find yourself in the Southwest of France, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Saint Emilion – a village known mostly for Châteaux Margaux, Cheval Blanc, Ausone, and Angelus.  The views are splendid and the wine is spectacular, but the absolute must-sees of St. Emilion are the underground monuments: the hermitage of St. Emilion […]

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halfway around the world.

Hello there, darling readers!! At the end of this month, Jules and I will head off to stay at this renovated moulin in the Southwest of France, in the Dordogne.  Life is rough, isn’t it?  The property is laden with fig trees, and it is set in a tiny town outside of Bergerac (a town which you […]

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