Hericot Vert Salad with Chicken and Grapefruit

Hericot Vert with Chicken and Grapefruit

One of my favorite things about Paris is being able to walk down any street (or Rue as they say en francais), and seeing rows on rows of little round tables occupied by classy Parisians dressed to the nines. Some with kids, some without kids, but always a cigarette in hand. Ah, the sidewalk café. As emblematic to Paris as the Eiffel Tower.

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Provencal-Style Stuffed Squash

Stuffed Squash

Globe squash have a sweet, delectable flavor and a firm exterior, which makes it perfect for stuffing just about anything. And the French would agree. When we were in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, we had just the most amazing summer squash, stuffed and seasoned with Provençal herbs and spices.

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La Jolla Crab Salad

crab salad

Here on the west coast, Dungeness crab season starts around November and ends in June. We had this salad when we visited the town of La Jolla, just a little north of San Diego and it was one of the best salads I had ever eaten. Stacked with layers upon layers of crab, avocado and mango. Every bite was better than the one before.

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San Sebastian – A Sea of Stars

Arzak

San Sebastian (known as Donostia in Basque) is an upscale tourist destination in Europe, famous for its gorgeous beaches, fashion, and annual star-studded film festival. But it’s best known for a different kind of star. The almighty Michelin. San Sebastian is home to more Michelin stars for square meter in the world. 16 stars to be exact, making it a culinary Mecca for professional chefs and amateur foodies alike.

Among the sea of stars, Arzak holds three of them, and is unarguably one of the greatest restaurants in the world.

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