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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King Oyster Mushroom Pasta Noodles

King Oyster Mushroom Noodles

Florence, Italy. Also known as Firenze to the locals. It’s a beautiful city, full of history, art, architecture, fine leather, the Arno River, wine, and obviously, under the Tuscan sun, one will find pasta dishes for days – 600 different types of pastas in Italy to be exact.

It’s the city of stuffing pasta in your face until you can’t stuff no more. We took no prisoners. We ate until our bellies were full, until the last drop of wine was savored, and until the sauce from each pasta dish was licked off clean….

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