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Sweet Things at Boulangerie de Mamie Jane in Gordes

And then there was a bakery called Boulangerie de Mamie Jane on Route Neuve in the center of Gordes. When sightseeing in small French towns it generally seems good practice to skip dessert at whatever restaurant one has lunch in and stop by a boulangerie afterwards instead. Chances are the restaurant’s desserts are brought over from a nearby bakery anyway; you will likely…

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Baked Things in the Town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

A visit to Château Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape during my recent trip to Provence was a major check off the wino bucket list. The boo and I toured the impressive estate, learned about the various Grenache-dominant blends of thirteen varietals, heard the spiel on the region’s history, traditions and terroir. I badgered our knowledgable guide with an endless…

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Lunch in the Provençal Town of Gordes

I was in a bad mood at the Sénanque Abbey when we visited with friends during our week in Provence. I was hot, hungry and hungover from a tad too much rosé the night before. Dizzied by both the heat and blinding glare of the August sun, piqued by quarrels with the beau (that were no doubt also aggravated by…

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Sobrasada + Honey + Goat Cheese at El Diset

At El Diset (formerly Disset 17 Graus) smooth Mallorcan sobrasada sausage meets honey and goat cheese atop a round of crunchy bread; baby arugula and pine nuts are sprinkled over the top in a combination of flavors and textures worthy of its own post. The marriage between honey’s natural, floral sweetness and paprika’s herbal depth and heat…

Adding my favorite ingredient, Hungarian sour cream (tejföl), to the paprika base and veggies to make things a bit more creamy.

A Recipe that Matters: Pontypaprikás Túróscsuszával

When I took my guy to Barcelona’s only Hungarian restaurant, Hungaryto, a few months back he made very clear his favorite dish of the meal: Harcsapaprikás túróscsuszával. This is catfish cooked in a creamy paprika sauce, served with a side of pasta turned in Hungarian sour cream (tejföl), ewe milk curd (juhtúró) and crispy pieces of smoked fatback (szalonna). He learned the…

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Lunch on July 4th at Bernie’s Diner

July 4th of 2014 found me in my nation’s capital drinking Blue Moon’s in a bar on 14th street and watching Germany beat France and Brazil beat Colombia in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. I saw the fireworks from a friend’s rooftop downtown and crashed a GWU frat party that raged all through the night. As my taxi zipped up 16th…

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Tapas-Hopping Up and Down Carrer Blai

In Barcelona, a terrace in a plaza or down one of the ramblas (except the main Rambla, just don’t go there…) is a great place to catch up with a friend or two, to people-watch and discuss the comings and goings of one’s work or love life. Another good options is a night out tapeando on Carrer Blai.…