Even though I’ve lived in Paris for eight months and traveled here numerous times before that, I have never made it to Montmartre before last week. I’m in love. Sure it’s touristy, but it’s also charming with cute little streets, amazing views and plenty of places to stop for a glass of wine on the terrace. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be in Paris. Beginning in January I can do an internship or work on a consulting project instead of taking classes. I have to admit that I relish the idea of having a job again (over being a student that is!) and having a regular paycheck. However, I don’t know where that will happen and it might not be Paris. In the meantime, I’m trying to soak up every last part of this city that I love and to visit all the places I have yet to see. Montmartre and Versailles were first on my list. Soon to come: Canal St Martin and Fontainbleu!
It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. I’m not ready for summer to end! It’s not that I hate fall. I love the cool, crisp air, the chance to wear cozy knits and boots, and the hearty, warming foods that I start to crave. It’s that I hate winter and winter always seems to follow fall. Since I can’t change this fact, I can at least celebrate the moments that I do love. One of those moments is the return of fall fashion. I find myself in need of some inspiration for the new season so I went in search of some lovely fall fashion inspiration. Here are my favorite pics.
How do you feel about the return of fall?
We had our first of many cold and rainy days in Paris this past weekend. Cold, rainy weather always makes me crave hearty, warm comfort food. I decided to pick up some fresh pasta and to make a ragu sauce. I do not eat a lot of meat these days and when I do I buy the good stuff from a local organic butcher. I picked up some meat, a few key ingredients and a bottle of red wine and I was good to go. There is nothing traditional about this sauce (sorry Italians!) but it’s damn good nonetheless. I made extra to freeze so I will have a quick hearty dinner readily available for a busy day.
What is your go-to meal for cold wet weather?
Prior to embarking on my MBA and moving into a teeny tiny studio in Paris, I rented a house with a good friend of mine in the San Francisco bay area. When we were looking for a place, one of the things that sold us on this house was that there was a tiny guest house out back. It was so nice to have a separate place for friends and family when they came to visit. They could sleep as late as they wanted, do what they wanted, and they never interfered with our routines and we never interfered with their sleep. These are a few of my favorite guest houses. They are sure to bring sweet dreams.
Last week I attended a magazine layout class at Central Saint Martins, a well know art and design school in London. I have long been interested in the magazine world and I really wanted to do something creative over summer vacation. My MBA program has a lot of strengths but creativity is not one of them. Coming from a creative work background this has been a difficult adjustment and I really miss that environment. It was so nice to have that experience again even if it was only for one week.
I eat caprese salad at least once a week in summer when tomatoes are fresh. It’s one of my favorite foods. It tastes like summer on a plate. It’s light but filling, cool and easy to prepare when the weather is hot. Every once in awhile though I like to switch it up. This was one of those attempts and I’m sure glad I tried it. Roasted eggplant, zucchini and peppers are topped with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and capers. The whole salad is then tossed with a caper vinaigrette. A lovely summer meal!
What is your favorite summer meal?
I fell in love with Amsterdam. I didn’t mean for it to happen, it just did. I wandered the canals and got lost in the beauty. I found cool local designs in the boutiques and lots of hip cafes and restaurants. I stayed away from the tourist areas. I got lost. I was almost run over by a bicycle several times. I sat on benches and enjoyed the sun and the view. The city has both an energy and a peacefulness about it. I can already tell that Amsterdam will be a place I will return to again and again.