I do my very best to keep moving all the time. Here’s a list of where I’m going next:
Yes, again! This time with my Mom. I’m super excited for this trip as I’ve been dreaming of spending time in Paris with her for a really long time.
- California Coast
My good friend Melanie is getting married (on a winery!), so we’ll extend the trip and go on a little road trip along the California Coast.
Curious about where I’ve been lately? Here’s a short list.
- San Francisco
This year’s International Association of Culinary Professionals conference is held in San Francisco, so I simply could not miss it. I was hungry to continue exploring the city’s delights and I wasn’t disappointed. Plus, I got to meet with old friends and meet new ones, I attended very inspiring conferences and I even enjoyed a food tour of the Mission District. It was a dream of a food-focused trip!
Well deserved vacations with E on Saba, a little island off the coast of St. Maarten that belongs to the Netherlands. Saba is renowned for offering some of the best diving in all of the Caribbeans and it is a hiker’s paradise, thanks to its well-designed, marked and maintained hiking trails that allow visitors to explore the island’s unspoiled flora and fauna.
Oh Paris… It always feels good to go back. We spent a leisurely 10 days for New Year’s, wandering to our favorite places, visiting inspiring exhibitions, enjoying our favorite treats and celebrating with friends. Oh, and I went back to my favorite passage in Paris, Le Passage du Grand Cerf, for a little shopping fix too.
- Seattle, San Francisco & Sacramento
Visited my brother in Seattle, then flew to San Francisco for my first-ever visit there! I was very excited and the city lived up to the expectations. We rented an apartment through AirBnB in the Mission and loved feeling like locals, even for a few days. We then drove to Sacramento to visit good friends who had just moved to the area, and spent a sunny day in Sonoma County for wine tastings.
- Venice & Copenhagen
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, E and I went Europe to visit two very different but very interesting destinations. In Venice, we joined two good friends who know the city like the back of their hands. We rented an apartment together in the San Palo neighborhood, so we shopped at the Rialto Market daily to prepare feasts in our own Venetian kitchen. I loved this second visit so much that it inspired me to write up my 10 Reasons Why You Should Go to Venice. We also visited the colorful island of Burano and snacked on chichetti everyday.
In Copenhagen, we’ve spent some romantic time together, touring the city and tasting the much-celebrated Nordic cuisine. No, we didn’t get a booking at Noma, but we ate amazingly every day, and had an out-of-this-world tasting menu at Michelin-starred Geranium. It’s the best restaurant experience I ever had.
- New York City
Attended the annual International Association of Culinary Professionals conference. This year’s theme was “The Fashion of Food”. I was blown away by the incredible line up of stars and inspiring people I got to meet, and I learned a lot about what it means to be a food writer, today.
- Catania, Sicily
I was invited by Montreal’s Italian Consulate and Catania’s Chamber of Commerce to take part in an economic mission to Catania, Sicily. The trip was fabulously inspiring (although it didn’t start so well). I got to know Sicilian Cuisine better thanks to a delicious (and very generous!) lunch at a local culinary and hospitality institute and I did my best to sample all the deliciousness Sicily has to offer. The inspiration lasted for weeks after coming back home. To reminisce, I made Sicilian Caponata, Arancine con Ragù (fried rice balls stuffed with meat sauce) as well as Artichoke and Prosciutto Lasagna.
- Salt Lake City
I attended the very fabulous Altitude Design Summit. The attendees were every bit as fashion-forward and the conferences as educational as I expected. It turned out to be the conference offering the best value-for-money I ever attended! I also had the opportunity to tour the delicious side of Salt Lake City - the city had so much to offer, in fact, that I even had to write a second post to cover everything I tasted.
- Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
We spent a very relaxing week under the Yucatan sun, enjoying long walks on the beach and feasted on tortillas and tacos and (very spicy!) habanero sauce.
Yes… JAPAN! It was one of the best and most fulfilling trips of my life. We spent a week in the islands of Okinawa, a week in Kyoto, and a week in Tokyo. The food was incredible and we made many delicious discoveries. In Tokyo, we visited the incredible Tsukiji Fish Market. After we came back, for our Christmas dinner, we cooked a Japanese meal at home and were delighted with the results. I even made macarons inspired by Japan!
- Rhode Island/Cape Cod
We will drive down to Rhode Island, which we’ve been wanting to visit for a very long time, had a really good time and a lot of pork. We also fell in love with Nantucket, Massachusetts.
We attended the (famous) “secret” event, Dîner en blanc. Over 3,000 people dressed up in white, brought a picnic and gathered to eat, drink and be merry.
- Austin, Texas
I attended my first annual IACP conference, which turned out to be inspiring in many more ways than I ever expected. Four days of inspiring speakers, delicious meals and fun with friends. I also visited the gigantic Whole Foods Market flagship store.
Visited a dear friend of mine, then E joined me to celebrate our 9th anniversary together. We stayed, as usual, at the Pantages Hotel (where we were upgraded to a beautiful Skyline Suite – lucky, lucky!), we went back to some of our favorite spots, enjoyed the jazz festival and ate beautifully.
While E attended The Next Web conference, I toured the foodie side of Amsterdam. We rented an apartment in the Jordaan neighborhood so I was able to shop at the appetizing Noodermarkt and cook a bit! I fell in love with Amsterdam and its culinary delights. We dined at two outstanding seasonal, menu-less experiences: DeKas and Bloesem.
- New York
Visited the Big Apple with family. Stayed in Times Square and dined at the beautiful (and delicious) Tom Colicchio and Sons restaurant in Chelsea.
- The Exumas, Bahamas
Sailed through the Exumas with three friends. Was in charge of meal planning and acted as in-boat cook. Was a very interesting and different experience.
- New York
Went to my very first International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) conference. Made new friends, met inspiring people, came back home filled with hope and project ideas.
- New York
Stayed in Midtown East. Toured Manhattan’s best East side gourmet grocery stores.
Stayed in Montmartre. Enjoyed a food tour of the neighborhood.
- French Alps
A few days to snowboard and discover Haute-Savoie.
- Toronto (Canada)
Attended the One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale.
Renting an apartment in the Trastevere neighborhood. Discovered the foodie side of the city and did a Market and Gourmand Shops Tour with a wonderful guide, Eleanora.
- Amalfi Coast (Italy)
Stayed in Praiano. Toured Positano, Amalfi, Capri and Naples.
- The Eastern Townships, Quebec
- Seattle, Washington
Visited the Modernist Cuisine Lab.
Attended the International Food Blogging Conference. Ate really good food.
- New Zealand, Cook Islands
- Las Vegas, San Diego
Lived in Paris’ second arrondissement from January to June 2009.
Attended the Maison & Objet Fall Show.
- Provence, Côte d’Azur (France)
- Bruxelle (Belgium)
- Milan, Venice (Italy)
Attended the Design Management Institute (DMI) Conference in Milan: “Changing/Facing Realities”
- London (UK)
- Amsterdam (Holland)
- Barcelona (Spain)
- Porto (Portugal)
- Normandie, Brittany (France)
- Frankfurt, Stuttgart (Germany)
Attended the Ambiente Tradeshow in Frankfurt.
- Attended the Maison & Objet Spring Show (Paris)