About Me

I have always been passionate about food and its origin, all things France and Julia Child. Travel tugs at my heart, luring me to new places where I can feast my eyes and senses, taste local foods -mostly via the open air markets- explore ancient sites and listen and learn from stories told by its people. Thus, the reason for beginning this blog… I dedicate it to food and travel, the love it brings to our lives, and the messages, recipes and photos from my heart and soul to you. Along with food comes its source. A growing passion of mine is gardening and learning about the origins of the food I love to eat.

My travels to France quench my lust for excesses of petite, ruby, candy-sweet strawberries, French breakfast pastries warm from the oven, tender, meadow green asparagus, and goat cheese so fresh and creamy my mouth waters just thinking of it. Let’s not forget the too many choices of vin ordinaire that accompany this party. Italy is my latest obsession, traveling both to the heel of friendly Puglia and to the verdant Tuscan hills last year.

More about moi: I fell in love with Europe while studying the fine art of culinary at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. Degrees in Nutrition and Communication have spurred my commitment to sharing my love of food. My mom and grandmother inspired and influenced my cooking passion and are fabulous cooks in their own right. While cooking occupies a great deal of my time, my garden has lately become an obsession. Studying the roots of food, literally and figuratively fascinate me.

Sparky, my canine friend who appears randomly in my photos, loves my cooking and drools when he hears the chop of broccoli. Vegetable lovers like me; I have caught him nibbling green beans straight off the vines!

I am rarely without a camera, documenting via photographs, my travel, cooking, and ever-growing garden.


13 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Jeffery Dawson said:

    All I can say is…wonderful wonderful wonderful….you have really poured your heart into this, and it shows. Keep up the good work.
    love ya


  2. Jill Murray said:

    Mary, I feel like I have been to France! Thank you for sharing your genetics and your passion. Jill Murray


  3. Mary,

    I am in the wine and food business and love your Blog. I also live in Southern California. I would love to meet you…if you’re anywhere near San Diego I would love to have you to my home for lunch.


    June Dunn, President
    EMAIL: dunn@WineKnowsTravel.com
    TEL: 760.842.8812


  4. Love it, love you and looking forward to more! Cheers


  5. HI,

    I’m Tokoni, a student and poet. Its nice to meet you. I’d like to invite you to my blog at http://www.insanitybeautiful.wordpress.com if you’re interested. Thanks.


  6. Leslie Martin said:

    Mary, I loved the kitchen aid article and your blog. I’m quite impressed. Would love to travel to Europe with you sometime. I’m headed to Paris for the first time in June. Keep up the good work.
    Leslie Marin


  7. Ralph Samudio said:

    Hello Mary, just want to say thank you so much for bringing us along your journey with food and travels. I really enjoyed.. I’m looking forward to your book.. Hmmmmm… Love you my friend


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