The Feast of Fools : New Year to Mardi Gras (Part 1)

By |2018-06-12T14:20:15-04:00December 31st, 2013|Articles|

Throughout the Middle Ages and well into the Elizabethan period, Christmas was an austere and holy season, full of fasting and stringent religious rules. By time January rolled around, people were ready to cut loose. On the first day of January, Europeans came together for a celebration known as the Feast of Fools. The Feast [...]

The Feast of Fools: New Year to Mardi Gras (Part 2)

By |2016-02-04T15:59:52-04:00December 29th, 2013|Blog|

The Party’s Not Over The Feast of Fools evolved for a thousand years, becoming most popular in France and Great Britain, but reached into Spain, Italy and Germany. By the fifteenth century, the church had enough of the mockery and put an end to the merrymaking by deeming it blasphemous and illegal. However, by the 1540s the [...]

Wanderlust Wednesday: Arles

By |2018-06-12T14:20:16-04:00December 18th, 2013|Got Wanderlust?|

This Wanderlust Wednesday, we're feeling all wanderlusty for the south of France! Spending the holidays in the ancient city of Arles is often the highlight on my year. This rainy evening diffused the sparkly lights into a kaleidoscope of reflections on the puddly pavement. Photo copyright: Shawnie Kelley

The Feast of Fools: New Year to Mardi Gras (Part 1)

By |2018-06-12T14:20:16-04:00December 15th, 2013|Blog|

Throughout the Middle Ages and well into the Elizabethan period, Christmas was an austere and holy season, full of fasting and stringent religious rules. By time January rolled around, people were ready to cut loose. On the first day of January, Europeans came together for a celebration known as the Feast of Fools. The Feast [...]

Wanderlust Wednesday: Monte Carlo Christmas market

By |2016-02-04T15:59:52-04:00December 11th, 2013|Got Wanderlust?|

Feeling all Wanderlusty for Monte Carlo! This picture was taken at the Monte Carlo Christmas market, which is chock full of stalls selling marzipan, meringue, and santons, the famous handcrafted "little saints" which inspire the statues used in traditional nativity scenes. And you never know who you might bump into..... this year, we spotted Johnny [...]

A Woman’s Guide to France

By |2016-02-04T15:59:52-04:00December 6th, 2013|Fun Stuff|

A Woman’s Guide to France – A new book: From Sexy to sublime, feminine to flamboyant, romantic to rowdy, the allure of France for women goes beyond the pursuits of food, fashion, and romance. By Shawnie Kelley (2015)

Wanderlust Wednesday: San Remo Santas

By |2016-02-04T15:59:52-04:00December 4th, 2013|Got Wanderlust?|

Feeling all wanderlusty for San Remo, Italy! The Italian Riviera is sun-kissed year round. The December air might be brisk, but this doesn't stop the locals (or us) from enjoying coffee and lunch outdoors. There is no shortage of miniature Santas crawling up windows, doors and in this case, masts.  

Provence’s Sweet Holiday Tradition: Thirteen Desserts

By |2018-06-12T14:20:16-04:00December 2nd, 2013|Blog|

As published in the Winter 2012 issue of Edible Columbus. Les treize desserts de Noël- or the Thirteen Desserts of Christmas- is a delectable holiday tradition celebrated throughout the south of France. An array of symbolic sweets made in Provençal kitchens is reinterpreted here by Pastry Chef Spencer Budros of German Village-based bakery, Pistacia Vera, in [...]