Cathar Country: Languedoc, France

By |2018-06-12T14:20:07-04:00February 25th, 2016|Articles, Blog|

This article was published in Rennaisance Magazine, issue #55.   By Shawnie Kelley Southwest France is synonymous with sensuous Mediterranean beaches, hillside vineyards and peaceful hamlets, but upon closer look, the Languedoc’s rugged landscape reveals a turbulent history steeped in religious rebellion, bloody battles and grail legend. This region, historically known as the County of Toulouse, is home [...]

A Taste of Travel: Soy & Ginger Seared Tofu with Vegetable Udon Stir-fry

By |2018-06-12T14:20:07-04:00February 8th, 2016|Blog, Recipe|

This recipe came from the need to use up some vegetables in the fridge in a quick, healthy way. I already had a container of baked tofu, which is worth making once a week if you want an inexpensive protein that can take on the flavor of anything you prefer. This week, I pressed and [...]

Graveyard of the Atlantic

By |2018-06-12T14:20:07-04:00February 3rd, 2016|Blog|

On February 18, 1952 The Coast Guard undertook one of its greatest rescue efforts in history. We've included an excerpt from Discover Cape Cod about this phenomenal tale of two tankers splitting in half during a terrible nor'easter and were thrashed about at the mercy of the stormy sea. The heroes of this story risked their lives [...]

Galette du Roi- A Short History of the King Cake

By |2018-06-12T14:20:08-04:00January 5th, 2016|Blog|

The Feast of Fools Throughout the Middle Ages and well into the Elizabethan period, European society came together on January 1 for a celebration known as the Feast of Fools (read our full article as published in Renaissance Magazine). Christmas was an austere and holy season, full of fasting and stringent religious rules. By the time January rolled [...]

Provence’s Sweet Holiday Tradition: Thirteen Desserts

By |2018-06-12T14:20:08-04:00December 22nd, 2015|Articles, 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 [...]

Culture & Cuisine in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands: Fallingwater & Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

By |2018-06-12T14:20:09-04:00October 12th, 2014|Blog|

PART 2 to our Pennsylvania's Laurel Highland Adventure picks up where the first article leaves off... EXCERPT from PART 1:  Laurel Highland's Adventure & History.  "In the great meadows just beyond Scenery Hill is where The French and Indian War held its opening acts in 1754 at Fort Necessity, which for American History buffs is a required pilgrimage. One [...]

Cowgirl Chow Easton Farmer’s Market

By |2018-06-12T14:20:10-04:00August 8th, 2014|Blog|

Cowgirl Chow Easton Farmer's Market Edition. As a company who seeks out the local and authentic dining experiences during our travel, Wanderlust Tours also supports our own Ohio purveyors of food and other local artisan products. Thursday, August 7, Wanderlust owner Shawnie Kelley teamed up with Hellwigh Farm owner, Jennifer Boren to celebrate Ohio's hard [...]

Socca: A Niçoise Delight

By |2018-06-12T14:20:10-04:00August 5th, 2014|Blog|

When in the south of France, every travel experience should include a sampling of the wonderful street food sold from carts and street side stalls throughout the towns across the Côte d'Azur, but in particular, Nice. A chickpea flour crepe known as Socca is a Niçoise specialty both filling and affordable. The crepe-like dish, made from only chick pea [...]

Roman Gaul: A Bit of Ancient History in Southern France

By |2018-06-12T14:20:10-04:00June 3rd, 2014|Blog|

Excerpt from: A Woman’s Guide to France In 53 B.C.E. Julius Caesar invaded Gaul, and the Romanization of ancient France began. The process began with the taking of Marseilles and , within a year, spread from Provence to Paris and beyond.  While Paris, originally named Lutetia, doesn’t contain many visible Roman ruins, one is able [...]

Of Kings and Artists

By |2018-06-12T14:20:10-04:00May 27th, 2014|Blog|

The Loire Valley, two hours southwest of Paris, is the birthplace of Renaissance France. For centuries, the royal city of Amboise attracted both kings and artists. What comes as a surprise to many visitors is that Amboise is the resting place of Italy’s greatest Renaissance artist, Leonardo da Vinci.  Having worked in the service of two [...]

Sweet Memories

By |2018-06-12T14:20:10-04:00May 14th, 2014|Blog|

Sweet Memories.... Tales from a Parisian Pâtisserie by Wanderlrust Tours owner, Shawnie Kelley Foy La douceur de vivre... the sweet life... This is among the first pictures I took in Paris using my very first digital camera with a whopping one megapixel resolution. Late 90s. My hotel was next to this amazing bakery (which I [...]