Sainte Chapelle

Often overlooked because most crowd over to the popular Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle is actually another great place of worship to visit.  Located in the heart of the city at ile de la Cité, this medieval Gothic chapel is embellished with gorgeous stained glass windows. The chapel is divided into the lower chapel and the … More Sainte Chapelle

Chez L’Ami Jean

A small and unassuming restaurant in the 7th arrondissement serving up Basque food has perhaps one of the best bistro-style food in Paris. The first time I went, the chef’s cuisine was pretty rustique – more home made style. But that seemed to have changed on my second visit with my aunt. Everything became more delicate, … More Chez L’Ami Jean

Under the Tuscan Sun: Pienza, Montepulciano, San Gimgiano

Tuscany has long been a dream of mine and an area that my aunt and I both wanted to visit. The rolling hills, the rustic food, the small town life…it just all sounds like an amazing escape for people who need a break from the hustles and bustles of the metropolitan life. With the help … More Under the Tuscan Sun: Pienza, Montepulciano, San Gimgiano

Les Papilles (II)

I’ve been looking forward to my second time here ever since my first. The homey and cozy feel at this bistro creates such a comfortable, relaxing and welcoming atmosphere that makes me want to go back almost every week! Their daily changing menu at 35 euros  gets you an entrée, which is usually soup, a main … More Les Papilles (II)

Pirouette (II)

My second time here is just as good as my first. I actually brought my aunt here for her first meal in Paris, and she loved it so much she wanted to go back this time she visited. So, by luck, we were able to get their last table for lunch on a Monday. We … More Pirouette (II)

Cinque Terre, Italy

“The Five Lands” in the Liguria region of Italy offer amazing sea views and give you a taste of what coastal Italian life is like.The coastline and the five villages are all part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are all just a few minutes away by train! … More Cinque Terre, Italy

Florence, Italy

Out of all of my favorite cities in the world, Firenze earned its place in my top ranking a few years ago when I visited. Although small, and not to mention incredibly crowded with tourists, the place has seems to have its own artistic sophistication unlike other cities I’ve visited. Of course, the city is home to … More Florence, Italy

Septime (II)

I was here about a month ago and enjoyed the meal so much that I made another reservation right away, without hesitation! So glad I did since I had a different experience this time. We went “carte blanche” as there was no other choice. Usually, you have the 30 euro set menu offer, but I guess … More Septime (II)

Vivant Cave

Tucked away in a quiet street in the 10th arrondissement, Vivant Cave is serving up hearty portions of tapas with the freshest ingredients of the day. Chef Svante Forstorp surprised us with the amount of flavor in the simplicity of the dishes. Next to Vivant Cave is Vivant Table, headed by chef Masaaki Yamamoto. I actually went … More Vivant Cave