Making Great Coffee at Home

Jura Capresso Coffee Maker

This is a followup blog post to a post from our 2007 trip to Switzerland – The Coffee in Switzerland is Great! Steve and I love coffee. I drink 2 – 3 cups a day and I want them to be perfect. At home we have Jura Capresso Impressa E8, an older model similar to the Jura Capresso F50, and we love it. It was expensive, around $800. You put water into one side of … Continue reading Making Great Coffee at Home

List of Vegetarian Restaurants in Paris

Le Potager du Marais in Paris

We spent a week in Paris at the end of May. I am a vegetarian (but not vegan), Steve eats fish (but not much dairy). We have trouble finding food that we can eat in “normal” restaurants in France but thankfully there are many vegetarian or vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Here is my list of restaurants, sorted by arrondissement (neighborhood). I found these restaurants from a variety of resources which are listed at the bottom of the … Continue reading List of Vegetarian Restaurants in Paris

A Traveling Vegetarian

Vegetarian Ploughman's Lunch

Today is Earth Day. One way to lessen your load on the earth is to be a vegetarian, or to cut down on your consumption of meat. I have been a vegetarian for over 25 years. I don’t eat the best possible diet – ice cream and chocolate have been known to pass my lips and I have coffee every morning – but I eat a diet based on vegetables and grains and try for organic and … Continue reading A Traveling Vegetarian

Cafes are Closing in France!


Say it isn’t so! The thing I love most about France are the cafes. Sitting at a table outside a cafe having my morning coffee and croissant, enjoying the sun and people watching, is one of my favorite France activities and one I was planning on indulging in a lot on our next trip. But today’s New York Times says that cafes are not so busy and many are closing. There are many reasons for … Continue reading Cafes are Closing in France!

Finding Great Bread in England

Hobbs Bakery and Cafe

Finding good quality, organic, whole wheat bread is not always easy when you are traveling. In England you will find organic bread at Waitrose (a high-end supermarket). They sell the Duchy Organics breads and some organic loaves that they make (but they are not whole wheat). We spent two months in Nailsworth (south of Stroud) earlier this year and bought bread from Hobbs House Bakery (shown in photo), who produce a variety of breads, many … Continue reading Finding Great Bread in England

EU Restrictions on Shapes of Fruits and Vegetables


An amazing article on the BBC website today: Will we eat wonky fruit and veg? Starting in July, the European Union (EU) is lifting regulations that stop vendors from selling oddly-shaped fruits and vegetables. These regulations have been in place for 20 years. For example, it is against the law to sell a carrot with two “legs”. In the interests of avoiding waste, these regulations are being lifted for 26 fruits and vegetables (but remain … Continue reading EU Restrictions on Shapes of Fruits and Vegetables