A new year, a new calendar.
January 1st is my day to browse through the year that just ended.
Looking back and flipping the pages of a busy schedule that went by too quickly.
Finding forgotten pictures.
Remembering events marked down on the calendar.
Oh oui, I did this back in April!
Oh and I forgot about this dinner party… complètement oublié !
A look-back at 2012 with some of the pictures readers seemed to like most.
2012 started in Paris for me. New Year’s Eve with family.
Discovering Cobéa and its wonderful creations.
Exploring new bakeries. Falling in love with Au Petit Versailles du Marais.
Spring in Boston is always an event.
Marblehead, Wellesley, Cape Cod.
The changing of the trees, the new light.
A nomination for a BostInno Insider Award.
Food imparted by experiences, landscapes and cultural experiments.
A spring trip to Napa Valley and San Francisco, CA for a wedding.
The wine, tapas and view at Ram’s Gate. A delight for the mouth and eyes.
The drive up to Pride Mountain Vineyards around the valley, through the trees, winding up and down.
A lunch at Bar Bocce across the bay from San Francisco, on the beach, with friends and a fire pit.
Spain came right after California. A second wedding.
Driving through the Costa Blanca, little towns and villages along a shiny coastline.
Loosing yourself in Barcelona in search for the best tapas bars.
And a Spain-inspired recipe featured on www.NoshOn.It for its gluten-free Sunday specials.
I remember the colors as I write this.
And I can smell the oregano from Ca La Nati.
Summer came very quickly.
A birthday in Newport, RI, weekends in Gloucester and Provincetown, MA.
A summer to remember. Financiers to savor. Quiet sunny times to appreciate.
And thank you to BostInno for calling Frenchie and the Yankee one of Boston’s must-read food blogs.
The trip to Montreal was a nice end-of-summer break.
Montreal and this unequivocal blend of European and North American cultures.
Unique and colorful.
Fall came right around the corner and with a new season, new trips to plan.
But the joy of spending the change of seasons in New England remain the best feeling in the world.
Eating pieces of a chestnut flour savory cake with prosciutto and sun-dried tomatoes, while contemplating the idea of traveling through the region to observe the changing of seasons.
A time filled with colorful apples and squash varieties, baked apple scents and cinnamon.
Un vrai plaisir !
As 2012 started with France, it ended with France as well in November.
But not without spicing up the trip with an Istanbul stop.
Memories of bright pomegranates, smiling people and red flags everywhere to celebrate their National Holiday.
A spiced pumpkin cake with rose water and cloves to remember the trip forever.
Fabrics and colorful dishes to bring a new life to my home.
I don’t know what 2013 will bring – well, I have an idea.
There will be new trips and new recipes of course.
Experiences to look forward to.
People to meet.
And food to eat!
Happy New Year to all! Bonne Année !
May 2013 be the best yet.