It is hard to believe that my vacation is over. Time goes by so fast and all good things come to an end.
Landed last night. Tired. Jet-lagged. And already browsing photos. I can’t help it.
I had to share a preview of what’s to come on Frenchie and the Yankee. A teaser of photos and recipes to be featured soon.
And also to announce a surprise guest participation on the blog. I won’t say any more. But I am really excited.
On one side, flashes in front of my sleepy eyes of sun-kissed Napa vines and teary-eyed San Francisco newlyweds surrounded by much love and energy.
While on the other, Barcelona with its myriad of colors and tiles swallows me back up into my Spanish dreams of luscious orange trees, with other newlyweds celebrating their perfect moment on the Costa Blanca perfumed by rosemary, lavender, thyme and sprinkled with yellow hints of Spanish broom bushes combined with purple dots from the grey-leaved cistus.
I will be back very soon with posts about California and Spain.
I have been in this country – the U.S. – for 11 years, 1 month, 9 days and countless seconds. Integrated, adapted but sometimes still feeling fresh off the boat, the idea of this blog came from 11 years of random questions I was asked about my cultural heritage, my habits and why in the world do I have to be so French – even though I don’t think I am.
Recently, I was once again asked THE ultimate favorite question-without-an-answer: why aren’t Europeans fat? Why can they load on carbs, breads, pasta, French tarts and eat fat like there’s no tomorrow? How can they effortlessly look thin and most importantly is there a fat-bust-secret that we get to learn from our grandparents on their death beds?
While I don’t think there is a straight forward answer to all these questions, I thought that it was time to build something around that Europe vs. America theme… a blog!
Me – white male, 31-years-old, biculturally doubtful at times, middle name challenged, 5’10 and hovering between 155 and 157 lbs, 2 cats, no 6-pack, non-smoker, foodie by day (and night actually!) and travel expert with a big thirst for discoveries and new horizons.
With this blog I am taking on the (im-possible?) challenge to set some records straight on pre-conceived ideas about Europe and America through travels, eating, meeting new people and above all sharing experiences.