24 May

A little bit of humor for anyone that has ever lived in Paris.


Je l’ai fait!

23 May

Je l'ai fait!

Yep. That would be my first attempt at baguette making you see there. Not perfect. I already have ideas how to improve, but already better than you can get in stores around here… And much cheaper! (Although long processed.) I even snuck in some whole wheat flour.

Whole Wheat Coconut Banana Bread

18 May

In order to feel like I’m actually home (and to enjoy it more), I’ve hopped back on the cooking train! Helping my mom at the restaurant has taken up most of my time, serving and prepping caterings. Today I decided was the perfect time to start my experimenting my parent’s kitchen also.

Just for my darling Chrissy, here’s the coconut banana bread recipe that introduced me back to the baking world after nine months! This was inspired by many different banana bread recipes, along with tweaks of my own. Enjoy!


Whole Wheat Coconut Banana Bread


Wet Ingredients:

4 overly ripened bananas (Mine were black, frozen, and then defrosted)

5 tbsp honey

1 tbsp butter or butter-like spread (I used Earth Balance)

1 cup milk of choice (I used Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Original Coconut Milk)

2 eggs

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup shredded coconut (I used sweetened. If using unsweetened, you may want to add another tbsp of honey)

1/2 cup walnuts (Optional, but I used since my family loves nuts in their baked goods)

Streusel-like Topping:

3/4 cup walnuts

1/4 brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup shredded coconut


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Slightly mash bananas, leaving slight chunks. Melt the butter product that you decide to use, and then mix in all of the wet ingredients to the mashed bananas. Add in dry ingredients until well incorporated and fold in the mix-ins.

Either use cooking spray or butter and flour your loaf pan. Pour in batter.

In a food processor, grind up walnuts, brown sugar, and baking powder into smaller pieces. Mix in the coconut. Sprinkle over the top of the batter, slightly pressing it in so that it sticks in place.

Bake for about 60-80 minutes. (I ended up baking for mine 70 minutes.)

Keep in mind that this yields a moist loaf, but a toothpick should come out rather clean once put to the test!

Et voila! Bon appetit!


Maman a Paris!

18 May


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My mom came to visit me during my last eight days in Paris. We had an amazing time, full of busy days and enjoying the company. I had to spend all my time saying goodbye (or more like “a bientot!”) to all the amazing friends I’ve made and someone really special to me. It was hard, but at least I had mom there to push my bum on the plane to les Etats-Unis.
I’ve officially been back a week as of yesterday. I’m trying my best to get re-used to my American life, but it’s a lot more difficult than I imagined.
But I can do it. I’ll learn to be happy here again… until I can get myself back to France. (Hopefully within the next year and a half, for good.)
More pictures and words coming soon, regarding mom’s visit. As of right now, I’m still busy trying to learn to enjoy being in Nevada for the rest of the month.

Ma vie n’arrete jamais!

17 Apr

I am so very desolee to those who have been trying to keep up with this blog thing I had going on here. (Apparently I’m not the best of all the bloggers!) But let me just tell you that my life is amazing. The weather in Paris has been pretty much perfect…for now. (Hello, seventy-five degrees, sunny, and flowing dresses today!) It’s supposed to cool down here soon, but I’m trying to pretend like that doesn’t exist.

Want to know why I’m trying so very hard to live in bliss? (As if I hadn’t already been doing that before…)
It’s because I finally must say it. I leave Paris in about three weeks. I will not talk about it anymore because with every time it crosses my mind, my heart breaks a little more.

I’m going to keep looking back to the past, instead of the future, for right now since the past year-ish is only filled with Paris, traveling Europe a tiny bit, and love. (Don’t worry, I’ll be back for some more very soon, France… You can count on it.)

Annnyways, did you know that Chrissy flew all the way to EUROPE for her very first time to come visit me? It was completely wonderful having her here. I haven’t actually felt an ounce of home sickness since I’ve arrived here, but once I saw her get off of the RER I was reminded of how great it really is to spend time with someone so dear to you.

So naturally, we decided to go to Florence, Italy, where we ate amazing food and our weight in gelato. (But obviously not enough, since I really miss it!) We decided to keep it less of a touristy visit and more of a “hey, let’s walk that way and see where we can lose ourselves now” kind of thing. Just the way I like it.

I’ve got to hurry off to sleep. Last film class presentation early in the AM! That means I’m leaving you here… But not empty handed, of course! I’ll throw some pictures at you instead.

P.S. If you find yourself in Florence, go to Vivoli for gelato. Homemade heaven! I’ve never had a pistachio flavor as amazing.


Une journee a Bruge

17 Feb

On Saturday I went to Bruges for a second time with CEA for our first day trip of the semester..

With that being said, I’m sure it’s clear that Shayla and I went last month with Amandine and her parents when we were in Lille for a weekend visit.

Bruges is an adorable little city, and it only takes two hours (one on train, one on bus) to get there from Paris. So why not go again! Plus, with Amandine’s family we walked around taking in all the views. This time, it was time to walk around and take in all the food.

Everyone is so adorably generous and kind in Bruges. Although, I do question how many people actually live in the city. I felt like every single person we walked past were tourists! In each store we walked into, we were greeted with a smile. One of the chocolate shops (of the mass amounts that are in the city) kept walking past us, giving us samples from everything from chocolate ganache filled cookies and chocolate covered almonds. I think I died and went to heaven! I didn’t buy anything to take back to Paris with me food-wise from Belgium, just because I was stuffed from spending seven hours there! Hot chocolate (the best I’ve ever had!), three different varieties of gingerbread slices, the CEA hosted lunch of veggie soup, quiche, and amazingly rich (dark) chocolate mousse, fries… And of course, beer! We spent the afternoon walking around the city, doing a fair amount of shopping, where I only limited myself to a top and an extremely unique necklace. (It’s colorful! Who am I?)

As you can tell, Belgium is very close to my heart. (As in, in my stomach.) It was awesome! Again! (Although the 5:00 wake up time on a Saturday morning was not ideal.)

I’ll throw in a few photos from last trip, but since I didn’t take any of them, they are just reposts from my facebook. Any wishes for more photos will be fulfilled by looking there. 😉

P.S. Yes, Bruges was freezing last month! And yes, it is the cutest story-book like town. Heart melts.

J’ai besoin de partager cette chose magnifique avec le monde!

24 Jan

Honestly, I am amazed. The beauty in the simplicity of Paris is so clear here. And while it’s so clearly the past, it’s fantastic to be able to recognize so many things in these photos. Paris is eternal.

I would love to be back soon, but the camera situation is still difficult. Check my facebook for some awesome pictures from Lille and Belgium!