Lunch with a view of Etretat: Dormy House

Dormy House Restaurant with reasonably-priced lunch with panoramic views of Etretat

When I first arrived in the seaside town of Etretat at my Airbnb, my hostess pointed out a hotel that had exceptional views of the cliffs and the village. She said having lunch or dinner, or even having a drink at the Hotel-Restaurant Dormy House (just around the corner from my house) would be worthwhile. As I wanted to have a meal with views of Etretat, this sounded like the place to go, especially at lunchtime when it would be a bit less expensive. Even though I did not have reservations, I got a table outside, overlooking the sea and town.  Everything was perfect as it was a reasonably priced lunch with a view of Etretat. Continue reading →

Parisian bistro with traditional French cuisine: A la Biche au Bois

A la Biche au Bois Restaurant, Paris (J. Chung)

Author and pastry chef David Lebovitz has written some excellent books about French food and his experiences living in France. One of his posts reviewed a Parisian restaurant located near the Gare de Lyon. It’s been open since 2001 and has a loyal following. I recently had the good fortune to have dinner at this classic French bistro called “A la Biche au Bois” (Deer in the woods). Here is my review. Continue reading →

Paris Dinner Soirée At Jim Haynes

Janice Chung and Jim Haynes

For many years I had heard about some rather unique dinners that take place weekly or monthly in Paris but had never attended one. These social events are often held by expats and they bring together locals, visitors, and other expats over dinner, drinks, and conversation. The perfect opportunity arose when I recently travelled to Paris with my friend, Monica. One of my Paris contacts suggested we meet up with her and her friend at a dinner soirée just south of where we were staying. While I vaguely knew about soirées, the Paris dinner soirée at Jim Haynes has now become one of my favourite experiences in France….EVER! Continue reading →

Some Interesting Backstories To Restaurant Le Petit Choiseul

There are around 40,000 restaurants in Paris. 40,000! There are great ones, horrible ones, and some that you’ll never forget. Why will I always remember this little bistro on the right bank that I just happened to come upon?  Certainly the food and wine were perfect. And the service was attentive and friendly. But there were a few interesting backstories to restaurant Le Petit Choiseul that had me. Continue reading →

15 Reasons Why You Should Travel To France More Than Once

Rocherfort-en-terre, France

Why should you travel to France more than once? Easy answer: It’s just incredibly beautiful and there is SO much to see and do that you can’t see everything you want in one trip.  It is the world’s top tourist destination with over 84 million visitors and the country has diverse landscapes where you can see sand dunes, mountains, inviting coastlines, picturesque hilltop villages, sculptured gardens, and volcanoes. The list goes on and on. Continue reading →