September 27, 2012

The Camino Documentary

The Camino Documentary

El Camino de Santiago was once an ancient Roman trade route, and a Christian pilgrimage journey. The Camino is also known as “The Way of St James” a series of footpaths and roads bejeweled with scallop shells. The shells are representative of those who covered the distance so many years ago with so little in the way of creature comforts. The pilgrims often used the shells as drinking vessels. (more…)

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September 24, 2012

Professional Cooking with Provencal Style

Professional Cooking with Provencal Style

How does the unlikely combination of an Egyptian born chef and a Montana banker end up in St Remy de Provence? In David’s own words, had they read Peter Mayle’s book before they bought the property and decrepit 200-year-old farmhouse, they probably would not have gone ahead with the transaction. The year was 1985. (more…)

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September 20, 2012

Un Common Figs

Un Common Figs

Almost indescribable, the scent of a fig tree full of almost ripe fruit is a fragrance that is both sweet and earthy. Nutmeg had never had the opportunity to enjoy the remarkable smell of the fig tree, before she spent the summer in Provence. The scent is distinctive, almost arresting in the open air, however, in a closed space can be overwhelming. The fig tree is often referred to as the Common Fig. It grows both cultivated and wild in most countries that are close to the Mediterranean and in many parts of Asia. Some tree varieties will bear fruit up to four times a year. (more…)

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September 18, 2012

Join the Book Party with Le French Book

Join the Book Party with Le French Book

After much hard work, a notable book was launched today. Publisher, Le French Book, love both books and France and they have set out to share both by bringing acclaimed French books to an English audience. Edgar Award-winning author Thomas H. Cook calls Sylvie Granotier’s The Paris Lawyer “a beautifully written and elegantly structured novel of a woman’s attempt to solve the central mystery of her life, and several other mysteries along the way.”  Cosmopolitan says it “will keep you reading late into the night.”  The story takes you from sophisticated Paris to the rural outreaches of France, where rolling countryside holds dark secrets. (more…)

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September 13, 2012

Touring Canmore with Street Sherpa

Touring Canmore with Street Sherpa

Are you visiting the Canadian Rockies? Would you like to get a taste of real, off-the-beaten paths, small mountain town spirit? As you already know, Nutmeg is a giant fan of Canmore. When she stumbled across this concept a journey that embraces the beautiful Bow Valley area, a bit of history and some shopping she simply could not resist uncovering more about Street Sherpa. (more…)

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September 10, 2012

Enfin Paris Finally

Enfin Paris Finally

It took 11.5 months for Ginger and Nutmeg to make it to Paris, only a 2.5 hour train ride from their Provencal home base. The capital city is one that both Ginger and Nutmeg love and have visited several times. It is entirely possible; that the relaxing rhythm of life in the sunny south had kept them from Paris for that length of time. However, they finally had a compelling reason to venture to l’ile de France, to meet some friends in the city. After, Nutmeg managed to master, the not so intuitive, SNCF website and purchase their train tickets, the rest was easy. The trains run frequently and sometimes even on time. Departing from Avignon TGV, their goal was to feel like real Parisians for three days. Audacious! (more…)

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September 6, 2012

Unique Belgique National Waffle Week

Unique Belgique National Waffle Week

As part of All American Breakfast Month, National Waffle Week September 2nd – 8th is devoted just to waffles. To celebrate, Unique Belgique wants to share some interesting waffle history and ways to enjoy these delectable treats! Waffle History: Wondering where waffles came from? (more…)

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August 30, 2012

Love at First Bite The Breton Gourmet

Love at First Bite The Breton Gourmet

American girl meets boy from Brittany, France – add four ingredients and a company is born! The Breton Gourmet (more…)

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August 27, 2012

Mistral One Crazy Wind

Mistral One Crazy Wind

The relief palatable, the calm almost surreal, something is missing – the wind has stopped! In France, the mistral is a strong wind that typically blows from the north or northwest.  Mistral the name for this wind means “masterly”, and in Nutmeg’s opinion, it certainly lives up that reputation.  The mistral typically blows hard, with gusts at times up to 100 km/hour as it accelerates down the Rhone and Durance rivers towards the Mediterranean.  Much like a Chinook in Calgary, the mistral brings a change in weather, in this case it is typically dry and cooler.  This can be a relief in the hot days of spring and early summer, or a curse in the later days of the fall as it creates glacial temperatures. There are two French expressions when it comes to the mistral “le vent qui rend fou” (the wind which makes you crazy) and “le vent des voleurs” (the wind of robbers).  Nutmeg thinks both sayings are accurate.  The mistral can blow for just a couple of days or even as long as a week.  A strong mistral will typically send cafe patrons indoors and make golf games virtually unplayable.  The beautiful plane trees of Provence, with their noisy, leafy canopies provide excellent cover for robbers, as even dogs cannot hear their approach. (more…)

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