It’s Time to Confess
Dear readers, I have a confession to make. I’ve fallen in love. Believe me, I didn’t expect it. I had my guard up. I knew what I needed to avoid, and so I traveled to Europe with a suitcase filled with vegan protein bars. Yes, I’m gluten and dairy intolerant but despite that fact, European food has captured my heart completely.
As my family traveled to France, Italy and Austria for a five-week dream vacation, I feared I would find nothing to eat as we traveled. I was certain that a country like France, that has elevated the baguette to a national treasure would only serve “danger on a plate,” to a girl like me.
Although I dreamed of dishes such as Sole Meuniere, a fish dinner caressed in butter and the dish that sparked Julia child’s obsession with French food, I knew my insides would reject the notion that butter is heavenly.
However, France, Italy and Austria all provided food that delighted my taste buds, lacked hidden gluten and dairy, and offered freshness that made the flavors explode in my mouth. I’m in love and I feel that I will never be faithful to American food in my heart again.
I Found Something For You.
As I traveled around, I kept trying to find little treasures that I could share with you. I wish you could have joined me at the charming sidewalk cafes that we fell in love with. I’m sorry you were not there, but know you were there with me in my heart. So, I brought home a little something for six of you. I would have brought it for all of you, but the carry-on weight limit was 35 pounds, so blame the airlines.
How to Cook French Pastry
Since I fell in love with the food, the first item in this European prize is the yummy cookbook, How to Cook French Pastry – 50 Traditional French Recipes. I found this book in the giftshop at Versailles and I got two copies, one for me and one for you.
I love cookbooks with color photos and this one has a color photo for every recipe.
Everyone loves chocolate so I was certain it should be one of the gifts. These 18 mini chocolate bars each have a photo of one of Paris’s iconic landmarks. This way you can enjoy your chocolate and dream of your trip to Paris.
Another well-known national treat are French Macarons. This box of three, will get you hooked and yearning for more.
We drove through Switzerland, the home of true chocolate. This next gift is a Toblerone bar, my husband’s favorite chocolate.
While in Provence, I snipped a bag full of lavender. I was going to make something with it but found sachets already waiting for one of you at the Bonnieux street market. This bag of lavender is the aroma of Provence.
A Year in Provence
Finally, the book that started the dream, A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle. This is the book that alerted me to the absolute need to travel to Provence. This bestseller is the account of Peter who realizes his dream of buying a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in Provence. Once you read this book, a trip to Provence will appear on your bucket-list.
Enter to Win
Here is how you can win one of these European gifts.
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It’s that easy! Prizes will be randomly drawn. The first name drawn will get their first choice, the second person their first choice that is still available and so on.
You can enter multiple times BUT you must share this blog for each entry.
Throughout November and December, I’ll continue to share posts about one of our amazing destinations. Of course, I’ll also be sharing holiday posts. Please let me know what type of content you enjoy seeing.
November is on our doorstep and the holidays are just around the corner. Share this post and maybe one of your holiday treats may just come from Europe.
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