Trimmed tree traditions

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My mother loves ornaments. She loves tradition. Every year we know we will each get a glass ornament that fits our person ever so perfectly, and every year our tree grows more full, trimmed and filled with  many memories. It’s so comforting  to come back over the years and look at an ornament and know exactly to whom it was given and what makes it the ornament of that person. She’s got a way of understanding and observing people. A way of inserting a puzzle piece into the puzzle of their being like the perfect gift. She just gets it. And it has shaped who I am today. My love for the little things and obsession for observing is without a doubt from this woman, and I wouldn’t have it any other day.

I’m so grateful to appreciate and care about tradition. Knowing that every year at this one time it will be the same…no matter what… Something about it is ironically refreshing and moving. What do you have without tradition?

So many moments. So many feelings. One time of year. It’s the holiday season, and it’s deep and filled with so much emotion, even unexpectedly!

Merry Christmas to all, and all a good night.

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Christmas Eve

Happy Holidays to all. Greetings from the Rocky Mountains.

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Stateside guilty pleasures & favorite things No.1

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Going to Walgreens at any time of the day or night, even just for something as small as a pack of gum.

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[Photos from Jan. 2011 & April 2012]

Something about this city always gives my tummy butterflies. Being home is so refreshing. Literally. I have to stop and take in the air slowly sometimes. More to come on my stateside guilty pleasures soon.

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Passage du Panorama’s Gyoza Bar

Do you like gyozas? A gyoza is a japanese dumpling or potsticker that actually has its roots in China! They are so delicious. And this place specializes in making them.


The Gyoza Bar is one of my favorite places to grab a bite (do I say that often?). I’m a big gyoza fan, and when I found out that there was a restaurant devoted to the art of gyozas, I had to check it out. Luckily Rubi & Anne are into gyozas too, so we all went for a lovely dinner one night.

Gyoza Bar is brilliantly set up. You only have to decide how many you want, and you’ve got 2 choices: 8 or 12. They serve them to you on a platter with a yummy dipping sauce. You have the choice to get a side of rice or of course a beverage if you’d like. I love the simplicity of the place.

The main floor has a large bar with the gyoza masters in the center. They also now have a basement that is quite spacious. Just one main tip: the turnovers go quickly, so don’t be discouraged if there is a line out front. Not to mention it’s a wonderful neighborhood for a post-gyoza stroll, up and down the boulevards and into the surrounding districts.

No reservations are needed.

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Gyoza Bar
56 Passage des Panoramas
75002 Paris
1 44 82 00 62
Métro Grands Boulevards/Richelieu Drouot (8/9)

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Caen - De quelle planète es-tu?

This weekend I went to Caen to visit the family I lived with when I was a junior in high school for a year. What a charming little city. I hope your weekend was also swell!

Gosh, I am ready to get my creative bug going. The days prior to my current camera looked a little more like this.

If you’re interested in checking out a fab Aussie artist, click here.

Winter snacks at their best.

This time last year.

This bakery looks like one of the most magical places that exists.

I could go for a cream puff.

Need some 100% gluten free spots in Paris?

This modern gingerbread house just is so fantastic.

Denver in T-5 days.

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Trois petites choses de vendredi No. 16

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Deck the halls!

This year we’ve got a little tree in our apartment, even though I’ll be headed westward next week. My mom gave Louis this Budweiser ornament 2 years ago, and it’s currently displayed on our first ever sapin de Noël!

I drool over the Russian dolls at Christmas markets every year. They are so beautiful and intricately painted. It’s quite odd to see them in large quantities to be honest. If you close your eyes just a little bit it’s almost like a tessellation.

I had a bobun at Le Petit Cambodge the other day and boy, was it delicious. It was about time I went there, I had heard so many great things. Have you been? What do you get there?

Have a fantastic weekend tout le monde.

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