Birthday Lunch at Bastille

Over the weekend, we celebrated a special birthday by having a pretty fantastic lunch at Bastille in Alexandria, VA. This restaurant has been on my eating list for a while. I’m a huge fan of French cuisine and have made it one of my goals to try out all the French places in the area. The interior is very quaint and small. It has a romantic feel to it, so great location for a date! There’s a pretty nice sized bar as well. I was also told that if you…

Chicken Breast with Mushrooms and Cream

I love French cooking and I love Julia Child. So it just makes sense for me to try more of her recipes at home. I used to be intimidated when looking through her book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1; but there are a few recipes in there that don’t seem overly complicated. I’ve actually made this recipe before and it turned out to be a success. The only difference is that instead of cooking this in the oven, I just use my Dutch Oven. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: …

Found the Famous Poutine in Montreal

My husband and I went to Montreal to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. We are lovers of food and really wanted to go somewhere that had a distinct food culture. We found a food mecca in Montreal. One of the items on our list of must–eats was poutine, a native dish to Quebec. What exactly is this foreign sounding item? In its most simple form, it’s French fries, smothered in gravy and topped off with cheese curds. To us, it just sounded like something we needed to get our hands…

Summoning My Inner Julia Child with Coq Au Vin

While vacationing in Montreal for a week, I quickly realized that I love French food! Everything is so simple, yet the flavors are so pronounced and it just reminds me of really good comfort food. So after getting back, I really wanted to try my hand at French cuisine. And who better to replicate than the great Julia Child. I’ve made Coq Au Vin before, but after finding this recipe, I wanted to give it another try, using Julia’s techniques. I changed up the recipe a little bit to suit…