Triple Cheese Fondue at La Caleche in Chamonix, France

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La Calèche in Chamonix is an alpine haven full of wooden sleds, cozy knickknacks, and traditional French comfort food. Of particular note is their fondue, bringing friends and families together with its masterfully layered flavor and satisfying warmth. If you’re not able to head to Chamonix this season, recreate this local dish at home.  Continue reading

Chamonix, France

2014-12-08 05.57.34Winter in Chamonix is like a page out of a storybook. Perfectly imperfect snow topped peaks rise from every angle around the chalet town, and pops of bright, cherry red can be glimpsed aboard the Montenevers train, towards the iconic mer de glace. Warm drinks, fondue fromage, and a steam are the perfect evening accoutrements to a full day of glacier scouting and off-piste skiing. For more detail on what to do in Chamonix, read my picks hereContinue reading

Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France

2014-12-06 13.36.12The annual Fête des Lumières is a marker for a variety of festival offshoots around the globe. Stemming from the 17th century, when the village of Lyon lit candles as a prayer of gratitude for surviving the plague, the festival has grown by leaps and bounds to the three day extravaganza it is now. With millions of visitors thronging to Lyon for this December highlight, the bar is set higher each year to wow the chilly crowd.  Continue reading

Lyon, France

2014-12-05 04.37.33Lyon, the second largest city in France after Paris, has quickly developed into one of my favorite French cities. A culinary destination, Lyon lays claim to Chef Paul Bocuse and has a unique collection of historical bouchons. The city is traveler friendly with its easy to navigate streets and ample public transportation, and provides a healthy mix of city and suburb. Wide boulevards lined with trellised apartments turn onto narrow side streets, with a collection of secret tunnels or traboulesContinue reading

The History Behind the Lyonnaise Bouchon

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Home to the famed chef Paul Bocuse, the city of Lyon takes the art of French cuisine very seriously. Among their unique gastronomic traditions is the Bouchon establishment. In French, the word Bouchon technically means a cork in a bottle, but is colloquially referred to as a traffic jam. It has also come to be known for traditional Lyonnais dining establishments, made official by L’Association de Défense des Bouchons Lyonnais (The Association for the Preservation of Lyonnais Bouchons.) Stemming from the word bousche, which means a twisted bundle of straw, the story goes that these Bouchons would hang straw from their roofs, indicating that a hot meal could be found within.  Continue reading