An assortment of white and cream Dior gowns.

An Exclusive Day of Dior- with ATOP

An assortment of red Dior dresses.

Dior- From Paris to the World

I spent a few hours at the Louvre several years ago exploring the incredible world of Dior at the world acclaimed exhibit that broke all attendance records.  When I returned to the Dallas area, I visited the Dior store at Highland Park Village, they were all a buzz with the news that the Dior exhibit would, eventfully make its way to Dallas! After waiting more than 2 years the magnificent exhibit has finally arrived.

An assortment of white and cream Dior gowns.
I am thrilled to bring you an exclusive Day of Dior, curated just for ATOP followers.

This experience promises to be filled with amazing fashion, fabulous food and wine and of course FUN.  I sincerely hope you will join ATOP for…

A Day of Dior

Friday, July 19th

11:00 am Dallas Museum of Art
Welcome and a preview of the exhibit with an expert-
Dior from Paris to the World
Enjoy the Exhibit

12:45 Lunch at Bistro 31, Highland Park Village
Private lunch in the Champagne Room
with Wine

Christian Dior Highland Park Village- Sweets and Champagne
A look at modern day Dior and a peek at 2019 fall fashion- Jake Walton

3:00 Farewell- Gift bag for all participants

Tickets are limited Get them HERE

Cream colored Dior gown with red velvet ribbon and ivy.

The exhibit was so incredible, it literally brought me to tears.

An assortment of 4 Dior gowns.

Pictures hardly do the gowns justice; the fabrics are so ornate.

Up close of fabric from Dior gown.

This is a close-up of the fabric from a strapless gown.  The flowers are all hand-made of silk.  I wanted to scoop this up and take it with me, it was my favorite!

I hope YOU will join me!

au revoir for now lorie (002)

 

A melt in your mouth bite…in Paris!

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When I find something new that is crave-able…

ATOP 2019 group at Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Paris

I can’t wait to share it with my travelers and YOU!

Last year I happened upon this adorable sweet shop with its classic slate grey facade and huge crystal chandelier that beckoned me in.

Aux Mervilleux de Fred, Paris

Aux Merveilleux de Fred in the Latin quarter of Paris has windowed stuffed with cute balls of goodness that resemble Hostess Snowballs

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One bite lets you know this is oh so different!

Aux Merveilleux de Fred small treat with 1 bite missing.

I have always been a lover of meringues and when you stuff it with cream, and then roll them in chocolate, how can you go wrong?

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I predict these pretty, melt in your mouth treats will become all the rage.  There are already 1/2 a dozen locations around Paris and a location in New York city!

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Want me to take you there?  I would love for YOU to be along next year for the tasty FUN!

Register TODAY by email to lorie@atasteofparis.net

 A Taste of Paris April 13-20th  

Guacamole with a Twist

Grapefruit guacamole.

When Lauren Palmer, the editor of The Art of Living Beautifully asked me to develop a grapefruit guacamole recipe for the summer issue of the magazine, I was skeptical.  The inherit problem with grapefruit is their intense bitterness.  As I thought about the combination, I began to get really excited.

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The key to a great tasting guac is cutting the fruit into supremes. This method of preparation takes most of the bitterness from the fruit leaving behind that unmistakable, juicy, citrus flavor.

Lauren and I created this video to show you how to cut grapefruits into supremes.  This method works really well for oranges too!

I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do and the many taste tester friends, I made it for this spring!

If you have not already subscribed to The Art of Living Beautifully, do so!  You will find lots of inspiration there as well as recipes from me!

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Grapefruit Guacamole 

2 large ripe avocados

½ teaspoon grapefruit zest

1 large grapefruit cut into supremes

2 teaspoons fresh jalapeno, finely chopped

2 tablespoons red onion, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh basil cut into a chiffonade

Dash cayenne pepper

Salt to taste

Cut grapefruit supremes into ½ chunks. Mix avocado, grapefruit chunks and zest, onion, jalapeno and basil very well.  Season to taste with salt and cayenne and serve with chips.

Playground for the Rich and Famous-the French Riviera

Pebbled beach in NIce, France

The French Riviera; playground for the rich and famous, will be the back drop for an amazing adventure for 7 travelers, in April 2020.

French Riviera

The vibrant coastal town of Nice will be our hub for this week-long exploration of the area and Nice has it all.  The magnificent cerulean blue Mediterranean ocean on one side, and 3 mountain caps on the other, home to the sweetest villages I have ever encountered.

Village around French Riviera.

This village with the fortress wall around it, is tucked into the mountains and is begging to be explored.

City view Nice, France.

The colorful city center of Nice is packed with cafes that spill into the streets, with a waft of the Provencal flavors in the air and the casual nature of these establishments hint at the warmth of its people.

Not far from this is SHOPPING!  Nice is a larger city so all of the high-end brands are available and plenty of moderately priced options too!

Te e Tisane al mercato di Eze, Costa Azzurra

Markets in this region of France abound and all with their own flair.  I always love seeing the beautiful spices and…

Confiture in the window, Nice, France.

…the candied fruits; confiture, a delicacy of the region.

Shrimp Risotto

Don’t even get me started on the food.

Penne pasta with basil.

Nice is very close to the Italian border so there is PASTA, so tasty and yet still served with the elegance that can only be associated with France.

Nice, France

Can you tell I am crushing hard on the French Riviera?

I have only 3 spaces left for this amazing trip

The French Riviera April 24th-30th 2020.

Don’t delay, make one of them YOURS Today.  By email to lorie@atasteofparis.netau revoir for now lorie (002)

ATOP Macarons at Up Inspired Kitchen

Silver compote with French Macarons.

Hey you guys!  Come see me at UP Inspired Kitchen, this Thursday from 9:00-1:00 and enjoy one of my fresh macarons on us! I’ll be on hand to demonstrate this magnificent  French treat!

Toasts with avocado, pears and prosciutto and spinach with mushrooms.

If it’s not already, UP will be one of your new favorite places!

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The breakfast AND lunch menu is full of clean, honestly sourced foods that makes you feel great.  UP Inspired Kitchen is a on a mission to inspire you to feel your best, so you can BE your best!

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Experiencing new cultures and traveling with friends is one of the best ways to Live UP!

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We’ll take your taste buds on a Parisian culinary adventure without even having to pack your suitcase. So stop by UP Inspired Kitchen on Thursday for a French macaron, stay for some coffee and enter to win some French treats!

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AND Learn more about my exclusive excursions to France!
au revoir for now lorie (002)

Tasty Tidbits for Mother’s Day

Birds Nest Salad

I’m sharing a couple of my favorite Mom friendly recipes that are easy as pie to make

But first….

As mothers we do so much for everyone around us. That’s why this week I have been honoring many of my MOM travelers on my Facebook page.

It’s been so much fun telling a little bit about each MOM and highlighting their beautiful pictures from their ATOP trip.  For most, taking time away for all of the responsibilities is a rare gift they give to themselves.

Sue sipping coffee on the balcony in Paris

 Getting to know so many amazing women is an honor for ME! 

Do something for yourself. 

Register with A Taste of Paris for travel in 2020 

Because you’re worth it!

A WEEK in PARIS April 13-20th 2020

A WEEK on The French Riviera- April 24th-30th 2020

WINE LOVERS- The champagne and Burgundy region September 9th-17th 2020

Now for a few tasty tidbits!  

Shrimp with lemon dill sauce

Shrimp with Lemony Dill Sauce

1 pound of shrimp that has been peeled and deveined

½ cup sour cream

1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

Zest of ½ a lemon

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons fresh dill or

Salt and pepper to taste

Additional dill and lemon for garnish

Place Shrimp on a platter over ice.  Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl and serve.

 Close up birds nest salad

Birds Next Salad

6 cups spring greens

1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, cuts half

1/3 cup blueberries

1 cup Chow Mein noodles

2 ounces fresh chevre

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Dressing

1/4 cup champagne vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon honey

1 small garlic clove pressed

Pinch salt

Pinch pepper

Make goat cheese eggs by scooping 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese and roll it in the palm of your hand to create and oval shape.  Repeat the process until you have made 12 eggs.  Keep the goat cheese eggs in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  To prepare dressing, mix all ingredients in the bottom of salad bowl with a whisk until emulsified. Add greens to the bowl and toss well to coat.  Place greens in a mound on 4 salad plates. Place 1/4 cup of the noodles in the center of each lettuce mound to create the bird’s nest. Place the tomatoes around the edge of the salad and sprinkle blueberries to resemble flowers.  Arrange 3 eggs in each nest. Put turmeric in a fine mesh sieve and shake over all the eggs to give them speckles. Serve at once.

 

There is NO Such Thing as TOO Many Bubbles!

 

Glasses toasting in our champagne tasting class

I ask you…is there any such thing as too many bubbles?

I hear a resounding NO in my head, is that YOU?

Mary leading us in a champagne tasting

This is Mary who led us in a wonderful class on the effervescent world of French Champagne.

Lorie about to open a bottle of champagne

We tasted lots of champagne and other goodies

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Charcuterie, Gougeres and the acclaimed Gillardeau oysters known as the Rolls-Royce of oysters.

Monica opening a bottle of champagne

Without a doubt the best part was watching ATOP travelers pop the bottles.

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Our expert, Mary, was teaching us how to open the bottle “so that it gives a soft sigh, much like that of a satisfied women” not a loud pop!

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To open the bottle, take off the foil wrapper, keep your thumb on the top of the bottle, twist the wire tab towards yourself, six times.  Keeping your thumb on the top, and hand over the wire cage, now twist the bottle, not the cork until it releases with a sigh.

Lorie opening a bottle of champagne

I’ll be practicing this new way but I won’t lie, I love the loud pop champagne makes! It lets me know a party is about to start!

The three special ladies you see see in this post will be featured on my Facebook page atasteofparistrips and on Instagram stories @atasteofparis, this week. I hope you will check it out!

MOMS do so much for everyone else!  I love when they do something for themselves like travel to FRANCE with me!

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For information on Travel in 2020 Click HERE!

A huge thank you to L’amour de Paris for the photos at our Champagne tasting, I appreciate them so much!

au revoir for now lorie (002)

 

 

Parisian Picnic in McKinney Texas

Parisian Picnic, McKinney Texas

I am so excited to be partnering with We Ate Well Food Tours for their first ever POP-UP!

It’s a Parisian Picnic right here in McKinney!! Did you know French picnics are one of my favorite things?  I’ll be showing you how I create them for my husband and I on the reg. Such a great way to spend and evening or entertain friends.

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You don’t need a passport to enjoy a French-style picnic! This delicious, hands-on Spring experience will include a basket, yours to keep, full of goodies sourced from local businesses as well as surprise giveaways. We’ll meet at Mitchell Park in Historic Downtown McKinney to eat well and learn picnic essentials.

Whats in the basket? All the essentials!

Fruit

Salad

Baguette

Meat & Cheese

Vegetable Chips, Dip & Jam

Sparkling French Lemonade

Macarons & Truffles

Mini Floral Bouquet

McKinney Wine Merchant Gift Card

This event is BYOB = Bring Your Own Blanket!  We’ll provide a basket

Class size limited

Picnic Basket for 1 |   $ 85

Picnic Basket for 2 |   $105

For Tickets CLICK  

Hope to see you there!

au revoir for now lorie (002)

 

Salmon & Dill Deviled Eggs

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs an Easter Favorite

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Looking for a fantastic new twist on Deviled eggs for your Easter table or spring fête? Check out my recipe for Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs that I created for The Art of Living Beautifully’s Spring 2019 magazine.  Did you know you can now order this beautiful publication in print? Check it out!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend filled with worship, family and plenty of Easter eggs!

Smoked Salmon and Dill Deviled Eggs

6 large eggs

¼ cup minced smoked salmon, plus more for garnish

¼ cup cream cheese

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons minced green onion

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Paprika for garnish

12 dill fronds for garnish

Place 6 eggs in the bottom of a saucepan and cover with cold water.  Bring water to boil over medium heat.  Cover and remove from heat and allow to stand for 15 minutes.  Remove eggs from water and allow to cool.  Peel eggs, cut them in half lengthwise and pop yolks out into a bowl.  Place egg whites on a serving platter.  Add minced salmon, cream cheese, mayonnaise, green onion, mustard, lemon juice and salt and pepper to the yolks and mix very well. Place yolk mixture into a zip top bag, using scissors snip the corner of the bag and pipe mixture into the cavity of each egg white.  Sprinkle filled eggs with paprika, add bit of salmon and dill to each egg for garnish.  Chill for 1-4 hours before serving.

Upcoming Cooking Classes- Register HERE!

May 3rd 10:30-1:00 Make and Take Dinner for Two- A new offering in the cooking school!  Come and take a cooking class and take home a 4-course dinner for two.  Share it with your spouse or a friend!  This class promises to be lively and full of fun!

On the Menu: Appetizer- Blue Cheese Pecan Crusted Grapes is a flavor explosion

Starter- Stunning Birds Nest Salad and Herbed Brioche Rolls

Main- Sweet Spiced Bourbon Pork Loin served with Darling Pommes William (ours are baked not fried) and abundant Balsamic Veg Roast

Dessert-Petite Chocolate Loaf Cakes slathered in Amara Cherry Creme Sauce

Tomato Soup and tea will be served.  Class size is limited.  Class Fee $64.50

 

June 21st 10:30-1:00 Make and Take Dinner for Two- A new offering in the cooking school!  Come and take a cooking class and take home a 4-course dinner for two.  Share it with your spouse or a friend!  This class promises to be lively and full of fun!

On the Menu: Appetizer- We will master the art of precious Chinese Dumplings in both Pork and Vegetarian varieties and dipping sauce.

Starter- Thai Lettuce Wraps with chicken

Main- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with Pineapple Fried Rice

Dessert-Precious Pound Cakes with Sweet Citrus Compote

Spinach Salad and French Bread will be served with iced tea.  Class Fee $64.50

au revoir for now lorie (002)

Photo Credit: Lauren Palmer and The Art of Living Beautifully

Notre Dame has Inspired Generations

The world watched in horror as Notre Dame, Our Lady Cathedral in Paris, France, burned for hours on Monday, April 15th, 2019. I was in Paris having just returned to my hotel after being near Notre Dame when the fire broke out.

The video you see above was taken on April 11th, 2019 when I visited Notre Dame with my A Taste of Paris, 2019 group.  I feel very thankful that I took this tiny snippet, I don’t usually take video or pictures here as I have visited so many times but, on this day, I had been searching for several new artifacts.

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Notre Dame is ALWAYS on the list of sites to visit with my groups, it has to be one of the most memorable and emotional places we go.

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When you think about the fact that this structure is almost 900 years old, the very first stone was laid in 1163, it gives you chills.  As you enter the structure and see all of the painstaking details, you began to understand just what it must have been like in mid evil times to carry and hoist each and every stone to construct this Gothic marvel.  Notre Dame was completed in 1345 taking 182 years to build. Now that is awesome.

Notre Dame de Paris at night
Notre Dame de Paris at night

A few facts about Notre Dame you might not know:

    • When Notre Dame was built it could hold 10,000 people for worship, standing of course, there were no pews.
    • Notre Dame was built on the exact site of the pagan temple of Jupiter built by the Romans in the 6th century.
    • In 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned the first emperor of France here.
    • Victor Hugo’s, Hunchback of Notre Dame was completed, in 1831.  At that time, the cathedral was in a terrible state of disrepair.  As the novel gained in popularity, people began to visit Notre Dame and the French government decided to restore this massive beauty.
    • The crown of thorns worn by Jesus, a nail from his cross and a piece of the cross are housed in the crypt at Notre Dame, in the deepest part of the structure.  These artifacts are brought out for viewing only 1 time a year, on Good Friday.  Luckily, these artifacts were saved from the fire.
    • Notre Dame is one of the largest religious structure in the world.
  • Every year more that 13 million people visit Notre Dame

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The above image is the center front facade of Notre Dame.  You dont have a complete picture here but what you are looking at is Jesus in the center with his 12 apostles, Peter being just to His left.  Above Jesus you will see the last judgement taking place.  I love sharing this scene with my travelers in great detail and cannot tell you how grateful I am that it is still standing.

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The French have vowed to rebuild Notre Dame and hope to have it completed within 5 years. I look forward to watching the progress that I am sure will amaze.

I would love to hear from you guys about you first visit to Notre Dame or any detail you would like to share!

au revoir for now lorie (002)