My name is Diane. I grew up in Los Angeles, went to school, got a corporate job, then up and moved to Paris for love and adventure.

This is a travelogue, of sorts, of the year-or-so I am spending abroad, and the food I encounter (eat, buy too much of, obsess over) during it.

I have an ongoing, passionate love affair with food. My idea of a perfect day is walking down Rue de Rivoli, talking to the vendors at the fromageries, boulangeries, greenmarkets, and specialty stores, picking the best and the freshest of the season, then bringing it home to make something delicious for lunch. Then going to a restaurant for dinner where the chefs can amaze and enchant me with what they can achieve with the same stunning produce — with a glass or two of wine, of course.

I primarily shoot on a Sony NEX-6 camera body with a Nikon 35mm 1.8/f lens, and sometimes my iPhone 4S. I chase the light around my living room.

I cook in a tiny kitchen where my oven is only about fifteen inches wide, and I don’t have a microwave. I do all my prep on a two-foot-by-two-foot tiled counter. I cope by swapping out lots of cutting boards.

I bitch about the weather a lot.

My favorite thing to bake is chocolate chip cookies.

My favorite quick weeknight meal is stir-fry.

My favorite dessert is crème brûlée

I think I write better when I’m caffeinated.

Gin is my favorite, but whiskey is catching up.

I do antiquated things like crocheting lace doilies.

Nine times out of ten, I prefer beer to wine; I prefer champagne over everything.

I like to listen to music while I cook. Sometimes I dance along. Sometimes this causes kitchen accidents. Usually, I will list one of the songs I was cooking along to at the ends of posts — please forgive my slightly odd taste in music.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure!

37 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Diane ! Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. Yours is beautiful, and your photos are just stunning. Welcome to Paris !

    • Likewise! I only recently found your blog and spent an inordinate amount of time reading through the archives. I hope we get to run into each other in the city someday!

  2. I like your blog, it reminds me of myself several years ago (omg, EIGHT years ago….!) when i first moved to Germany for the adventure of it all. Long story short, I ended up staying. I love dancing to music in my kitchen too, and i just love cooking. It’s harder now with a baby but I still make the time (although I often wonder if I should…)

    I’ve been to paris too, and loved the food.

  3. I especially like the thought association between these subsequent sentences :-) :

    “I think I write better when I’m caffeinated.

    Gin is my favorite.”

    Nice to meet you!

    • I… didn’t even think of that. Oh, brain, sometimes you run off without me.

      Lovely to meet you too! I just found your blog today and found it incredibly inspiring, especially for a photography beginner like me. :)

  4. Hi Dianne! I love your blog, a lot. All your recipes sound phenomenal plus I am jealous of you living in Paris. I also am jealous of your photography skills. If you have a chance, check out my blog; I would love to hear what you think.

  5. Diane, i think your blog is amazing, your photos are amazing! I’m so happyyyy that i stumbled onto your blog! Excited to see more! happy blogging~

  6. Love the gorgeous food shots! If you ever want a buddy to go market-ing with in Paris, I could use one (because I’m too lazy to ever go on my own) !

  7. Margaret @ The Right Recipe said:

    I’m so jealous. I spent 3 months last winter in a wonderful apartment on Rue Bonaparte…a little sabbatical. Now back in NC but dreaming of Paris.

  8. Hi there, love your blog! I love the photos even more –they’re gorgeous! Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more. -Anne

  9. Great blog! One of the best ones out there!

  10. What fun to stumble on your corner of the interwebs via Freshly Pressed! I love that you’re drinking siphon coffee in your picture, and that you share my nerdy crocheting habit. (: Venturing abroad for love and adventure is more gutsy than people know – I’m on year three and by now have experienced the full gammet of highs and lows, and settled on a very lovely, satisfied middle ground. All that to say…go you!

  11. J’adore Paris, having lived there at 26 and visiting many times since. I also love gin, creme brulee and stir-fry. Great blog.

  12. Glad to have found this. I don’t enjoy cooking, but I love dancing in my kitchen. I’m American and often dream about picking up and moving abroad so I think I’m going to like hanging out on your blog.

  13. How wonderful that you are taking some time off from the corporate world… and in Paris! Yum. It sounds a lot like my story, actually. I left finance a year ago to live abroad (mostly Latin America), and my year just came to an end. I’m now scrambling to find ways to continue my travels!

    Best of luck, enjoy every second of this year!

  14. I totally agree about the love of adventures and crème brûlée! Yours is a great blog :)

  15. Love your blog. Your pictures really capture the city – nothing short of spectacular.

  16. I too am from the US and had a great job in Miami that i up & left to find love and adventure in, you guessed it, Paris! Glad to find someone else who is just as crazy about running away to live the life of a dreamer & food as I am! I live in Monmarte for the remainder of the month, maybe we will cross paths one day! Good luck :)

  17. Your blog’s name caught my eye (and made me laugh! thank you), but your pictures made me stay. So many travel blogs have terrible pictures – thank you for actually knowing how to use a camera. Your stories make me want to travel in western Europe. Not that I’m complaining about where I’ve been.

    Why feel bad about maybe doing Zurich “wrong”… travel should be about being in the moment. Some days I frantically rush around, other days I’m pretty damn lazy. In the end, it’s all pretty good.

  18. Definitely going to start your following your blog. Love the picture and food obsession (Two of my own obsessions)

  19. What an incredible experience you are having! Cherish it.

  20. vinicooksveg said:

    Hi Diane! Your blog is so beautiful! Great pictures! would love to read your future posts!

  21. kristinsnomnom said:

    Like your photos and your taste a lot! Gin IS great :)

  22. Great photography throughout your blog. I’m enjoying looking at all these mouth-watering dishes. Thank you for sharing.

  23. I’m really enjoying your blog. fantastic photos. Keep posting.

  24. as a recent transplant to germany, i am just loving reading about your adventures overseas, too!

  25. Hi Diane
    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. For more details, see here! http://denisediscovers.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/other-great-blogs/

  26. vinicooksveg said:

    Hi Diane , I enjoy your blog and so I want to present you ‘The Sunshine blog’ Award. Please do visit following link for further details http://vinicooksveg.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/thanks-for-appreciation-and-awards/
    Thank you.

  27. oh you lucky thing. to be in Paris & eat pain au chocolat while sipping cafe au lait is to die for. Is that what you’re drinking in the pix.. I hope to learn more about Paris & photography from you.. charu

  28. I just found your blog through the Joy the Baker Podcast comments and I LOVE it! What beautiful recipes and photography!

  29. I am so glad that I stumbled into your blog. Simply adore it and will be coming back for more of your posts :)

  30. Hi, I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blog award because I enjoy your blog so much. If you wish to accept (some do, some don’t, no hurt feelings either way) you write a post where you thank the blogger who nominated you, reveal a few things about yourself and then nominate a handful of bloggers who you like (anywhere from 7-15).


  31. I love your blog! Question! Have you discovered where the best crème brûlée in Paris is? Thanks-Lauren

    • I haven’t! To be honest, a lot of the good restaurants do more creative desserts, and the restaurants that do crème brûlée tend to be the chain bistros. I’ll let you know if I find something good though!

  32. Hi Diane, I love following your blog so I nominated you for a Leibster Blog Award! It’s easy and fun so hopefully you’ll enjoy it :) check out eyechow.com today for the rules. I look forward to reading your responses! -Val

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