My Summer Vacation, Part I: Paris

by Carol Sacks on July 31, 2014

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It’s hard to imagine more visually-rich locales for a working holiday than London and Paris. I took loads of photos in both cities and decided to lead with Paris. Our days were filled with museum and monument visits, walks through lush gardens and farmers markets, and marvelous meals — with an emphasis on dessert, of course. We even managed a Segway tour, which despite my fears, turned out to be a trip highlight. A collection of photos from our time in Paris follows. Next up, London.

 

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It will come as no surprise that salad is my default dish when it’s dinner-for-one in on a warm summer’s evening. It’s refreshing to eat when the temperature climbs, it’s a great way to use tasty leftover protein and it’s a breeze to prepare when all you crave is a light, but satisfying meal. I [...]

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A few weeks ago, Matthew and I were in San Francisco on business. With time for a team dinner on the schedule, I immediately made a reservation at Contigo. Co-owned by Chef Brett Emerson and his wife Elan, Contigo is a bright and cozy space nestled on a busy street in the city’s Noe Valley [...]

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California was gripped by a heat wave last week. The thought of turning on the oven to make dinner was fleeting. The only thing I could think of eating until the heat broke was salad. It may not be heating up yet where you live, but as the summer approaches, I wanted to share a [...]

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