This week was a lot of fun here in Chicago. I took a cooking class at The Chopping Block where we made Beef Bourguignon and an apple tart. Also, I finally got to try The Blanchard a French inspired restaurant not too far from where I live. To top it all off I had a meeting with my friends at Vosges Chocolates, we are working on something pretty sweet I can't wait to share! If you are wondering how I balance all the rich food and staying fit? The answer is, I dance just about every day at a studio in my neighborhood. I call it my daily "meeting" I start work at 7 am answering emails and checking stats so it's challenging to duck out for an hour but not impossible.
Here is a roundup of favorite links I found with a French Twist:
Do you need a Visa to visit Europe? The link that got the most reaction from me on Facebook this week was about requiring a Visa for travel to Europe. We should know more in May if this will actually happen. It's something to watch if you are planning a trip or have a trip booked.
My friend Lindsey Tramuta of Lost in Cheeseland has a new book out in Paris that I can't wait to get my hands on, called The New Paris. She will be in Chicago this April at Read it & Eat. She also wrote this article for The NY Times which gives a sampling of what's to come with the new book.
10 Tips for Solo Female Travelers in Paris I wouldn't normally push my own work but this one I highly recommend if you have friends or are planning a trip to Paris.
I read a lot of Business articles so For The Girl Boss: 6 Psychological Triggers that Win Sales and Influence Customers
Spring is on my Mind: A few links I love and planning for Cuba and Paris. Where are you going this Spring?
Shoes: These wrap around ankle sandals.
photo via garance dore