John & Wendy in Paris

Our parents and business partners, John and Wendy, just returned from a restful, food and wine filled, much needed vacation in Paris. For Christmas we gifted them with photos during their trip. While they protested a little bit we knew the end result would be worth it! And it was! We worked with Parisian photographer…

Roasted Garlic, Cauliflower & Bacon Soup

Happy New Year! We hope that the holidays have been good to you and your family and you’ve begun this new year with full and happy hearts. Our family has decided to follow a Paleo diet this year after a four year hiatus. Yes. Four years! While we will not follow it 100% (I still…

A Personal Note on Business and Family

Nearly a year has passed since my family closed the doors to our family business, The Colonial Bar & Grille. The bar has been our family business for 51 years. The decision was of course difficult, but ultimately the best decision for our family. The bar was a labor of love for my Grandparents and we’ve…

Kelly and Drew in Paris Part I

My husband and I recently spent our birthdays (yes, we have the same birthday, one year apart…I like to say I was his first birthday present) in Paris. I lived in Paris in 2006 while spending my junior year abroad in college and have wanted to take Drew back for many years but the time…

CUSTOM PORTRAITS

Chelsea and I had the pleasure of meeting Jasmine Wisz back in June. She came into Le Bon Macaron to see if we needed custom art by a local artist. We said no, but soon thought better of it! The next day we were sipping lattes and discussing plans for six custom watercolor canvases depicting Parisian…

GOOD EATS IN PARIS

Okay let’s be honest, most of my motivation during travel is fueled by great food. I used to be the pickiest eater in the world, and sometimes I still struggle with it, but I’ve definitely come a long way! This list may surprise you a bit as I don’t feel the need to only eat…

MY TOP 5 FAVORITE COFFEE SHOPS IN PARIS

You’re in Paris, woohoo!  You just arrived on a redeye to this gorgeous city, now what?  You could drink wine (at 10am), I won’t judge you, or you can grab an awesome cup of coffee.  Considering the amount of exploring you’ll want to do upon your arrival in Paris, I’d go for the caffeine!  Finding…

EASTER BASKETS & MEMORIES

Easter is this weekend and I find myself reminiscing about past Easters in our family and how special this celebration has been in many ways. When we were little Easter often fell on spring break and we frequently went “out west” as my parents called it. We went to Las Vegas! Many Easter’s we took…

ST. PADDY’S DAY IRISH DINNER

I am not Irish, but my name is, and I married an Irishman so now I also have an Irish last name…so that kind of makes me Irish…kind of. Growing up I felt like a bit of an impostor on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m a lot of many things but Irish by blood is not…

HOMEMADE CHICKEN SOUP

Nothing is better in the winter than homemade chicken soup, especially in the midwest. Snow storm coming? Make some chicken soup! A cold settling in? More chicken soup! My newest reason for making a batch of chicken soup is Charlotte. Carrots that have been cooking in broth all day are the perfect texture for a…