Refreshing Lemon Tart from Jacques Genin

On a hot summer day, there are few things that can just quench your thirst like a French lemon tart (or tart au citron). In Paris when the summer temperatures soar beyond what is bearable coupled with congestion from tourists, traffic, or general city heat, when I see a lemon tart I go all in.…

Mont Blanc in Chamonix

In the heart of the Alps lies the majestic Mont Blanc. Standing at almost 5000m, it is the highest peak in the alps is the border of both the French and Italian alpine ranges. ┬áIn the resort town of Chamonix, France, tourists and mountaineers alike flock to the base of the mountain to catch the…

Fig and Mascarpone Tart in Rome

One of my greatest pleasures while traveling is simply walking (and eating) my way through local farmers markets. Nowhere was that more evident than in Rome’s Campo di Fiori. On this particular visit, I just couldn’t resist the fresh picked, plump juicy figs that seemingly permeated every corner of the market. Rows upon rows of…

Raclette Tart

While chocolate may be my main weakness, cheese comes in at a close second. Any country whose two primary exports are chocolate and cheese has a special place in my heart. Gruyere, Emmental, Tilsiter, all hail from one of the greatest cheese producers in the world. Raclette, however, is perhaps one of the most versatile,…

Linzer Torte in Linz

On my way from Salzburg to the Black Forest, my train makes a mandatory stop in Linz, Austria. While this is a very short layover, it is by no means a forgettable one. Linz is the third largest city in Austria and is the boyhood home of Adolf Hitler. Traces of this historical link still…