Welcome, darlings! I'm Amanda. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, I now live in Paris with my Irish husband, Louis, and our three rambunctious boys - aged 11, 9, and 5 months.
I have been a sporadic resident of this city since I first arrived as an art history student back in 2002. What began as a five month study abroad program quickly morphed into an eight month stint, after which I (begrudgingly) returned to New York to finish my degree at Sarah Lawrence College.
After graduating, I jumped on a plane and immediately got knuckle-deep in flour and sugar at the Cordon Bleu Paris, where I completed a pastry degree in 2004.
I spent 8 years in Dublin, Ireland. During that time, I worked in a myriad of kitchens - ranging from a Michelin-starred establishment to an organic cafe featured on America's Food Network. I frequently daydreamed, however, of reclaiming my abandoned life of picnics along the Seine, salade chevre chaud, and museum-worthy pastries. In the summer of 2012, I packed up my Irish life and permanently relocated to France. Our family of five lives in a gloriously tiny Montmartre apartment, sandwiched between the Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur.
This blog is intended as a place to collect my favorite recipes, travels, and the stories that go with them.
Thank you for stopping by!