Diane, A Broad
  • June 8, 2013

    [Note: No, I didn't give in to the temptation to jump on a plane and head back to Corsica so soon after my trip in May. My computer had a meltdown recently, and I thought I had lost a good portion of my photos from the island. Thanks to the miracle workers at Apple, such turns out not to be the case. So, here we are -- with some out-of-order posts from Corsica. I hope you enjoy them anyway, despite them being a bit later than expected.]

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    I think that there’s an instinct in those who travel frequently to avoid the restaurants with the best views, because we assume that they’re inevitably going to be tourist traps with sub-par food. Or be extraorinarily expensive. Or, likely, both. So it’s always a refreshing surprise to find a restaurant with a stunning view, delicious food, and reasonable prices like Chez Vincent in Bastia.

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    With an unbeatable view overlooking the old port and food that includes Corsican specialties such as veal stewed with chestnuts (above, served as a savory millefeuille) and a catch of the day served en papillote, as well as a page full of pizzas, Chez Vincent manages to have a dish for every craving, without being sycophantic.

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Additionally, I will always be grateful to this restaurant for introducing me to my new favorite apéritif: Cap Corse, a fortified wine with a quinine base.

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  • June 7, 2013

    You know that scene in Amélie when she finds a box full of a boy’s treasures from decades in the past? That’s how I felt stepping into this attic.

    A Grandmother's Attic by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    A Grandmother's Attic by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    A Grandmother's Attic by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    A Grandmother's Attic by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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  • June 4, 2013

    They’re calling us “The New Guard.” A little group of Parisiennes who have been around just a year or two, and who met through our mutual love of blogging, food, photography, and this beautiful city we get to call home.

    I was flattered to be interviewed by Amy Thomas, author of Paris, My Sweet, and all-around lovely person, as part of a series of interviews with this group of girls (who happen to be some of my favorite people in Paris). Take a look here to get to know me a bit better! It’s not every day that someone calls me sassy, after all.

    Paris, My Sweet, A Giveaway, and The New Guard by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Additionally, Amy is kindly offering a copy of her delicious book to a lucky reader. Her memoir of her time in Paris has guided me to some of my favorite spots, and her words can’t fail to whisk you off to the best patisseries and chocolateries the city has to offer. When I move back to the States, I know I’ll pick up Paris, My Sweet again and again to live vicariously through past-Amy.

    Paris, My Sweet, A Giveaway, and The New Guard by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com), photo courtesy Paris in Four Months (parisinfourmonths.com)

    Photo above courtesy Paris in Four Months.

    TO ENTER:

    Every person may have up to three entries:

    • Comment on this post with your favorite spot in your city or town for sweet treats, and what we should sample there, for one entry;
    • Like Diane, A Broad on Facebook for another;
    • Post a link to this giveaway on Facebook for another!

    You must leave a separate comment for each entry). If you’ve already liked or followed before this contest, great! Just leave a comment saying that you did so.

    DEADLINE & FINE PRINT: The contest will close on Tuesday, June 18th at 11:59pm Paris time. This contest is open to residents of the US, Canada, and France only (shipping included, VAT not). The winner will be selected by random number generator and announced in a subsequent post, as well as notified by email. If there is no response from the winner within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Rules subject to change without notice.

    Bonne chance, friends!

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  • June 2, 2013