France Trip: Part Two

The sisters’ France adventure continues. Part one, we discovered Paris, Versailles, and Beaune. Our tour continued throughout southern France.
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Croissants were consumed daily on this trip.
Bonjour! Unfortunately, my French didn’t really improve as the trip went on. Fortunately, I have pretty good charade skills, I didn’t really run into any problems.
Day Four:
Leaving Beaune, we stopped at Pont Du Gard, the largest remaining Roman aqueduct in France.
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France Trip: Part Two via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
We only made a brief stop here. I would have spent all afternoon at Pont Du Gard if I could. There was kayaking and so many hiking trails to explore. We sat on the edge of the rocks soaking in the view while we ate lunch.
That afternoon we continued our journey on the bus traveling south. There was quite a bit of travel time that day, but the Harrington sisters are always prepared with books, sudoku puzzles, and travel boggle. The journey continued to Avignon, a town on the Rhode River that in the 14th century became the residence of the popes.
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We explored the colorful shops that sell traditional products made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, nougat candy, and lavender. The strong lavender aroma was trickling through the streets of Provence. I made a little pit stop for tiramisu gelato along the way.
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That evening, we ended up at Aix-en-Provence. We were pretty tired from traveling majority of the day and hit the hay to be energized and ready to go for the next evening.
Day Five:
Exploring Aix-en-Provence was one of my favorite days. We took a walking tour with our guide wandering through the small maze of streets. Our group stopped at a small cafe to enjoy cafe au lait with calissons (a traditional French confectionery). The little cookie tasted like marzipan with a coating of vanilla sugar on top.
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France Trip: Part Two via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
There was an amazing market in the middle of it all. The herbs were amazing and you were able to create your own spice blend.
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The biggest shallots I’ve ever seen.
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France Trip: Part Two via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
France Trip: Part Two via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
That afternoon, we ventured to Arles.
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France Trip: Part Two via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
Dana took the stage! It was amazing to see how everything was crafted from stone. 
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Day Six:
That morning started with a visit to the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vance. There were quaint little art galleries and shops embedded right into the stones.
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The afternoon was spent traveling through Nice, the “Queen of the Riviera”. I wish we could have stopped in Nice to explore for awhile. I was able to capture the crystal clear bright blue waters at one of our pit stops.France Trip: Part Two via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
France Trip: Part Two via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
We got to our final destination, to the tiny country of Monaco. That evening we traveled to the top of the hill to see the palace and royal church of the Monaco town.France Trip: Part Two via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
Day Seven:
It was our last day and we wanted to soak up every last bit of our trip. That morning we took a leisurely stroll through the rose gardens. I honestly had no idea there were so many varieties of roses.
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France Trip: Part Two via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
We dipped our toes in the Mediterranean. The water was so cold!
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That evening we arrived at Eze where we visited the famous Fragonard perfume factory and created our own perfume! I had no idea the extensive training perfume creators go through. There are people called “noses” that have such a distinct sense of smell that only work 2 hours a day to create the perfect blend. 
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France Trip: Part Two via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
That evening we enjoyed a dinner with our tour group to say our goodbyes.
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I had such an amazing time exploring France with my sisters. It was an experience I will never forget. I highly recommend Globus Tours if you are ever looking to have a scheduled travel excursion.

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France Trip: Part One

Part one of my Parisian adventure. The trip started in Paris, then traveled to Beaune. Stay tuned for the remaining posts recapping the rest of our travels throughout France. 
Our trip started out buying a selfie stick at Newark Airport. Later to find out, none of us are skilled at using the selfie stick.
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My two sisters and I set out on an eight-day adventure in France with Globus Tours. Globus takes care of your flight, all your travel arrangements, hotel accommodations, and a group tour guide throughout the trip. For those who do not travel abroad often (like myself), I found being on the tour made the trip so much more enjoyable. Everything was planned out. Plus, being on a tour, we never had to wait in lines and learned so many interesting things about each location from our tour guide.
Day One:
We all tried sleeping on our red eye flight to Paris because when we landed we wanted to take advantage exploring the city of Paris before we had to meet up with our tour group. First stop, Eiffel Tower!
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Then to the Arc de Triomphe.
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We were starving, so we made a pit stop to a cafe. There are so many cute cafes around every corner of Paris. Of course, the first thing we had to try was a crepe, but also wanted something a little more substantial after a long day of traveling. Throughout our trip, we had to try more crepes, you know .. to compare. My favorite was the nutella strawberry filled crepe. Our crepe tasting throughout our trip inspired me to make my own version. Check out my Crepes with Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Filling.
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In the evening, we met everyone from our tour group and enjoyed a welcome dinner together. I got escargot as my appetizer. When in Rome Paris!
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France Trip via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
It was a quite lively dinner with live music serenading our table. After dinner, the group headed back to the Eiffel Tower, where we took the elevator to the second floor.
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It stays a lot lighter in the evening because France still runs on Germany’s time zone from WWII. When it finally got dark around 10 pm, we sat in the grass and gazed at the Eiffel Tower all lit up. It was amazing! Each night the lights twinkle for a few minutes and everyone cheers!
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Day Two:
Day two started sightseeing with our tour guide visiting the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeline, Louvre, Champs-Elysees, and Norte Dame Cathedral.
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France Trip via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
France Trip via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
It was really interesting learning about all the artwork in the Louvre from our tour guide. I tried to get a picture of Mona Lisa, but the crowd was too much for me when another tourist pushed my head to try and cut in front of me. Yeah, that happened. Later headed up the hill to Montmartre to admire the art of the local artists.
Afterwards we headed up the hill to Montmartre to admire the art of the local artists.
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My sister, Dana, ran into her colleague and her students (she is a high school teacher) when we were there. Her colleague was taking students on a tour in Paris. Such a small world!
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The evening included ice cream and a cruise on the Seine River.
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Day Three:
The morning was spent at the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. First, touring the beautiful gardens.
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France Trip via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
France Trip via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
The details of all the intricate paintings on the ceilings were amazing, all lined with gold.
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I was told the best place to get macarons was Laduree, located in Versailles. They were perfect!
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France Trip via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
In the afternoon, we traveled to Burgundy and arrived in Beaune, the capital of the region, where we did a wine tasting at Marche aux Vins wine cellar.
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France trip via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
France trip via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
Stay tuned to see the rest of our adventure to Pont du Gard, Avignon, Aix en Provence, Paul De Vence, and Monaco.

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Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Filled Crepes

Traveling always inspires me to create my favorite travel eats at home. My recent France trip inspired me to make these Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Filled Crepes.

Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Filled Crepes - Even if you prefer sweet or savory crepes, this crepe recipe is the perfect base for any filling. Recipe via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #crepes #french #france #lemon #strawberry #ricotta #breakfast

If you have been following my Instagram stories, you know last week I was traveling all around France with my sisters. Read my travel recap here: Part One & Part Two.

I love traveling because I always become inspired to develop new recipes for my blog. The first thing that I recreated the day after I came home was crepes! We had plenty of delicious crepes throughout our travels through France. The little crepe stands that we ordered crepes from, had their crepe making down to a science.

Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Filled Crepes - Even if you prefer sweet or savory crepes, this crepe recipe is the perfect base for any filling. Recipe via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #crepes #french #france #lemon #strawberry #ricotta #breakfast

It was amazing to see how fast and seamless they worked. Their flipping skills are far more superior to mine. You guys know I even struggle with flipping pancakes, so I tend to make waffles instead!

Don’t worry, you don’t need any fancy crepe pans and tools to create delicious crepes in your own kitchen. You’ll just need a large nonstick pan, rubber spatula, and a little patience. It’s best to make the batter the night before and let it rest overnight in the refrigerator, allowing the flour to fully absorb into the liquid and give the gluten a chance to relax.

Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Filled Crepes - Even if you prefer sweet or savory crepes, this crepe recipe is the perfect base for any filling. Recipe via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #crepes #french #france #lemon #strawberry #ricotta #breakfast

While it was tempting stuff my crepe with Nutella that I enjoyed in France, I wanted to try something new and a little lighter. The strawberries I picked up from the farmer’s market were perfect, so they definitely had to make an appearance in these crepes.

Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Filled Crepes - Even if you prefer sweet or savory crepes, this crepe recipe is the perfect base for any filling. Recipe via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #crepes #french #france #lemon #strawberry #ricotta #breakfast

Crepes are a great blank canvas to be creative with fillings. Next time I will recreate a savory crepe that I enjoyed with Kelly when we were traveling at a conference.

Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Filled Crepes - Even if you prefer sweet or savory crepes, this crepe recipe is the perfect base for any filling. Recipe via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #crepes #french #france #lemon #strawberry #ricotta #breakfast

Do you prefer sweet or savory crepes? Comment below of your preferred favorite filling.

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Crepes with Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Filling

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French

Description

Traveling inspires new recipes. With a recent trip to France, make these delicious crepes with a strawberry lemon ricotta filling in the comfort of your own home. 


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup seltzer
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons seedless strawberry jam
  • 6 strawberries, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a blender combine white whole wheat flour, oat flour, sugar (if using), eggs, milk, and canola oil. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cover with a lid. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. For the filling: Combine ricotta cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, and strawberry jam. Stir to combine. Fold in chopped strawberries.
  3. Slowly whisk in the seltzer into the batter. Coat a large nonstick pan with generously cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat. Ladle 1/3 cup of batter into the center of the pan. Immediately tilt and rotate pan to spread evenly over the whole pan.
  4. Cook until the bottom has slightly browned. Using a rubber spatula quickly flip the crepe and cook until the other side has browned. Remove from pan. Coat pan with cooking spray again and repeat with remaining batter.
  5. To assemble, place the crepe on a plate and spread filling over half of the crepe. Fold opposite side over the filling to create a half-moon shape, then fold again into a triangle.
  6. Top with additional ricotta cheese, strawberries, and lemon zest, if desired.
  7. See notes for storage of crepes.

Notes

Refrigerate crepes between sheets of wax paper and wrapped in plastic for up to 2 days.

Keywords: crepes, France, lemon, strawberry, ricotta, travel

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Strawberry Lemon Ricotta Filled Crepes - Even if you prefer sweet or savory crepes, this crepe recipe is the perfect base for any filling. Recipe via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #crepes #french #france #lemon #strawberry #ricotta #breakfast

Blueberry Quinoa Bars

July 2013 Recipe Redux submission is here!


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July 2013 Theme: Have Snacks, Will Travel!

Sometimes, the food is the best part of the journey. Be it business travel or a road trip for pleasure, share your favorite travel snacks/mini meals. Do you pack a special treat for the road to eat in the car or at rest stops? Or do you have a tried & true snack that makes it safely through airport security? Share your healthy recipe for road trip nourishment.

This was a perfect theme for me because I am currently on vacation right now and I needed to pack snacks for my travel time yesterday. I always like to pack snacks with me when I am traveling. It ensures that I will have a healthy snack and plus saves money from buying snacks that are way over priced at the airport.

I love these bars because they are super filling and easy to carry in your bag.


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Blueberry Quinoa Bars
Makes 8 servings

 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
3. In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, brown sugar, maple syrup, egg whites, and vanilla until combined.
4. Slowly add in the flour mixture until combined. Do not over mix.
5. Gently fold in the quinoa, oats, blueberries and pecans.
6. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 12-14 minute, until golden brown.
7. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into 8 even bars and wrap individually for a perfect traveling snack!

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Enjoy!

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