mon chou: kale, the forgotten vegetable

 In French, instead of sweetie, you might call someone mon chou. My cabbage. I appreciate the double meaning. Le chou is both my cabbage and my sweet. But all cabbages are not created equal. It's kale that's my drug of choice. Looking for a light read in the 'American Expats in France' genre, I recently read a memoir …

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secret garden: serre de la madone

Menton, France has a Secret Garden beauty, rich as it is in dilapidated grandeur.  There are candy pastel hotels tucked in the hills, once wedding cake-grand but now closed with broken windows. The small downtown area houses murals, fountains, and statues that show their age. A striking yellow staircase leads from the Basilique St. Michel down …

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