A European Whirlwind


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I made a promise to myself when I embarked on writing a cookbook. The promise was simple:

I promise to do whatever I need to make sure I appreciate and even enjoy this cookbook writing process. 

And no matter how busy I get, I am making sure to do just that. In March, I had the glorious fortune of returning to Europe for work and, don’t you know it, I tacked on a few short days in southern France to just be, just relax, with one of my best friends.

Lise just purchased her own place in the small village of Grasse, France, and, lucky me, I got the chance to help her settle in, with style. We traveled up and down the French Riviera, from Cannes, France, all the way to Ventimiglia, Italy – where I discovered the very best hazelnut honey of my life.

Our main daily activities involved:

1. Walking and taking in the vistas from all the tiny villages…

2. Shopping all the antique markets along the way…

3. Making both Limoncello and Vin d’Orange for Lise’s home. Every home bar needs a homemade spirit or cordial, or two…

4. Stopping for a coffee or wine, whenever we were a bit thirsty…

How’s that sound for enjoying this process?

Berlin was a whirlwind too – it always is. But I did manage to drink plenty of local wine and found the sweetest little sushi shop not far from my hotel. I consider any trip a success if I leave desperate to return to visit a single hidden (culinary) gem.

The food-filled highlight of the entire trip though was dining at La Place de Mougins in Mougins, France. Everything was superb, especially the scallops sliced and filled with local truffles. Talk about appreciation.

I wanted to share some of my Instagram photos from my European whirlwind. I hope you enjoy a little sneak peek. Have you been to Europe recently? I’d love to hear about your favorite hidden gems in France, Germany, Italy, or anywhere! xox


Photos taken and styled by Maggie Battista.

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramTumblr and Pinterest.


Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique​–​a food​-​retail concept space ​with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.

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