Coller 0

Nice France

Coller  [kuh lay]

English translation: to glue

The origin of collage is from the French word coller an art technique popularized in the early 1900’s by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The collage shown here is one of many designed and produced by my creative consultant, Michele. You can find more examples of her photo and paper/found object collages on her Coller Pinterest board.


Promenade du Paillon 0

PromenadeduPaillonThe Promenade du Paillon in Nice, France is a wonderland for children and adults alike with lush gardens, creatively paved walkways, and unique water features. It opened in October 2013 after 3 long years of construction that included the demolition and relocation of the bus station. The promenade was constructed over a river of the same name that was covered over in the 19th century. The river still exists below the promenade and flows from it’s source, Lucéram, in the Alpes Maritimes into the Mediterranean Sea near Nice Old Town (Vieille Ville).

Happy Bastille Day! 0

Bastille Day

Fête de la Fédération on 14 July 1790 was a celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille and the unity of the French Nation during the French Revolution. Each year since 1880, celebrations are held all over France on 14 July commemorating the 14 July 1789 storming of the Bastille prison.

The French celebration, La Fête Nationale, is referred to in America as Bastille Day.

This is also the 14th anniversary for my design studio- ARIG DESIGN GROUP LTD.


ps- Chef Grenouille has the day off.

Le Tour 0

It’s that time of year again!

The 101st Tour de France will be departing from Yorkshire England Saturday July 5th and continuing through Sunday July 27th with the traditional final 21st Stage finish on the picturesque Champs-Élysées, a total distance of 3,664 kilometres!

Mais naturellement—- I will be there handing out Chef G’s ENERGY BARS!

With Bernard Hinault as the last Frenchman to win Le Tour in 1985, it would be a thrill to see a winner among the five French teams competing this year!

Visit the official Le Tour website for updates.


Grand Big Mac… 0


The first McDonald’s opened in France in 1972 in a suburb of Paris. The Champs Élysées in Paris, one of the world’s most famous avenues, became home to a McDonald’s restaurant sixteen years later, in 1988. Fast forward to 2014 and a recent post on NPR’s website confirms what I have been fearing, America’s love for fast-food is quickly overtaking traditional french cuisine. NPR reported that an annual survey conducted by Gira Conseil, a french food consultancy found that 54% of total restaurant sales in France are attributable to fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway. Consumption skyrocketed 14% in the past year alone. When I tried to look into these disturbing statistics I found the link to the survey broken. If this day had been April 1st I would have smiled and said this is a very clever April Fool’s joke, but unfortunately it is not.

Fast is convenient, but I am certain it is not better and should not become the norm. I sincerely encourage you to slow down, patronize the local establishments for a unique dining experience. Also, learn to enjoy the art of cooking for yourself and others, explore new recipes, purchase fresh ingredients and make cooking and eating an adventure. Trust me, it will make you happier and healthier when you take charge of your own destiny….. you are what you eat.

Cooking is my life!



Spring? 0

spring has sprung

Big news!

I received this image this morning and it seems spring has finally sprung in Buffalo, New York after a very long, cold winter.

Au revoir for now, I must get back to the kitchen.


Photo courtesy of Michele L. Moses, Chef Grenouille’s Creative Consultant.


Printemps 0


printemps  [pʀɛ̃tɑ̃]

English translation: spring

Spring has arrived in the vineyard, I’m busy tending the vines, walking the fields each morning and talking to my new buds. Another vintage year is underway!



Having fun with a fashion house window display

Mode  [mɔd]

English translation: fashion

My Business Manager and Creative Consultant are having fun with the window display for the giant fashion house Christian Dior while traveling in Monaco, France. They find composing images through mirrors brings forth unique and interesting photographs. Look for your reflection in objects, mirrors or a pool of water when you are traveling and have some fun. The result will clearly be superior to a selfie!