Swiss Cheese Days

Swiss Cheese Days

  A late September Saturday found us in charming Monroe, Wisconsin celebrating the 100th anniversary of Green County Cheese Days. Yes, you guessed it, this is a festival centered around all things cheesy. Afterall, Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland. Plus, since...
Beach Appeal

Beach Appeal

Summer is in full-bloom and we’re celebrating with the recent arrival of the latest shipments of warm-weather ready bags and totes from Europe.  Here at the office, Sue and Therese are excited to share these fun and colorful accessories. The perfect companions...
London Loves

London Loves

  We visited London the first week of February for meetings, product scouting, and a day trip to Birmingham. The 8 hours in Birmingham (via Virgin Trains) was for the UK Homewares and Gifts Show. Lots of new products to see and folks to talk to. At the end off...
2013 Golden Greta Awards

2013 Golden Greta Awards

Welcome to the 2013 Golden Greta Awards! This is our fourth ceremony, an event filled with glamour, excitement, and bacon-wrapped corn dogs. As many of you, our loyal GG fans know, a GG is not given without great thought and care. This is serious business. Now, a few...

All That Glitters

Sue and I grew up in families where holiday decorating (and decorations) played a starring role every December. Both of us cherish and remember the stories associated with certain ornaments passed down from our grandmothers, mothers, and family friends. When we...
Italian Cheer

Italian Cheer

While in Italy two weeks ago, I discovered the pleasures of Aperol and soda several times before dinner. Now, I wasn’t familiar with Aperol. I had savored a few Campari and sodas over the years, but not Aperol. Think of it as Campari’s less popular, but just as pretty...
Say Bonjour to Famille Summerbelle

Say Bonjour to Famille Summerbelle

Names: Julie Marabelle and Simon Summerscales What: Famille Summerbelle Call Home: Paris, France and London, England About Famille Summerbelle: Family-run business, Famille Summerbelle, was launched by Simon and Julie five years ago. While looking for fun,...
Italian Favorites

Italian Favorites

Last week, a friend in town asked for our advice on planning a trip to Italy. The travelers had limited time, so were sticking to the grande destinations—Rome, Florence, and Lake Como. Just as I was finishing up my email to my friend with my Italian must-sees in those...
On the Rocks

On the Rocks

                      Warm summer temps mean it’s the perfect time for refreshing summer cocktails. When the end of day rolls around we enjoy these two classics (with a twist). They’re also fun when...
The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful

While in Paris for Maison et Objet, we noticed bold pops of color everywhere—at the show and stores around the city. Bright, saturated, splashes were the trend of the day. Think jungle green, sunflower yellow, peacock blue, zesty orange, watermelon pink, and cherry...

Soup’s On

During these last cold, damp days of winter, I like to make a bubbling pot of homemade soup over the weekend. One of my favorites, is the Italian soup ribollita. This is the easy-to-prepare Tuscan vegetable soup finished with bread cubes and grated cheese. Perfect for...
Our Best Friend in Paris

Our Best Friend in Paris

Do you dream of jetting away to Paris and enjoying all the sights, sounds, and flavors of the City of Light? But, you are holding back because you don’t speak French, don’t know which hotel to select, and how to get around the city. Well, my fellow...
The 2012 Golden Greta Awards

The 2012 Golden Greta Awards

Welcome to the Third-Annual EuropeanMarket Golden Greta Awards. This promises to be a ceremony of glitter, glitz, and Greta. For 2012, we have many people and places worthy of a Golden Greta, but as you know, only a select few are lucky enough to go home with the GG...
Time for Holiday Magic

Time for Holiday Magic

One of our favorite times to visit Europe is in late November and December. The crowds are gone, the prices are a tad lower, and we can tour the magical outdoor Christmas markets. There’s nothing like being outside, enjoying the snow (rain…not so much) and...
A Taste of Finland

A Taste of Finland

  When we headed to Finland, I had no idea what to expect for food. I did know there would be a lot seafood on the menu. Being someone that doesn’t like fish (except when it’s covered in tartar sauce), I was a tad worried about what I was going to be...
The 2011 Golden Greta Awards

The 2011 Golden Greta Awards

As 2011 comes to an end, it’s time to announce the winners of our much anticipated (yet never duplicated), EuropeanMarket Golden Greta Awards. This year, the award committee had difficulties compiling a list of the best (and the worst) of our travel experiences. But,...
Handcrafted

Handcrafted

While visiting several of our talented vendors in Germany and Switzerland this month, we thought it would be fun if I took a turn at being involved in the work they do at their studios and companies. A big part of what EuropeanMarket is all about is sharing with you...

Hitchin’ A Ride

Earlier this week, I had a message from a Trip Advisor member asking for advice on the best way to travel from the airport in Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to the center of the city. My first answer was a taxi (based on the amount of luggage the Ellibees usually drag...

Pack It Up

OK, I’m sure you’ve seen the travel/lifestyle/fashion/men’s/women’s (pick one) magazine article about how to pack a suitcase for a three-month trip with ease, style, and flair. The author usually suggests only taking one pair of shoes, one pair...
A Cup of Vienna

A Cup of Vienna

While in Starbucks this afternoon, I noticed a display for the new book by Howard Schultz, the company CEO. It’s the story of how Starbucks grew from a Seattle coffeehouse to a worldwide beverage experience powerhouse and brand. It made me think about Vienna and its...
Cleared for Take Off

Cleared for Take Off

On our recent trip to Paris, one of my favorite discoveries was the Air France archives. Tucked into a basement corner of the airline’s air terminal and ticket office in central Paris. Wow! As a life long plane nut and collector of antique airline memorabilia, the...

From Paris with Style

We just returned from Paris after attending the 2011 Maison & Objet home design show. Wow! Eight buildings of the best of European furniture, homewares, and accessories. We visited with several of our current vendor partners and met with potential new suppliers....
Our Best of 2010 Awards

Our Best of 2010 Awards

As 2010 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the people, events, and places that have made it memorable. Like the Oscars, Tonys, and the Emmys, we would like to take this opportunity to bestow a special EuropeanMarket award on the best of the best,...

Safe Travels?

OK, I’m going to wade (fully clothed) into the recent TSA airport security debate. Should we be scanning or patting down? Now, being a flier, I’m all for doing whatever is necessary to keep me, Sue, and thousand of other fliers safe. If that means someone...

Language Arts

Next Sunday is a big day here at the Ellibees. We’re heading back to school. I’m a little nervous. The last time I sat in a classroom, Ronald Reagan was our president and the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. I’ll let you do the math. So,...

A Taste of Belgium

We just returned from a fantastic week in Belgium. A buying/scouting trip for us, so lots of meetings, searching for new products, and talking with folks that are in the know. We found some awesome things including linens (new and antique), antique glassware, and...
On the Road Again

On the Road Again

Ahh, the end of August and Labor Day bring the last getaways of summer. Are you planning on traveling this week to enjoy one last warm-weather break? Whether you’re getting away by car, bus, plane, or ship we have some travel ideas that will help ensure a voyage of...
Hello Gelato

Hello Gelato

With warm temps embracing most of the nation, let’s chill out by talking cold, creamy dessert treats. By that, I mean we should talk about ice cream’s Italian cousin, gelato. What’s the difference between American ice cream and Italian gelato? Well, both are made with...

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

So, when we’re in European cities and towns for business we walk. We walk a lot. But, one of our favorite things is to try to sneak in a day or part of a day to hike in the mountains (if we’re near the mountains). We love the mountain scenery, fresh air, and the vast...
Coffee, Tea, or Flipping Out?

Coffee, Tea, or Flipping Out?

By now, everyone has heard about JetBlue flight attendant, Steven Slater, and his chops-busting tirade on a flight from Pittsburgh to JFK. Apparently, Steven cracked under the pressure of a rude passenger ignoring the crew’s request to remain seated. Being a traveler,...
Welcome to EuropeanMarket

Welcome to EuropeanMarket

Well, here we are jumping into the world of blogging. It’s a whole new adventure for us. We’re glad you’ve joined us for the journey. We started EuropeanMarket (www.EuropeanMarket.US) to share high-quality European gifts with American consumers. Things not readily...