International raconteur, accomplished pastry chef, champion fencer?
Dirk Dominick is none of these, but he has spent the last 13 years exploring every nook and cranny along the sun-drenched Cote D’Azur.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Dirk was fortunate to have parents who loved to travel to Europe…a lot. By the time he was 7 the globetrotting hook was firmly set. After high school he studied German and copious beer consumption during a year abroad in Salzburg, Austria, and following graduation from Auburn University in 1987 he decided to…. well, who cares really?
The important thing is that in 2000 he purchased an apartment in a tiny village in the south of France and immediately set his sights on learning everything he could about the area.
With tireless devotion, he painstakingly sampled the region’s best restaurants, wines, and local specialties, all while developing a power list of invaluable contacts.
Le Stuff, his blog about the south of France, has been featured in numerous newspaper and Internet publications and garners readers from around the globe. He is surely the world’s only expert on locations used in Alfred Hitchcock’s film To Catch A Thief starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, and he is, in fact, BFF with Brigitte Auber, the French actress who co-starred in the classic film.
In 2010 Dirk consulted (in France) for a German N-TV film crew and in 2011 he was featured in a BBC Radio 4 production titled “The Search For Villa Noel” about the quest to find author David Dodge’s villa in Juan Les Pins, France.
Ask Dirk what he enjoys most in life and his answer will invariably be to share exquisite food, wine, and his favorite locale in the world with good friends.
Thanks for stopping by!