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Top 8 must-try foods from Provence

Top 8 must-try foods from Provence

A significant part of any visitor’s time in Provence Côte d’Azur is likely to be taken up by food. Whether you’re eating in restaurants or cooking for yourself, either way you’re sure to find you spend a serious amount of time savouring and delighting in the...
What is a Bûche de Noël?

What is a Bûche de Noël?

The Christmas meal in France, eaten on the evening of the 24th of December, wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t end with a delicious dessert of bûche de Noël, but what exactly is a bûche de Noël?  Literally translated bûche de Noël means Christmas log, and nowadays it...
Hoi An: the very best of Vietnam?

Hoi An: the very best of Vietnam?

Xin chào quý khách*…. unless this is the first time you’re reading my blog or you’ve had your head buried in the sand during the last few weeks I think you’ll probably be aware that I’ve recently been to Vietnam with my family on a trip that practically took on...
Salade Niçoise, Nice Salad

Salade Niçoise, Nice Salad

Salade niçoise is probably the most well-known dish to come from Nice; it is served in restaurants around the world and means quite literally Nice salad (note the capital N, salad from Nice rather than nice salad, but it is indeed that too). It is a mixed salad...
Snapshots of Strasbourg

Snapshots of Strasbourg

Happy New Year everyone!  Bonne année!  A new year, new beginnings, back to school today…and yet, I’ve still got one more christmassy post for you.  Indulge me!  I know most of you are probably done with the festivities, but technically it’s still...
Roquefort – cheese, pines, goats and sheep

Roquefort – cheese, pines, goats and sheep

One of the most well-known French cheeses internationally is sure to be Roquefort, a salty blue cheese made from sheep’s milk.  I live in Roquefort.  But not that one.  I live in Roquefort les Pins – Roquefort the Pines, named after the abundance of...
How to eat French food and not get fat

How to eat French food and not get fat

Today I’m sharing a post writen by Sophie of Franglaise Cooking revealing the secret of eating like the French.  She shows us how it’s possible to eat well and not put on weight.  I write reasonably often about local dishes, cakes and wines so thought it...
Easter in France

Easter in France

Easter in France is not very different from most countries that celebrate it, the main focus being getting together with family and friends for big meals and chocolate indulgence.  The French love their chocolate, 13,000 tonnes of it is sold every Easter!  But not...
Nice Carnival 2014 – a photo essay

Nice Carnival 2014 – a photo essay

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to go to Nice Carnival 2014.  Under the bluest of blue skies we spent a fun afternoon watching the the creative, witty and satirical floats pass by united under the theme of gastronomy.  Being our 5th or 6th time at...
Craquelin – a cracking good cake!

Craquelin – a cracking good cake!

I love it when I come across a new local food speciality; one that I didn’t know existed but has been around for the best part of a century delighting all who taste it.  This particular discovery is called the Craquelin.  It consists of an exquisitely light...
Tapenade: a Provençal classic

Tapenade: a Provençal classic

Walk around any market in Provence or the Côte d’Azur and you will see stalls heaped with glistening olive pastes and tapenades, usually next to an enormous array of different olives and other pickles.                    Tapenade is a typically southern dish made with...
3 of the best snacks from Nice

3 of the best snacks from Nice

Salade Niçoise, meaning salad from Nice, is served in restaurants all over the world making it undoubtedly the most famous of the local gastronomic specialities from the Côte d’Azur, but have you heard of my Top 3 snacks?  When visiting the French Riviera...
Mouna – the Easter brioche

Mouna – the Easter brioche

On Easter Sunday we’ll be eating Mouna.  It sounds like we’re going to eat a prized hen or even a little lamb we’ve been fattening up, doesn’t it?  It’s such a pretty name.  But no, we’ll be eating a scrummy type of brioche (sweet...
Café Gourmand – love or hate?

Café Gourmand – love or hate?

The café gourmand (“greedy coffee” or coffee for someone who really likes their food) is a relative newcomer on the dessert scene in French restaurants.  I think I became aware of it about four years ago but I can’t be sure.  The thing is, it’s...
Ganses – food for carnival

Ganses – food for carnival

It’s Carnival Time. Carnaval de Nice starts today which means, to put it bluntly, it’s time to pig out on “ganses“!  Traditionally made for Mardi Gras, the last day when you can eat fat before Lent, ganses are delicious light deep-fried sweet...
A gastronomic tour of Nice

A gastronomic tour of Nice

I don’t often go on organised tours, particularly in my home area, but when a friend suggested one she wanted to try out, all about food, and asked if I’d go with her, I thought why not?  A Saturday morning of tasting my way around one of my favourite...

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