What is Pain d’Epices?

What is Pain d’Epices?

Christmas in France is all about food and at this time of year you see supermarket shelves and market stalls groaning with piles of delicious festive specialities. One of these, found at no other time of year, is pain d’épices. This tasty pâtisserie comes in various...

Ganses – Food for Carnival

Ganses – Food for Carnival

It's Carnival Time. Carnaval de Nice is in full flow which means, to put it bluntly, it's time to pig out on ganses! Ganses are delicious light deep-fried sweet pastries from Nice in the South of France. They are traditionally made for Mardi Gras, the last day when...

What is le Réveillon?

What is le Réveillon?

Le réveillon is the evening before Christmas (Christmas Eve) and the evening before New Year’s Day (New Year’s Eve).  In both instances the evening is a celebration involving a gathering of family and/or friends and a celebratory meal. The term derives from the word...

Nice “Gare du Sud” Food Court

Nice “Gare du Sud” Food Court

Calling all gourmets, gourmands and foodies, there’s a marvellous new addition to dining in Nice. The Gare du Sud, an old disused railway station in the Libération neighbourhood, has been transformed into a food court or halle gourmande, with around 30 food outlets...

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 wealth of...

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). Salade niçoise is a mixed...

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