Le Bacchus, Nice

Incredible Italian food again, and this time again in the Carré d’Or. Le Bacchus serves Italian food, really good Italian food in more than generous amounts in large bowls, lavished with lashings of generous parmesan cheese, in a relaxed unpretentious restaurant. We went back more than once, and came away equally satisfied each time. You…

Le Sens, Nice

The restaurants in the “Carré d’Or” – Golden Square tended to be a lot more low key than those in Old Town, and by that I mean a show of more local than tourists, and prices that were more reflective of the quality. Le Sens was one such place. Though it cropped up on searches…

Le Tire-Bouchon, Nice

Walking through Nice Old Town trying to decide on where to eat is extremely difficult. There is a draw to every restaurant, as the sun touches on everything and people sit at tables on terraces drinking their rosé, with bustling crowds, and music at every turn. During this hour of sundowners and early evening, restaurant…

Eating Italian at Attimi

I could wax lyrical about the cultural side of our experience in Nice, but that would not be an accurate telling. It was all about the food. Some sun, a lot of sun, but ultimately about the food. The discoveries were varied and amazing. We ate a lot of Italian cuisine, a definite influence of neighbouring Italy clearly.

Attimi was one of our favourites. We went there at least twice and did not come away disappointed. IMG_1161Close to Place Massena, on the edge of Old Town, it was always full – which is always a good sign – and the food consistently good. The restaurant is big on slow food. In fact their menu gives great detail about the origins of their food: from the chopped tomatoes to be found in your salad to the pancetta ham, the parmesan cheese, the capers, the goat’s cheese, to even the garlic providing all that flavouring. Every single ingredient has got the P.D.O star of approval – a certification that recognises and confirms that each product is from a certain region of the country, and that its characteristics are essentially and exclusively dependant of its geographical and environmental origin. In support of the Italian Slow Food Movement, which include 1300 small farmers, fishermen, butchers, bakers, cheesemakers etc. all respecting traditional farming techniques, Attimi makes eating out a feel good experience, gastronomically as well as ethically.

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We loved their beef lasagne – although you do have to wait a long time for it, delighted in the attimi- a thin-crust filled bread that serves as both a light meal or a starter. It is filled with a creamy crescenza cheese and a choice of delightful other fillings. Fresh salads that came on oversized plates and sliced beef that was pretty much salted and grilled, but tasted wholesome.

This was one of the restaurants that set the standard for us with regards to dining out in Nice, which was slightly unfair to the other restaurants we tried which did not quite live up to Attimi’s standards.

The Pâtisserie Tour, Paris

My daughter had a long-time friend visiting her over the start of the school holidays, and I volunteered to be the driver/guide over a couple of days whilst they did their Patisserie Tour. This all came about because her friend wants to be a pastry chef when she grows up. She’s fourteen years old and…

Book Review: How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? edited by Shannon Young

DragonfruitTitle: How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia

Author: Edited by Shannon Young

Published: 2014

Genre: Memoir

Every so often I come across a book recommendation on some expat site on books written by expats, which I am always quick to order or download hoping to gain some insight into women having similar experiences to mine. Sometimes I do find some reads that confirm that these feelings of displacement are indeed perfectly normal; or that it’s okay to not fit the mould of the happy expat wife going along with the banalities of the expat life; or that there can be much fault in a life perceived as glamorous by most. The stories in How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? are written by expat women in Asia, and are, as one review puts it, “an eclectic, soulful collection of stories by badass women who have ventured far out of their comfort zones.” The title itself is taken from one of the stories about the cultural rules that exist in expat locations which are most times unwritten, thus extremely difficult to navigate.

Fine dining at La Dame de Pic, Paris

This restaurant wrapped up our week of trying restaurants that we had always been meaning to. Anne Sophie Pic made headlines in 2007 when she became the fourth woman chef ever to be awarded three Michelin stars, for her family restaurant, Maison Pic. It truly is a man’s world in the restaurant world. We made a reservation for a Saturday lunch.

A winning terrace at Le Village, Paris

Hidden away just off Rue Royale, on a quiet pedestrian street, Cité Berryer. It is quite close to Place de la Madeleine. I don’t think as far as the food goes, this would be one to put on a must-do list. But, for a chilled drink on a hot day, and a light snack, it may just be the place.  It is one of the many Costes restaurants, and you can tell just from glancing at the menu. There are items that don’t change from restaurant to restaurant with this Group. 

Feeding the hunger at La Gare, Paris

Feeding the hunger. That’s what it felt like. La Gare, located in the 16th arrondissement is an enormous restaurant. We went there the first weekend the kids were away at Camp, because ‘I had always been curious about it’. It is heavily geared towards people with young who still need the distraction of a kiddie corner during those long brunch hours.