One Delish Dish does Côte d’Azur

6 Jun

The Streets of Vieux Nice

My family and I were fortunate enough to take some time off to travel to the South of France for my cousin’s wedding. The South is undoubtedly famous for its picturesque coastlines, impeccable building facades, lively Polly-Pocket sized streets and of course…its cuisine. Being that southerners have easy access to fresh seafood from the Mediterranean, as well as plenty of sunshine for their fresh herbs and locally grown produce, these regional traits lend themselves to the great food and leisurely lifestyle that exists in this region. Honestly, if I only ate a fresh baguette from around the corner with a different kind of wine and cheese everyday I’d be ecstatic in my dairy and vino induced coma – but I decided that it may be better to venture out and explore what the South has to offer. We started our trip in Vieux Nice (Old Nice) and I loved every minute of it, the food and markets were great, the sea was picture perfect, plus it had the best Gelato outside of Italy. As my dad always says, “I know the world frequently has a lot to say about the French, but when it comes to food, wine, cheese and desserts they truly know what they’re doing and they always have.”

Waiting for our great dinner at La Favola. I probably would have been smiling if my stomach wasn’t eating itself.

Focaccia de Jambon Cru (Focaccia bread topped with veggies and prosciutto). Drizzled some olive oil and balsamic on top - super fresh and tasty.

Salad w/prosciutto, provolone, tomatoes, mozzarella, avocado and melon

Amazing baked rigatoni with eggplant and emmental cheese

More rigatoni cheesiness

Fresh seafood pasta w/mussels, squid, clams and shrimp in a light olive oil, white wine, tomato and garlic sauce

Super popular French meal - Steak frites w/ a béarnaise sauce (a derivative of a Hollandaise sauce, made with butter, eggs, shallots, tarragon, peppercorn and herbs)

After dinner treat - on our way to find the famous gelato spot.

Gelato at Finocchio. Master gelato makers.

Gelato at Finocchio

Enfin - gelato!

Fenocchio bustling at midnight

Le Quebec - the best pizza place in town

Pizza Niçoise: Black olives, capers, anchovies and oregano

Pizza Niçoise and salad Niçoise are particular to the town of Nice since these small black olives grow specifically in this region. The sun and terrain here are great for the growth and longevity of olive trees, many around this area produce for an average of 300 years. In the neighboring town of Menton, there’s even a tree that has been alive for 1,000+ years.

Meet the man responsible for it all

…and his workshop

Hungry brother Alex

Spicy Sausage Pizza

Of course, a nice rosé to wash it all down. These Frenchies know good and well that a little mid-day drink never hurt anybody.

View of the Mediterranean from the Promenade des Anglais

For those of you who know me and for those of you who don’t, it’s probably obvious by now that between this post and my Little Next Door post, I have a slight love affair with France. It’s true, I admire the French because of how they genuinely enjoy life, and for that – I think they are worth a shout out or two. Really though, who can deny a life of 7 weeks of government mandated vacation time or spending 6 hours in a cafe catching up with an old friend over a Croque-Monsieur, pommes frites, 15 espressos and a pack of cigarettes? Certainly not moi. Stay tuned for more from France!

7 Responses to “One Delish Dish does Côte d’Azur”

  1. Megan Marcus June 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    ahhhh this made me sooooo hungry for french food and france itself!!!!!!!!!
    come home and lets make a little france in your apartment (my time share)!

    This was a beautiful post- thank you for sharing your adventures! Can’t wait to hear all about it in person!

    Miss you lots!

  2. Juliane June 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    What a fabulous trip! Love Paris and the French Countryside. Haven’t been to Nice yet… except thru your lovely photographs!
    ~Juliane of

  3. markopoloayling June 13, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Alia, it’s great to see your writing. Your ebullient spirit shines through your words and the pictures make me sooooo hungry! Keep up the good work!

    ; )

  4. Frank Thomas June 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Wonderful travelog….you put Mr. Bourdain to shame with your descriptions of these amazing delicacies. I loved Quebec when we were there and I remember the gelato spots that dot the south!!! Enjoy & BIG UP TUNISIA!!! More photos of the LaTurbie BBQ!!!

    • One Delish Dish June 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

      I know, my parents mentioned you guys all being at Le Quebec together and I remember the photos. Their pizza is killer. Glad you enjoyed it! I’ll be sure to put the grilling photos up soon.

  5. Moncef Jaziri June 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Alia, I am glad so you took those photos, just came back last nite……and Jet lagging to Da Max, I love the pictures, let’s see if we can remember at which eateries we took them, a credit to the Chefs and the establishments is De Rigueur!

    Good Job Shhhhhhweety!!

  6. FeiLi July 6, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    oh dear, I just spent a perfectly good working hour drooling over your photos and description of food in the South of France. The plus is that it contained no calories. The next time I’ll visit your site at home, so that the hour will have no guilt either. your puritanical aunt.

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