Thursday, 8 September 2011

Stylishly Sated In...The Côte d’Azur

In my previous post I mentioned having visited the Côte d’Azur and thought I’d share some of my favourite places and meals that were found – some by research and others purely by following my nose (fairly reliable strangely). A friend and I had a lovely girly week, and stayed in a little apartment in the heart of Nice old town which was perfectly positioned between a boulangerie for morning croissants, a regular fish stall where we got a handful of crevettes for about £4, plenty of great restaurants and a small Monoprix supermarket (a bit like a French M&S - is it just me that gets excited about foreign supermarkets?) Safe to say most days revolved around food! Here are my best bits...

- Crispy, doughy soccas (chickpea flour pancakes) hot out of the pizza oven with plenty of salt, pepper and Rosé at Rene Socca, 2 Rue Miralhéti.
- An evening iced coffee at La Pinede in Cap D’ail after a hot day on the beach, followed by a walk around the sea wall and up through the glamorous private villas.

- A trip to the painter’s paradise St-Paul de Vence, with lunch on the terrace of La Colombe d’Or for perfect, simple French cooking and people watching. (We had snails out of their shell in a garlicky tomato sauce, grilled red mullet and chicken in a creamy morel mushroom sauce)

- Monaco. For spot the millionaire amongst the tourists and sheer wonderful vulgarity. Also we found a great way to escape the crowds and heat was to eat at Café Llorca in the quiet Grimaldi Forum, Avenue Princess Grace. For 25euro each we had two courses from the dish of the day – which was avocado mousse with smoked salmon followed by a generous veal shank - along with a bottle of water or wine and breads. All good and the view of the sea was gorgeous.

- Antibes. The perfect French seaside town. 
- The Cours Saleya market in Nice where every morning except Mondays stalls run all the way down the cafe lined street, bursting with seasonal produce, spices, jams, flowers and baked goods. 

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