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Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part two

posted on May 19, 2008 at 10:08 pm
One of the best things about the Côte d’Azur is the variety of towns within a short drive. One morning we woke up and decided to drive to Italy for lunch. It only took us about 40 minutes but the trip was well worth it. We went the town of Ventimiglia which looked unassuming from the outside but was full of treasures once we we started exploring.
Ventimiglia, Italy
A street shot.

We asked a couple of locals for a lunch recommendation and they pointed us to this little pizza spot up the road run by a cute father and son team. The food was good and it was funny to suddenly be in Italy after a short drive.
Ventimiglia, Italy
Perfect calamari

Ventimiglia, Italy
Wood-fired pizza with porcini mushrooms.

After lunch, we went to check out the large outdoor food market which was very busy due to the weekend. There were loads of tables with mountains of these sun-dried tomatoes.
Ventimiglia, Italy
I got a couple of handfuls to take home. And, since I am addicted to any type of salumi, I was immediately drawn to this stand:
Ventimiglia, Italy
I asked the owners of the stand if it would be okay for me to take a photo and in true Italian fashion, they asked me for a photo of them too. Saying they were much better looking than the salumi. Funny guys.
Ventimiglia, Italy

More scenes from the market (Europe has such superior produce):
Ventimiglia, Italy
Strawberries.

Ventimiglia, Italy
Fennel.

Ventimiglia, Italy
Rabbit.

Ventimiglia, Italy
Porcini mushrooms.

After loading up on goodies from the market, we sat down at an outdoor cafe for a little coffee and one of these Sicilian beauties. They were soooo good and I am not a big sweets lover.
Ventimiglia, Italy

On our way back into France, we took a little driving diversion into Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco
The city was packed and there were barricades everywhere for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix.
Monte Carlo, Monaco

It was getting late so we started making our way towards Nice for dinner. What a beautiful little town. We just walked the narrow streets and took in the scenery. I spied these amazing street lamps in the main square near the massive museum of modern art. So cool.
Nice

Nice

Our dinner reservations were at a tiny little restaurant called, La Table Alziari owned by the same people that make this gorgeous olive oil (you can buy it at certain stores in the states ).
La Table Alziari: Nice
The restaurant’s owner was a bit scattered we quickly forgave him because the food was delicious.
La Table Alziari: Nice
Salad with fresh white beans and shredded tuna.

La Table Alziari: Nice
The best tartare (no joke) I have had in a long time.

La Table Alziari: Nice
Homemade frites.

We did not have much time the next day because we had to make it back to the festival, so we drove to Saint-Tropez for a quick tour of the town. What a cute city!
St. Tropez
It just so happened that it was a local holiday and the whole town was dressed in red and white. Quite festive. We even caught a local marching band near the water.
St. Tropez

I found a great seafood spot, Astoux et Brun,  in Cannes for our last meal after the festival that night. They don’t take reservations, but the wait is not an issue when you consider the quality of the seafood you are getting. The place was packed with industry folks and every table had a large platter of assorted oysters and the like. Great meal.
Astoux et Brun: Cannes
Baby snails.
Astoux et Brun: Cannes
Oysters galore.
Astoux et Brun: Cannes
Crab.

An all in all great trip to France and I can definitely recommend the area to any fellow Francophiles who would like to go somewhere aside from Paris. We are now spending our last days in La Rioja before heading home. Stay tuned for those pictures and my recap as soon as I get a moment! Heading to Muga right now for a tour.
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6 comments

  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part two
    posted by: Anonymous · May 20, 2008  6:19 AM

    That rabbit shot reminds me of Roman Polanski’s masterpiece “Repulsion.”

    And, France is great, but Italy is the GREATEST.

  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part two
    posted by: Deanna · May 20, 2008  8:17 AM

    Wow! You’re so lucky. What a great trip!

  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part two
    posted by: Anonymous · May 21, 2008  12:42 PM

    Your pictures are always great! What kind of camera do you use?

  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part two
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · May 23, 2008  10:40 AM

    Thanks! I use an SLR. Still getting the hang of it, though.

  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part two
    posted by: Ben Ostrowsky · May 26, 2008  4:42 AM

    Oh, you just HAD to post a photo of the Alziari oil tin. Now I’m drooling!

    I went to Nice in 1996 and I don’t remember them having a restaurant then — though perhaps my host didn’t mention it. I do remember tasting their olive oils from little plastic spoons. And I do remember bringing home over a gallon of my favorite. It lasted a year or two. And now I just want more…

  • Re: Crazy for the Côte d’Azur: Part two
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · May 26, 2008  4:44 AM

    The flavor of the oil was unbelievable. It was the star of the beans dish which I intend to make at home very soon.

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