Restaurant Panoramique

Lunching with the Riviera Gourmet Club took place at the gastronomic restaurant, La Rotonde, in La Napoule.  Accompanying the delicious food by master chef M. Berthon, the service was

Chef Berthonexcellent, not to mention the panoramic sea view.  A great day of comraderie and gastronomic delights in a beautiful setting – la vie est belle, n’est-ce pas?!

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What French Kids Eat For School Lunch Puts American Lunches To Shame

“It’s a shocking statistic that everyone should be talking about, 1 in every 3 kids in the United States is overweight or obese. What on earth could American children be eating to substantiate this scary statistic?

This was the question which fueled author Rebeca Plantier’s inquiry into the school lunch programs of the French in her article, What French Kids Eat For School Lunch (It Puts Americans To Shame!). She wanted to know why French kids weren’t fat, and discovered some interesting truths when she compared their school lunches…..”

What Are French Kids Eating?

What American Children Are Eating?

Read more of this article (with photos) HERE

Credit:  EatLocalGrown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Village House for Sale near Nice

For sale by owner:  Upscale village house (89 m2), full of charm and situated in a tranquil exteriorsetting yet minutes from the village chateau and only a 5-minute walk to the town center: shops, commerce, and bus transportation center.  Within walking distance (15 minutes) to the town’s train station and 25 minute walk to the sea along a canal bike/walking path, 10 minute drive from Nice airport. The best of both worlds – medieval village life just 14 kms. from the city of Nice!

Description:

  • situated on a corner lot
  • two bedroom/two bathrooms (1 en suite with separate WC)
  • treated wooden beams throughoutstaticmap
  • living room with built-in library and stone fireplace
  • equipped kitchen
  • master bedroom has built-in closet
  • cave/wine cellar
  • AC/heat reversible
  • new roof with waterproofing in 2012
  • patio and small rock garden area
  • double-glazed windows
  • panoramic sea view

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 Asking price: 418,000 Euros For more information: 06-09-18-74-42

Divine & Royal Candles in NICE

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Embleme of Louis XIV (at top) in tribute to the creation of the royal wax manufacturer; Beehive symbol (bottom) as tribute to bees; glass shape inspired by a champagne bucket; cotton wicks; Trudon candles use certified vegetal wax and beeswax

In 1643, a merchant named Claude Trudon came to Paris and soon after became owner of a boutique on rue Saint-Honoré, where he made and sold candles for use in homes and churches.  The year Louis XIV was crowned King of France, Claude Trudon opened his first family business, manufacturing wax and candles. In 1687, he became apothecary to Queen Marie-Thérèse at Versailles.

The wax was collected from bee hives, cleaned and whitened through a series of water baths, cut into long strips, and sun dried in open air.  Due to the extreme purity of the wax, the sunlight contributed to whitening the wax, creating a magnificent glow, especially though the delicate edge.

In 1737, Jerome Trudon purchased La Manufacture Royale de Cire, supplying the royal court, as well as prominent churches in Paris and the region.  During the French Revolution, the royal emblem was no longer used, to prevent the company from being destroyed; however, its reputation helped it survive through the centuries, despite the arrival of electricity.

Today, Cire Trudon still manufactures its high quality and decorative candles and tapers, in a variety of fragrances, to provide a wonderful historical sense of smell.

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Beside the candle snuffer is a short, ivory-colored candle, the traditional model that was created for Louis XIV because at Versailles, candles were never re-lit once they had been used.

 

 

motto: Les abeilles travaillent pour Dieu et pour le Roi (the bees work for God and for the King)

Motto: Les abeilles travaillent pour Dieu et pour le Roi (the bees work for God and for the King)

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(Info in French and English):

In NICE, the interior decoration shop “Apparence” carries the Trudon candles Apparenceand wax figurine candles in a wide variety of fragrances: it was amazing to smell the Versailles parquet candle, as well as others, to experience the authentic odors of the fragrances. The shop also carries U.K. based “Farrow & Ball” luxurious paints that are made using artisanal methods and high quality ingredients.

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Farrow & Ball paints

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NICE Airport – Yummy News!

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport announces compelling F&B concepts in its ambitious commercial redevelopment

The gateway to the Côte d’Azur last week announced the enticing food & beverage concepts that won out in the competition to deliver “innovation and excellence” as part of the airport’s renewed culinary offering. SSP and RELAY France were awarded the contracts to operate a total 20 units for the next 11 years in Nice Côte d’Azur Airport’s ambitious renovation of its retail areas.

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Taking place over the next two and a half years, the all-encompassing commercial redevelopment will provide the airport with a truly original retail and F&B offering, and in early summer 2014 the Aéroports Côte d’Azur Group launched a consultation to overhaul its culinary services – driven by the airport’s ultimate vision “to provide the most surprising commercial airport experience in a European airport”.

SSP and Lagardére subsidiary RELAY France developed the most compelling and original concepts, the airport’s Chief Commercial Officer Filip Soete explained to Airport Business, and best reflected the airport’s ambitions to create a retail experience that captured the identity of its spectacular Côte d’Azur setting. “The fantastic experience that visitors to the Côte d’Azur have on the beach, in the hotels, amid the scenery – everything that you can enjoy here – we want to bring into the terminals, so that our passengers, until the very last moment, still have that feeling,” he said.

In what will be a complementary and competing offer, the two operators will share the 20 points of sale in both airside and landside in Terminal 1 – totalling around 23,000sqm and four times the existing space, and Terminal 2 – 27,000sqm, three times the previous area. Construction works have already begun in Terminal 1, where much of the new gastronomic offering will be operational from April 2015 and works are expected to conclude in May 2016, while in Terminal 2 new outlets will open from May 2017.

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“SSP and RELAY’s offers were very complementary to one another – they matched very well, which was exactly what we wanted,” Soete explained. “We have, for example one restaurant by a two-Michelin star chef by RELAY and one by SSP – one French cuisine and world cuisine, so they go very well together. SSP is a big, worldwide F&B company especially in airports, while RELAY is a newcomer with whom we already work in duty free in Nice and in whom we have a lot of confidence.”

From the premium culinary offerings of world renowned chefs such as Thierry Marx and Mauro Colagreco to firsts in fast food like the only Joe and the Juice Danish coffee bar to be opened in southern Europe and the first Burger King in the Côte d’Azur, the unique and the never-before-seen are at the heart of Nice Airport’s renewed F&B. The gateway will be home to iconic local brands such as Chez Pipo, as well as the first beach bar in an airport – complete with sand and slides, the first airside Petrossian caviar house, and the first Jamie’s Italian restaurant in France, which will feature French Riviera cuisine especially created for the airport by British chef Jamie Oliver.

“The other great thing about the combination of SSP and RELAY is that we have an international player and we have a French player. For example, within our offer we have a Starbucks – which is very international, and but then we also have Eric Kayser – the best boulangerie in Paris,” Soete stated. “My aim is that once people have had that great experience here, the next time they come to the airport they come ten minutes early because they know all that there is to do and want to have lunch at the airport instead of in the city.”

Soete explained that Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is now beginning to receive the first offers in the tender for the operation of its duty free outlets – starting with what it has labelled the ‘Gastronomy and Souvenir Chic’ category. The results of the tender will be revealed in April of this year, after which it will begin taking bids for the Fashion and Jewellery and Accessories sectors.

“As always, it will be a difficult choice, but there is no doubt that the quality is definitely there,” Soete added. “We are very excited about the whole project, and so far it is really going in the direction that we wanted it to go.”

Compelling F&B concepts – the exciting first step in Nice’s retail redevelopment

Airport beach bar

La Plage - Nce Airport

Chez Pipo - Nice

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Patisserie arrivals hall

Source/Credit:  http://www.airport-business.com/

Childrens Book – Just published!

Boulette cover image with title

A childrens e-book about a Jack Russell who discovers that his fear of change holds many suprises for him – a fun story for kids to learn about how life changes can become a happy experience. Since Boulette is an American dog who ‘became’ French, the photos’ captions are in English and French. A story that makes bi-lingual language learning fun for kids and a true bedtime backstory for adults to enjoy as well.

Can be purchased on Amazon HERE

Printemps Provençal

What I love about the city is how diverse each quartier can be, with its own special character and flavor.  And so it was that I was browsing/killing time before an appointment and happened to come across this interior design store, filled with lovely and unique furniture and decorative items. The charming makeup table in the store’s window lured me inside, as I gazed longingly at the many chandeliers and other Provençal-style furniture & accessories – a haven of “Provençal Springtime”!

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Armoire kitchenette

 

Printemps Provençal
15 Avenue Notre Dame, 06000 NICE
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10h00 to 19h00

Official website HERE (with many more photos)