Cell phone series #2: Local Food Specialties in Nice

My second installment of the cell phone series coming at you! As I mentioned in my blog, I took a nice long work trip to Nice the other day and when I was there I did not hesitate to eat all my favorite local specialties. 

For the first installment of the cell phone series click here

Oh- side note, a lot of you seem to be confused about WHERE I live. Well, I’m full time in Paris now but I’m still working on a regular basis in Nice. So it still feels like I live in Nice. Anyways, don’t think about it too much, just know that I’m shooting in both Paris and Nice. I love the mobility of my work. 

As much as I love Paris, I have to say, I really really love the food in the South of France. The quality of the local produce in Nice is FAR superior and easier to find than in Paris, where an organic apple will cost you 19 euros (haha, exaggerating but you get the idea). The local food in Nice is basically a provencal style of cooking with heavy Italian influences. Yes, a French/Italian fusion of food, basically sounds like heaven right? 

Provencal food is heavy on vegetables and is typically beautifully simple. One of my favorite provencal dishes is “poivrons à la provencal” and has an incredibly simple ingredient list: red peppers, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and a dash of vinegar. The key to the dish is not a complicated list of ingredients but rather the quality of the products. Local peppery olive oil and sweet garlic will give this dish the edge it needs. Basically for this dish you simply fry the red peppers, peel them of their skin and soak them in olive oil and garlic. This is a great side dish, but I could eat this dish alone for lunch time with a cold beer or white wine and be perfectly satisfied. 

I’m going to share here a few pictures of some of my favorite local specialities. 

If you would like to see some more photos from the Cours Saleya (aka flower market) in Nice France than check out this blog post here

This local sandwich is called “Pain Bagnat” and is a regional treat. It’s a tuna sandwich. The key characteristics that make the difference: olive oil and fresh bread. My favorite is found on a small beach sandwhich vendor in St. Jean Cap Ferrat and only costs 5 euros for a happy stomach.

Some local street food in Nice. Petits-Farcis are stuffed tomatoes or onions (or really any veggi) with a meat/herb stuffing that can be compared to a meatball. On the right is “socca” a local chick-pea pancake (salty not sweet). Socca is great with olive oil drizzled on top and some salt and pepper.

For a local restaurant serving local specialties I always send my clients to “Le Safari” on Cours Saleya. There is a large terrace in the sun, but I love the moody dark interior filled with art work.

Local preserves on display at “Le Safari”

The interior of Le Safari in Nice France. Haha, sorry about the dirty table.

My favorite dish at “Le Safari” is the “Ravioli Nicoise” and is basically a meat filled ravioli with a daube, beef stew like sauce on top.

Another southern favorite: local fish soup or “soupe aux poisson” it’s a really rustic version of fish soup and I’m a little afraid to know what kind of fish they put in it. But the best part is that you serve it with croutons and “rouille” or “rust sauce” which is basically garlic and mayo.

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