I headed to the old city of Nice to explore what type of food they were selling, and off course I started with the market.
As is is not a market day the stands are few and local:
Local Chevre from Moulinet, in the Valley of Bévéra North of Menton.
My first stop is LAC Chocolatier:
I ask: “Are you doing anything special for St Valentine, or Carnival?”
As a chocolaterie their focus is on St Valentine and on the day they will be making the same delicious cakes, but heart shaped.
I start searching for a bakery and on my way I found Lou Froumai: Le fromage.
It was impossible for me to resist, I had to go in:
Brie, Camembert, Tomme, my favourite Comte, all sorts of Chevre, Beousee Fraiche, Roquefort.
I was in heaven!
But after all this cheese, a bakery was becoming a necessity.
I finally found an organic bakery full of specialities:
Le Four a Bois, which sells also gluten free bread
Their specialities are:
An unusual twisted bread, grissini and flavoured fougassettes.
Here I also found some of the typical Nicoise specialities:
Sweet and salty Blettes tarts, Feuillette Saucisse and the famous Pissaladiere.
I love the Pissaladiere, practically a pizza topped with Nicoise typical flavours: onions, olives, anchovies and Provencal herbs.
I never made it myself but I am relying on my friend co-Blogger Coco de Nice for the recipe:
Her site is in French but plenty of pictures and very easy to follow.
Finally I found the Bugnes de Carvaval, the Nicoise Carnival speciality.
They are delicious sugar doughnuts flavoured with either orange or lemon zest.
For those of you who are brave, I found the recipe on Coco de Nice’s website and you are welcome to try.
Continuing on my walk I found myself projected into a fairy tale: a colourful candy shop that reminded me of the witch’s house from Hansel and Gretel.
L’Art Gourmant: chocolates, Macarons, Madaleines, Marrons Glaces, glazed fruits, fruit gelee, caramels.
A child’s delight!
I asked them: “Are you doing anything special for St Valentine, or Carnival?”
They will not make anything special just arrange their specialities in a festive way.
And it was the same for Maison Auer, an iconic Nicoise Patissery since 1820.
All these products are so nice and colourful, they are perfect for any festive occasion.
Carnival, St Valentine, Chinese New Year, adjust the theme and go: