An opportunity to explore local food, keeping calories under control
Whether you are vacationing on the French, or Italian Riviera (and beyond) I would recommend trying at least once, an alternative to the beach kiosk or cafes: a DIY lunch.
A good way is to try local regional products: sandwiches, fruits, vegetables and detox water.
The Bread for the sandwich
It would be worthwhile to look for a good local Bakery, or Italian Forno to buy fresh local bread.
Not all breads are made equal, there are some mass-produced breads that taste like crusty air and there are good quality breads full of flavour and texture.
I recommend trying:
- Traditional baguettes or Pain de Campagne in France
- Pane Rustico or Focaccia or Pizza Bianca in Italy
These loafs of bread are crunchy on the outside but soft, airy and tasty on the inside. They cost more than the normal bread, but definitely worth it.
You will have to find the right bakery; usually they have long queues outside, and a mouth-watering baking fragrance surrounds the area.
The cheese for the sandwich
At the supermarket you can find plenty of cheeses to choose from, some already sliced and packaged. You can also ask some recommendations at the cheese counter.
I recommend trying:
- Comte (affiliate link) in France: it is a matured cheese like a Gruyere but with a sweeter taste and nutty flavour. It is very good also to eat by itself as an aperitive.
- (affiliate links, not available in all countries) in Italy: if you like Mozzarella you will like Stracchino (“cchi” is pronounced “Ki”). It is fresh like the Mozzarella and the Feta cheese, but it is spreadable. It is creamy but not greasy like the Philadelphia or the Chevre, though it doesn’t mean that it is fat-free!
If you never tried it, you should.
You can find it under different names: certosa, certosino, stracchino, invernizzi. Usually, in the Supermarket, it is displayed next to the fresh mozzarella.
The Ham for the sandwich
Have a look at the cold meat counter and see what appeals to you.
I would recommend trying:
- Coppa (in the picture) sweet, salty and tender, but if you are in Italy look for Culatello.
- Culatello is made with the rear round muscle of the pigs leg, the sweeter, leaner and softer part of the prosciutto. This is why it is more expensive, and difficult to find. If you do find it you should definitely try it.
The Vegetables and Seasoning
Buy a small bag of pre-washed rocket salad to complete the sandwiches.
For the Italian Culatello and Stracchino, I would not add any seasoning as the cheese is already moist and the Culatello has a very delicate flavour. Their refined taste combine well with each other, and the peppery rocket breaks their sweetness. This sandwich doesn’t need any addition to it.
To accompany the sandwiches I would add some local cherry tomatoes, grapes and radishes.
If you dip the radishes in salt before you eat them, they are a healthier substitute to chips: crunchy, salty and fat free.
You might have added some calories with the bread, the cheese and the onion relish, but you have eliminated them replacing chips, dessert and sugary drink with radishes, fresh fruit and water.
I would say a much healthier option!
This is my alternative to buying lunch from a beach kiosk!
You will find recipes for the Detox Water and Onion Relish below:
Original French Sandwich
- 1 fresh good quality baguette
- 70 gr comte cheese
- 70 gr coppa for more information you can check the article "Pork cuts"
- 30 gr pre-washed rocket salad
- 2 tbsp red onion relish optional
- cherry Tomatoes
- Cut the bread in half and fill it with the coppa and the cheese
- Top with rocket, onion relish, if not olive oil and salt
- To accompany the sandwiches I would add some local cherry tomatoes, grapes and radishes.
- If you dip the radishes in salt before you eat them, they are a healthier substitute to chips: crunchy, salty and fat free.
Calories 559 calories per serving
Fat 35 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 26 gr per serving
Proteins 33 gr per serving
Sugar 0 gr per serving
Sodium 1302 mg per serving
Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should relySave Save Save Save Save Save Save