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We will walk through the stalls and see what they sell, the flowers, fruits and vegetables. To finish the trip a restaurant recommendation and the recipes for the Petit Farcis.
Monsieur et Madame Sourire by Richard Mas Places
In Nice showing in the video:
- Promenade des Angles
- Palais de la Méditerranée Jardin Albert 1er
- Quai des Etats Unis
- Quai Rauba Capeu
- Cour Saleya
- Maison Auer
- Hotel Negresco
- You can find the restaurant review L’école de Nice on my blog
Nice market and the petit farcis
This week I am going to the market located in the old town of Nice.
I will show you the location, the architecture and tell you a little bit about the history.
We will walk through the stalls and see…
The open-air market located in the heart of the in the old town in Nice is one of the main tourist destinations.
Located behind the terrace, it runs parallel to the Quai (Che) des Etate Unit which is the continuation of the Promenade des Angles.
It very much resembles an Italian city, in fact, Nice was under the Italian Savoy reign until 1860 when it was annexed to France under the Turin treaty.
The old Nice is a mix of medieval, colorful red facade, houseman buildings and art deco.
L’Opéra is a typical example of Second Empire architecture. It was built in 1885 to replace the old Theater that was destroyed in a fire in 1881.
During the second half of the 18th century, many English aristocratic and upper class started to come to Nice to spend the winter.
Cour Saleya became the center of their social life. Their favorite place to spend their time, walking on the seafront, watching the sunset from the terrace, luxury shopping and cafes.
A classic example MAISON AUER, 6 generation of an artisanal candy store. Candied fruits and chocolate are made in the premises.
- candied clementines or tangerines with a bitter chocolate fondant
- fruits paste made with organic fruits
- Chocolate ganache and hazelnuts from Piemonte
- and my favorite glazed chestnuts
All elegantly packaged.
A shop that will bring you back into your childhood imagination of the fairytale of Hansel and Gretel.
It is 9 am in the morning and the shops are still offloading their morning deliveries.
Cour Saleya was made a pedestrian area in 1980 and it is a pleasure to stroll away from the traffic.
T he market starts with the flower stands, where you can find a viriety of flours buche, vases and baskets.
The entire Riviera region (French as well as Italian) is historically known as a flower producer and exporter, favourite by the local mediterranean climate: extremely mild, slightly rainy and very sunny.
And with the flowers off course it comes their profume, their scents and its cosmetic use.
The Cote d’Azur is reknown for its profume factories, the most visited Fragonard in Grasse.
You will find a wide variety of soaps, perfume and oils of different fragrance and off course….lavanda.
We continue our walk passing the fishmonger and going toward the fruits and vegetables stands
First is the Bio area and beside the local fresh produce, you can also find dried mushrooms and preserves which will be easier to bring back if you are traveling.
You can find some amazing spreads and dips made with local bio products, from the more notoriouse tapenade, which is an olive paste, to more classic peppers, tomatoes, artichockes, and herbs sauce to more complex and unique combinations.
You will have plenty of flavors to choose.
You can use them as dips, pasta sauce or on bruschetta.
You will also find some sweet sauce made with fruits or honey created specifically to be combined with different French cheese.
Definitely, a special treat to bring back home.
You can feel it is definetly Spring by the amount of strawberries and fruit the bois.
And off course the variety of asparagus on display.
From the classic one to the large and the white one, which are my favourite.
They are so meaty and full of flavor that they can make a meal on itself.
I just steam and dip in salt and the best extra vergin olive oil.
And now to the colourful tomatoes, a wide variety of colour and shapes to make the most amazing tomato salad.
Zucchini with their flower to make the bignet, and favebeans.
It is almost the end of the season, but you can still find some blood-orange.
Among the other typical French produce that you can bring home are the saucissons.
You can find here different variety and you can try them for a picnic with some cheese a a good bottle of French wine.
Among the fruits and vegetables, you will still find some turistic suvenirs of local pantings to remind you of the beatiful scenery of the region.
After all, this market is one of the hottest turistic destination so they gather for them.
You will find local fruits cut and prepare for you to take to the beach, or they can prepare for you a crepe served on the spot with the local strawberries for you to enjoy still warm.
As a photographer, I love the last stands is one of the most colorful and photogenic stands around.
100 different spices and salts. I could stay here forever to choose and pick.
So we arrived at the end of Cour Saleya.
You can sit at a cafe or continue your walks inside the old town.
But since there is still so much to see in Nice, I will stop here and keep the rest of the tour for a new episode.
We are going back to the seafront in the Quai des Etate Unit and drive back on the Promenade des Angles.
If you want to stop for a delightful lunch, Serge recommended l’Ecole de Nice, toward the Hotel Negresco.
You can find the restaurant review on my blog.
I am going home and with the vegetables I bought I will show you how to make the Petit Farcie.
Let petit farcie is a typical dish from Nice and provence. They are mediterranean vegetable stuffed and cooked in the oven. You can use zucchini, peppers, tomatoes or onions.
Here I will show you a recipe made with pork and beef, as they are usually made, but not necesserly.
If you want to use them as a starter or side dish you can fill them just with breadcrumbs or stale bread flavoured with cheese and local herbs, thyme, basil or parsley.
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