Nice – Where we had the best pasta

helloooo there! (: i’m so excited to talk about the food in Nice because we had one of the most gluttonous escapades there :D haha. (not to mention that we spent a bomb, but it was SO worth it). as you can see in the title, we had the best pastas ever while we were here, so i shall start with that! 
this one picture is probably not the best representation of the gourmet pampering we gave our tastebuds, but La Storia simply has the BEST pastas E.V.E.R. and mussels. and dessert. haha i can go on and on. it’s been a long while since we were here. but i cannot forget the satisfaction we had that evening. with the storm brewing outside, we were happily seated in a sheltered area, with a lovely heater right next to us, and huge plates of piping hot food in front of us. *rubs belly* it was amazing. i was so torn between going for the pasta (everything looked good) and getting the mussels. in the end, the fact that everyone else was ordering pasta helped me make my choice and i went for the mussels! ^^ that way, we could share :D and South of France is famous for its seafood :) obviously, since it’s right next to the sea ;) (oh oh but i have to say that the ones in scotland are even more amazing). yummmms. i ordered the Les Moules Marinieres (€13) which was mussels in white wine with onions. ooh gosh. just hearing that combination makes you wanna drool already right? ;) hehe. the best part was that it was such a huge pot! i swear, it felt like a bottomless pit. i kept eating and eating, until i was almost scared of mussels already, haha, and i still couldn’t finish it! glad that we shared our food, so that it was a good balance :) all the cholesterol!!!! but you know, YOLO ;)
Sam naturally attacked the Les Spaghetti Aux Palourdes (€16), which was the vongole (clams) pasta. and it was so so good!!! okay the thing is, the plates of pasta here are HUMONGOUS. i’m not kidding, just looking at it would make you salivate. haha sorry, am i sounding very gross? but it really looked very appetizing!!! and it tasted so good! i’m so glad that i learned to appreciate seafood, because i absolutely fell in love with the vongole pasta. perhaps even more than my mussels (no prizes for guessing who was trying to swap the mussels for clams hehe. good thing sam likes both :P)
we also had the Les Spaghetti Du Chef (€13), which sounds like the most amazing combination of spaghetti with minced beef, cream, tomato sauce, onions and cognac. oooh la la. such a delectable concoction and it tasted every bit as good as it sounded! 
and finally, Les Tagliatelle Au Foie Gras Et Aux Cèpes (€15) was our only encounter with foie gras throughout our whole South of France trip (unbelievable, i know), and it was soooo yummilicious as well! sinful, but so worth it!! we were in such a happy mood that night that we ordered a bottle of wine to share as well (Y) french rosé!! :) you have to drink Rosé wine in South of France too. it’s a specialty! haha you must be wondering why there are so many specialties here. i have no idea as well! :p it’s what i heard! haha and i’m just passing on the advice ^^
and of course, we couldn’t forget dessert! :D heehee. and who had to worry whether i could sleep at night after tiramisu (€7)? that’s the best part of being on exchange/holiday :D (omg bring me back to europe nowwwwww!!) oh gosh, they had such a long list of desserts. i couldn’t resist! none of us could :p haha why did we order so much italian food while in Nice?! i have no idea. i suppose it’s because Nice has pretty international cuisines, which is good for us! and the service staff here are really so much nicer. and they have english translations on their menu!!! italy really made me appreciate little things like these so much better. haha. anyway, the tiramisu was SUPERB – evident from how it disappeared within five minutes :p 
and the Le Moelleux au Chocolat et sa Boule de Glace (€7) was a molten chocolate cake with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a scoop of ice cream, which all went perfectly together! a heavenly combination if you ask me ^^ this was our last meal in Nice, and the BEST way to end our trip of this pretty place :D
Restaurant La Storia
3 Cours Saleya 06300 Nice
(it’s located at the flower market!!)
Tel.: +33 04 93 80 95 07
okay i need to stop hyperventilating over the previous restaurant haha. so that was the last meal, and now these are pics of our first meal! where we began our indulgence in MUSSELS. *slurps* a really generous portion of mussels, and so affordable! they were having some dinner specials i think, and the mussels were going at €13.90 for a pot! with fries on the side. we first started off with one pot – the Moules a l’arrabiata, which was tomato sauce-based. and it was so delicious that we couldn’t help but order another one!
now this, the Moules Curry, was ABSOLUTELY ADDICTIVE. i kid you not. it tasted nothing like curry (ha ha), but it was super delicious anyway! my hand was on autopilot with a mind of its own, either prying open mussels or dipping fries in the sauce. i ate so many fries that day that i don’t even dare to think about the calories. haha. it was just so amazingly flavourful!!!!! full unglam-ness unleashed, i was just using the mussel shells to spoon sauce into my house. what utensils? haha there was no need for them :p
and hey guess what! even their pizzas seem more interesting than italy’s. haha okay i’m biased. but the reason why i liked it was because the flavours were much more creative than those in italy! which is what we’re used to. not that italian pizzas are bad. the quality of ingredients they use there is unbeatable. the crust is unbeatable. but the flavours were just way to limited and therefore, boring. in Nice, i had the Au Salmon pizza (€14) which was finally a pizza with REAL meat on it (instead of cold cuts). it was pretty good! not fantastic, but definitely decent.
this restaurant was located along this whole stretch of food places, so just stroll down the street and take your pick! 
Restaurant Le Milo’s
15 Rue Massena 06000 Nice
Tel.: +33 04 93 88 76 03

Nice has so many specialties as i’ve been mentioning so far. and one of the must-eats there is socca. it’s a hot, crisp chickpea pancake, that is one of their famous streetfoods here! you can find it in the Cours Saleya markets, or in food stalls along the streets of Vieux Nice. i liked it for its simplicity in taste – even though it wasn’t heavily seasoned, it had this subtle nutty flavour that appealed to me. i tried socca at Chez Rene Socca, along with a bunch of other street foods ^^ the queue was really long, so im assuming that’s a sign that it’s good haha. i think the item right in the foreground is Pissaladière (can’t rmb :p) which is a tart topped with onions, anchovies and olives. didn’t fancy this one too much, but it’s also a popular street food there! one more thing you must try in Nice, is the Niçoise salad! (of course, since it’s named after this place). i don’t have a pic of the one i ate (just bought it from a random shop), but it was nice! :)

Chez Rene Socca
2 Rue Miralheti, 06300 Nice

for dessert, you HAVE to go to Fenocchio!!!!! this photo is a gross under-representation of what it is. imagine like about a hundred (perhaps?) ice cream flavours – all the possible fruit flavours you could think of, both in ice cream and sorbet textures, an unimaginable number of chocolate variations, plus the very Nice-like flower flavours (when in Nice, try everything lavender haha) and a bunch of others. #tooawesome :D

Fenocchio
2 Place Rossetti, 06300 Nice

ahhh and my French love :’) croissants :))))) haha those who went on the trip with me will know how i went absolutely ga-ga over the croissants in South of France. (and i did the same in Paris too). after taking ONE BITE of the croissants in France, i never touched an italian croissant EVER AGAIN (omg how can the italian croissants even be called croissants?! it’s a disgrace!). i love how the french croissants are so crisp and crackly on the outside, while absolutely fluffy inside ^^

i finally had the chance to try Pierre Hermé!!!! *in heavennn* ~ it was sooooo good. expensive, but worth it. we didn’t even buy it in the box because it didn’t seem very worth it to do so. but of course, the focus is on the macaron itself, and we loved each and every piece that we bought :)) you can find the Pierre Hermé outlet in Nice in Galeries Lafayette ^^ 

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Nice: C’est si bon

gosh i really need to catch up on my travel posts!! just a few more to go and i’m doneeee ^^ it’s been so many months after exchange ended already. haha. 
travelling to Nice marked the beginning of our Easter holiday (: actually it started with cinque terre, but i’m not gonna blog about that because we went there during the most unfortunate rainy season, where everything looked absolutely gloomy, and we ran into a series of problems like a train strike and didn’t manage to eat at the good seafood restaurant :'( i’m sure many people would have a much better experience to share, so i shall just skip that and go straight to SOUTH OF FRANCE :)))
when you think of Nice, the first thing that comes to mind is…the beach! of course ^^ (as you can see, the sky was pretty threatening in South of France as well…but at least it wasn’t a thunderstorm haha)
and the unique thing about Nice’s beaches is that it isn’t made of sand! but rather, lots of rocks and pebbles like these ^^ it’s really interesting, and it makes this beach so special :)) i could spend half a day walking along Promenade de Anglais, just soaking in this view (it’s a really long stretch of beach!) and sitting on the rocks by the sea. Nice is actually really small, and you can easily walk around the entire city/town (??). if you’re in a rush, perhaps one day would be sufficient. but why would you do that do yourself?! spend some time here to enjoy the atmosphere :) being a really touristy city, the good thing is that the people are generally much friendlier than anywhere else in France. at least, that was my experience. 
the highest point in Nice is Parc du Chateau. quite a climb, to be honest! haha. then again, everywhere in Europe involves some form of climbing :p we spent quite some time hiking up the hill, and were rewarded with this view :))) i’m really amazed at the expanse my camera managed to capture! it looks so beautiful doesn’t it? :) i wonder how much of it is Nice, because it’s supposed to be really small actually! and if you’ve been there, you would probably be able to identify the main areas in Nice from this bird’s eye view! pretty cool ;) love how the beach looks from here as well!!
at the expense of sounding very lame, i have to say that every part of Nice is a favourite of mine ^^ it’s really hard to identify a particular spot, because each has its own charm, and Nice is so small that there really aren’t many places to choose from. but i really loved each and every one of them :) Cours Saleya is an open market that sells all sorts of things, with different markets on different days of the week! there is an antiques market on Mondays, and i was surprised at how much i enjoyed it! never thought i was interested in all these old stuff, but there were really a lot of gems in this market, and i actually bought something! a gorgeous vintage postcard to add to my collection :)
most of the other days, there is a flower market going on! so prettyyyyyyyy :)))
and i get my own flowers! courtesy of the sweet boyfriend ^^^
there is also a fruit and vegetable market on most days, and that means…foooood ^^ hehe. we totally went crazy over madeleines on this whole france trip!!!! :) starting right at Cours Saleya in Nice :D omg they are SO AWESOME. sam does not understand this hahaha. the madeleines sold here were really pricey, because they’re supposed to be ‘gourmet’ ones. but we managed to find some really good ones in the supermarket (at a much cheaper price) as well! only one brand was good though, and i can’t remember the name unfortunately!! :( can only recognize the packaging. but try those in bakeries as well! they should be good too :)
you can check out the schedule for the markets here!
Vieux Nice (which means ‘Old Nice’ in French) was another favourite of mine too. i just loved waltzing down the quaint streets and popping into random shops which sold all sorts of interesting products! oh, a must-buy when you are in South of France is their soaps! it’s a specialty there and you can find it in many many shops ^^ lavender is also a specialty! you can find virtually anything related to lavender here.
we found this most delightful-smelling store in one of the little streets! Péchés Gourmands sold all kinds of local sweet things! they’re edible!!! haha they totally looked like soaps (and according to the boy, tasted like soaps), but i loved eating them! the mantecaos are these powdery biscuit-like things which were super yummy, at least imo ;) try the almond one!! and the violette one was super interesting. i thought it was nice! it has a really strong lavender taste if you like flowery-tasting foods ^^ haha. to each his own i guess!
Péchés Gourmands
15 Rue Pairoliere
the new area of Nice is at Place Massena, and that’s where the big shopping street is! with Galeries Lafayette and all.
just half an hour train ride from Nice is Monacco! where all the yachts and high-fliers reside ;) it’s so cool to just BE THERE. revel in the luxury for a bit eh? ;) haha. it’s pretty boring there though. unless you’re planning to gamble at the casino, otherwise just exploring the place would take you, say, half a day? i didn’t even have any meals there because i heard it’s really expensive! it’s gorgeous though :) plus we had the most amazing sunny skies while we were there. adds to the whole ambience :D 
at the back of the casino/palace or sth! haha. anyway, the train tickets cost €1.20 for one way if i remember correctly, and there are many timings, so you can just buy the tickets at the train station itself!
heh yep, so that’s about it for Nice :) it’s really small, so there really isn’t much to talk about it. but you have to be there to experience it! :)) it’s worth it. next post will be on the food! we had the BEST PASTA in Nice (and yeah, we came from italy. ironic, but true story. haha). look out for it! :D

Paris is always a good idea

i heard so many mixed reviews about paris before going there, and i wasn’t really sure whether i would like it, even though i’ve always been sooo fascinated about anything related to the eiffel tower or french in general ^^ i just think the french have this ability of being so effortlessly chic, which is simply amazing (: and everything french just exudes the luxe factor ;)
and i’m so glad to say that i really liked paris when i was there!!!! :’) i guess it was kind of a blessing that i was there only for one day, which just gave me the feeling of longing when i left the place. going around in a tour bus was kind of a disappointment because we rushed through so many places, but it also meant that we skipped all the dirty sides of paris, which i’d rather not see (haha #livingindenialttm). 
****dream come true!!!!!**** :D 
i feel so lucky that the weather kinda cleared when i wanted to take a photo of the eiffel tower ^^ it was quite gloomy initially -.- it looks so amazing :’) wish i could have seen it at night too! i heard that it sparkles *.* 
we took the lift up to the second level! to have a view of paris (: haha tbh it wasn’t fantastic :p paris is in a really boring colour! all white! i think the feeling that i was on the eiffel tower was the most exciting part :p lol.
sleepy faces in the morning because we had to wake up at 4.30am to catch the eurostar from london xP faints….haha but on a side note, the eurostar trains are AWESOME-ly comfy.
we took a cruise on the River Seine! (: so many places i wish i could have visited on the way, such as the Notre Dame! but of course we didn’t have the luxury of time.
super duper excited when i saw the louvre!!!!! :D or rather, when i saw this glass pyramid haha. i’ve seen so many wedding photos taken in front of this thing, which are soooo absolutely gorgeous :D :D but i really wondered how they ever manage to clear the crowds to take their photos?? there were so many people there! maybe have to cordon off the whole area or something haha. the mona lisa was super lame though :p we really went all the way in just to instagram a photo of it and say ‘we were there’ :P haha and there were so many people inside the louvre, we didn’t bother to explore the rest of it.
because the exterior of the louvre was so much more enticing!!!! :’) just looking at this garden and i wished i could have spent a whole afternoon just walking in there and enjoying the sun :)) i have no idea what garden this is, but i really want to visit Versailles and Montmarte the next time i come to paris!!!!! 
and probably my happiest time in paris was walking along the river seine to pont des arts ^^ we spotted the bridge while we were on the cruise in the morning and totally squealed!!! :P omgggg i’m so glad i finally saw this :’) beautiful love locks bridge :))))) i was there!!!! i can’t believe it!!!! i just relished in the feeling of walking along the river, wind in my hair, breathing in the parisian air :’) i could do this over and over again :))
and this song totally came to my mind while i was walking along the river seine :)