For a Day
Nice Day Out
Are you planning a food or wine-themed vacation on the Cote d'Azur? Let me share my insider secrets with you for a day in Nice — a city part Provencal, part Italian, uniquely Nicoise.
Nice cuisine means olives, oils, pissaladiere, tins, petits farces, panisses, pan bagnat, beignets, brousse, daubes and especially socca, the famous chickpea pancake. If some of this is a mystery to you, don't worry, you'll be aging like a vrai Nicois by the end of the day!
We'll start with the enticing smells and sights of the Cours Saleya market, stopping for tastes of olives, breads, cheeses, and meeting my favorite vendors with produce straight from their farms. Let us explore the maze of shady streets and bustling squares of Nice, the Old Town, as we discover a treasure trove of artisan food shops.
Your Nice Day Out starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Cost includes wine tasting, socca and olive oil tasting. Additional drinks/snacks are not included. 300 Euros for one or two people. 500 Euros for three to four people.
Tour days: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Vence Day Out
Vence — A real, living town with a fabulous "gourmet gulch." More intimate, less intimidating than Nice, Vence has a lively market on Tuesdays and Fridays. We'll spend the morning at the market, ending with a glass of rose wine and socca on Fridays. On Tuesdays, a fresh seasonal salad in a shady square or an amazing lunch in the garden of a Michelin-starred restaurant tucked in a square next to the Matisse chapel. Travel and Leisure profiled Vence in April 2013.
Tour days: Tuesdays & Fridays
Antibes Day Out
The Marche Provencal here is a treat, combining fabulous foods beside the sea. We'll peruse the market, of course we'll indulge on a snack of socca and rose wine and then up in a Roman cellar to taste olive oils and even Absinthe, the green fairy. We'll end the day in a cosy bistro or on the beach where we'll enjoy a Pan Bagnat sandwich.
Tour days: Thursdays & Saturdays