Le Chef and Anina Belle Riviera Wedding
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesTaste

A Delicious Interview with Le Chef’s Wife Anina Belle

Meeting that special someone on the French Riviera while studying in the South of France certainly sounds like a movie script base for Netflix series. Yet, that is precisely how it happened for Anina Belle and Sébastien Giannini. They met in Nice while she was on a university exchange program …

CUISINE NISSARDE Panisses Sucrées Sweet Version from Nice
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertProvencal RecipesTaste

Panisses Sucrées a Sweet Version Recipes from Nice

While panisse and socca include chickpea flour and water, the preparation and cooking for these typical Niçoise recipes are different. Like polenta, panisse starts with a dough cooked until it is thick. Then the dough is rolled or shaped and fried in a hot pan. Panisse is served hot and …

Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreVillages Towns and Cities

5 Great Reasons to Visit Villefranche-sur-Mer

Shelley and Riccardo own nine (9) beautifully appointed rental apartments in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Both are Americans who have lived in Villefranche-sur-Mer for well over 20 years. It is easy to love the town for its location on the French Riviera. Initially, they arrived in this charming seaside town on the French …

Mont Ventoux Vines
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The Mont Ventoux Villages and Our Top Restaurant Picks

Chefs in Provence build their menus around seasonal, locally available produce, small-batch cheeses, ethically raised meats and Mediterranean seafood. However, as a visitor, knowing where to go for good value food is not always evident. So we asked the owners of Le Prieuré La Madelène for suggestions on places they …

La Tourte de Fèves a Fava Bean Tart from Nice, France
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottDessertPies & TartsProvencal RecipesTaste

La Tourte de Fèves a Fava Bean Tart from Nice, France

Fève(s) is a French word with several meanings – a trinket in the epiphany cake, chocolate disks used by chocolatiers and in baking, and fava beans. So in this Niçoise dessert recipe, we are talking about fava beans for the tart (tourte) filling, egg, sugar, and hints of citrus. The …

Portrait Photography Raina Stinson
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspirePhotographers in Provence

Learning Photography in Provence Join Raina Stinson

In Provence, dreams can come true. Raina Stinson’s move to France in February 2018 was brave. She was on her own and spoke limited French. Nonetheless, Raina was pursuing her goal of becoming a full-time photographer, a vision she had since she was 18. Today, Raina is a professional photographer …

Avignon in the Fall light
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreGuided Holiday Tours

Join a Small Group Tour Provence in October

Fall in Provence is a magical season. With the summer holidays over, the region feels calmer, and the seasonal colours make for stunning backdrops. Emily Durand, the founder of Your Private Provence, a small group tour operator, has designed an exceptional autumn adventure called “October in Provence,” which strikes a …

Winter Quinoa Salad Feta Squash Recipe
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesSaladTaste

Quinoa Salad with Feta and Squash from Café Brun in Antibes

The owner of the much-loved French bistro-bar Café Brun in Antibes shares this delicious salad recipe with beets, feta, squash and quinoa. Nestled in the heart of Antibes Old Town between the Provencal market and Port Vauban. Café Brun was created in a former boulangerie in 2016. Café Brun celebrates …

French Table Linens Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Cooking ClassesRestaurant RecommendationsTasteWines and Spirits of Provence

6 Top Picks Eating and Drinking in the Rhone Valley

Located in Provence’s wine country, Fontaine des Magnarelles is a delightful Bed and Breakfast (B&B). The 18th-century Provençal country house, constructed with traditional stone, has five spacious guest bedrooms. In addition, there is a communal space with room for sharing meals, playing board games, and planning excursions. Each morning guests …

French Riviera Day Trip Ventimiglia, Italy
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreRoad Trips South of France

French Riviera Day Trip to Italy from Nice

Are you looking for ideas on the perfect French Riviera day trip? We turned to Céline O’Donnell, a private tour guide in Nice, for her recommendations on a day trip along the coast to Italy from the city. She has lived in this Côte d’Azur city for 40 years and …