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Cookbook Nice Cuisine and the Art of Living

Like an old postcard or an entry in a dusty travel journal the city of Nice has long summoned me to return and I did!

The half-moon smile of Baie des Anges still grins under 300+ days of sunshine as locals and tourists slide by on the Promenade des Anglais.

Vieux Nice #Nice #CotedAzur

Vieux Nice remains a maze of crooked, narrow streets; just confusing enough to get you almost lost, just charming enough to force you to slow down. The old town is cleaner than I remembered — brimming with restaurants, stores and a sunny architectural palette.

The verdant hills behind Nice offer the promise of local wine from 11 vineyards in Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) Bellet vineyards. You can read more about this tiny AOP on a post written by Chrissie the face behind The Riviera Grapevine.

Standing proud, Castle Hill still offers a decent short, vertical hike where you are rewarded by the elevated Riviera vistas. The cemetery with its 2,800 tombs continues to fascinate me as a location with some of the best views in the city.

Castle Hill Cemetery #Nice #CotedAzur

However, it was the traditional street food of Nice that pressed for my return. For the love of socca, petits farcis, bagna cauda and Swiss chard pies it is no wonder Nice has been recognized as one of two cities (the other is Lyon) in France where the local specialties are entrenched in its history.

Pan Bagnat #Nice #CotedAzur

After my delicious Cote d’Azur visit, I was introduced to Viktorija Todorovska (read her story here by a mutual friend and regular contributor Susan Manfull Newman.

Bonus Giveaway!

Viktorija is offering two copies of her latest cookbook Nice Cuisine and the Art of Living to lucky readers. To enter, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post with your favourite Niçoise specialty and why.

Note: The winners will be chosen randomly.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).


  1. Steph
    September 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    Oh no!! I don’t know I only every had salad with potatoes, green beans, tuna in oil, and olives

    • September 23, 2015 at 6:25 pm — Reply

      Hi Steph It sounds like you missed out on the good stuff. #Nice has the best food.

  2. Annabel lee
    September 25, 2015 at 5:12 am — Reply

    For me – stuffed courgette flowers!

    • September 25, 2015 at 10:36 pm — Reply

      We love stuffed courgette flowers too and appreciate that they are not easy to make.

  3. September 25, 2015 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    It’s a difficult choice between pissaladière and socca for me but I think if push came to shove then I’d take socca. It’s just so unique and so local to Nice. I love it.

    • September 25, 2015 at 10:36 pm — Reply

      Hi Phoebe that is one tough choice! I think I would have to choose socca too.

  4. Sarah
    September 12, 2016 at 5:06 am — Reply

    Nothing can beat socca, straight off the back of the moped and into Teresa’s hands at the market. I love when it’s handed over perfectly peppered, wrapped in paper, and still warm. Transported back!

    • September 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm — Reply

      Oh my Sarah you are making me hungry. I love hot socca too!

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