Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Nice is nice...part II...the food!

Nice is very close to Italy, so the food has a definite Italian flair.  Plus, it's on the coast, so there's lots of seafood.  Here's a look at some of the things we ate in Nice.

Our second night, after having checked into the nicer Nice hotel...we ate at this terrific Italian restaurant.

James had the squid ink pasta with sea food.  He loved it!

Ethan had the penne with lobster.  He loved it too!

Katie had the fusilli with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.  She loved it!

I had the gnocchi with shrimp & asparagus.  I loved it!

Kerry had the lasagna.  She did not love it.  Said it tasted like Chef Boyardee Ravioli.
Oh well, 4 out of 5 isn't bad!

We decided to order dessert and boy were we surprised.  For some reason, the restaurant does SUPER size desserts.  We got a strawberry tiramisu (no photo, sorry) and these two:

The bigger than James' hand Creme Caramel...so yummy (we ate half of it).

And, the ginormous chocolate mousse...you can see how big it is compared to Katie.
It was delicious and we ate about one fourth of it.  We all agreed it was enough to feed the entire restaurant.  (Ethan also got the chocolate ice trio...which he ate all by himself!)

On our last day, for lunch we ate at an Irish Pub (Ma Nolans).  We had these to drink:

My new favorite beer.

James had a Kilkenny (these are 1/2 pints...not even pints!)

And Kerry convinced the waitress to make her an unsweetened iced tea (the waitress was from England and took pity on her!)  Kerry is addicted to a weird iced tea concoction that she gets at Starbucks (half black, half passion, unsweetened, no water).  When she tried to order that at the Paris Starbucks, they said their favorite saying "impossible!"  They could not mix the teas!!!  Too funny.  Poor Kerry was feeling poorly one day and finally figured out she was going through caffeine withdrawal.  She's now remedied that by making a pitcher of iced tea every day at the house.

I had a bacon cheese burger...yum, yum, yum!
Kerry ordered a BLT and was excited because the menu said crispy bacon.  Oh the joke was on her, it was the same limp stuff we'd seen at other places, with a few grill marks on it.  She said, but the menu said crispy...I said...it's got grill marks on it...to the french/english...that's crispy!

James discovered this amazing shop on our way out of Nice.

Maison Auer...a tres gourmet candy shop.

With these beautiful concoctions.

(Yep, that's James in the cap, taking a picture too...oops!)

Some of the to die for hand made chocolates.

Their specialty, candied, preserved fruits.  

(We tried an apricot, it tasted like Jam, and was quite expensive, 3,60 euros.)

The shop was a work of art!
Needless to say, we did a little damage in this shop.

On the train ride home, we had this:

And were quite happy!

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