Before leaving the States, I decided to put my extended stay in Nice to good use and do what every tourist wishes they could do: try every flavor of ice cream at Fenocchio, the most popular ice cream shop in Nice.
Then I arrived in Nice and did the math on my hasty proposal: roughly 200 days, 93 flavors, 2 Euros a scoop and God knows how many calories. Was I really going to gorge on ice cream day every single day in the middle of bikini season? So I forgot about my foolish plan until I went to Fenocchio with friends on Tuesday night, and savored every single lick of my cone of griotte (cherry) and nougat. Maybe I was wrong to give up so quickly?
I mentioned my “gelato challenge” plan in a tweet, and received immediate encouragement from @Marilyn_Res, @rtwdave and @20stravel. When the big names in travel blogging–and the chief researcher for National Geographic Traveler, for heavens’ sake–tell you to follow through on something, you do it. (So much for the staying in shape resolution.)
And with that, the Challenge of the Cornet has commenced. (French vocabulary of the day: un cornet is an ice cream cone) The ultimate goal is to try all 93 flavors (63 are ice cream, 30 are sorbet) and document the deliciousness via a weekly post and photo. When I can’t zip up my jeans, the challenge will cease.
Flavor: Miel pignol/honey pinenut
Final word: It’s basically honey ice cream with whole pinenuts mixed in. Creamy and delicious. Probably better paired with a stronger flavor–I bet it would be delicious with a scoop of blackberry sorbet.
Final word: I wasn’t impressed, but I think it’s only because I like the texture of figs more than the actual flavor. As it’s a sorbet, it’s much lighter and probably better suited for a hotter day.