Ice cream as a cooling system

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Summer has finally arrived in Nice, and with it, an ever-constant layer of sweat. I pride myself on an ability to withstand triple digits, coming from a region where we measure a summer’s intensity in consecutive days over 100 degrees. However, the combination of intense humidity and lack of air-conditioning has left me constantly, irreversibly […]

July 10, 2010 Continue reading…

Eggplants should be barbecued, not fried

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Many Americans’ knowledge of eggplant limited to when it’s fried beyond recognition, covered in tomato sauce and accompanied by a heap of spaghetti. For me, at least, eggplant parmigiana was the only way I ate eggplant for a really, really long time. However, eggplant is a staple in Provencal and Nicoise cooking. You can certainly […]

July 8, 2010 Continue reading…

Logistics: the rails between Paris and Nice

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Wondering how to turn your visit to the City of Lights into a day at the beach? Nice and the sunny shores of the French Riviera aren’t as far as you think, thanks to the glorious European rail system. Plane, train or automobile? That was the debate for how to get to Paris from Nice. […]

July 7, 2010 Continue reading…

I left my heart in Paris

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Walking out of the Gare de Lyon, I immediately felt like the country bumpkin in the big city. I certainly wasn’t in Nice anymore. The neutral urbanness of the city–despite its beauty–was a drastic change from the vibrant colors that usually surround me. My days consisted of walking: walking to find a restaurant that I […]

July 5, 2010 Continue reading…

Postcard from Paris

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Paris tends to be one giant photo opportunity: the characters, the architecture, the balance of opulence and grittiness. There are the perfect set-ups: in front of the Tour Eiffel or the Arc de Triomphe, the crowds in front of Moulin Rouge or the steps of Sacre Coeur. If you go off the well-worn tourist track, […]

July 4, 2010 Continue reading…

Challenge of the Cornet: Paris Edition

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True, the Challenge of the Cornet is centered around trying all 93 flavors at Fennochio in Nice (only 76 left to go!). However, I didn’t see why my ice cream obsession should be limited to the French Riviera when Paris is foodie heaven. I took the advice of Rosa Jackson (Paris food expert), David Lebovitz […]

July 2, 2010 Continue reading…

Unusual beverages from around the world

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Paris was more amazing than I ever could have imagined. I took my own advice, disconnected and fully enjoyed the city, and don’t regret one thing. While I’m unpacking, writing and uploading, enjoy this guest post from the very funny Bret of The Jetpacker on weird drinks from around the world–especially since he features horchata, […]

July 1, 2010 Continue reading…