When reading up on Zaragoza, Taberna Dona Casta kept coming up in so many recommendations so we had to add it to our foodie itinerary. And we did. Twice! YUMMMM. You have never really eaten croquetas until you eat them at Dona Casta. G doesn't even normally really like croquetas (he says it is the béchamel he is averse to) but he adored these as much as I did.
A collage of our gorgeous Dona Casta croquetas :)
Dona Casta is famous for croquetas but they also do other things. During our visits we managed to try 4 different types (G 3, me just 1) leaving us 6 more to hopefully try in the future. Here is the Dona Casta croqueta menu with some creative combos like blood sausage with pine nuts or black squid rice with ali oli.
This is one of my new favourite quick tasty vegetarian meals that can be easily done on a work night. Courgette and Mozzarella tart. It does rely on proper ingredients though as it is super simple. I use a really nice flaky pastry, trompette courgettes (LOVE THEM), a good mozzarella (I would usually say use buffalo if you can) and a nice sea salt plus a good freshly ground pepper if you can.
I would like to preface this post by saying this is my opinion, my life, my experience. So please don't take any offence at what I have to say, your views will of course be different based on what is best for you.
The first month or so was hard I will admit. I had a birthday within a couple of weeks of being back, in the darkest coldest part of winter and I was feeling very sad, something not very normal for me. I really struggled. I missed my friends and colleagues and just felt lonely, even though my lovely husband was doing his best to cheer me up. Repatriation is not the easiest thing, especially for someone like me who thrives on the new and unknown. And I felt that a lot of our friends had moved away, or moved out of the centre of town, had kids and generally they all had their lives that we hadn't yet found our new place in. It was hard.
But as soon as the days started noticeably getting longer, and I found more of a rhythm with our friends, and I generally adjusted, th…
My husband is away for work which can lead to one of two things. Either I sit on the sofa and avoid cooking as I don't particularly like cooking for just one person... or I start experimenting! And this time I went for experimentation.
I am dreadful at following recipes, I get inspired by them and then decide they are missing loads of ingredients and they are doing things wrong and I go a bit freestyle. This recipe I found on the back of the filo pastry pack (Brick in French) and it was a bit simple for my taste, just onion, chicken, peas, and curry powder with salt and pepper. I decided it was missing ginger, garlic, chilli and cashew nuts plus a range of spices and mint and coriander. Plus I failed at making it into triangles!
I think you all know we frequent Les Amoureux in the port all the time for pizza. And they have quite the extensive menu full of options to choose from. So I have decided we need to try most if not all of the menu! So here we go, I will keep this post updated each time we try a new pizza but I thought I had a good critical mass here to start with!
Here is the menu.... I still have a very very long way to go before I make it through it! I love the Les Amoureux team keeps on innovating and trying to improve. They are now milling their own flour, owning their own tomatoes and letting the dough rise for 100 hours!
Page 1 is standard pizzas.
Page 2 is mostly the special pizzas.
I had to start with the namesake. They own the plot of land that the tomatoes are grown on! They have a special deal with one of the top buffalo mozzarella producers who makes only very limited amounts of this top 3 of the type cheese. It is just amazing. Why have a normal margherita when you can have th…
I just got home from a very very random evening at Ma Nolan's pub in the Port of Nice having seen a comedy show organised by Comedy Club of the Cote d'Azur (you can find them on Facebook or on their website.)
Tonight (July 21st 2015) was in Ma Nolans in Nice but they will be in Monaco on the 22nd, Antibes on the 23rd and Cannes on Friday the 24th). The headliner is a Canadian called Bobby Mair and he was supported by Amir Khoshokhan from the UK.
Both made us laugh but they were very very different! Bobby is full on in your face with short punch sweary jokes that will make you laugh out loud. Amir is quieter, softer spoke, and goes for the longer running joke, a shaggy dog story as my husband calls it. We enjoyed both but I would say it might be a bit more complicated for people without fluent English to follow / enjoy.
What had us cracked up laughing was one of the weirder things we have seen happen at a comedy show where a member of the audience (remember, we paid to be there…
It's that time of year in the South of France, when it becomes unbearably hot and it hardly cools down at night. I am totally overheating and missing the air conditioning from Singapore (which I mainly hated when I lived there!)
And because it is so hot, we are naturally eating more sandwiches. Today we went for grilled and roasted vegetables on a gorgeous bread loaf from Lagache Bakery and pesto. Pretty right?
Cooking is becoming a chore, especially at lunch time. To try and counter the dehydration I put together some cold water with lime and lemon plus some mint leaves from the balcony. Lovely and refreshing,
We have a tradition. A good one at that. Every time my husband's birthday is on the weekend (or we are off) we head to Castel beach for lunch and we happily get merry on rose wine and eat good food :) His birthday is in July and close to Bastille day so more often than not we won't be at work so we can chill out by the sea. This year we were in luck as his birthday falls on the weekend so off to Castel with us it was.
We wanted to make a booking and then were as useless as usual and forgot. So we dragged our poor friend S out of bed way too early as we decided to head down around 12 to make sure we had a table.
Castel is the first paying beach place when you come around from the Port onto the Quai des Etats Unis so easy enough to find.
I had done pizza take away from Julien before after multiple people (knowing my pizza obsession) had recommended I check out L'Atelier. I found it nice but I wasn't as blown away as everyone else seemed to be so I decided to reserve my judgement. I am very very glad I did as the second time was amazing! We had pizza delivered as we were too busy to cook and we ordered the two "ephemeres" i.e. the monthly specials which were both fun! (Updates done November 2015 with new pizzas)
First, my pizza of course :) The monthly special that I had was "foccacia style", with basil sauce, rocket salad, cherry tomatoes grown by Julien's dad and topped with marinated trompette courgettes also from Julien's dad's garden! It was meant to be with grana on top but with my cheese issues I asked for it not to be on top and they happily obliged. 12 EUR and delivery is free.
You know what? It was basically a salad right? On some bread? So totally healthy!