Gastronomy in the (ex-) greenhouse

If you ask the people of Albenga where is the best place to eat fish, they will often answer: Il Pernambuco. Filled with the charm of another time, this restaurant in the Viale Italia belongs to Luciano Alessandri. His wife Ivana and daughter-in-law Nicoletta run the show in the kitchen.Read more

Enjoy life without limits

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The place is buzzing, this is immediately clear. Celebrities brush shoulders with hungry visitors from throughout the region. Giancarlo Priano is in his element: he stands at the bar and welcomes the guests. Unruffled and enthusiastic, he has a kind word for everyone, even though they flood in like bees from a hive.Read more

Ducasse leads new quality label for restaurants

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If you think the cute French restaurant in a busy tourist area with a menu the size of a small novel is doing well by pumping out fast ‘traditional’ food, then think again. Odds are the ‘chef’ in that kitchen simply re-heated a frozen meal and is charging you a princely sum for the privilege. It’s a worrying trend among (bad) French restaurants, particularly here on the Côte d’Azur. But there’s hope - the country’s prized chefs are now leading a campaign to create a new quality seal of approval for customers.Read more

Beautifying Saint Tropez

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Saint Tropez will spend the next few months waking to the sound of roadworks and drills as the town undergoes a spring make over. From roads to lighting, the drainage system to the cemetery, no stone will go unvarnished. But as the beautifying projects continue, the bill is mounting and the summer is drawing closer every day.Read more

Classic cuisine: French onion soup

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Winter has well and truly set in and there's no better time to enjoy some classic French cuisine. This warming winter soup looks delectable as it bubbles at the table.Read more

Life support: Support for alcohol abuse

Dear Andy,
Following the holidays, a friend of mine has hit rock bottom and is in desperate need of help with his alcoholism. As foreigners here I have no idea where to suggest he go, or without any social security if he will even be able to get help. Can you shed some light on rehab and AA in France?
Lost in NiceRead more

Mussels à la Provençal

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This local dish is a perfect starter for your festive dinner party, making the most of the plump Mediterranean mussels that are available this time of year.Read more

A look at the markets

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How did the financial markets evolve in 2012? 2012 was a bumpy year for the financial markets, especially in Europe, as stock indexes experienced a huge drop between March and May because of the European sovereign debt crisis, before rebounding.Read more

Beat the crowd to Blast

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When two Nicoise food-lovers met in Los Angeles in 1998, little did they know that the friendship would inspire them to return to the place of their childhood and open an American diner. 14 years later, and Blast's massive burgers and buttermilk pancakes are drawing in the city's crowds.Read more

Festive treats: White chocolate and cranberry cookies

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Whip up these easy to make delicious festive cookies for your friends and family this Christmas!Read more

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