Abandon preconceptions that restaurants on the rock of Monaco are nothing but expensive tourist traps. True, there are plenty of cafés serving overpriced crêpes and Croque Monsieurs, but Le Pinocchio on rue Comte Félix Gastaldi doesn’t play to that crowd.
At just 20 mins by helicopter and less than an hour by car from the Principality of Monaco, the currently under-development Riviera Airport in Liguria could soon be an interesting alternative to the over-crowded airports of the Côte d’Azur.
They both had solid jobs in the tourism industry for many years so had little to no experience of going it along without the security of a regular pay cheque. Still, the two colleagues had dreams beyond their desks.
During the 1940s in Monaco, government officials sought to find a way of encouraging restaurateurs to provide a minimum level of service that corresponded to what a customer was ‘entitled to expect’ from a Monegasque establishment. The Losanges ratings system was the result.
A cold rain patters down on the van’s roof as Wendy in her grey apron slowly flips over a frozen patty. She squeezes an apathetic dose of mayonnaise onto a bun then hands it over to the sound of cars whizzing past. “£4.50 please, love.”
What is on the plate is all that matters when it comes to winning a Michelin star (or more). Inspectors look right past decorative table setting, flowers and other ‘fuss’ to focus on their five essential criteria: the quality of ingredients, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, the presence of the chef’s personality in their cuisine, value for money, and consistency between visits.
International networking club Club Vivanits event partners L’Orangerie Liqueur de Monaco will be hosting a members-only networking VIP party at L’Orangerie’s distillery boutique in early September.
For more than 70 years, the city of Nice has been celebrating jazz music and artists. Starting in 1948, the Nice Jazz Festival has witnessed some of the most famous and popular jazz musicians perform, such as Louis Amstrong, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie or even Miles Davis.