Sunday, June 30, 2013

The 4th of July - Yes, we Cannes!


Friday, June 14, 2013

French Cuisine ? Peut-etre pas!

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Monday, June 10, 2013


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Sunday, June 9, 2013

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Friday, June 7, 2013

A Jet-Set B&B Near Nice


Frank Sinatra, Aristotle and Jackie Onassis, Maria Callas, Princess Grace and Prince Rinier, Jane Mansfield, Maurice Chevalier, Anita Ekberg, Glenn Ford, Charles Aznavour, and Johnny Hallyday – to name just some of the rich and famous that frequented the house that was owned by singer and songwriter, Georges Ulmer and his wife, Betty.   Purchased in 1952 and for more than twenty years, the Ulmers hosted and entertained jet-setters on the large, sunny terrace of their home-cum-restaurant/night club, “Blue Moon.”  Betty took care of the restaurant, while George sang and played guitar on the terrace for guests; reportedly Frank Sinatra occasionally sang there too.

After the death of her husband in 1989, Betty decided to sell the house in 2002, and for the past 11 years, thanks to owners Catherine and Patrick Bouvet, this renovated, lovely stone villa has been operating as a successful and charming B&B, named “Les Terrasses du Soleil.”  I recently had the honor to spend time on the terrace with Catherine, re-living the bygone days of this historical place, imagining myself dining and dancing there as well.

The uniqueness of this Chambre d’Hôte/B&B is not only it’s jet-set past, but also the beautiful views from the grand terrace, and the homemade and varied breakfast specialties created by Catherine (yogurt, jams, unique pancakes, just to name a few).  There are two bedrooms and two suites in this three-story hidden treasure, situated near Nice in the medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes-sur-Mer.

This beautiful B&B is charming and has a warm, welcoming ambiance for year-round accommodation, except when closed from November 1st to December 20th.

“PIGALLE” – Composed in 1946 and sung by Georges Ulmer (video link)

Chambres d'hôtes Les Terrasses du Soleil                                    Photos credit: Terrasses du Soleil website

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Brasserie in Nice


I recently dined at Brasserie Alberti, located on the corner of rue Alberti and rue de l’Hotel des Postes in Nice. This used to be the Alsacienne restaurant that is well known for its sauerkraut garnished with a variety of sausages, ham, and potatoes.

Since the weather was cooler than normal, it was the perfect evening for this meal! I ordered the “Choucroute Tradition” and a “une pression (beer on tap) Grimbergen Ambre”. It was delicious, as usual – although this time, the chef added a lot more “baies de Genièvre” (juniper berries), which were easy enough to pick out.

Overall, it was a deliciously hearty, hot, and heartwarming meal!

(Of course, they have a wide variety of menu selections for those who don’t care for sauerkraut)