Cours Saleya – A Charming and Colorful Market

French Riviera is often associated with sunny skies, sandy beaches, soft sea breezes, and streets bustled with tourists. A farmers’ market right next to the sun-drenched seafront? It will surely strike you with sweet surprises.

During a recent trip to Nice, France, I got a chance to visit Cours Saleya, the famed food market that attracts tourists from far and near. Situated in the Old Town just blocks from the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Cours Saleya is famous for its fresh flowers, fruits, fish, and vegetables. Year round, locals and travelers alike take pleasure in the produce and pavement cafes under the striped awnings at the market. Food is an important part of French culture–often times, the French will spend hours socializing over a carefully cooked meal, or simply cheese, wine, and baguettes. In France, the Michelin guide and haute cuisine coexist with classic dishes and simple, flavorful ingredients. There are also influences from nearby Italy, which likewise boasts rich culinary traditions, making Nice a perfect crossroads for exotic and fresh ingredients.

A pleasant morning at the Cours Saleya market.

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Snapshots of Napa Valley

Located in Northern California about 1.5 hours from San Francisco, Napa Valley attracts tourists from far and near for its famed wineries and fascinating food. With hundreds of splendid wineries and dozens of top-rated restaurants, Napa Valley is popular among those who seek the ultimate wine and dine experience.  Continue reading

What’s in a Chef’s Garden?

The idea of a chef’s garden has always been alluring to me. I used to imagine a small patch of land cultivated for the growth of a few vegetables and herbs needed by a nearby restaurant. But what are the benefits of a chef’s garden? What’s exactly in a chef’s garden?

On a weekend trip to Big Sur in Northern California, I got the chance to visit a thriving chef’s garden in the Post Ranch Inn near Highway 1. It turns out that there are far more varieties of vegetables and herbs in a chef’s garden than I had always thought.

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