Socca and Monte Carlo feels like the movies

by Lori and Michelle on April 10, 2010

Hello luvs,

Thank you thank you for all your wonderful and very happy comments about me getting sick and my eats from the health food store. I am so happy to hear that my chocolate pudding was soy free as well!YAY! Anyways I am doing MUCH BETTER.You kind and caring words me the world to me! So thanks again!

I woke up the next morning and my tummy was fine. I actually have been feel fine these past two days. :) Hopefully I can keep that up!

Back to where I left off with our trip in Southern France. After my bad day in Cannes France the next day we went to Monaco and Monte Carlo. And let me just say WOW! I felt like I was in a movie when we walked around Monte Carlo. Everything there is so nice and surreal! :)

But first let me get to breakfast -  I had my typically smoothie in the hotel room before heading off for our day adventure in Monaco.

IMG_4562Lovely isn’t?

But before we headed out for good. Gary and I stopped to have some socca which was recommended by some of my readers :) And thanks for the recommendation I LOVED the Socca here in Nice France! Gary did too!!!!

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IMG_4564Gary waiting to order my socca!

IMG_4569Me with my socca!

Time to eat! *what is socca? According to wikipedia is it primarily made up of chickpea and olive oil and formed into a flat cake.

IMG_4571They are very generous with their portions ;)

IMG_4573Ready to take my first bite!

IMG_4575Heaven! Socca is really good. It almost felt like a hash brown in a weird way ;)

IMG_4578Delicious! I enjoyed every bite. I ate this throughout the day ;) I am definitely going to have to re-create this when I get back to the States!!!

IMG_4580Gary enjoying his slices of socca as well before we head to the bus station for Monaco.

IMG_4582Love it! It felt so nice to eat something that reminded me of bread. Very comforting to me for some reason.

The train workers went on strike so we had to take the bus. And oh boy was that an experience so the bus system was CRAZY!

IMG_4583Can you find Gary?!?

Anyways the bus took about 45 minutes or so till we finally arrived at Monte Carlo, Monaco!

IMG_4602It was soooooooo beautiful here! As Gary and I walked around we really felt we were in a movie or something.

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Very Beverly Hills feeling!

IMG_4616The Casino! They had a dress code to get in and Gary had on shorts so could not go in, but I did. They take your camera and store it away till you are ready to leave. They have very strict rules it felt like and their were ‘workers’ everywhere just watching you. I did not really like that. I just walked around to see the casino. It was nice but nothing too out of this world feel to me at least. Definitely not Las Vegas atmosphere that is for sure.

IMG_4623The back of the casino.

IMG_4625The view was breathtaking!

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I am in love with the Mediterranean Sea.

We went to lunch at a restaurant rest next to the restaurant. I felt a little under-dressed here in Monte Carlo because majority of everyone here is in beautiful designer clothes :/  But lunch was lovely!

IMG_4643We sat outside because it was a sunny warm day finally outside.

IMG_4647It was a really nice menu too. There were some English translations so that was nice. And the wait staff were also very nice!

IMG_4648I ordered the Ratatouille :) I felt like something warm and comforting. And this did the job!

IMG_4651My plate. I ended up eating the whole thing. It was soooo good!

IMG_4649Gary got the Monte Carlo salad. They did not provide a description of it and he was curious what it was. He loved it! And now he knows what is a Monte Carlo salad.

After lunch we just continued to walk around there was still a lot of Monaco we still have to see.

IMG_4653Everything was so nice and well kept here.

IMG_4661There was a lot of construction going on. I guess that is a good sign right?!? That their building more that the economy is not hurting them.

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Monaco h

ad a harbor with a cruise liner in it and a ton of nice boats ;)

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IMG_4673We walked around everywhere it seemed like ;)

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IMG_4711More of Monaco. Another harbor. Monaco was a lot nicer than what I was expecting. I really enjoyed the area.

IMG_4725Gary and the Mediterranean Sea.

Love the Monte Carlo area the best of Monaco. Though over all it was a lovely day trip! We were going to stay for dinner but did not want to chance us missing the last bus back to Nice France. So we had to say good bye to Monaco :(

But when we got back to Nice France we walked around the ‘old town’ some and picked up a delicious afternoon snack at my favorite place!

IMG_4734I got the detox juice which was celery, cucumber, apple, ginger, and lemon.

IMG_4736And Gary got a banana strawberry smoothie. We decided to sit by the Mediterranean Sea to drink out drinks one last time.

IMG_4738This was our view!

IMG_4739Beautiful!

Dinner was at a cute little cafe back in the ‘old town’ area.

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IMG_4744It still is a chilly here, I hope the weather warms up soon!

IMG_4746I ordered their plate of vegetables for my starter. It was delicious. Plate had artichokes, eggplant, roasted peppers, zucchini and a small salad.

IMG_4748My dinner was their hot goat cheese salad. Though their goat cheese was breaded! :( So I did my best to scrap off the breaded part. Overall salad was ok. It was nothing too great.I wish I just ordered another veggie plate!

IMG_4749Gary ordered the stuffed sardines. He enjoyed them!

Than dessert was something special

IMG_4751A glass of limoncello! I loved this drink. Michelle and I drank it when we were in Italy for school and boy do I miss it! It hit the spot!

Well that was our last meal in Nice, France. We left of Avignon, France before we head to Spain. I will post about Avignon later.

Till next time,

Lori

The Twins

L&M

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Dukka Girl April 11, 2010 at 2:23 am

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2007/nov/24/foodanddrink.baking21
That’s the socca recipe I use; it’s lovely with a big pile of roasted veggies, or they would have been great with your ratatouille. You could probably do it in a dehydrator, although I imagine it would take a long time as the batter is quite wet.
I’m guessing eating cheese the other day after not having it in so long might have been the cause of your upset tummy. It can be a shock to the system to have to digest something we haven’t been used to, dairy in particular as your lactase production goes down when you don’t ‘use’ it. In general, travelling can be a pain when you’re so used to a specific diet that you organise yourself, your tummy just doesn’t know what’s going on! Glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better:)

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Claire (College:Raw) April 11, 2010 at 3:54 am

Monaco is so beautiful! And I’m glad to hear you’re feeling a lot better!

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Serena April 11, 2010 at 4:21 am

Wow! That socca looks delicious! I’m sure you guys could even make a raw version with a dehydrator.Ymmm…

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Gena April 11, 2010 at 4:38 am

Oh, Lori, I am so envious of your adventuring!!! AND of your divine ratatouille! Enjoy and savor each moment of this trip :-)

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Gracie April 11, 2010 at 6:35 am

Wow wow WOW! I feel like I just traveled to Europe :P Seriously! It looks like you’re having a fabulous time, and you deserve it! xoxo

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Kelly Michelle April 11, 2010 at 9:49 am

oh man, you are making me miss the time I spent living in Monaco. I started laughing so hard though when you talked about the strike. Seriously someone different was on strike every single week I was there from the public school teachers, to the train workers, to the bus drivers, it was pretty out of hand. It was literally the joke to see who was striking in France that day.

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Stephanie April 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

Monte Carlo looks like a place where old movie stars (from the black and white movies) would gether or something…. beautiful!

And I love the place where you got your smoothies and juices in Nice, it looks so vibrant in there. And now you put me in the mood for ratatouille… I am SO making some this week now :) You also got me curious about the socca, I had never heard about it before, but I’m going to check out Dukka Girl’s link. Might even make it today!

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Jessica Lee April 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

Those soccas look divine! I love that starter veggie plate. Two of those for me would have made a complete meal!

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bitt April 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Those soccas are amazing huh? Nothing like it!

I love Avignon. I’m enjoying reliving my trip through you. :-)

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine April 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I’ve never even heard of socca, but anything carby and full of chickpeas is good in my book!! I feel like I’m living vicariously through you for this vacation- all the eats and sights are so amazing!! You should compile all the restaurants you’re visiting into a list for future bloggy travels :)

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Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' April 11, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Those soccas look really good!

I LOVE limoncello– I drank it in Italy when I was studying abroad, too! I turned 21 over there, so the waiters kept serving it to me like it was water! Ha ha.

Glad you’re having such a good trip! :)

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Brittany April 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Wow Monaco looks amazing Lori. I’m so glad that you are having a great time!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm

wow.

the pic of you guys by this: I am in love with the Mediterranean Sea.

you look so radiant, happy, amaizng.

limencello rocks, indeed.

love the trip pics!!!!

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meyer April 12, 2010 at 1:11 am
shannonmarie April 12, 2010 at 4:51 am

Sorry to hear you were sick, but I’m glad you’re better now.

That socca bread stuff does look yummy. I’d love to try some.

Thanks for sharing all these lovely photos of your trip. It’s so beautiful.

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Lori April 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Mmmmm Limoncello and Socca!

Definitely so goooooooooooood. Glad you enjoyed it!

The views from where you were in Monaco are absolutely amazing! Ooooh I wish I were there!

http://runlori.blogspot.com/2009/11/happy-november-1st-my-favorite-month.html <— must try recipe for Socca on here!

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Pure2 April 15, 2010 at 12:41 am

thanks girl, I will give the recipe a look and give it a try!!!

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