Page 1

s ’ t ha



FREE Copy March 2010

An insider’s guide to the REAL Riviera

Restaurant & Nightlife Guide

United Kingz Festival

Live Sports Guide

The French palate vs fast food

Maps of the City

St. Paddy’s Day in France

American t Bar/Restaurant s a l B Open Air Cocktail Bar

New this March Latino Night

First Saturday of the month salsa class plus drink 14euros @ 8pm


Last Friday of the month

New Menu

Service non-stop 7/7

Live Music

Monday to Saturday

8, place Charles Felix 06300 Nice Tel: +33 (0)4 93 80 00 50

If you’ve ever missed a copy... go online! py




Restaurant Reviews Hotel Guide Travel Hotspots Links to our Sponsors Recipes Feature Articles and more...

BER ‘09



ide der’s gu An insi



to the R

otspots: Travel H e Terre qu The Cin CD DVD & Cinema, iews Rev


s News Busines sis? ri What C ar nt & B ra u ta Res guide om






ning Be

It’s reig

Service Non-Stop 7 days a week


Editor’s Welcome


oodbye winter, hello Spring! We bid farewell to a fairly eventful season, what with all the snow and associated drama. Now, I think we are all ready for some warmer temperatures! Well, March promises to be an exciting month. To celebrate Ireland’s national day of pride on the 17th (and one of the best party days of the year) we have an Irish inspired dinner party menu, whiskey cocktails and a Saint Patrick’s Day quiz! Plus we have a Pub Guide for all the places you need to be this Paddy’s Day.



We also have some new and interesting additions to the magazine this month. We welcome Tris to the team, with his music expertise and complete knowledge of the local DJ scene. His page, the Essential Guide, highlights the hottest concerts and festivals in the Riviera, with recommendations of what not to miss! Meanwhile, live music fans can still find their favourite bands in our Gig Guide. As we are all about eating, drinking and entertaining here at That’s Nice, I thought it would be nice to bring some balance to the mix. So, enter Adrian and his wife Muriel with the Lifestyle page - two very talented holistic health professionals offering information and ideas to enhance your body and mind! ‘Tis also the month for sport with Champions League and 6 Nations games, all listed here in our Live Sports page. So, wishing you a fabulous March in the Riviera. Thank you for reading That’s Nice, and see you next month! Cassandra Tanti, Editor

Find “That’s Nice Magazine” on Facebook! Like our front covers? Thanks to the imagination and expertise of photographer David Winch and digital artist Nicole Aspradakis, we are able to produce arguably the best magazine covers in the Riviera! Australian born Nicole has a creative history in painting and photography, and is now at the forefront of the image manipuation and retouching worlds. You can see her work at:




Calendar of Events Don’t miss a thing this month in Nice ......................................................... feature article The French palate vs fast-food. Plus news updates ...................................... Food Guide & Reviews Restaurant recommendations & reviews ..................................................... W NE Lifestyle How to succeed at goal setting & yoga ...................................................... Book Reviews 1000 years of annoying the French? Surely this one’s a must-read .............. Riviera Events A ‘What’s On’ guide for the Riviera this month ........................................... Real Estate & accommodation Property and hotel guide ............................................................................. Maps of the City 3 detailed maps of Nice ............................................................................... Pub Guide A list of the best bars in Nice ...................................................................... Through the Lens Were you snapped by our photographer? .................................................... Gig Guide Watch the city’s best bands at the hottest venues in town ........................... essential guide W NE Highlighting the best DJ concerts & festivals of the month ......................... Cinema Releases What’s hitting the big screen this month? ................................................... Music News New albums, bands and dvd’s ...................................................................... Recipes from the Riviera Brought to you by the Riviera’s favourite chef, Tania ................................... Cocktails of the month Whiskey cocktails, in true Irish spirit .......................................................... Live Sports Catch all the live sports action on big screen tv’s ........................................ Games Take some time out with our quiz, sudoku & spot the difference ................ Need it? Want it? Find it. Got it! Classifieds, useful numbers and games answers ..........................................

5 6 8 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26


Blue Whales Pub/Bar late night music bar Open until 4am! Pool Table Big Screen Tv’s Live music every night

happy hour 6pm - 12am! Go where the locals go ... Blue Whales. Find us on the map: 1 rue Mascoinat, Vieux Nice

Check Point Irish Disco Bar

St. Patrick’s Day Party Irish Car Bombs 5.50€ Guinness Pints 5.50€ Irish Cocktails 3.90€

The only bar with theme parties ALL week! Mon: Ladies Night 50cent glass champagne - Tues: Happy Hour all night Wed: Mexican Night 2€ Shots 5€ Pina Coladas 4€ Coronas - Thurs: Happy Hour all night Sun: Cocktail & Limbo Night

LIVE MUSIC every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday Wifi Live Sports Disco Cave DJ 21 rue Desboutin Nice Open 4pm - 2.30am alcohol should be consumed in moderation

March 2010 Monday

Tuesday 1

Wednesday 2








Saturday 5

6 Internat. Fair of Nice begins






14 Paris-Nice Cycle Race




20 Spring starts


St. Patrick’s Day







International Francophonie Day





28 Nice v Chalon







Easter 4

This Month’s Highlight:


Slainte! Saint Patrick’s Day

is a time to celebrate all things Irish, regardless of which country you are from! It is that one time of year when Anglo-saxons (particularly Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and of course Irish) are impelled to dress up in green attire, drink copious amounts of Guinness and whiskey, and sing Irish songs. It’s hard to believe this is actually a Christian celebration and Ireland wasn’t even the first country to hold a Paddy’s Day parade! In fact, pubs were actually ordered to close on the 17th March in Ireland. The ban was lifted only in the 1970’s!

Now, the Irish government markets it’s national day of pride across the globe, this year going so far as turning the world’s most popular monuments green – the Sydney Opera House, the London Eye and the Empire State Building! But it wouldn’t be Saint Patrick’s Day without the man himself, so who is he? Well, the legend of Saint Patrick is more of an inspirational story about a man who returned to the country where he had been enslaved for six years, to convert the population to Christianity. The reference to Saint Patrick “driving the snakes out of Ireland” is not a literal historical account, but rather the snake may refer to the

serpent - a symbol of evil - and Patrick’s mission was to rid Ireland of pagan influence. And it’s said that St. Pat used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. So, get into the Irish spirit this March. Raise your glasses and recite the following: “Health and long life to you Land without rent to you The partner of your heart to you And when you die, may your bones rest in Ireland!”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 5

Feature Article

The Great French Love Affair with Food But who is destined to win?

“Excuse me sir, would you like the kebab stuffed with fries served with a sugar-filled coca cola, or a duck confit elevated on a bed of potato purée with a berry jus and a glass of Provencal red wine?” Apparently, the kebab is the winner! Recent data released by consumer group NPD found that almost three-quarters of restaurant visits in France in 2009 were to fast-food outlets selling sandwiches, kebabs or burgers. Connect this with other figures that show an estimated 3,000 restaurants close every year in France, while McDonalds, for example, opens between 70-80 new outlets per annum, and the inevitable questions arise – is fast food destined to make the French palate less sophisticated? And why are the French going against centuries of entrenched culinary tradition? Well, the French government introduced new measures in July last year to counteract this apparent shift in French dining habits. It slashed the amount of TVA tax restaurants must pay from 19.6% to 5.5%, to “preserve and improve the country’s culinary reputation”, according to French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, and “revitalise the restaurant sector”. It’s costing the French state a staggering €2.3 billion a year in lost tax revenues, and it should be luring people back to the dining table. But figures so far say it’s not. The NDP group found that the foodservice industry as a whole suffered a 1.2% drop in attendance last year, and the decline was much greater in restaurants (-4.2%) than in fast food outlets (-0.1%). Furthermore, people are spending less – around 4.40€ on fast food and 11.70€ at a restaurant. However, people aren’t skimping on their meal sizes - the average person is still buying 2.8 products at fast food outlets. So, they are not just dropping in for a quick snack but fulfilling their desire for a complete meal. It’s just at a different kind of restaurant. As with everything in life, cuisine in France


has evolved and changed. In the 1920’s, Auguste Escoffier boldly reinterpreted classic cuisine, trends which lasted until 1972. Then, two French food critics - Henri Gault and Christian Millau - created a “new” cuisine model, rejecting rich complex sauces, reducing cooking times and encouraging healthy eating. At about the same time, the term le fast-food entered the French language as American and British hamburger chains started popping up every where. Their success was partly due to the low prices they charged and their link with a foreign culture that was then in vogue. Still, fast food chains represented all that the French were opposed to – dietically, culturally, even politically. So what’s changed? Well, McDonald’s has worked very hard to make it appear as French as possible. You can see this in the menu … the most obvious being the Croque McDo, and the Royal with cheese, made famous by John Travolta in the cult classic Pulp Fiction. Also, studies suggest that it is the “selfservice” feature that attracts people to fast food joints. Being able to choose where to sit rather than waiting to be served, and individual payment over splitting of the bill were two very common reasons why young people choose fast-food over restaurant food. But what effect is this having on the French palate? According to renowned chef Alain Ducasse, who earned six Michelin stars for two different restaurants, taste relies on memory. He’s concerned about the French palate of the future as people are eating faster and faster. He says there is no time to develop memories of the tastes and flavours in the mouth. So, is it simply a matter of tradition and change finding new ways to coexist? France’s second-biggest chain – La Boîte à Pizza – is putting this theory to the test. It recently enrolled four Michelin-starred chefs to produce some of its new recipes. Michelin-star


fast food! Meanwhile, the Belgian fast-food chain Quick has turned eight of its restaurants in France into halal-only stores, serving only products that comply with the Islamic food requirements. Is this a sign that the barrier between la grande gastronomie and la restauration rapide is slowly being decayed? Perhaps, if consumers saw more of this taxbreak at restaurants, the trend could be reversed. The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies says that since July 1st 2009, the price cuts were only 1.41% for restaurants and 0.95% for cafés, instead of the overall 3% promised by the lobby groups for these two sectors. Meanwhile, the volume of customers in les fast-foods grew by 0.1% in the second half of 2009 (a sector that did not reduce its prices because it was already afforded a 5.5% TVA). And, in exchange for the VAT drop, restaurant and café owners signed a contract d’avenir (contract for the future) with the French state, pledging to create an additional 40,000 jobs in two years. Researchers agree that we will better understand the impact of the tax reform after this summer. Finally, one cannot argue with the fact that for the French, food is an intricate part of who they are as a people and as a culture. We can’t forget the story of renowned chef Bernard Loiseau, who committed suicide after he was downgraded in the GaultMillau guide from 19/20 to 17/20. At the time of his death, he was the only French chef traded on the stock exchange. He also helped form the plot of the Pixar film Ratatouille. And perhaps, only in France, could an animation about food draw a block-buster attendance on opening day – the fourth-highest in French movie history. So, I wonder what the future holds. Is France set to lose it’s position at the height of culinary expertise? Or will the restaurant industry adapt and create a detour? Let’s see what next year’s figures say.

News Updates The Burqa Ban

France has voluntarily introduced the new safety scanners after a US request for greater precautions The French parliamentary commission’s recom- to be taken at foreign airports. It follows an atmendation to ban the burqa, or full veil, from tempted Christmas Day bombing aboard a USpublic places such as buses, banks and hospitals bound passenger jet. continues to create a firestorm of debate. If passed, will France set a precedent for the rest of the European Union? A group of French wine cellars have been conAt the time of this article going to print, a date for victed of masterminding one of the greatest wine the vote in parliament had not been set, though it scandals in history. In February, 12 figures from is unlikely to happen before regional elections the French wine industry were found guilty of which are scheduled for March 14 and 21. conning leading US winery E&J Gallo into buying 18 million bottles of pinot-noir wine, which Meanwhile, French citizenship refusals are turned out to be merlot or shiraz – less expensive mounting following a January statement by justice grapes in plentiful supply around Carcassonne. Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, where she demanded that Muslim men who force their wives to Investigators became suspicious after realising wear the full veil be denied the right to become that the amount of pinot noir being exported from French. the Languedoc-Roussillon area far exceeded historic levels. A Moroccan man who forces his wife to wear the burqa was recently refused citizenship, because the man behaved towards women in a way that made him “incompatible” with French values, ac- You may have noticed the large ashtrays now pocording the high court. A Moroccan woman was sitioned on an impressive number of poles told she could not become French because her throughout the city. Unfortunately, while walking veil and “radical” interpretation of Islam were ob- home late one night, I also noticed there are still a stacles to assimilation. large number of cigarette butts on the footpath. I figure if everyone tries to set an example and use Fewer than 2,000 women amongst France’s esti- the ashtrays, then others will be shamed into domated 3.5 million Muslims wear the burqa. And ing the same! And if you need a reminder of why according to a poll published in Le Point, six out you shouldn’t drop your cigarette butts on the of ten French citizens support the burqa ban. floor, remember this … the butts are carried directly into our beaches. The chemicals contained Since 2004, the hijab, the Jewish yarmulkes, Sikh in them impact on water quality and can be deadturbans and large Christian crosses have been ly to marine life! banned in French secular state schools. Cassandra Tanti

The Great Wine Scam

Butt Out

If a resolution to ban the burqa is passed, the practice would not become illegal, however it would give public officials support when asking people to remove it. In an address last year, President Nicolas Sarkozy said “The burqa will not be welcome on French soil. We cannot accept, in our country, women imprisoned behind a mesh, cut off from society, deprived of all identity. That is not the French republic’s idea of women’s dignity.”

Student Party

6€ pre-sale 8€ on night

We will keep you updated on the parliamentary decision.

New Security Scans Reach France Passengers heading to the United States from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport can expect to be subjected to the new experimental full-body scanner.

Contact: Sabrina 06 19 34 90 68


Food Guide

& Reviews

La Mama

This time of year still brings with it the frustration of finding a good restaurant open on a Sunday evening. And perhaps I wouldn’t have visited La Mama had my friends and I not be wandering aimlessly around the old town on a recent Sunday desperately searching for a meal. But sometimes, that’s exactly when you find yourself pleasantly surprised. It’s a typical Niçois menu at La Mama … entrées of petit farcis and fish soup; main dishes of mussels, daube, beef steak and pasta. And indeed it is all very tempting, particularly the prices. But what drew everyone’s attention at the table this cold Sunday eve was the pasta gratins. In fact, three servings of the Gnocchi Mama were ordered – a heart-warming dish of little potato dumplings coated in a ham, mushroom, Gorgonzola and cantal sauce with a bubbling crust. It was as scrumptious as we had envisaged. So much so, I vowed to recreate this dish at home! Our order of Italian Mussels also went down a treat; the traditional tomato sauce had the added touch of chilli that spiced the dish up nicely.

1 rue de la Tour, Nice Tel: 04 93 85 70 85

As this was a designated “budget” dining night, the carafe of house red (at 11.50€ for 100cl) was requested, and again, we were pleasantly surprised. Coupled with our mains, averaging 12€, and we were all quite content with the experience. The menu and staff at La Mama are English-friendly, and the atmosphere is very laid back and comfortable. It is one of those rare places that satisfies both the stomach and the wallet. And, they’re open Sundays!

Emilie’s Cookies

We are always on the hunt here at That’s Nice magazine for the best bagels in town. I think we are not alone in our love of those delectable circular sandwiches smothered with cream cheese. So we checked out the latest addition to the old town, Emilie’s Cookies, with its promise of tasty New York bagels and a tempting array of sweet treats. Emilie’s Cookies recently opened its second café on rue de la Prefecture, following the success of its sister café on rue Alberti. It is run by two young and energetic ladies who were inspired by the American coffee shops they saw on visits to the US. The dining concept at the old town café is that of a student fast-food genre – you order at the counter with the attractive young staff, they give you your meal on plastic trays which you then carry to your table. Convenient for those seeking a quick lunch break rather than a typically long, service-filled dining experience. The décor is fun and lively. The dining area consists of a mixture of tables and chairs, old-English sofas and coffee tables, and retro light stands. There’s not much elbowroom, but its suits the social, “school canteen” atmosphere. On offer are of course bagels, with the classic chicken, bacon, ham and salmon choices, together with the not-so-traditional jambon cru and goats cheese. Prices range from about 4.90-5.90€. These are not the biggest sandwiches around, so I suggest opting for a menu, which includes a soft drink and dessert for 6.90-9.90€. They also have a nice selection of salads, and the Nikos pasta salad with olives, sundried tomatoes, pesto and feta cheese was a hit with my lunch date. The salads cost between 6.50€ and 7.50€. The cheesecake was not so much a hit, but my nutella muffin was as good as I had heard. There’s a great selection of cookies, muffins, brownies and pancakes to satisfy a sugar craving. And they have a large coffee and hot chocolate menu, together with smoothies and milk shakes. In the end, I didn’t find my best bagel in town, but I did find one of the best selections of muffins and cookies available in Nice. And I can see why the laid-back and fun atmosphere of les Cookies d’Emilie keeps the place filled with eager sweet tooth’s.


Past Reviews Café del Mare - Asian, French & Med. Beaulieu sur Mer Port 04 93 54 65 34 Le Choucas - Fondu 3 rue Place Vielle 04 93 62 13 44 Delhi Darbar - Indian 14 ru Abbaye 04 93 01 45 68 Bellota House - Spanish & Tapas 19 rue de la Prefecture 04 93 68 61 83


Rossetisserie has an unmistakable charm to it. From the outside, it feels as though you are peering into someone else’s dining room – the country-kitchen décor, the jovial laughter emanating from a contented crowd, and the aroma of slowly roasted meats. Then you see the price board and think, “could it really be true?” Thankfully for us, it is. Rossetisserie hit the Nice restaurant scene in May 2009. And the premise is simple ... a selection of roasted meats (chicken, veal, beef, pork or lamb) served with mashed potato, roasted potatoes and/or ratatouille. With a price tag of just 11€, the addition of a complimentary salad for entrée is simply a steal. Take-aways are even cheaper at 9€. There is no real creativity to the dish’s execution at Rossetisserie. But as you would expect from a restaurant such as this, the value lies in the quality of the meat and the flavour of the accompaniments. And they don’t disappoint. The meat is juicy and tender, the mash fluffy and seasoned to perfection, and the ratatouille is traditional and delicious. Even the entrée salad is lifted by its red wine and herb vinaigrette. There is a plat du jour for variety, desserts for 4€, and a small but equally affordable wine list. We had the merlot - a subtle and appetizing table wine for 15€. The service at Rossetisserie was also unforgettable. Our English-speaking waitress was constantly at our attention brandishing a large smile, and I always appreciate the chef bringing his dishes to the table. There is a sincerity here that is uplifting and quite unique. Seating is limited to six small tables (two of which are outside) and one large group table. Yet at no point in the evening were we made to feel hurried so the restaurant could achieve a quick turnover. The owners are expecting to open downstairs in March though, doubling the seating capacity. Reservations are recommended, especially on the weekend. While the Rossetisserie is young and fresh, the aged boulangerie sign above its doors points to a much longer past. At over 200 years old, it is one of oldest boulangeries in Nice, and still brandishes the 25m2 wood fired oven! The Rossetisserie has taken a simple idea and executed it wonderfully. It bodes well for those seeking an uncomplicated and inexpensive meal. And this is one place where you are more than happy to leave a healthy tip at the end of the night! 8 rue Mascoinat, Vieux Nice Tel: 04 93 76 18 80 Open Tuesday to Saturday evenings.

Editor’s Note: Our restaurant reviews are not paid for. The restaurants do not know they are being reviewed so we can give an honest assessment without bias. I hope you enjoy my recommendations as much as I enjoy discovering them! Cassandra Tanti

Le Virginie - Seafood Place August Blanqui 0493551007 Snug - Gastro Pub Corner rue Droite & rue Rossetti Giuseppe & Peppimo - Café/Restaurant Place Garibaldi La Pierre Bisse - Pierrade Restaurant 5 rue Barillerie 0493 53 44 94 Le Tire Bouchon - French rue de la Prefecture 04 93 92 63 64 l’Univers - Michelin Star 54 bld Jean Jeurés 04 93 62 32 La Chaumiere - A-list Restaurant 384 bld de L’Observatoire 04 93 01 77 68 Kookaburra - Australian 20 Quai des Docks 04 89 00 12 65 By Sushi - Japanese 4 rue Bosio 04 93 80 03 34 Adonis - Lebanese 12 rue Saint Francois de Paule 04 93 62 35 02 Le Bistro du Fromager - Fondue 29 rue Benoit Bunico 04 93 13 07 83 Frog - Modern French 65 rue Milton Robbins 04 93 85 85 65 Café Borghese - Modern French 9 rue Fodere 04 92 04 83 83 Gloss - World Food 16 rue Delile 04 93 81 71 87

To read the reviews visit: 9

Lifestyle: Living the Dream

Steps to a healthier, happier life

We all have dreams and desires of what we’d like to have, do or be. And it’s who we become on the way to reaching that goal that’s perhaps the most important. This is the first in a series of articles on goal setting with tips on how to achieve your dreams.

What do you want that you

don’t already have? Or, what do you want more of? It’s much easier for people to know what they don’t want in life. For example, “I don’t want to be fat” or “I don’t want to be poor”. And while these are valid points, they are also flooding the receptive mind with negative imagery. To live our dream we must create positive ideas for the mind/ body to respond to by thinking “What DO I want?” In doing this we reframe our thought patterns from negative into positive. We are now using our imagination to re-create our reality. As Mahatma Ghandi said, “we must become the changes we want to see happening”. If you want to make positive & permanent life changes you must first change your thoughts.

1. What do I want? 2. Imagine what it would be like to have it now. 3. Is it ok to have it? 4. Think about how it will come about. 5. Visualize & focus your mind upon your goal regularly. Next month, we will look at step one in detail. And remember, if you are serious about setting goals and achieving them, it is important to have an open mind.

Hatha Yoga

Gymnastics for the soul. Yoga is much more than a form of gymnastics. Sure, it is a physically challenging exercise (hatha means force), but it is also a gentle spiritual path in itself. Hatha Yoga is a discipline of harmonization and development of psychological abilities (concentration and serenity) and assets (power and flexibility) driven to perfection. If you’re ready to explore yoga, Nice is overflowing with varying styles. But be patient in finding the one that suits you best, both physically and mentally. If you’re a beginner, do not raise the bar too high - you might get discouraged. Go for a beginner’s class that offers gentle postures and allows time to become familiar with how to place your breath. Remember, what you like or dislike most in a course is usually the opposite of what you really need. You might be attracted to very dynamic classes with an emphasis on the physical, when what you need is to work on the interior, breathing and observation of the mind. Similarly, you might sink into a very meditative and slow movement’s class, when what you need is a more dynamic and toning muscles postures class. So, when you start a course, stay observant of the effects the postures have on your mind and body, and to how you feel at the end of the session. If you feel good or very good and you have the intuition that something is starting to change deeply inside, then you can be sure you have found the right course!

Colin Cholesterol’s the name

Have you had a full blood protein test lately?

If you’re often feeling tired or run down, you may have been paid a visit by Colin Cholesterol, your silent fat friend. A full blood protein test is a great way to check your health and catch nasty critters like Colin Cholesterol before it catches you. The good news is, there are natural ways to lower your cholesterol levels. The following can help reduce levels by up to 5%: Soluble Fibre: Soluble fibre appears to reduce bad cholesterol by lowering cholesterol absorption in the intestines. It binds with cholesterol so that it can be excreted from the body. Soluble fibre can be found in foods such as: • Oats & porridge, barley, rye • Legumes (peas, beans) • Some fruits such as apples, prunes, and berries • Some vegetables, such as carrots, brussel sprouts, broccoli, yams


Brought to you by Adrian Shaw & Muriel Giraud

We sometimes forget how important fibre is for our bodies. Include these few ingredients in your diet, and your liver will also be thanking you!

Book Reviews

30 rue Lamartine, Nice Tel: 04 93 80 02 66

Initially, I set out to do a review of a history book, a thriller, plus a kid’s book. But when you’re skipping through lists of new books and you come across “1,000 years of annoying the French” well, out goes one of the books – you can’t miss a title like that, especially when it’s written by Stephen Clarke (of A Year in the Merde fame!) So this month you’ve finally got two history books and the enchanting Peggy Sue Can’t Find the Loo. Read on... Linda

No Turning Back by Paul Addison Since the end of the Second World War, Britain and British society has changed beyond recognition and Paul Addison looks at the transformations from a personal point of view, having seen the Britain of his youth turn into a very different country. At the end of the war the welfare state was unheard of, the economy was largely based on manufacturing, society was white and predominantly working class, women’s career chances were limited, and the “permissive society” was unimaginable. Underlying much of this change was mass prosperity which opened up a new, undreamed of world which is largely one in which the gains come to mind. While Paul Addison prefers the present to the past, there is one loss that stands out, that of a sense of the ties that used to bind people together.

1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke

The English Channel may be only 20 miles wide, but it’s 1,000 years deep and Stephen Clarke peers into those murky depths to clear up a few contre-vérités which the French would have us believe. In an impeccably researched book ten centuries’ worth of French historical ‘facts’ bite the dust. For example, he proves that the French did not invent the baguette, or the croissant, or even the guillotine, and would have taken the bubbles out of champagne had the Brits not started a craze for the fizzy version. Did you know that French snobbery caused them to lose the Battle of Agincourt? Or that the Brits lost Calais because of an addiction to beer? And what was the real reason why Joan of Arc was burnt? France (and French history) will never be the same again.

Peggy Sue Can’t Find the Loo by Shevon Burrows

“On a boat far out to sea, there was a young pirate who needed a wee. Her name was Peggie Sue, and she didn’t have a clue About sailing the sea, and needing the loo”

An enjoyable pirate story for girls and boys aged eight and above with detailed water colours creating vibrant layouts. This book will let a child’s imagination run wild!

STtayhatin’stouch, where ever you are


in the world ...

An insider’s  s guide  to  the  REAL  Riviera



An insider’s  guide  to  the  REAL  Riviera

NEW Nice Carnival The NEW world’s first ecofriendly event of its kind Nice Carnival

The world’s first eco-

Courchevel friendly event of its kind The Monaco of ski Resorts Courchevel

The Monaco Feature Article of ski Resorts

How to get through the Feature Article coldHow and to flu get season! through the cold and flu season!

Recipes from the Recipes from the Riviera Riviera

Tania Tanti Personal Chef

Catering for private parties, weddings & corporate events Tel: +33 (0)6 29 44 62 21

Fresh Tomato Tart &Tart & Fresh Tomato Spinach & Ricotta Lasagne Spinach & Ricotta Lasagne

Food Guide Food Guide & Reviews

& Reviews

We review 3 new restaurants: Delhi Darbar, Café del Mare & Le Choucas.

Cinema Cinema Releases


From Sherlock Holmes to the new Peter Jackson movie, see what is hitting

cinema screens this W e r e v i e w 3 n e w the From month. Sherlock Holmes to r e s t aof u r aprevious nts: Delhi Plus loads the new Peter Jackson restaurant reviews! Darbar, Café del Mare movie, see what is hitting & Le Choucas. the cinema screens this month. Plus loads of previous restaurant reviews!

Cocktail Cocktail Experience

Your Monthly Your FreeFree Monthly Must-Have magazine! Must-Have magazine!


It is the season of love, and what is more r o m a n t i c t h a n champagne?

It is the season of love, and what is more romantic than champagne? Were you snapped by our photographer while out and about at our favourite bars?


o p e r a & S y m p h o n y

Riviera Events 2nd March REQUIEM by VERDI Cannes Performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra ORCPACA. Palais des Festivals, Grand Auditorium, 8.30pm Tickets cost 20-37€ 5th March CONCERT Zen Basson Duo Beaulieu-sur-Mer Villa Grecque Kérylos 7.30pm, 15€ Reservations only 06 77 64 96 70

6th March RAPHAEL Cannes A concert by the French singer Raphael Palais des Festivals, Grand Auditorium 8.30pm Tickets 20-37€ 27th March HAMLET Monaco A live broadcast of the opera by Ambroise Thomas from the New York Metropolitan Opera to the MonteCarlo Opera. Salle Garnier, admission 5.15pm Tickets 40€ from casino hall

14th March PARIS-NICE CYCLE RACE Nice After 1,285kms, cyclists ride across the finish line at the Promenade des Anglais 19th March LOLA MENTES SLIDE SHOW Monaco Maison de l’Amérique Latine de Monaco, Europa Résidence, Place des Moulins 25th-29th March SALON DÉCO-OH! Monaco Garden and decoration exhibition Espace Fontville


5th & 7th March BAROQUE CONCERT Nice The Ensemble Baroque de Nice performs pieces by Dieterich Buxtehude. Chapelle du Saint-Suaire, Nice Old Town. 5th - 8.30pm, 7th 4.30pm tickets 3-14€ from FNAC or Harmonia mundi 20th March ROKIA TRAORÉ Cannes A concert by the female singer from Mali with lyrics in her mother tongue Bambara Théâtre Croisette, Hôtel Palais Stéphanie 8.30pm, 20-28€

5th -7th March HOLIDAY ON ICE Nice Palais Nikaia 164 route de Grenoble 6th-15th March INTERNATIONAL FAIR OF NICE Nice The “Feel Nice” Fair involves 1,200 exhibitions covering personal wellbeing to oudoor space and art. Topics include: eat and live well; renewable energy; the good life outdoors; art; & me and my beauty. A crèche is available for up to 2 hours. Wednesday the 10th March is family day. Entry is 7€, Palais des Expositions et des Congres, Nice Acropolis 24th March ASTROLOGICAL COCKTAIL Monaco Expert in numerology and tarot, Mr Chesta, discusses the influence of the planetary constellations on the various signs of the zodiac. 7pm, Maison de l’Amérique Latine de Monaco, Europa Résidence, Place des Moulins

5th March THE NIGHT OF TELEVISION Nice “La Nuit du Zapping” presents the best moments of Canal+ television on the big screen. Raising money for AIDS awareness. Acropolis, Salle Apollon 20€ 6th-7th March VIOLET FESTIVAL Tourrettes-sur-Loup A celebration of the village’s favourite flower, with stalls, entertainment and food on offer. 6th-7th March NAPOLÉON RELIVED Vallauris Golfe Juan An historic reconstruction of the landing of Napoléon with more than 300 soldiers in period uniforms, and a minute-by-minute reconstruction of the landing in the old port on Sunday. 7th March JUMBLE SALE Beaulieu-sur-Mer A jumble sale with handicrafts Terrasse du Port de Plaisance 7th March SHOW DANCE Nice Contemporary dance spectacular Acropolis, 1 esplanade Kennedy Tickets 35-43€

26th-28th March THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR Biot An historical event with the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon.

e v e n t s & e x h i b i t i o n s

Your English speaking real estate agent, specialising in residential properties in Nice and Cannes, together with new builds all along the Riviera from Menton to St. Tropez. Visit our office in Nice Centre, just behind Nice Etoile shopping mall at 18 rue Lamartine.

Spacious 3 bedroom apartment with sea views and walking distance to the beach. This residence is a paradise for kids and adults. There are 2 swimming pools, one of which is an olympic sized pool of 25m. The only one in Nice belonging to a private residence!


530 000€

This 1 bedroom property is ideally located between the famous Negresco Hotel and boulevard Victor Hugo. It is close to the beach, the old town, and many wonderful restaurants. 38m2, fully renovated with high standard materials.


259 000€

This great little studio is located in the centre of Nice right off of the Boulevard Dubouchage which is within walking distance to the beach, the old town and the tram. Fully renovated with beautiful tiled floors. This would be a great “pied a terre” in Nice or a perfect buy to let investment.


74 000€

This great 2-bed apartment in the pedestrian zone is located on the 3rd floor of a small building in good condition. It measures 50m2 & is fully renovated. There is a lovely lounge with an open plan fully fitted kitchen. It is the perfect holiday home or rental investment.


270 000€

This great one bedroom apartment is located in the heart of the old town very close to the famous Rossetti square with its beautiful Sainte Reparate cathedral. High ceilings and filled with Niçois character.


185 000€

This beautiful 2-bed apartment is located right in the exclusive area of the Cap de Nice. It measures 84m2 with terrace of 15m2 & sea views. It comes with a cellar and a garage. There is also a fabulous pool and lots of gardens.


620 000€

Attika International: 18 rue Lamartine, Nice and 13 rue Pasteur, Cannes Tel +33 (0)4 93 16 95 81


Hôtel Régence 21 rue Massena, Nice Tel: +33 (0)4 93 87 75 08

Hotel Windsor 11 rue Dalpozzo, Nice Tel: +33 (0)4 93 88 59 35

Perfectly located in the heart of the Masséna pedestrian zone, this hotel offers convenience with friendly staff. Very close to the beach, the old town and the shopping district.

Behind its unassuming façade is a unique and central hotel, with 24 rooms decorated by contemporary artists in bold and eccentric designs. The hotel offers a garden patio, pool, hammam and massages.

Prices for March start at 63€.

Prices for March start at 78€.

NH NICE 2-4 Parvis de l’Europe, Nice Tel: +33 (0)4 92 00 80 00

Special for That’s Nice readers! 99€ bed & breakfast in single or double room at this exclusive hotel, available until April 2010. Call the number above, dial 3 and quote “That’s Nice” to claim your special price.

Hotel Gounod 3 rue Gounod, Nice Tel: +33 (0)4 93 16 42 00 This 3-star city hotel features 35 rooms and 8 suits with a warm and intimate ambiance. Guests can take advantage of the luxury hotel facilities at the nearby Hotel Splendid, including top-floor pool and bar. Prices start at 90€ in off-season


Du r a n te

Maps of Nice

R. Va n Loo



pi t

a li





Aub erge de Jeu nes se Hos tel








us t


R ue

S in


c a ir



r ie





te a


Pa rc

R ue

de s

Et at


n Ar ag o


Fe r n


de s P o nch


Al l

Ruelle Pl ac e Ch ar le s Félix


na t


Rue de l’ An cie n Sé


S a le y a

R ue

R ue

J. Gilly


Be n


R. d R . H. u Pe t r us H ug o

C hâ

Rue St Jos eph Rue

in a ire

Allée F ra nço is




v id en



Rue Neu ve

liè re i ro Pa e








a R. d e la C o n d am i n R ue lle du e Sém

R ue


R ue

R ue

Dro ite

R ue

B e n oî t


p a ra

R ue S t e Ré

R ue Ste

M a r ie

C ité

C ro


ic o



Vi nc e a d nt ’Is tr ia




R ue

R ue

R ue


C o u rs

Q ua i

e MR . Pon t as Vie ux co in Ce n t at ra le

i te

Op er a

de la

Pau le

R ue L . C a s s in

Te r ra s s

R. C . e v il le

Hôte l d

Mar i



r a le St p ic e he d l l e e Hos Ru C at l l e V i . St R Vie R. et Centrale Gu u C o llR la s ig o R ue d ue N ic o ie r nis c h e Place S u o t B e la e n d a C Centrale Je ue lai r R ue R ll R e ed de hé b o uche e l a ti c t r o a r ie la Cr M Place Log dRu. Ru e F. Mo e St Claire Ga u li n l lo Ru Place e de R ue Rosse tti l’A Ros se bb a tti Place ye du Gésu Pa la is de du R ue d u Just ic e Ru e Gés u é t n e R . de la Mo P l. Vie ll e Rue du Châtea de la u Préf e c t P l P ie r re u re R ue du M G au t ie r al on at

De s

Opera Vielle Ville




és Jau r Rue

R ue

Rue Sulzer

Rue Bréa


R . de l’

ra l’Opé

St Fr a nço is

To w n Ha ll

Rue M. Robbins

R . de

R ue

Place St François





Place de la Tour

Place Garibaldi

Za n

o sc

Ale xa n d


B o u le v a re rd R ue



u To




ra l


S q u a re L e c le rc

el ed

M a s se n



n ade

aill du P



Esp ace


Féli x

Ave n ue

n ea

Fau r


R ue

Nice Old Town


s Bu io n at St

e t te s



Pub Guide

Authentic Irish Bar/Restaurant Vieux Nice & Nice Port

Vieux Nice 2 rue Saint François de Paule Tel: +33 (0)4 93 80 23 87

Nice Port 5 Quai de Deux Emmanuel Tel: +33 (0)4 92 27 07 88

Pub Quiz - Mon @ 8pm - Vieux Nice - Thurs @ 8pm - Nice Port Food served all day Wifi, terrace Live music most nights Jazz Sundays, Karaoke Fridays - Nice Port

English Bar & Restaurant

15 rue de la Prefecture, Nice

Blue Whales


Food served non-stop 12pm-11pm Live international bands from 10.30pm DJ until close Heated Terrace, Wifi Happy Hour: 5pm-9pm Thurs: Ladies Night 1euro bubbly from 9.30pm Daily specials

Late Night Music Bar Happy Hour 6.30pm-12am Pool table Big screen TV’s Live Music every night till late Open until 4.30am

1 rue Mascoinat, Vieux Nice

Check Point Irish Disco Pub 21 rue Desboutin, Nice open 4pm - 2.30am

Irish Disco Pub Monday: Ladies Night Tues & Thurs: Happy Hour all night Wednesday: 2euro shots Sunday: Cocktail night Happy Hour: 4pm-9pm Live music every Tues, Thur, Fri & Sat DJ, Wifi, Live sports

American Bar/Restaurant Live music Open-Air Coctail Bar Terrace Open 7/7, service non-stop Wifi

8, place Charles Felix 06300 Nice Tel: +33 (0)4 93 80 00 50

Gastro Pub

Open everyday 12pm-12.30am Kitchen open until 11pm 4.50euro pints all day Happy Hour 8pm-10pm Fresh menus changed daily Corner of 22 rue Droite & 5 rue Rossetti Tel: 04 93 80 43 22


Through the Lens Were you snapped by our photographer while out and about at one of our favourite bars?


Gig Guide MA NOLAN’S NICE PORT Fri 05 ...... Sat 06 ..... Sun 07 .... Thur 11.... Fri 12 ...... Sun 14 .... Wed 17.... Fri 19 ...... Sat 20 ..... Sun 21 .... Thur 25 ... Fri 26 ...... Sat 27 ..... Sun 28 ....

Karaoke Madame Claude Swing n’ Song Woodface Karaoke Brigitte Dumas Woodface Karaoke The Soul Band Swing n’ Song Woodface Karaoke Karma Brigitte Dumas

MA NOLAN’S VIEUX NICE 02-03 ...... Thur 04 ... 05-07 ...... 12-13 ...... Sun 14 .... Mon 15 .. Wed 17 .. Thu 18 .... 19-22 ...... 23-24 ...... Thu 25 .... Mon 29 ...

Solea Acoustic Swing n’ Song Soul Power Running Birds Karma Woodface Madame Claude Swing n’ Song Woodface Solea Acoustic Swing n’ Soul Woodface

CHECKPOINT 02&04 .... 05-06 ...... 09&11 .... 12-13 ...... 16&18 .... 19-20 ...... 23&25 .... 26-27 ...... Tues 30 ...

Jimmy Jimmy Tony Tony & Band Tony Tony & Band Tony Tony & Band Tony

WAYNE’S 01-06 ...... 07-16 ...... 17-28 ...... 29 -31......


Doctor Bruce David Guest Band Breathe Loaded


BLUE WHALES Mon 01 ... Tues 02 ... 03-04 ...... 05-06 ...... Sun 07 .... Mon 08 ... Tues 09 ... 10-11....... 12-13 ...... Sun 14 .... Mon 15 ... Tues 16 ... 17-20 ...... Sun 21 .... Mon 22 ... Tues 23 ... 24-25 ...... 26-27 ...... Sun 28 .... Mon 29 ... Tues 30 ... Wed 31 ..

Millionaire Aquarella Running Birds Happy Hour Millionaire Whiskey Finger Aquarella Digit Nutopia Millionaire Whiskey Finger Aquarella B-Siders Millionaire Whiskey Finger Aquarella Whiskey Finger Acid Rain Millionaire Whiskey Finger Aquarella Cabine 13

BLAST Fri 05 ...... Sat 06 ..... Mon 09 ... Tues 10 ... Thu 11 .... 12-13 ...... Mon 15 ... Tues 16 ... Wed 17 .. Thu 18 .... Fri 19 ...... Sat 20 ..... Mon 22 ... Tues 23 ... Wed 24 .. Thu 25 .... Fri 26 ...... Sat 27 ..... Mon 29 .. Tues 30 .. Wed 31 ..

Soulshine Babason Storytelling Tony Electric Band The Kitchies Club Divines No Contrast Les Fees Albaz DJ Seed Lizzy Sparks + Supernacho F*ckin’ Machine Storytelling Tony Electric Band The Kitchies No Contrast Club Divines Eddy Ray Cooper & The Burning Wheels Albaz The Kitchies Storytelling

Doctor Bruce Indie Rock David Guest Band Pop Rock Loaded Pop Rock The Running Birds Rock Band N’Goi Jazz Number 9 Rock Cabine 13 Rock Reset Rock Millionnaire Rock Auqarella Rock Whiskey Finger Rock Breathe Rock nice+waynes Swing n’ Song Jazz Mellow Swing Jazz Madame Claude Pop-RockFunk Jimmy

Blues/Rock solo

B-Siders Pop-Funk Tony Pop-Rock Woodface Rock Acoustic Duo Brigitte Dumas Jazz


Cinema Releases

Directed by Tim Burton Produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Joe Roth Suzanne Todd Jennifer Todd Written by Linda Woolverton (screenplay) Lewis Carroll (book) Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter Crispin Glover, Stephen Fry Music by Danny Elfman Cinematography Dariusz Wolski Studio Roth Films The Zanuck Company, Team Todd Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures Release date March 24, 2010


Approaching the age of fifty, film director Guido Contini (Daniel DayLewis) is facing a midlife crisis that is stifling his creativity and leading him into a variety of complicated romantic involvements. As he struggles to write the script for his latest film, Italia, he’s forced to balance the numerous formative women in his life, including his wife, Luisa (Marion Cotillard); his mistress, Carla Albanese (Penélope Cruz); his film star muse, Claudia Jenssen (Nicole Kidman); his confidante and costume designer, Lilli La Fleur (Judi Dench); an American fashion journalist, Stephanie (Kate Hudson); a prostitute from his youth, Saraghina (Fergie); and the spirit of his deceased mother, Mamma (Sophia Loren).

In 2019, most of the world’s population has become vampires because of a pandemic disease. As human numbers dwindle, the need for blood becomes desperate. When deprived for extended periods,

Extraordinary Measures: March 17, 2010 Legion: March 24, 2010 How to train your dragon: March 31, 2010 All about Steve: March 24, 2010


In this extension of Lewis Carroll’s original stories, Alice Kingsley, now 19, attends a party at a Victorian estate shortly after the death of her beloved father. The formal affair, unbeknownst to Alice, is an engagement party planned by her mother and sister. Just as the arrogant and boorish Lord Hamish Ascot proposes to Alice under a gazebo and before the eyes of hundreds of snooty society-types, Alice spots a white rabbit wearing a waistcoat and pocket watch. In shock and confusion, she runs off into a maze and follows the White Rabbit through it. She eventually tumbles down a rabbit hole into Underland, more commonly referred to as “Wonderland” by its inhabitants. She had visited this place 10 years earlier, but had entirely forgotten about it. She then reunites with her childhood friends, including the Mad Hatter, who explains to Alice that they need her help in over-throwing the Red Queen, who has taken control

Directed by Rob Marshall Produced by Rob Marshall Marc Platt, Harvey Weinstein John DeLuca, Maury Yeston Written by Anthony Minghella, Michael Tolkin Starring Daniel Day-Lewis Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz Judi Dench, Fergie Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren Music by Score: Andrea Guerra Songs: Maury Yeston Studio Relativity Media Lucamar Productions Distributed by The Weinstein Company Release date March 10, 2010

vampires transform into subsiders, aggressive bat-like creatures. Humans are captured and harvested in laboratory farms while scientists research a synthetic blood-substitute.

Also in March:

Alice in Wonderland

Directed by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Produced by Chris Brown, Sean Furst Bryan Furst Written by Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig Starring Ethan Hawke Willem Dafoe Claudia Karvan Sam Neill Michael Dorman Isabel Lucas Music by Christopher Gordon Cinematography Ben Nott Editing by Matt Villa Distributed by Lionsgate Release date March 3, 2010

of Wonderland from her benevolent sister, the White Queen. Alice is also told that she is the only one who can slay the Jabberwock, the dragon who terrorizes the inhabitants of Wonderland under the rule of the Red Queen. Alice then embarks on an adventure of self-discovery in the process of saving Wonderland and her friends from both the Jabberwock and the Red Queen’s reign of terror.

NINE Release date: March 3, 2010

Starring: Jeff Bridges Robert Duvall Colin Farrel Maggie Gyllenhaal

Crazy Heart is a 2009 American musical-drama film, written and directed by Scott Cooper and based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Thomas Cobb. Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, a down-

and-out country music singer/songwriter who tries to turn his life around after beginning a relationship with a young journalist named Jean, portrayed by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Music News A selection of the best DVD & CD releases

Tracklist 01 “Let’s Shake Hands” 02 “Black Math” 03 “Little Ghost” 04 “Blue Orchid” 05 “The Union Forever” 06 “Ball and Biscuit” 07 “Icky Thump” 08 “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” 09 “Jolene” 10 “300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues” 11 “We Are Going to Be Friends” 12 “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself” 13 “Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn” 14 “Fell In Love With a Girl” 15 “When I Hear My Name” 16 “Seven Nation Army”

THE WHITE STRIPES UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS chronicles the Stripes’ Canadian tour that took place over two years ago. Jack and Meg did it up right – they played every province and territory in the country, and not just in traditional venues. They played on a boat, on a bus, in a park! The results were all captured by a film crew for the documentary.

The Stripes are now issuing a massive box set to be released on March 16. The limited edition set will include UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS on DVD, along with a DVD of the Stripes’ 10th anniversary show in Nova Scotia, a 16-track live album from one of the dates on the Canadian tour (in both vinyl and on CD), a live 7”, a tour book clocking in at over 200 pages (with photos by Autumn de Wilde and a foreword by the incomparable Jim Jarmusch), and a silk screen print. The DVD will also be available separately on March 16. Plastic Beach is the upcoming third studio album by the virtual band Gorillaz. It will be released on 3 March 2010 in Japan, 5 March 2010 in Australia, 8 March 2010 in Europe and 9 March 2010 in the United States. The album will feature guest performances by Snoop Dogg, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Kano, Bashy, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Gruff Rhys, De La Soul, Little Dragon, Mark E. Smith, Lou Reed, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, sinfonia ViVA and The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music. The first single, “Stylo”, was released as a download on 26 January 2010.

Turin Brakes Release date: March 1, 2010

Tracklist: 1. Sea Change 2. Mirror 3. Rocket Song 4. Paper Heart 5. Invitation, The 6. Will Power 7. Apocolips 8. Embryos 9. Letting Down 10. Radio Silence 11. Outbursts


Release date: March 22, 2010 Tracklist: 1. Rocket 2. Believer 3. Alive 4. Dreaming 5. Head First 6. Hunt 7. Shiny and Warm 8. I Wanna Life 9. Voicethings

ANVIL DVD/ DOCUMENTARY: At 14, Toronto school friends Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the “demigods of Canadian metal,” releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982’s “Metal on Metal.” It went on to sell millions of records, but Anvil’s career didn’t flourish afterwards. Instead, they went straight to obscurity.

Recipe’s from the Riviera By Chef Tania Tanti

Irish Dinner Party Menu

Chicken, Ham, Avocado and Cheddar Parcels Delicious filled pastries


2 chicken breasts 2 avocados, sliced 4 slices leg ham 4 slices good English cheddar cheese 4 sheets puff pastry 1 egg, beaten

Slice each chicken beast into half lengthways. Season and pan fry until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Set aside. Cut each pastry sheet into a large circle, approximately the size of an entree plate. Place the chicken in the middle, top with sliced avocado, ham and a thick slice of cheese. Fold the edges of the pastry inwards to make a parcel. Brush with egg wash and bake in a heated oven at 180 degrees celcius for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Irish Stew

A classic Irish dish using lamb or beef

Main 600g diced beef (rump is good) or lamb 4 medium carrots, diced 3 large brown onions, diced 3 cloves garlic, diced 5 stalks celery, diced 1x1cm 1 pint Guinness Fresh thyme 4 bay leaves 100g plain flour 1 litre beef or lamb stock 4 tbs olive oil 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters freshly chopped parsley to garnish

Heat the oil in a deep, large pan/pot and lightly fry the onions and garlic. Add the meat and brown on all sides. Add the diced carrot, celery and flour and cook on a low heat for a further three minutes. Add the stock, Guinness, potatoes, thyme, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for an hour or until the meat is tender and the sauce has reduced and thickened. (To include dumplings in the stew, follow the Golden Syrup Dumplings recipe, add an extra 350mls of stock, and add in the last half hour of cooking). Serve hot with fresh parsley and crusty bread.

Feuille de laurier




Pâte feuilletée



Levure Chemique

Golden Syrup Dumplings


Far too good for just one serving

100g unsalted softened butter 250g flour 5 tbs milk 1 tsp baking powder (levure chemique) 1 egg 10 tbs golden syrup 1 litre water

Rub together the butter and flour until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Add enough milk to form a thick dough. In a pot, bring the golden syrup and water to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Roll the dough into small balls (approx. 6x6 cms) and drop into the sauce. Bring back to the boil and cook for 15-20 minutes until dumplings double in size and are light and fluffy. Serve with whipped cream.

Bon Appétit!

Whiskey Cocktails... Scotch Whisky, Irish Whiskey & Bourbon. What’s the difference?

2 oz Jack Daniels 1 oz Vodka 1 oz Tripple Sec Top with Burn energy drink

Barbary Coast

2 oz Southern Comfort 1 oz Amaretto 1 oz Gin Top with orange Juice

Jumping Jack Flash

2 oz Whiskey 2oz Amaretto Top with ginger ale

Alabama Slammer

Ginger Bullocks

Scotch Whisky must be made in Scotland; Bourbon is largely made from corn and must be distilled in the US; and Irish Whiskey must be produced in Ireland!

2 oz Scotch 1 oz Gin 1 oz Créme de Cacao 1 oz cream crushed ice Shake & strain into a cocktail glass

10% discount on any purchase if you

Coteaux Varois, Bandol, Palette, Corse, Bellet… present Bordeaux: Saint Émilion, Margaux, Pomerol, Saint Julien, Saint Estephe, Pauillac, Côtes de Francs, Haut Médoc, Moulis, Sauternes…

this magazine on your next visit!

Bourgogne: Santenay, Pommard, Gevrey Chambertin, Vosnes Romanée, Nuit Saint George, Chablis, Puligny, Montrachet, Corton Charlemagne… 14 rue Saint Fançois de Paule Tel: +33 (0)4 93 84 63 60 Open 7 days a week, 10am-1pm & 2.30pm-8pm

Coteaux du Languedoc: Saint Chinian, Pic Saint Loup… And many more.


Live Sports CRICKET 2nd Mar 3rd Mar 5th Mar 6th Mar 9th Mar 11th Mar 12th Mar 13th Mar 19th Mar 20th Mar 27th Mar


Bangladesh v England, 2nd ODI New Zealand v Australia 1st ODI Bangladesh v Englan, 3rd ODI New Zealand v Australia New Zealand v Australia, 3rd ODI New Zealand v Australia, 4th ODI Bangladesh v England, 1st Test New Zealand v Australia, 5th ODI New Zealnd v Australia, 1st Test Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test New Zealand v Australia, 2nd Test

13th Mar 14th Mar 20th Mar 21 Mar

Scotland v England Ireland v Wales Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-finals France v Italy France v England Ireland v Scotland Wales v Italy Anglo-Welsh Cup Final

NASCAR FOOTBALL 2nd Mar 3rd Mar 9th Mar 16th Mar 30th Mar

European Championship U21 qualifiers Scotland v Czech Republic England v Egypt Champions League, 1st KO round, 1st leg Champions League, 1st KO round, 2nd leg Champions League quarter-final, 1st leg

GOLF 4th Mar 11th Mar 18th Mar 25th Mar

Honda Classic Maybank Malaysian Open WGC-CA Championship Hassan II Gold Trophy Transitions Championship Open de Andalucia Arnold Palmer Invitational

7th Mar Atlanta 21st Mar Bristol 28th Mar Martinsville

TENNIS 5th Mar 8th Mar 13th Mar 22nd Mar 29th Mar

Davis Cup, 1st round WTA Indian Wells Masters ATP Indian Wells Masters ATP Sony Ericsson Open WTA Sony Ericsson Open ATP Miami Masters

FORMULA ONE 14th Mar 28th Mar

Bahrain Grand Prix Australia Grand Prix

HAPPY HOURS Checkpoint 4-9pm Wayne’s 5-9pm Ma Nolan’s 5-9pm Blue Whales 6.30pm-12am Snug & Cellar 8-10pm


Games St. Patrick’s Day Quiz

1) The phrase “Erin Go Bragh” is often heard on St Patrick’s Day. What does it mean? 2) Where is the Blarney Stone located - Dublin, Wexford or Cork? 3) Who is the current prime minister of the Republic of Ireland? 4) In 1995, the people of Ireland narrowly passed a referendum legalising what? 5) What does the three-leaf clover signify? 6) What is the most common nickname for Ireland? 7) What Irish dance became popular in America in the early 20th century? 8) What is the trade of a leprechaun? 9) St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the birth, death or life of Saint Patrick? 10) What is cured by kissing the Blarney Stone – bad luck in love, shyness or poverty? 11) Where are leprechauns rumoured to bury their pots of gold?


Every row, column & square must contain the numbers 1 to 9. You may not duplicate numbers in any of these configerations.

4 9 7 3 2 1 4 7 6 7 5 8 1 3 7 9 9 1 6 2 7 3 4 5 3 8 5 4 4 9 6 1 8 3 2 5 Spot the difference!

Answers to games: Page 26

12) What is Saint Patrick famous for? 13) What colours make up the Irish flag? 14) How long did Saint Patrick’s mission in Ireland last – 3 years, 30 years or 3 months? 15) The first St. Patrick’s Day parade/celebration was held in which city? 16) Muckanaghederdauhaulia is the largest river, town or castle name in Ireland? 17) The Celtic cross has a circle at its centre. Does this represent the moon, unity or the sun? 18) Irish names that begin with “Mac”, mean what - son of, born of, or father to? 19) If you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, what happens to you? 20) Approximately how many pubs per person are there in Ireland – 1 every 100, 350 or 750 people?

M A Z E Start Stop

Can you find the 6 mistakes in the second picture?


Need it? Want it? Find it. Got it! JOBS OFFERED

Nice after school or on Saturday. Also need an English speaking female to move to Bermuda with a French family from May 2010 for 6 mounths, living in a beautiful villa in exchange for cleaning and child care. Call Perrin on 0684241390.

Blast American bar on the Cours Saleya is seeking fulltime and part-time staff. Must speak French. Apply in person with CV afternoons only. Bar and floor staff required for O’Sullivans bar in Mandelieu. English speaking, highly motivated and outgoing people are what we’re looking for. Contact David on 06 77 60 49 54.

Pub crawl leaders needed! Must be fun, enthusiastic and outgoing. Email


English and French speaking person required for advertising sales position. Must have a good knowledge of the area, be highly motivated and personable. Contact 06 37 72 85 97.

Apartment in Nice Port. Willing to pay up to 800€ per month. Must be clean and comfortable and available from May. Contact 06 87 484 078.

Seeking an English speaking person for private lessons (mostly conversation) for two girls 11 and 15 in

Full-time salaried position of Maitre D or Majordome. I come with excellent references. Contact sanalitro.

New or used compact dishwasher wanted. Please contact cabincooking@gmail. com. Three bedroom apartment needed in Nice old town. Please email nicolina.holk@

FOR RENT Studio apartment, Nice Port. Quiet, sunny and fully equipped. Living room with sofa bed, separate kitchen, washing machine, microwave, shower-room. Cable tv and internet. 520€. Call 06 99 16 22 33 Studio apartments for rent in Vieux Nice, suitable for students or short-term requirements. Self-contained and fully furnished. Double-bed, air-con, internet. Available for weekly or monthly rental.

Contact 06 16 68 51 25.

USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES MONEY EXCHANGE American Express, Nice Airport Change Méditerranée, 17 ave Jean Médecin Confima, 2 rue de France Travelex, 13 av Theirs

EMERGENCY NUMBERS General Emergency 112 Riviera Medical (English) 04 93 26 12 70 24-HOUR PHARMACIES (Closed Sundays from 7pm) Pharmacy Massena, 7 rue Massena Pharmacy Riviera, 66 av Jean Medecin

PUBLIC UTILITIES France Telecom Domestic - 1013, Business - 1015 English service Mon-Fri 08 00 36 47 75 EDF (Electricity) 08 01 13 11 33 GDF (Gas) 08 10 09 36 63 Water 08 10 76 97 69

AIRPORT Nice-Cote d’Azur Airport Switchboard: 08 20 42 33 33 Lost & Found: 04 93 21 31 11 Nice Airport busses & shuttles 08 20 42 33 33

MECHANICS/BREAKDOWN SERVICE Help Dépannage +33 (0)4 93 89 80 89 Nice Dépannage + 33 (0)4 810 06 24 24

QUIZ 1) Ireland Forever 2) Cork 3) Brian Cowen 4) Divorce 5) The Holy Trinity 6) The Emerald Isle 7) Irish Jig 8) Shoemaker 9) The death 10) Shyness 11) At the end of a rainbow 12) Driving the snakes out of Ireland 13) Green, white & orange 14) 30 years 15) New York City 16) Town name 17) The sun 18) Son of 19) You get pinched 20) 350


SPOT THE DIFFERENCE 1.Window top left 2.building right 3.tire shadow 5. road stripes 6. zip on shoe

4 8 6 5 9 7 3 2 1

9 5 3 1 8 2 7 4 6

7 2 1 3 4 6 8 5 9

ENGLISH SPEAKING DENTIST Dr Nicolas Colson 4 ave de Verdun 04 93 87 86 69


3 6 2 4 1 8 5 9 7

8 1 9 7 5 3 2 6 4

5 4 7 2 6 9 1 3 8

2 9 5 8 7 4 6 1 3

1 7 4 6 3 5 9 8 2

6 3 8 9 2 1 4 7 5

Check out these useful websites: ENTERTAINMENT ACCOMMODATION


Photographer: David Winch Editing: Nicole Aspradakis Model: Luke Brandon Location: Nice Port THAT’S NICE 23 bld Carnot, Villa Mira Monte Nice 06300 email: PUBLISHER/EDITOR JOURNALIST Cassandra Tanti 06 37 72 85 97 ADVERTISING SALES Grant Hill 06 73 91 55 97

ENGLISH SPEAKING GP Dr Chawki Elias 89 Quai des Etats-Unis 04 93 80 67 82

TAXI 04 93 13 78 78

To place a FREE add in the classifieds, email Information must be received by the 18th of each month to be included in the following edition.


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS David Winch, Nicolas Timmermans Tania Tanti, Nicole Aspradakis, Linda Pickering Tristan Kajanus, Adrian Shaw, Muriel Giraud PRINTER Petrilli Group International Print, Ventimiglia + 39 0184 352 483/4 Photo’s: That’s Nice is circulated monthly at all leading tourism venues and participating bars, restaurants, and retailers. For SUBSCRIPTIONS call 06 37 72 85 97. All rights reserved. No part of this publication can be reproduced (including advertisements) without written consent of That’s Nice. That’s Nice accepts no responsibility for the contents of the advertisements in this magazine. That’s Nice is published by SARL Tanti ISSN: 2101-5368 Capital 200€


t’ Tha


FREE Copy March 2010

An insider’s guide to the REAL Riviera

Restaurant & Nightlife Guide

United Kingz Festival

Live Sports Guide

The French palate vs fast food

Maps of the City

St. Paddy’s Day in France

How do you advertise in That’s Nice magazine? It’s easy! 1. Email or call 06 37 72 85 97 2. Send us your company logo 3. Sit back and reap the rewards!

Join in the success of the Riviera’s ONLY monthly FREE English-language magazine!

Un Homme et son Groupe

vers un seul objectif : la perfection

AP_Pet_190x135.indd 1

26/05/09 17:58:29


March 2010  

That's Nice is your must-have entertainment/lifestyle magazine for the French Riviera! Fun, fresh and new every month, you can pick up a f...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you