It's hot, hot, hot in the South of France, and besides raiding my closet in search of long-forgotten swimsuits & beach bags, the best thing about these sun-shiny days is getting back in touch with an old friend: the ice cream cone.
As with the outdoor cafes, French folks are flocking back to the ice-cream stands & shops (glaciers) that line the coast - from the far reaches of Nice all the way to our humble abode in Toulon. And what glorious and inventive flavors you can find in France. Take Fenocchio Glacier, for example...I had to squint hard against the glare to make sure I had read olive, tomato, & pastis correctly.
I almost expected to see poulet-thyme (chicken-thyme) on those little posts, considering it's quite a popular potato-chip flavor here. I mean if we're going to go "savory" with our ice cream choices, why not go big.
But since we had already had chicken for lunch, and because I've never really put ice cream + olives in the same category (even though Nicolas swears it's fantastic), I decided to go sweet & mellow: two scoops of noix (walnut) & riz au lait (rice-pudding). Although I do think curiosity will call me back for a scoop or two of our savory friends - plus, there is the whole "chocolate section" to dive into. Purely in the name of research of course.
Do you have a wildly or just semi- exotic ice cream flavor you love? Or simply one you'd like to try?
Fenocchio Glacier, Nice