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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fenocchio Glacier, Nice


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
(2 locations)

2 place Rossetti,
tél: +33(0)4 93 80 72 52 

6 rue de la Poissonerie,
tél: +33(0)4 93 62 88 80 

14 comments:

  1. I don't know about wild & exotic, but Il Re in Florence does a cioccolato, rhum, canella, e peperoncino that makes me want to roll around in it. I have to say, I'm intrigued by the black olive and avocado flavors!

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  2. I'd order a rice pudding as well and I'd love to try the pastis flavor. Hope you're enjoying your sunny skies x

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  3. I've been here twice before and they wouldn't let me taste before buying! And they weren't so friendly when I spoke French with my accent ;( But I had wanted to try the Lavende flavor !!!

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  4. Sounds absolutely wonderful. Nice warm days and ice cream to go....heaven! As much as I adore olives, I don't think I want the taste in ice cream! Pistachio, yes; vanille, yes; a bit of chocolate mixed in, yes. Enjoy!

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  5. I love Fenocchio...haven't been there in years. I plan to get down to Nice this summer for sure. Thanks for reminding me!

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  6. OK, so FIRST you rub it in about the weather and then you show us all these ice creams from Fenocchio's....it's just pure torture. I've actually had the avocado there, and it was pas mal, even though I prefer my savory flavors to stay in their own category. I was at a demo inn Paris where they made a black truffle ice cream. IMHO truffles should definitely stay on the savory side. Caramel Sale' is always my number one choice ice cream choice in France.

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  7. We will have to make a stop there on our next trip to Nice. I love ice cream, my favorite dessert. Yummy!

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  8. Oh Valerie, count me in for a scoop of cioccolato, rhum, & canella too, yum!

    Sarah, glad to see we have the same tastes, somehow I suspected as much :)

    Breena, I know, tough sometimes with the French crowd with how they react to us Anglo's :) Luckily, I think I caught them in a good mood, this guy loved getting his photo taken!

    Not a big fan of olive in my ice cream either Libby, prefer the classics too, as long as they're made well!

    Julie, hope you get in a good scoop, or 2, this summer!

    Kathy, somehow I had a feeling you'd been to Fenocchio's! Oh and yes, yes, yes for Caramel Sale', heavenly! I've still got a recipe clipping I'm waiting to use as soon as I can convince Nicolas to buy an ice cream maker :)

    Mine too Michel, bon weekend!

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  9. Vedo che sei stata in Italia quindi non c'è bisogno del traduttore. Mi chiamo Tiziana ed è sempre un piacere trovare blog interessanti. Amo la Francia, e ti leggerò volentieri. A presto, goodbye/au revoir/arrivederci

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  10. You started with all my favorite words: hot, swimsuit, beach, sun-shiny, ice cream...
    My latest find is guava, and I'm so loving that, but I'm up for almost anything sweet, not so sure about savory. :)

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  11. Luved the variery of flavors of their ice creams: olive, pastis, violette...purely provence, mediterranean. Looking forward to pay them a visit one of those days. Excellent blog btw

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  12. Ciao Tiziana, sono molto contenta di avere un'italiana sul blog, grazie per il commento e benvenuta!

    Nicole, hope you're getting some sunshine where you are...or at least some good ice cream!

    Thanks for the kind comment S Lloyd, hope you had some luck with your research efforts.

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  13. I have been craving ice cream for so long, Tuula. :-) You've inspired me to go to the store post haste and not delay my indulgence any longer!! It's still cold here, but if I eat it indoors it shouldn't be too bad, eh? :-)

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  14. Someone had tipped me about Fenocchio only recently so it;s great to read your post! I would definitely choose the more unusual varieties like thyme ice cream. Or lavender!

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