Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Le Louis XV by Alain Ducasse ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


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I heard Le Louis XV is fancy schmancy, but I wasn't prepared for the grandeur and lavishness that greeted me. 

Even though I had one of those life-saving foldable ballerinas in my bag, I suddenly felt the urge to run back out to one of the many boutiques around the hotel and buy a pair of shoes befitting the opulence of the dining room, the marble columns, the massive crystal chandeliers, the plush carpet, the gold trimmings... But the nice hostess smiled and nodded at me, signaling that it was absolutely fine for me to come in my FitFlops. 



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It felt like I was actually dining inside the Versailles Palace



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Plates and cutlery in gold. Only in Monte Carlo!



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A glass of champagne to kill the heat



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Lanson Rose Label



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Thin sheets of vegetable-printed bread. Crisp and tasty. And so artsy. 



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Instead of a simple bread tray, Le Louis XV presented diners with
a fully loaded bread trolley. Carbs buffet!



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I got the semolina bread or "the book," which looked more exciting than it actually tasted,
and the seasonal sun-dried tomato bread which tasted more exciting that it looked



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Fresh butter and the little fellow that accompanied me throughout my meal



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Amuse bouche was a beautiful medley of sardines and vegetables in season 
served on olive oil bread and drizzled with Taggiasca olive oil.
So simple, clean and honest, each ingredient was a star.



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Marinara salad of shrimp, tuna belly, anchovies, octopus, clams, crustaceans and beans.
Every piece of seafood was cooked so perfectly it was served in that most exquisite state of 
rawness and doneness. The flavors and textures felt so sublime in my mouth I swear I felt
tears of happiness forming in the corners of my eyes. 



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 Farm veal liver with baby carrots, onions and spinach in the richest, most decadent veal jus.
The waiter was worried that this tender and meaty dish would be too "strange" for my liking.
Imagine his delight when he saw my empty plate! I mopped up every last drop of jus with bread.



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With the liver, the sommelier suggested I have the Chateau Margilliere Bastide 2010 



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Another overwhelming decision-making moment for me was when the waiter presented this
trolley packed with all sorts of local and regional cheeses



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I picked the strongest and stinkiest ones… reblochon, livarot, camembert, epoisses and roquefort.
Loved the pungent, salty and creamy epoisses the most.



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Local "fraises des bois" or wild strawberries in their natural juice with marcarpone sorbet. 
Ahhh… the play of cold and warm, sweet and tart, robust and creamy…
I was stuffed all the way up to my forehead, but I finished this in no time. Truly heaven in a bowl. 



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Mignardises Alain Ducasse



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Macarons, chocolates and espresso



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My 3-hour Marie Antoinette moment (please excuse the FitFlops under the table)



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Take home hazelnut goodies for my midnight snack :)



Le Louis XV: Hotel de Paris, Place du Casino, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Tel: +377 98 06 88 64

Le Louis XV Website

Around Monaco


Did you know that Monaco is the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world?

The state has no income tax and low business taxes, boasts the world's highest GDP nomina per capita at $172,676, has the world's lowest unemployment rate at 0%, and the world's highest life expectancy at 90 years (94 for females!). Source.

The weather is mild, the people friendly and relaxed, the scenery breathtaking... 



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The people of Monaco get around in style in these handsome modes of transportation...


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Handsome yachts



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Handsome cars



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While I get around on foot



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And in this handsome choo-choo train



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Prince's Palace of Monaco



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Looks quiet but it is a fully working palace. Prince Albert II actually lives and works here.
Took this one shot before I saw the "No Photography" sign, hehe.



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Statue of Prince Albert



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Statue of Francois Grimaldi



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Grimaldi Fortress



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I cannot get over how blue the sky is



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 And how blue the water is



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So peaceful and serene I can stay here forever



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Monaco Cathedral



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Monaco Train Station

Monday, September 24, 2012

Palais de la Mediterranee ♥ ♥


I really, really wanted to experience the Negresco with all its chichi, frou-frou, kitschy and pizzazz. 

But it was August and the whole universe was vacationing in Nice.

There was no room for the tourist who booked last minute.


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So Palais de la Mediterranee it is



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The location along Promenade des Anglais is perfect



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The Lobby



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Seating Area



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My Room



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From another angle



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Toilet and Tub



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Annick Goutal Toiletries



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Love the plush slippers (so I took home the extra pair, hihihi)



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My room came with breakfast buffet which I tried on the first morning.
The next two mornings I created my own breakfast buffet at the outdoor markets :)



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The spread had the usual breads, nuts, seeds and cereals



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Cheeses and cold cuts



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Fresh fruits and eggs



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Hot dishes, pancakes, omelets


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You can enjoy breakfast by the pool



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It's got great view of the Mediterranean Sea… and this surfer chick's derriere



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My good morning plate



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My good morning view



Palais de la Mediterranee: 13 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. Tel: +33 (0)4 92 14 77 00

Palais de la Mediterranee Website

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