Aphrodite – an experience

Experience, a journey in 11 acts to unexplored gourmet of the region based on Liquid nitrogen – Spherification – Elmusification – Deconstructivism – Trompe l’oeil – Textures and Temperatures. That was the description of the menu I choose.

When I arrived at Aphrodite I got seated at a table that probably would fit four persons. When I ordered the menu I got an additional table. We’ll get to that. Some space is needed to prepare some of the dishes.

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It started with a House cocktail with dry ice. It was champagne with your choice of flavor, I choose green apple.

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The first dish was called In search of lost oyster and iodine foam, l’huître of vegetable Salad, Pearl Lemon to Silver powder. It was not eighter oyster or iodine. The foam was based on sea urchin. The oyster was eggplant and yellow kiwi (?) with a pearl made of lemon jelly.

Let me say I was excited at this point. It was exactly what I wanted. Good, experimental food that fools you. I was in food heaven and so happy I didn’t went to sleep!

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Second round was Nitro-Dragon Pissaladière. For a woman that dreads onion this must seem like a nightmare. Pissaladiére is some kind of caramelized onion. And it was mixed with anchovies’ which made it taste great with both sweet and salty. But it was cool. With egg of meringue that was made at the table with liquid nitrogen, hence the picture with smoke. That was the only thing you could see.

The third dish: A little Pain without Pain?
Or if this was some kind of middle dish. There was some things that looked like bread but was made of rice flour among other things.

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The fourth dish: Illusion Macaroni Tomato with Creamy Basil and buratta .

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The fifth dish was called: Hot Spherification reverse Daube a ´la Niçoise with Crunchy carrots and marjoram. My favourite of them all! Daube a´la Nicoise is some kind of beef stew, and it did taste like strong veal bouillon. And a bit of liquorish. The carrots were pickled. Well, we have a runner up for next birthday dinner 🙂

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The sixth dish: Juice Bourride on ravioli molds +70 ° and Ice cream at -20 ° of Chorizo Bourride is like a fish stew with aioli. This dish was good, but I felt that because of the different temperatures the tastes disappeared a bit and was not uplifted as I assumed they could have been.

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The seventh dish: Presa Iberian Pata Negra smoky ”El Gringo” with Grilled green asparagus and juice of Peanut.
This was served in an upside down glass dome full of smoke and the stone was hot. When served, the smell was amazing. Unfortunately the, as I love pata negra, I was disappointed at the meat. Pretty dry.

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The eight dish: Foam Fourme d’Ambertà powder Spéculos Arugula & purple artichokes.

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The ninth dish: Sorbet of the day with liquid nitrogen
The waiter took pur’e of strawberries, combined it with the nitrogen, and whipped it with a whisk at the table. It was creamy, soft, fresh and damn cold. It was handy to have a large table.

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The tenth dish: Virtual fried egg
An extremely cool (and cold) dish. Don’t worry it was mango pure and coconut cream. The ”black pepper” I think was vanilla.

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The eleventh dish: Faux Caviar or Irish Coffee?
The blinis where regular small blinis but the caviar was Irish coffee in shape of small jelly beads. It looked far more better than tasted. Probably because I started not to be quite hungry anymore.

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And the grand final was called Sweet Morphing which consisted of five small desserts.

Perfect Iced Lime bubbly Lollipop, like the ones you had as a kid that popped in the mouth. I remember there were also ice creams that had this poppy-cover.

Fruit paste without fragrant fruit to Gingerbread.
Cornetto Strawberry with White Balsamic vinegar, which was like a special, nice ice cream.
The little white tube contained raspberry flavor to go with the wasabi chocolate lollipop.
Limoncello spoon!

If you only visit one restaurant in Nice. Visit this one. If you only have one meal in Nice, have it here. The food had some bits that was not too good but most was excellent. The wine recommendations as well. And I wanted to be a lot more fooled by many dishes. But. You don’t only go here for the food, it’s an experience!

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The sharks attack! Or not?!

In Monte Carlo I went to the Mus’ee oc’eanographique de Monaco. It was one of my must do’s. And I was not disappointed.

I found all sorts of fishes.

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And different kinds of corals.

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Since I went kind of early in the morning the sea horses were a sleep. Or all of them were he’s and very pregnant. (Yes, the male is pregnant).

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And I found Nemo!

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Like lots of baby Nemos!

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And the ugliest fish I have ever seen! Note! It was over 2 meters long!

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There were some super scary jelly fishes. I was happy the pirayas were on holiday!

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In the middle of it all a ”Dalmatian fish” swom towards me 🙂

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But now we are getting close to why I visited this place. It was not of the great whale scelatton.

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Or the giant scallop shell (imagine the pearl :O Yes, it’s a big Michael Kors bag… )

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It was because of these teets.

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And especially to pet these sharks.

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Well, yes, I petted some sharks. What did it feel like?

It felt like I was petting a giant snot booger. 😀

Now I know and can tick it of my to-do-before-I-die 🙂

A small recap…

Since the internet connection let me down last night I’ll do a small recap now.

I went to dinner to Café the Turin. A special little place with sea food only.

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Then I thought I should be somewhat healthy and bought some sweet cherries.

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Then today I had a full French breakfast before I started my hunting for vehicle to Monaco.

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I had lunch at Café de Paris in Monte Carlo. 6,50 € for a small bottle of water. Well, that is Monaco for you…

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When I evenually got back to Nice, I passed a supermarket with a great fish department. Note! The humidity!

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And tonight I went down to the Old town for dinner. As I didn’t choose moules frites the last day for dinner I did it tonight.

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19.6.2014

För att dra det hela lite kort, kommer ett längre inlägg, så bestämde jag mig idag för att trotsa allt vad strejk heter och bege mig till Monaco.

Sagt och gjort så letade jag upp lokalbussen och tog mig Monaco tur/retur för tre euro.

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Tre verkar ha varit dagens lucky number 🙂

Fick plats på tredje bussen och tredje sista sittplatsen. När jag skulle hem igen så var det och tredje bussen jag kom med på (och sista sittplatsen). Kan ju säga att trafiken fungerar lite sämre än vanligt…

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Jag turistade mig en liten sväng och gjorde upp en plan. En sjukt bra plan. Vi får se om ett år om det lyckas.

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Sen åt jag lunch. Och checkade av en punkt på listan To-do-before-I-die.

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Och tittade på växter. Tänk om man kunde ha en hibiskushäck i sin trädgård…

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Till sist kan jag meddela att gullas med en haj känns ungefär som att gullas med en stor snorkråka. To be continued… Men lite fränt var det 🙂

Turist – Javisst!

Idag har jag turistat mig. Får ju ta till färdmedel och aktiviteter som bjuds eftersom det fortfarande är strejk.

Jag har åkt minitåg-sightseeing och open tour buss. Den senare var nog en tur jag sent glömmer. Tror chauffören missat lite att det var en turistbuss. Med turister. Som vill se saker. Och ta kort. Han körde som fan. Och lite hur som helst. De som var långa så fick hålla sig om huvudet för att inte få trädgrenar på sig. Alla satt och höll i sig och till slut började halva bussen skratta för det var väl välkommen till Frankrike. Inget snack om att inte ha bälte på sig där inte… Man skulle väl riskerat att flyga ur i farten annars…

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Sen har jag tittat på växter.

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Och ätit glass. Som frukost nummer 2.

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Någonstans var det dåligt väder. Mullrade på bra uppe i bergen ett tag. Men nu är klockan 19 här och det är 27 grader i skuggan.

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Sen besökte jag ett ställe som lagar sockerfigurer och annat smaskigt. OBS! Korven med bröd är bara socker. Skulle nog hellre ta en French på Select… Men snyggt är det.

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14:30 upptäckte jag att jag ännu inte ätit lunch. Och precis missat lunchtiden 😦 Ville ha moules frites eller beef carpaccio med fries. Till min lycka hittade jag detta.

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Hemma verkar många tycka det är konstigt, märkligt eller något att äta själv. Nu vet jag inte hur sociala fransmän är, men finnar är väl inte riktigt kända för det. Kom på det vid lunchen och bland 14 bord så satt det vid 5 ensamma kvinnor. Som inte såg ett dugg märkliga ut kan jag meddela.

Sen var jag på kryddmarknad.

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Och tittade hur man kanderar hela frukter.

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Och hittat en fantastisk karusell.

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Nu har jag haft tillräckligt med siesta på terrassen.

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Oh well, kanske knäna blivit lite brunare iallafall.

18.6.2014

Kom på bättre tankar igår kväll än att gå och lägga mig. Mer om det senare.

Frukost i solen. Det kommer att bli en sjukt varm dag.

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Antal skavsår so far: 2 hela och 4 halvor. Och ett nytt hack i pannan där jag redan har några ärr. Det verkar vara nått med dörröppningar 🙂

Arrived!

Arrieved in Nice today! Can’t really understand the report about bad weather, I was so sweaty went got to hotel that I had to shower and change clothes. I normally don’t think it’s even warm at 30C.

Well I have expected the worst out of this trip. At check-in they started by telling ” as you see we have no aircraft. It has landed at the wrong terminal, but a tractor will soon tow it here to the right terminal…”.

The plane ride we should not talk about in public, I might offed some parents. God forbidde! Lets say I thank my lucky star that Pink screams louder when the iPod is on full volume, that Mr.M look so funny at pictures and that I step in if the parents can’t (they were happy too, but hopefully cancelled their trip to Thailand).

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I didn’t land in the alpes. Yes! Snowy there… But I did land here.

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My plan were to travel to all different places than Nice. By train. There is a train strike. Still. They say it will last. Will be one of the longest in history.

I got fed up by this. Found I hadn’t eaten since 7 in the morning and went hunting for food. I walked a quarter by Nice, don’t know how many frikkin kilometers (6 maybe?) and found an Irish pub with tasteless hamburgers, poor wine and excellent service in English at the port.

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Meanwhile I read about the recommendations to only eat 500 g of red meat per week. Then I had some more wine and cigarettes.

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Took a walk back to hotel via supermarket for water and wine for 1,85 € per bottle.

The terrace is great, even tho this town is damn noisy. It even have washing machines! (? What the hell ?)

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I will soon probably have some pigeons shit on me, so it’s time to decide what to do this evening, maybe dinner as a dessert after lunch?

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