Friday, March 6, 2009

Day 3: Lemon festival in Menton


I've been fighting jetlag for the first time in my life since in France. Not fun when you should be sleeping and you've been tossing and turning for the past 7 hours. I'm hopeful it will get better as the days go by though.

We took advantage of what seems to have been our last day of somewhat warm and sunny weather by going to the city of Menton, right at the border of Italy, after Monaco. They were celebrating Le Festival Des Citrons (the lemon festival), in an array of thousands of lemons and oranges. Quite a sight!

We did not want to miss tasting some Mediterranean fish. We stumbled upon a wonderful little restaurant nestled in a tiny little square around a fountain. For a very decent 20 euro menu, I enjoyed a salad served with goat cheese, warm lemon and honey vinaigrette and balsamic reduction, grilled rascasse (scorpion fish) served with a tomato concasse and a fantastic ratatouille. The fish was out of this world -somewhat meaty, crispy skin. Divine! To top it all, I finished the meal with a perfect homemade lemon tart.

I have a feeling I'll be telling you about the raclette dish I will be enjoying tonight (perfect for snowy weather!) in my upcoming post...

3 comments:

Jodi said...

GORGEOUS! pic of the lemons made into a violin. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Hope the jet lag improves.

Mary said...

Wonderful pictures! I can't wait to here about the raclette. I have never been able to make it as I remember it - pity that.

Stephanie said...

I know that square! My husband & I spent two weeks in Menton for our honeymoon. Heavenly! Unfortunately, we did not get to see the lemon festival. It looks amazing. Hope you are enjoying your trip home!