Nice is one of the most gorgeous cities I’ve ever visited. During the day, the skies are amazingly clear, but come nightfall, you’re almost always guaranteed a spectacular cloud-dotted, pink-purple sunset. The sky is spectacular, but the ocean is just as mesmerizing: the Mediterranean Sea is some of the the clearest, bluest water you’ll ever see.
Walking along the Promenade des Anglais, you can hear the specific whooshing of the water running from the shore to the sea, the empty water splashing noise is caused by the water brushing against the millions of snow-white rocks that make up the shores. Nice is a city full of spectacular natural beauty, but when I think of Nice, I don’t just think of the gorgeous white pebbled beaches and water bluer than Crayola’s cerulean crayon. I think of the food: the mind-numblingly delicious Niciose Provençal food.
Mike and I had many, many delicious meals in Nice, but one of the most memorable things I ate was at Oliviera. Oliviera is where you can find a dizzying amount of varieties of locally pressed olive oil and a restaurant that showcases them.
Oliviera’s avocat loco was created when the owner of Oliviera visited California and tasted guacamole for the first time. He fell in love with it and when he went back home to Nice he created his own version with Granny Smith apples and olive oil, of course. Avocat loco is creamy, and chockfull of flavour thanks to the massive amounts of herbs. The finely diced apple adds a bit of sour-sweetness and crunch. This guacamole is so good you can eat it by the spoonful if you’re so inclined, or feel free to serve it with a batch of freshly made tortilla chips or on top of slice Granny Smiths.
Oliviera Avocat Loco Recipe adapted from oliviera.com
juice of one lime
2 tablespoons each of chervil, cilantro, green onions, parsley, finely chopped
1 Thai red chili, finely sliced
1/2 Granny Smith apple, finely diced
fleur de sel and pepper to taste
olive oil to finish
Use a fork to gently mash the avocados and mix in the lime juice and finely chopped herbs and chili. Add the apple and gently mix in. Taste and season accordingly. Finish with a drizzle of good olive oil and enjoy immediately.