Big foot


I have big feet, I do! They are long, they are wide, and quite high as well…

It’s very difficult to find nice flat sandals to fit my shape, so I don’t like too much shopping for this type of shoes! 

I love heels, but it’s not always the best choice when you know you are going to do a lot of walking!

I only brought with my my flat adidas, they are closed and more fit for something else…

So I decide to go look for something more elegant! 

It sure is a pain in many ways!

I want these petit flats with tiny straps, but the side of my foot will scratch the ground, because they don’t make these type of shoes for big foot….And like always I end up with flip flops!

I had to try them on in the shop. Bringin my right big foot out of the dark from within a sweaty adidas was not a pretty sight! 

I was discusted and withdrawn it very fast and said fine, I’ll take them, in French…

I went straight to a nail saloon I have passed like 100 times alway thinking I should go and get a treatment!

I went right in and yelled: «Pedicure s’il vous plaît»

They took me in, sat me down and started to work on my very big and tired feet! 

And just to give you an idea of how I felt….have you ever seen Dumb Dumber from 1995?

MOOSE IN THE HOOSE

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Moose on the riviera is highly unlikely, but when you are on a budget and have access to unlimited supplies, you gotta give it a try!

I defrosted a big 1,7kg moos piece, on monday! Svein Erik prioritized his luggage to contain 15 kg moos meat the last time he flew from Norway…

So this week we have had elk burgers, elk soup, elk casserole, elk steaks, elk stew, elk snadder…with more or less success! Elk can be very chewy, to be honest!

I cut off some quality pieces and put them in a marinade. I hope they have gone smooth and tender by now. I will make lunch out of them to day – Friday ELK BEEF – yummi…!

They have been soaking in my herb and oil mixture since tuesday and should have absorbed all the good spices by now!

So now I’ll go ahead and fry them in my pan!

To be continued…

…the elk steacklets were totally amazing, so juicy and soft! We enjoyed them together with a bottle of Amarone on friday! It’s been a quiet and relaxing weekend!

TIPS! Rosemary really puts a nice taste to elk meat!

 

BARCELONA BARCELONA

Champagne and Candy, like hand in the glow…;)

To morrow I think I will fly to Barcelona!

OH-NO. I have already booked a flight for Barcelona…To morrow I will meet up with some norwegian friends of mine.

I can’t wait!

My flight is at 11:50. From Nice it only takes one hour to get to Barcelona. And what more is great, I only paid 100 EURO for the ticket!!! Then there is more left so I can enjoy more good food and drink very good wine!!!

MUCHO GRACIAS! UNA CERVEZA POR FAVOR!

I will take lots of pictures!!

Anyone have any places to recommend???

We have booked table at Xaloc for lunch on saturday. Tapas heaven I’ve heard. Anyways gotta go and pack!

❤ ❤ BESOS ❤ ❤

FLYNONSTOP! FINALLY !!!!!

This is a day of joy!

Thank you Espen Hennig Olsen for making this happen!!! Finally!!! I’m so happy I could FLY! And I’m for sure going to Flynonstop!

Now it will be so much easier to travle, to discover more places and explore from Kristiansand to London, Berlin, Parma, Dubrovnik, Barcelona, Paris and….

….welcome to Nice, I just say!

Her on the french riviera you have everything you need all year round! You have the beach, sun and fun in the summer. The alps full of snow and glow in the winter. And you always have history, culture, nice villages, museums, art, architecture, good food and wine, beautiful scenary and nature. It’s all here and more!

So get get your flight ticket from FLYNONSTOP and get your ass moving, right NOW! 

To day I have been a little trip to Nice and Valbonne!

COTIGNAC & CORRENS

Just before the rain started to hammer down we had a nice visit to Cotignac and Correns. Cotignac is a little cosy village in the inland of provence. We used 1 hour and 15 minutes  from Antibes to get there.

We thought we’d better check it out! Becourse our friend Sissa, running «Provence Reiser», have her food and wine courses and the painting and art classes here in these, as it turns out, beautiful surroundings.

After walking the streets and shooting some pictures we had a pizza. Then we decided to drive through Correns as well. This is the next village and the place where Angelina and Brad has bought a Château with a wine yard called Miraval. Here «they» produce a rosé named «Pink Floyd»

Did not find the Château and did not see the americans. But it seemed to be a nice place…As it happend we were in a bit of a hurry to meet our friends, Anette and Christian down in St. Rapaël. So we rushed off!

Here is the photo catch of the day :-)

 

PUMPKIN

«Good morning, my sweet pumpkin pies!», it is soon halloween and pumpkin time!

Pumpkin have turnd up in a few dishes I have had lately. First time was at Kick Mat & Malt, just before we left for France in August. They served it with roasted lamb. I relly enjoyed that.

The other day I also got pumkin in a cours I ordered, and I think it tastes so good. It has a soft and mild taste.

At the harvest festival at school, the only thing that was missing infront of all the food the parents had brought to help out an elderly home in Nice, was a big pumpkin! I’m sure you can feed a lot of people for days on one big pumpkin, hehe

There are a lot of different dishes, soups, mashes, purés and cakes to be made from this nutritius fellow.

Yesterday at the supermarked I spotted pumpkin slices for sale. So I bought a slice just to try and see what I could make out of it! It was very chaep, too :-)

I made a dish in the oven with potatoes, garlic, red pepper, herbs like rosmarine, oregano, timian and of course Mr. Pumpkin and lot of olive oil form O&Co,  a little bit of salt! It turned out super delicious together with roasted chicken!

So this morning I read som nutrition facts. They are loaded with healthy vitamines and minerales. So go get your pumkin for halloween, and use the inside of the fruit/vegetable, I’m not sure what it is…a cross maybe? ..to make something good.

Recipes and nutrition facts:

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/pumpkin.htm

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin.html

 

Just thougt I wanted to share! Have wonderful sunday everyone!

Love from me ❤

 

LA PETITE MAISON

After the wonderful evening on thursday I woke up friday morning with a sore troth. And during the day I had to admit that I had caught a cold of some sort. Because my nose was totally blocked followed by the typical fever and a heavy head!

On saturday the cold had really caught me and I was thinking of not going to the dinner party we had prepared for later that evening. All was arranged with the children. A nanny would come and look after the boys.

I was a bit late to sign up for the dinner so when I contacted Linda she said it was full at their table. We called to hear if another table was available, but they were fully booked at La Petite Maison for saturday evening!

At that point I was considering staying home, but the boys was really looking forward to see us go and to meet the nanny, a 20 year old local girl called Elisa. So we decided to go to Nice anyway, even though I was not well.

Then Linda called me! The NYC gang would not make it for dinner so we could come instead and have their places! Then I just pulled all my energy together, snorted my nose, threw in some painkillers and said let’s GO!

And I do not regret going. The food was amazing and the Love Art Crew was all about giving their guests a good time!

Linda told me that the lady who runs the place is some character. Nicole, a real impulsive woman who loves a little bit of noise in the restaurant.

This evening it was very lively, at one table they were singing opera and the next thing you know is the house band working their way around playing salsa and lambada. The ambience was wonderful, everybody, the whole restaurant, were in a good mood!

We got food from heaven, I think! It was all so tasteful. And the best thing about it all:

WE SHARED ALL THE DISHES!

So «Constanca», my nick name when we are eating out, got to try all the food. I was so full at the end that I though I might burst, but I didn’t…

As our friends from Love Art and Cap d’Ail went in the Monaco direction, we stood a bit lost wondering weather to go home or not! Than Casper Christensen from Klovn suddenly stood right in front of us!

We got into a funny conversation with them and they asked us to join them for a beer at Wayne’s Bar! Said and done! But that is the Danish Dynamite story

Here are some pictures from the dinner party

 

ROLLING STONE

My mobile camera was burning hot as we left Mougins after a very pleasant lunch the other day.

Oups! I didn’t see the «no photo» sign until now….But I guess it is if you only shoot the art! I’m making a documentary here! Must bee all right!

 

Since saturday we have been like nomades traveling around…Before we decides to move to south of France we rented our apartment out for a week in september.We could have canceled them, but at the moment we thought it would be all right taking a week somewhere else and discover new places for instance…and we sure did!

Having known this for such a long time we could have booked way back in advanced, but, hey, did we…? No, two days before we booked at a cheap family resort in Cannes La Bocca. I mean the price should have alarmed us, but sometimes money talks and you get blinded by how much you can save and you compromises with quality. Not a good idea in most cases.

We arrived at Pierre & Vacances Beach Resort Cannes in La Bocca. At first it seemed all right, the reception was pretty nice. We checked in and took all our luggage to our room. And talking about luggage, how much do you need for a week when the plan is to lay by the pool or at the beach to relax….

We had a full car, me I had like one big bag, two medium, and one small bag  with stuff I most likely never will use during this week, plus my 27″ Mac and a TV set of 32″!

I came dressed for Cannes and the Croisette, but was quickly pulled down to La Bocca…what a shit hole. Just going to the Inter Marche, a supermarket, made me feel uncomfortable, it was so dirty and sketchy on the road and in the places we passed!

We got back to the room with our grocery bags with saturday goodies and thought we better make the best out of it. There was a TV set in the living room were Lucas and his new friend and sleep over guest, Alexander, rigged the playstation.

 

We put our TV in the bedroom to watch «Homeland»a new series we have started on! So exiting, just saying!!!!

I had already noticed the stench in the room. A stench of ammoniac and sewage. But I kept convincing my self that a few sprays of perfume and a good airing would make it disappear. Wishful thinking.

The toilet was terrible it smelled of pure piss. And I’m sure there was so much piss on and in the plastic CARPET that they would have to change the whole ting to get rid of it. I can just imagine how boys have been standing up and spraying around……

We made it through the night and early sunday morning we went jogging along the beach getting plenty of fresh air!

Our new friends, parents of Alexander (7) and Carmen (9), also norwegians, invited us to come with them on a boat exhibition in Cannes on sunday so we met them there at 11.

Then we spent the whole afternoon with them looking at yachts and having a marvelous time. We were not back in La Bocca until late. But nothing had changed it still smelled awful and the place just sucked. Though we had prepaid for 7 days we decided to get out of there!

Said and done!

Now we are at a wonderful spa hotel, La Lune de Mougins, just two minutes from the international school in Mougins. The atmosphere here is so nice and the staff is really friendly. They put us in «Suit 1″and the colors and the interior is inspiring and pleasant. Lucas and I were jumping up and down in the beds like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Being so happy!

There is a lesson here. If you don’t experience bad, you’ll never know good!

It is so important to be grateful of what you have and make the best of it, but it doesn’t mean that things can not get better:)

Anyway here we are, happy as pigs in shit…..

Lunch at Le Petit Fouet in the old town center of Mougins made me even more happy! It was a real treat both price-vice, taste-vice and surrounding-vice!

If you go to south of France I really recommend to visit Mougins and the Vieille Ville (Old Town)!

Here is my photo catch the last few days!

FOOD WRECK

Man has to eat!

This morning I woke up and decided to eat a box of sardines for breakfast. I don’t think I have ever eaten that before. Not as I can remember at least .

There were four fat buggers in the tin. I took out the bone and removed the skin and put it on some green salad together with some chèvre, brie, figs and walnut!

It was delicious, I ate it before I had time to take a picture, and that was a shame…but I will for sure have it again!!!

Now I understand why there are single shops only selling sardines and tuna!

Colorful tins with sardines
Tins with Tuna

Here are some of the dishes I have succeeded snap shooting :)

Have a faboulos saturday every one :-)

Norwegians talents

VALBONNE OR VALMAL VILLAGE…?

On sunday we decided to have lunch in lovely Valbonne. I thought it was a great idea as the town is really beautiful, Valbonne!

When we came, the marked square with restaurants, was packed with people! We got a table and ordered our food from the chef’s suggestions of the day in french!

I feel I understand what the food means pretty well so I went for the lamb chops, cuisse d’agneau, and Svein Erik ordered roast veal, veau rôti.

The food came and mine looked pretty all right , green salad and 3 small chops, nothing more. Svein Erik’s dish looked more «interesting» meat wise….I regret I did not take a picture of the meat, but I asked Svein Erik to make a description of what he was served and here it is:

«Speaking french obviosly has it’s advantages when living in France.On sunday I thought I ordered a nice piece of veal with mashed potatos, vegetables and most important; extra mustard sauce. You can imagine my dissapointment when I was served veal kidneys that looked like large haemorrhoids. Anyway being raised to eat what you are served and finish what’s on your plate, I pretended it tasted really good, although a bit raw and bloody for my taste. Well after 30 hours with my stomach doing hula hula loops around my ass whatever it was has finally left my body and I have learned the word for kidney in french is rognons, so the one writing veau rôti, did some serious miss spelling» – Svein Erik

And it reminds me of our first time in Valbonne, where I was serves a salad and when I was half done a large dead green beetle appeared on my plate….I showed the waiter and he just took my salad and removed the beetle and put it over on a smaller plate! But I was clearly done!

The village is totally Valbonne but the food can be Valmal!!!

But don’t let that put you off visiting!! Look at the photos from this sunday, and you can see for your self, it is well worth a visit!!!