Culinary & Cultural Tales

Dispatches From La Riviere –
The Mediterranean Arc From Spain To France To Italy

We're Paris travel experts, and we share our love of the city – and what to do while you're here – at our online travel resource, Paris Insiders Guide. But, we also love the ambience and the culinary cultures of the rest of France and of its two Mediterranean neighbours, Italy & Spain.

In this collection of tales we share our excitement, our adventures, and our discoveries. 

Allons-y !  Let's go!

– Diane & Mark


Seaside Sunday Lunch in Málaga

The fact that it was Sunday didn't set off any alarms for us, even though we know, love, and even write about the tradition of Sunday...

On Roman Restaurants

We had a lively response from our readers following our misadventures at Osteria Fernanda. • Tom from The Cotswolds wrote – "TripAdvisor...

The Forty-Dollar Comb

If there's a Siberia in Rome, we were in it. Our young and enthusiastic guide on a food tour had enthusiastically recommended Osteria Fern..

Starshine on Gigondas

He got the call on a Saturday at 11:45 AM, just when noon service at L'Oustalet was about to begin. Chefs across France had their fingers...

Two Restaurants and a Funeral

The bell in the clock tower chimed twelve times. "S'il vous plaît, nous allons observer une minute de silence, suivie par La Marseillaise."

The Two Best Things About Sète

Here are the two best things about Sète, a French port town on the Mediterranean : The Marcel, with chef Fabien Fage at the helm, earning...

Two Weddings and a Cave

There are caves near the Basque town of Sare. We came, we saw... then we went for lunch. Arranging lunch in the French provinces is tricky..

In the City of Memories

Beginnings and endings, light and shadows, highlights and depths, fond memories and final journeys. Paris is that sort of city –...

Gigondas Sur Table

Imagine this... 42 producers of the best wines of Gigondas. 6 top regional chefs, including 2 with Michelin stars, cooking and serving food