Tarte au Citron

This desert is famous in Menton on the French Riviera, which is also known as ‘The City of Lemons’. Every year the colourful seaside town hosts a Lemon Festival with carnivals and exhibitions dedicated to the fruit, and it’s where

A classic French dessert: Tarte au citron

First popularised by the Roux brothers in the 1960s, this refreshing dessert is now considered a delicious French classic. We looks at the different versions available around France and put three shop-bought versions through their paces…

Chocolate truffles, made in France

Not only did the French introduce the rest of the world to Champagne (and, it follows, Marc de Champagne) but a little bit of research reveals that the chocolate truffle was, in fact, a French invention too.

French onion soup fit for a king

Gloriously rich and sweet, with just the right amount of acidity, French onion soup defies the modest reputation of its main ingredient. However, when the dish was invented, it was simply a case of the allium being in the right place at the right time…

Fabulous French macarons: origins and flavours

In spite of its diminutive size, the macaron has become one of the most famous pieces of French pâtisserie, and thanks to its never-ending reinvention, it remains the very height of fashion. We pick our favourite colours and flavours…

Office de Tourisme de Menton www.tourisme-menton.fr

IN PICTURES: Menton Lemon Festival 2015

Every year, the lovely seaside resort of Menton on the French Riviera goes citrus crazy as it celebrates the Fête du Citron. This year’s event, which had a Chinese theme, has just come to its extravagant conclusion – here are some highlights from the

Eiffel tour in Paris

Thoughts on Returning to Paris

While engaged in a conversation discussing the recent terrorist events in Paris, I was asked if I was going to move forward with my plans to visit France later this year. The question caught me slightly off guard. Of course

Nat and Nin Bags Ii got in Paris (2)

Surviving the Soldes

While Papa Noël, Father Christmas and Santa Claus enjoy a well-needed rest after quite a busy holiday season, an even livelier season is taking hold throughout France: the winter sales! Shop and boutique windows everywhere are displaying the word SOLDES!

Coffee culture in Paris

When I lived and worked in Paris, coffee was the one thing that continually frustrated me. How could a country which is famous for its food and wine, serve such bad coffee? Rachel Guernier investigates.

What’s on in and around Nice

Take your pick of cultural and sporting events held annually on the French Riviera. From Menton’s Lemon Festival in February to Saint-Paul’s Fête des Vendanges in October, there’s plenty to see and do all year round.

Visiting a spa in France – useful terms

Where else would you have to get to grips with wraps and peels, seaweed and hot stones than at a spa? The vocabulary associated with the various treatments can be fairly complicated in English, let alone French! So acquaint yourself with the terms in our glossary before you set off and relax…

Cookery Courses In France

Masterchef finalist, Jim Fisher, took his cutting-edge skills and enviable cheffing experience (such as cheffing for Rick Stein) to the rural Dordogne, where, with the help of his wife, Lucy, he has established a thriving cookery holiday business amongst their beautiful stone farm buildings at Bombel. Jim and Lucy invited me to join them and their guests for a week, so that I could find out exactly how the holidays work.