Olives, Olives, Olives in Nice, France

by Maggie Battista on August 23, 2008

in France, Vegetables

Olives are in my top 10 of favorite foods. A great snack food, olives often get packed in little containers for my mid-afternoon fuel break. I serve them anytime, as a starter, in a salad, in a Spicy Sicilian Chicken dish, in tuna or chicken salad sandwiches, whenever a little extra salt is needed. (In those cases, I always omit the seasoning salt part of the dish.)

While I serve them at dinner parties, olives don’t make it into my dinner time menu on a regular week night. My husband cannot stand them. He’s been plagued with memories of canned black pitted olives since childhood and can’t get past their salty but bland taste. I’ve tried and tried to curtail his disgust, with no luck.

No worries! A few days in Nice celebrated (and on some level tired me) of my olive habit. I’m sure I just need a break for a few weeks. I’ll be back to it in no time. Until then, some photos from the Nice and Antibes markets.

Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.


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  • Bobby

    Hi Maggie!
    I just subscribed to your website, as it’s becoming a
    daily haunt of mine :) These photos of the olives in
    Nice are great- I wish I could have been there with you
    and our friend Lise. Things are great in Chicago- not
    sure if Lise told you but we moved here earlier this
    summer. What an epicurian city!!! If you’d ever like
    visit, you have an open invitation to our cute little
    guest room. Maybe if you’re really nice to him, my
    partner Will, will make you his famous savory Olive Cake.
    Take good care,
    ~bob

  • lisa

    hi maggie

    I am in nice now and love olives! Where in nice can I get some of these olives?

    Thanks!

    Lisa

  • Maggie

    Saturday morning, the old town area where they have the produce markets! So fun and colorful.

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