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chez moi
If you are looking for no-fuss, yet delicious food and friendly service, well look no further than the recently opened Chez Moi in Nice.

Located on rue Paganini, a few blocks from the busy avenue Jean Médecin and directly opposite Théatre de la Cité, this neighbourhood restaurant is fast becoming a favorite for those looking to spend a relaxed and convivial evening out.

« Chez Moi » means “at home” in French and this is exactly how the two owners, author/actor Roland Bijaoui and former cop turned film director and screenwriter Olivier Marchal – 36 Quai des Orfèvres (Department 36), crime drama television serie Braquo – want you to feel like when you step into their restaurant. Concerned about your enjoyment and satisfaction, they treat you like guests rather than customers.

The place is decorated with mismatched but neatly thought-out furniture, flea market finds and paintings from local artists. The price is also very reasonable, with set menus for both lunch and dinner at €15 that includes an appetizer, a main course and a dessert, with very adequately sized portions. The menu may be minimalist, but it changes every day, featuring fresh flavorful dishes.

The vegetable semolina and the sardine rillettes for starters and the black blood sausages and risotto as main courses are just some of the most popular dishes, while the apricot tart and the chocolate mousse for desert are just to die for. If you are allergic to something or if you have special dietary requirements, just tell the waiters and they will find an adequate alternative for you.

The place only opened five months ago but is already expanding. Within the coming weeks, 15 new place settings will be added and to celebrate this, the owners are planning a big inauguration that will include some of their famous actor friends. Gérard Lanvin, Béatrice Dalle and even Gérard Depardieu with whom Marchal worked, are rumoured to be attending.

In the meantime, you can always check what all the buzz is about for yourself, and if you happen to pass by Chez Moi of a Sunday, don’t hesitate to pop in if you see the door open. Even though the restaurant is supposed to be closed that day, the owners like nothing better than to throw a little party every so often, where everybody is invited for free food and drink.

Chez Moi
2, rue Paganini
06000 Nice

Tel: 06 79 31 16 02 (mobile)



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The Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image in Nice presents a retrospective of the most famous works of photographer Steve McCurry.

His haunting portrait of an Afghan girl in a red veil, first published as the cover of the National Geographic’s June 1985 issue, is probably one of the most famous pictures of our times. Yet, it is just one among many in a career that spans over 30 years, countless countries and numerous conflicts, and the exhibition currently running in Nice serves to celebrate this legendary photographer,

The exhibit, Steve McCurry Rétrospective, features 127 powerful photos that have in common their focus on the human condition and take you from Peshawar to Tibet, and from Japan after the Tsunami, to New York in the aftermath of September 11. Portraits of refugeessoldierspilgrims and farmers are displayed alongside images of busy city streets, incredibly varied landscapes or scenes of daily life. In addition, new photographs taken during his recent trips to India and Tibet as well as a 52 minute documentary – Search for the Afghan Girl – are also being presented.

Universally recognized as one of today’s finest image-makers, Steve McCurry was born in a suburb of Philadelphiaand graduated cum laude from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After a stint at a newspaper for two years, he decided to work freelance and to embark on a long journey that would take him to some of the world’s most troubled spots to capture the soul of the people he immortalized with his camera.

It is him who brought to the world the first images of the war in Afghanistan, after crossing the border disguised as a local with rolls of film sown into his clothes. His famed picture of Sharbat Gula, the Afghan refugee, won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad Showing Courage and Enterprise, the first of many prestigious awards.

A member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry has published many books, including Portraits (1999) and A Tibetan Pilgrimage (2003) and his work has been shared in magazines and newspapers over the world over.

The Steve McCurry Rétrospective runs until 21st September 2014 at the Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image in Nice. It is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm, and admission is free.


Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image
27, Boulevard Dubouchage
06000 Nice

Tel: 04 97 13 42 20