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How to bring the Côte du Soleil feeling home

We're all wanting the lockdown to end so we can get away, but for now, we've got top tips here on how to bring the French Riviera summer feeling home.

Isol­a­tion seems to be last­ing forever, and while it’s import­ant that we fol­low the rules, I think we can all agree that being stuck at home is bor­ing! The recently launched Côte du Soleil’ eye­wear col­lec­tion is inspired by the clas­sic life­style and aes­thet­ics of south­ern France in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Learn more about the icon­ic style while spot­ting our new favor­ite pair of glasses. We’ve got all the top tips on how to bring the Cote du Soleil feel­ing home.

Setting the Scene

Bring­ing the Cote du Soleil feel­ing home is easi­er than it sounds! We’ve got gen­er­al tips on how you can cre­ate that hol­i­day feel­ing, but we did­n’t stop there. 

We’ve got some great dec­or­a­tion tips for your home, as well as the best drinks & recipes. We’ve got lists of films that the whole fam­ily can enjoy and we’ve put togeth­er a per­fect playl­ist to prop­erly set the scene in the com­fort of your own home.

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Classic food recipes

Ratatouille

Think clas­sic south­ern French foods and the first thing that should spring to mind is their fam­ous Rata­touille dish! You don’t have to have per­fect chef skills to pull off a great Rata­touille either. In fact, it’s a very simple dish to make.

Ingredients List

You’ll need the following:

  • 5 red capsicum
  • 4 cloves of gar­lic (sliced thinly)
  • Olive oil (70 ml)
  • 1 onion (chopped finely)
  • Pas­sata (1 litre)
  • 2 egg­plants (sliced)
  • Green zuc­chini (400 g, sliced)
  • 8 fil­lets of anchovy (sliced thinly)
  • 6 roma toma­toes (sliced)
  • 2 table­spoons of thyme leaves (fresh)
  • Gruyère (100 g, sliced thinly)
  • Fresh and fine bread­crumbs (140 g)
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How to:

You’ll be eat­ing this deli­cious clas­sic meal in no time by fol­low­ing these simple steps:

  1. Pre­heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Roast cap­sic­um in a roast­ing pan with two table­spoons of olive oil until the skin has blistered. This should take 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Trans­fer them into a bowl and cov­er it with some plastic wrap. Leave to cool. 
  4. Once cooled, peel the cap­sic­um and remove the seeds. 
  5. Dis­card the peel and seeds and then slice the remain­ing cap­sic­um thinly. Set them aside for later.
  6. Take a sauce­pan and add two table­spoons of oil. Add the gar­lic and onion and heat for five minutes until they’ve softened.
  7. Add the pas­sata and then sim­mer for an addi­tion­al five minutes.
  8. Sprinkle salt and pep­per to taste then remove the pan from the heat.
  9. Pour into a deep bak­ing dish, ensur­ing it cov­ers the base of the pan evenly.
  10. Lay­er egg­plant slices over the base, ensur­ing they over­lap slightly. Add salt and pep­per to taste. 
  11. Repeat step 10 with both the zuc­chini and the roas­ted capsicum.
  12. Lay­er anchovies.
  13. Add the roma toma­toes as the last veget­able layer.
  14. Place bread­crumbs, thyme and Gruyère into a bowl and mix togeth­er. Add season­ing to taste, then lay­er the mix­ture on top of the veget­ables. Drizzle the dish with the olive oil you have left over.
  15. Bake for approx­im­ately one hour, until the veget­ables are soft and the top crust is crunchy and golden. 


Serve with a salad and a glass of dry Provençal rosé wine.

Oth­er deli­cious dishes of South France that you should try include the following:

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Duck Confit

The Duck Con­fit dish com­prises pan-fried duck breast, served with a green bean and beet­root salad. It’s a nice, light dish that can be served as a starter or for lunch. You could also double the quant­ity if you fancy hav­ing it as din­ner one evening.

Swordfish Provençal

An unusu­al but fant­ast­ic­ally French dish is the Sword­fish Provençal, which com­bines shal­lot, olives, toma­toes, anchovies and sword­fish togeth­er for an out­stand­ing meal. The sword­fish can be sub­sti­tuted with tre­valla or tuna if you prefer. Accom­pany it with a bit­ter side salad for a per­fect balance.

Creating your own cocktails

We all know that the French are the cre­at­ors of some of the best wines in the world; how­ever, you may not have known that they’re also fam­ous for a num­ber of cock­tails, too. So if wine isn’t your thing, we’ve got a list of some refresh­ing French-inspired cock­tails that you can mix up at home and enjoy sip­ping in the garden while you work on your tan.

The French Connection

A simple yet sat­is­fy­ing drink that is named after France itself, is the French Con­nec­tion. It con­sists of equally mix­ing two drinks togeth­er: amar­etto and cognac (3.5 cl of each ingredi­ent). Both drinks are eas­ily avail­able at your loc­al super­mar­ket, so you can add them to your next shop­ping list.

Pour the mixed drink over ice and enjoy. It is recom­men­ded to use either Hen­nes­sey, Cour­vois­i­er or Camus as cognac.

The French 75

A refresh­ing cock­tail that will go down a treat on a hot sum­mer­’s day is the French 75. Mix gin, lem­on juice and sug­ar syr­up togeth­er and strain the mix­ture into a glass over ice. Top with cham­pagne and a slice of lem­on for a yummy, bit­ter­sweet bal­anced drink (3 cl Gin, 1,5 cl lem­on juice, 2 dashes of sug­ar syr­up and 6 cl of champagne).

Blue Lagoon

How many times have you ordered a Blue Lagoon on a night out at your loc­al cock­tail bar? Did you know that it was cre­ated in France, back in 1972

The col­or­ful con­coc­tion is made by mix­ing blue caraçao, lem­on­ade and vodka togeth­er and then is poured into a high­ball ball glass over a small moun­tain of ice (5 cl vodka, 2 cl blue caraçao, 10 cl lem­on­ade and 1 slice of orange). Its eye-catch­ing bright blue col­or is what really stands out with this cock­tail, and is a favor­ite among many. It’s easy to make at home, so you can enjoy the French clas­sic too.

There are lots of oth­er French cock­tails that you can try at home too, so you can bring that Cote du Soleil feel­ing straight to your kitchen.

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Keep on moving to music

You’ve got the food, you’ve got the drinks, and now it’s time to set the scene with the per­fect playl­ist so that you can really get that South­ern French feel­ing hap­pen­ing at home. 

We’ve put togeth­er a playl­ist of the best clas­sic and twis­ted mod­ern songs that’ll make you feel like you’re sit­ting along the south­ern coast itself, and you won’t even need to leave the house.

The Playlist

We had a lot of fun put­ting this playl­ist togeth­er for you, and we think you’ll get equal amounts of fun from listen­ing to it.

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Finishing with movies

After a long day, what bet­ter way to fin­ish it than with a pack­et of pop­corn on the sofa and a film on the TV. Con­tinu­ing the theme and help­ing you to bring the Cote du Soleil feel­ing home, we’ve got a list of films that we think you’ll enjoy watch­ing that have all been set in the south of France too.

The movie list

1. La Pis­cine
This sum­mer­time drama about jeal­ousy and pos­sess­ive­ness from 1969 takes place on the Côte d’Azur. It was one of our inspir­a­tions and for the look of the Cote du Soleil col­lec­tion and also the inspir­a­tion­al source for the names of the glasses. A hom­mage to Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Maurice Ronet.

2. Plein Soleil
Anoth­er inspir­a­tion for our glasses and a crime thrill­er based on the nov­el The Tal­en­ted Mr. Ripley” by Patri­cia Highsmith. 

3. Nev­er Say Nev­er Again
A 1983 clas­sic action-packed Bond film, where James Bond finds him­self try­ing to save the world from cruise mis­siles being detonated. 

4. Under the Cherry Moon
A romantic music­al star­ring world­wide fam­ous sing­er Prince.

5. Price­less (Hors De Prix)
A romantic com­edy about a shy and quiet wait­ress who is mis­taken as a multi-mil­lion­aire businesswoman. 

6. Ron­in
This thrill­ing action movie sees an ex-US intel­li­gence officer on the search for a mys­ter­i­ous suit­case which is about to fall into the wrong hands.

7. Dirty Rot­ten Scoun­drels
A clas­sic com­edy where two crim­in­als are strug­gling to oper­ate in the same area and so make a bet to rob an heir­ess where the loser has to pack up and leave forever. 

8. French Kiss
A romantic com­edy which sees a thief fall­ing in love with his latest victim. 

9. Abso­lutely Fab­ulous (The Movie)
Edina and Patsy are at it again, this time escap­ing to France after being accused of killing top super­mod­el Kate Moss.

10. Grace of Monaco
The true story of Prin­cess Grace Kelly who is faced with a polit­ic­al dilemma between France and Monaco. 

Try them out

We can’t bring the Côte d’Azur home to you, but we can show you, how it would feel like. Try our Cote du Soleil AR-Face­fil­ter and see how Romy, Alain and Maurice suit you.
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