I recall a wonderful lunch of Bresse chicken, white asparagus and strawberries at Troigros in Roanne, France, a restaurant with the top rating of three Michelin stars, as I mentioned in a previous post. A friend also introduced me to three great dishes I have continued to enjoy to this day: a salade Nicoise I ordered at an outdoor cafe near the Monte Carlo Casino; mussels mariner-style (moules mariniere), made with white wine and garlic; and pasta with pesto, which we had at a seaside place in Nice.
In those days, after the race, Princess Grace feted the drivers with a banquet at the Hotel de Paris. I saw her that evening through the broad plate-glass window of the hotel and thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Then a Mercedes roadster pulled up and the actor David Niven, in a white dinner jacket, got out and walked up the steps to the hotel's front door.