Inhabit- London

On a recent 27 hour trip to London, I opted for ease of everything, paired with a desperate need to be in the city. (My usual LHR Sofitel had been turned into a government quarantine hotel…wheee…). So, it was time for something, or rather to “Inhabit” something new. My friend also booked and we met…

Izizi- Portixol

The Portixol area of Palma de Mallorca was absolutely a delight. Imagine a bike path rounding small inlets from the sea where families congregated, children splashed, and adults sunbathed (topless). Behind the seaside path was a strip of restaurants and bars, the most inviting was a large terraced one called Izizi. Truly, this neighborhood was…

Fins Tapas & Cocktails

Finsssss to the left! Finssss to the right! I ate at Fins on both of my solo travel nights! Not sure if my travel bud and I were just kind of sick of each other or were feeling different styles while together, but we spent two nights on our own, which, honestly, was perfect for…

Plan B- La Palma

On the very first day of our La Palma travel, we stumbled into Plan B, straight off of the beach, opting for small “snacks” that turned out to be patas bravas and a very potato-heavy Spanish tortilla. Potatoes we had covered! It was heavy, but so nice that we opted to return for dinner… during…

L’ambigu- La Palma de Mallorca

For our afternoon in the old town of Palma de Mallorca, we visited countless churches and found ourselves blissfully lost, leisurely exploring colorful street after colorful street. This place was an absolute dream….but, all the heat and walking came with an appetite. We came across many overly touristy restaurants with photo card menus, but I…

Hotel HM Alma- Palma de Mallorca

We booked a trip to Mallorca three days before departing. We need a break and the cheapest beach flight that we could find would lead us to Palma de Mallorca and Hotel HM Alma. Only a 10 minute bus ride from the airport, the hotel was more than convenient and situated between two tranquil bays….

Birthday Blondies

Was it anyone’s birthday? Well aside from my entire family… no, not in Switzerland. I must have been getting hungry seeing all the gorgeous cakes flying about the Instagram of all of the Leo’s that I know! Realizing I’d shipped some good ole US cake mixes earlier this year, I knew what I had to…

Noura- Paris

After walking over ten miles one day we found ourselves hungry and tired, not in the mood to change for dinner or land a proper meal. So we found ourselves at Noura midway through our walk home. The idea of small plates sounded perfect and when we saw there was an outpost in the south…

TGV to Paris

Ah Paris…. is there anything in this world much better? Even the train ride looked kind of glamorous. A quick customs clear on platform 8 in Geneva, and three hours later voila! I took a first class ticket on the way there and a regular on the return. I’d recommend the splurge of a few…

Restaurant Nolinski

For our last night in Paris, we opted to schmance it up a little, get dressed, and go to a nice dinner at Hotel & Restaurant Nolinski. We started at the bar for an apero hour that I’d expected to be all sexy and mysterious glamour, but it was mostly people (not pictured) ending their…

Popelini

There’s a new (to me) must-have treat in Paris- Popelini! Golf-ball sized confections of choux pastry and cream with a wee extra sugary disk on top. I ran into them on IG and knew I had to test drive and damn, did they ever deliver. Salted caramel was my game but of course it was…

Grands Boulevards Restaurant

Upon checking into the Hotel des Grands Boulevards, I quickly had to pop on a phone call, so I pre-booked a lunch at the hotel restaurant and shared with them my time crunch. The waiter was more than friendly and accommodating, despite my single top and a bustling restaurant. The restaurant is a gorgeous greenhouse…

Hotel des Grands Boulevards

Hotel des Grands Boulevards did not disappoint and looked exactly as it did in photos. Green, garden themed and hued hotel in the center of the shopping area- brilliant. The lobby looked like something out of a Wes Anderson film with it’s vintage inspired lighting and old-timey key situation. The lobby was more of garden…

Bel Ami- Nyon

A few friends and I hit up the Cafe Bel Ami in a most random location in Nyon. The restaurant featured an extensive patio chock full of lemon trees and a menu that was an interesting mix of Peruvian, American, and a little Tex Mex. The three of us being all American were here for…

Super Model Project: Pan Seared Fish with Herby Browned Butter

In French you’d describe that you’d like 180 grams of sea bass as one hundred and four times twenty. You can imagine my poissoinnier just couldn’t imagine what one hundred and twenty times four was. So, I showed him my calculator instead. He responded in some local numerical dialect that I had to ask my…

Super Model Project: Asian Pear & Avocado Salad

All I can say is that I have no excuses. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make this salad. It is so simple, but the perfect mix of sweet, savory, crunchy, creamy. All the things. The dressing sounds like a weird combo of ingredients, but is truly next level. Don’t make…

Pizza Vino- Geneva

One sunny day of recent, I’d spent 5-6 miles traipsing around Geneva to the point where I officially had a sandals suntan. Naturally, I’d worked up an appetite. Rather than Google what’s best in the area (and there are tons of options in the neighborhood of Carouge) I opted for what looked good on a…

Bar Mumbai- Nyon

Ah, the much loved Bar Mumbai of Nyon. After explaining to my friend from Mumbai, that yes this really was the name of the bar, she insisted we go immediately. Can take the girl out of Mumbai, but you can’t take Mumbai out of the girl. Funny to see a packed Indian resto in the…

Restaurant Octopus- Geneva

Remember that time I dined at Restaurant Octopus in Geneva? It felt like yesterday…well, it nearly was! That’s how I had octopuses so near and dear to my mind when I answered a trivia question from Geneva Buy Club regarding which restaurant’s signature dish was….octopus. I answered brilliantly with Restaurant Octopus and much to my…

Le Mirador

My spontaneous night away to Le Mirador hotel, just above Chardonne, ended up being an absolutely delightful decision. After arriving to the train station in Vevey, I had lunch by the water, then took the Vevey Funicular to the top of Mont Pelerin. It was shockingly steep as train routes go. The entrance to the…

Le Patio- Chardonne

I decided to receive my vaccines in the most glamorous way offered in Switzerland, along the Montreux Riviera. Ok, this also gave me access to them a few weeks earlier than the area around my home, but just pretend that the glam factor played a large part in it, because it brought me to the…

Rainbow Salad

Happy Pride All! Need a rainbow inspiration for the last weekend of prideful June? Here’s a delicious idea that’s really not much of a recipe, but made for a week of excellent meals as well as a nice Sunday lunch. Rainbow Salad Butter or romaine lettuce base, lightly tossed in Ina’s Greek dressing Diced tomatoes…

Peach Parfait

Last weekend I hosted a small brunch on a whim and invented this adorable dessert with what I had in the fridge. Flat peach parfaits it would be. Make sure you try the flat or “plat” as they say here peaches this summer. Definitely a new favorite for me. Peach Parfaits Serves 2 1/2 package…

Half Year Reset

The tail end of 2020 brought quite a few changes to my life and I couldn’t imagine a better book to unknowingly help me through the chaos than “Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice form the Best in the World” from Tim Ferriss. I always gobble up Tim’s content with a fervor, but this book…

Octopus Restaurant- Geneva

A few days ago was the birthday of my dear friend. We met in Geneva for a leisurely, ‘ladies who lunch’ at the Octopus Restaurant near Champel. This meal had quite the build up for us as we were supposed to enjoy this restaurant back in October, but then her husband had Covid and then…

Coconut Curry Sauce for Scallops

Here’s a super simple scallop drizzle with ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. Coconut milk, curry powder, and Siracha. That’s it! Dial the combo that way that feels right for you. In my example here, I was working with reduced fat coconut milk, which made things quite thin. Opt for the full deal…

Bearnaise Sauce

In the month of May, I made a lot of salads, went on vaca, then made a bunch more salads. I was hungry for a steak. A steakhouse steak. What’s the difference? Bearnaise. While I’d never made the sauce before, it was deceptively simple and really stepped up the meal. Excellent with both steak and…

Relais Castello di Morcote

The final leg of my trip to Ticino was to be four nights at the gorgeous Relais Castello di Morcote. It did not happen and I feel so strange about it. I have never cut a trip short. Ever. So, to do so at a gorgeous hotel for the part of a trip that I…

Castello Scheeloss Restaurant – Ascona

After ambling the streets of Ascona for nearly a week, I’d noted some restaurants to investigate further. On my final night, I wanted to go off-campus of the gorgeous Hotel Eden Roc and enjoy something a little more casual. Note: with a number of restaurants still not seating outside guests inside, restaurants closed random days…

Swiss Miss: Ascona

Ascona, what an absolute gem of the Ticino region! This postcard pleasant town is conveniently located adjacent to the transportation-heavy Locarno, but with far more charm, so it’s an excellent jumping off point for the region or hikes originating from Locarno. You feel like you are walking the streets lakeside in Italy, but with all…

Marina Restaurant – Ascona

Marina, along with the Eden Roc Hotel, look like they were transplanted from South Beach to Ascona. An absolute time trap, in the most beautiful way. Just look… The menu was posted on a surfboard outside of the placid lake. The inside of the restaurant was absolutely stunning. Pure beach vibes, though the restaurant totes…

La Brezza – Ascona

La Brezza, what an absolutely joyful meal. I can’t imagine a better experience coming out of quarantine and back into the world of fine dining and indoors no less. While the clientele of Eden Roc was a bit older and serious (that’s Ms. Fluffy Scrunchy pictured below), the Michelin one-starred La Brezza, was an absolute…

Hotel Eden Roc – Ascona

After three nights at the very cute and clean Seven Boutique Hotel, I was going to upgrade a wee bit to the Hotel Eden Roc at the other end of Ascona. Thank you Hotels.com for letting me cash in some free nights here because this place was absolute heaven. The property was STUNNING. Meticulous gardens…

Swiss Miss: Valle Verzasca

After eating your pizza at the Lido Campground, walk just another 10 minutes to Tenero. From there, you can see the very small town, but also catch the bus to Valle Verzasca. You’ll pass that famous dam from Goldeneye that seems to be on a lot of Ticino to-see lists. View it from the bus…

Camping Lido Restaurant – Muralto

Does it seem like this vacation is nothing but long walks and eating pizza? It was. This one was a favorite too. At the end of my long stroll from Locarno to Muralto, I was desperate for some lunch. Trusty Google maps told me that I had a choice of a few restos up ahead…

Swiss Miss: Locarno to Muralto

For all the research that I did for this trip, months in advance, Locarno to Muralto caught me by absolutely delightful surprize. I’d scoured the interwebs and the Pinterest for some good hike ideas originating in Ascona and at one point ran out of ideas. So, I hit up my hotel concierge with my query….

Osteria Tommy & Ketty- Ascona

Ah, Tommy and Ketty, I just love your names. I appreciate your responding to me that I couldn’t dine with you over the holiday weekend as you were full, which made me that much more determined to do so- so I did. Your pizzas get a lot love online and I just had to know…

Agape- Lugano

Agape was my target for a delightfully indulgent lunch while touring Lugano. I’d lucked out and arranged it perfectly, as just after departing my leisurely meal, the skies opened and a persistent thunderstorm plagued the town. The Agape courtyard was idyllic and perfect for a non-thunderstorm meal. The purple crystal rabbit (my waiter said elephant)…

Swiss Miss: Isole di Brissago

The boat trip is lovely and make sure you allot about 45 minutes for a leisurely stroll around the island. Better yet, book yourself a lunch here and enjoy the views.

Swiss Miss- Ronca

After a Google of hikes originating from Ascona, a TripAdvisor review sold me on a walk to Ronca. I’d gone to bed early in anticipation of a two hour hike prior to checking out of my hotel. My timing was great, but it took me nearly 30 minutes, if not longer, to find the dang…

Osteria Chiara – Muralto

Thursday was the Ascension holiday, so I was quite glad to have made a reservation in advance. The menu and reviews at Osteria Chiara looked delightful. I was seated right on time, and with a prime table overlooking the lake. The lunch menu was quite limited. I’d walked 7 miles and was excited for a…

Seven Boutique Hotel – Ascona

Seven Boutique Hotel- what a little gem, you are. Thanks for being so easy, clean, and inexpensive. You have bars and restos all over town where I could eat inside (Merci!) and were just a darling find in an excellent, central location in Ascona. The hotel is set among a handful of old houses in…

Seven Restaurant- Ascona

Vacation! After Covid! After launching a Covid product! After moving to Europe! During a pandemic! I’m exhausted and so grateful to be here in picturesque, Ascona. I couldn’t be fussed with Covid tests, monitoring border restrictions and the like, so I decided to explore my new home instead, just crossing my fingers I could still…

Hot Greek Salad

Everyone has been baking together feta and tomatoes during quarantine and while I still haven’t tried that, I have invented a hot Greek salad that’s quite nice. It feels healthy, so maybe it will even bring you a hot Greek? Yet to be seen…. It’s a great way to use up veggies in your fridge,…

L’Atelier in Lavaux

L’Atelier, the only restaurant I could dine in this quarter thanks to my last minute hotel stay at Hotel Lavaux. The restaurant was very well spaced for the pandemic and the entire wall of open windows ensured that guests got plenty of circulated air if not able to dine on the terrace. I was surprised…