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…

Swiss Miss: Epesses

The next day I woke up early in Cully and decided that I would walk the 1.5 hours to the funicular that would take me to my lunch in Vevey. Whelp, about 20 minutes in, I was greeted with a charming sign stating that ‘yeah we get that this is the most scenic road in…

Hotel Lavaux

You’re immediately greeted with a pretty, modern terrace, oddly situated on the main road. The lobby was extremely small and sparse, letting the terrace off to the side do the heavy lifting of coffee and croissants. My room was a single and was immaculate. Cozy bedding and blackout blinds made it excellent for sleeping. The…

Swiss Miss: Lavaux Region & Cully

This last week a few events had me thinking about how short life is and who knows what time looks like on the planet or even just in Switzerland. I needed to make the most of it. So, an impromtu weekend away to reflect and be in nature sounded perfect. OK, maybe there would be…

The Best Greek Salad- Ina’s of Course

This Greek Salad is one of my go to recipes- originating from Ina, of course. I’ve made it twice for meals I’ve hosted in the last two weeks, have been making it for years, and yet, I have never shared my version of it here for reference. Really, this is a crime. It is always…

Greek Chicken

Since Easter hams aren’t a thing in Switzerland, although ham itself seems to be everything…and I’ve never cooked lamb, the more traditional Easter brunch choice, I elected a fresh, terrace-friendly option- Greek Chicken based on a What’s Gaby Cooking recipe, though not the same. First, let’s have a look at a fresh little apero hour…

Lime in the Coconut Tart

I proudly present to you my Lime in the Coconut Tart. Basically take 10 limes and squeeze them into all the coconut products that you can find. She’s a lovely twist on a classic key lime because let’s face it, I haven’t seen those in Switzerland. Meow. This serving angle fueled by rose. Oh yes….

Swiss Miss: Easter Eats

The last six weeks have had shops hawking their finest in Easter treats, many of which are thematically shaped baked goods. I have honestly been shocked by what a big holiday this is over here- chocolate rabbits and eggs of every size and color and Easter bakes from discount chain to glamorous patisserie. One one…

Ramping Up to Spring

What’s in a ramp….? Answer: no one knows! So, when I saw what I thought was a ramp in my local market, I was all about it. So much so, I bought ramp pasta, ramp pesto, and fresh ramps. I was here to embrace a country who really commits to seasonality. You can imagine my…

Swiss Miss: Interlaken & Grindelwald

It had been <gulp> 11ish years since I’d been to Interlaken and I’m amused to say that it has not changed one bit! At least the old town looks just as it did, complete with a sign in the window of an adult shop claiming ‘last sex shop before the Jungfrau.’ Glad to know that…

Hey Restaurant- Interlaken

We’d planned to dine at The Hey Restaurant both nights of our stay as a hotel stay is required for in-restaurant dining in Switzerland just now. To say that we were elated to put on decent clothes and be served food we did not cook ourselves was an understatement. Friday night rolled around and we…

The Hey Hotel- Interlaken

The Hey Hotel Interlaken was my recent crash pad for a few days of hiking and sightseeing in the Alps. This was the first hotel I’d selected maybe since early 2020! A few airport hotels in between…I was hoping this would be a breath of fresh air. Hey cow mascot upon entering….she’s a beauty, but…

Swiss Miss: St. Maurice

St. Maurice! Who knew that this cutie little town was hiding in the flat faced mountains? My friend and I visited it because we liked the name and it was at the end of a train line. Turns out, this charming wee town was an excellent place for a small stroll, but a bigger hike….

Swedish Meatballs

My stomach is growling writing this and I have been eating Swedish meatballs for four or five days now and I still want them…which is good news since there are still SO MANY in my refrigerator. I’ve had them with pasta, potatoes, stirfry, a salad, cold, hot… For a solo Valentine’s Day, I decided to…

Speculoos Cheesecake

This Speculoos Cheesecake was whipped up on Valentine’s Day and is an excellent one to have in rotation because it’s simple to make and keeps you from getting kidnapped. Really, it’s not heavy, heavy, but it’s definitely the chubby cousin of Mum’s Euro cheesecake…. So, I kept it classy and created this small one. A…

Swiss Miss: Montreux

Montreux has been high on my Swiss Miss visit list for several years now and somehow I was just not making that one hour train journey around the lake! Awakening on a sunny Valentine’s Day after a fun weekend, but with lots of work chat and home improvement projects, I just had to get out…

Quiche Lorraine

Can we just agree to call this Quiche Lauren if it comes from my kitchen? Thought so, thank you. In the (never ending) recent lock down of Switzerland, I have made myself a calendar of classic recipes to try that I’ve not previously- and walks to take in new places – not difficult in a…

Rosemary Garlicky One-Pan Chicken

After reading through quite a few roasted chicken recipes, nothing seemed quite right. I wasn’t trying to roast a whole chicken and while I love lemon, I just wasn’t in the mood for a lemony, winey chicken. At a recent dinner I attended, someone ever so simply roasted chicken legs and served it ever so…

Ina’s Roasted Veggie Frittata

With five (known) weekends of lock down in sight, I’ve put together a calendar of new walks to take and classic recipes to master or cook for the very first time. Cooking in a small space, in Celsius, with grocery stores that are mostly like those of the US, until you’re planning a recipe and…

Swiss Miss: Prangins

Prangins, the very sleepy, most adorable village next door. With less than 4,000 people, it makes my Nyon look downright cosmopolitan. They are however, known for an exceptionally great restaurant (closed for Covid, of course) and castle, so it’s not all sleepy adorableness. It is seriously cute. After so many trips in this region, I…

Ina and Emily Blunt Make Potatoes

The title here really is the backstory. I read that this seemingly odd combo crashed Ina’s site so I had to try these wee potatoes. Out of this world and worthy of said internet crash. Ina and Emily Roast Potatoes Yukon gold potatoes 1/2 c. vegetable oil\ Sea Salt Parsley Clean then cut potatoes into…

New Year’s Cabbage Pancakes

Need an extra dose of luck for new year’s? I think we all do/did this year. Last year I did not eat the “lucky” pork and cabbage, so this year, I was NOT chancing it. (Why is this kind of gross combo lucky again)? These pancakes are at least so fun that you’ll forget they’re…

Cheesecake’s European Cousin

Disclaimer: I am not a cheesecake kind of girl. I am not, I swear. However…lately…something about these European cheesecakes have me jazzed. Thanks to a sweet-toothed friend who always knows the right dessert spot (and usually insists on cheesecake), well, she has me crazy for these European cheesecakes. What’s a European cheesecake? I really have…

Spinach Ricotta Brunch Bake

Family Christmas typically comes with a plate of infamous egg casserole, some love it, others, not so much. This year, our lean squad was traumatized by an abundance of croutons thanks to some belated Thanksgiving stuffing and decided to forgo the bread laden egg casserole. So, we tried a new, but still not-so-light breakfast bake…

Supermodel Project: Adeena’s Greenas

Great greens, it’s a healthy post! A move out, followed by a move in without cookware and a birthday….the last couple weeks have been a bit indulgent. And by indulgent, I mean weirdly cheese heavy, but not that weird, because Switzerland. Thankfully, IKEA sent me a pan and Chrissy Teigan had been advertising this recipe…

Big Mamma’s Famous Truffle Pasta

No, I’m not calling myself Big Mama, not to worry. For my birthday, a Wednesday, with restaurants shut down for the Rona, I needed a fun, indulgent recipe to whip up for the occasion. Thanks to French Vogue, I landed on Big Mamma’s Famous Truffle Pasta. Could the name be any better? And possibly less…

Birthday Brunch at The Living Room

My dear friend hosted me for a wee birthday brunch at The Living Room restaurant in The Ritz Carlton in central Geneva. Waiting for her in the lobby was an absolute delight as I was taken with both the modernly elegant chandelier and shabby-chic, yet ever so cool Christmas tree. The Living Room was also…

#38: The Intro is the Outro (of 2020)

My birthday always lands dangerously close to New Year’s, which a lot of reflection and introspection packed into such a short time, but I’m here for it. This is hands down my favorite time of year, action packed with holidays, on the cusp of boring winter, time to recover and start anew. So, this morning,…

Greek Sc-alad

This weekend I combined two of my food loves- Greek salad and scallops- into a marriage called ‘Scalad.’ Pretty satisfying combination even if the scallops were very sandy like these were. I’m French, they call seared scallops, “snackee” for the sound they make when you sear them. Apparently this is “snack, snack.” No recipe, just…