Heath Bit Cookies

These are the bendiest cookies! Dark brown sugar, slightly under baked. You can pop these babies in the freezer. Grab one when you need it and within a few minutes at room temp, you too can have the bends. The good kind. Heath Bits Cookies 3/4 c. Sugar 3/4 c. Brown sugar 1 c. Butter,…

Restaurant Les Armures- Geneva

Dining out in Geneva is an event. Mostly because it is so darn pricey you have to really plan it well and make it a worthwhile investment. So, it’s pretty surprising that I dined out twice in one week at all, but twice in the same place, Restaurant Les Armures of old town Geneva. The…

Nomad Hotel- Basel

Last weekend was a low key one, ripe for adventure. While I’d previously spent a several weeks in Basel during a brutal heatwave and even more brutal conference, I’d bookmarked the art scene and vowed to return. I try to keep my promises so I did just that, staying at the very cool Nomad hotel,…

Edinburgh: Brasserie Prince

One very cold (standard) evening in Edinburgh, I found myself enjoying a couple tequila cocktails at Hoot the Redeemer. Gorgeously named ” ‘You Dancin?”… I was not. Not being able to obtain reservations where I’d hoped and disappointed to find Hawksmoor closed, I pulled out my credit card and booked a table at Brasserie Prince…

Edinburgh: Motel One- Princes Street

Finally, I found myself back in lovely Edinburgh after nearly two years thanks to Covid. The break certainly made me appreciate the UK and how I don’t want to ever be apart this long again. I can co with a lot of breakups, but not this one, please. Booking just a few days prior to…

Effet, Juan-les-Pins

As novice tourists to the South of France, we were shocked at the relaxed boho vibe (don’t worry, the pricing stayed decidedly un-boho). Each beach front restaurant was cuter than the last. Effet on the beach of Juan-les-Pins took our breath away on night one and we had such a lovely time (and sand-in-the-surf table)…

Rosana- Cannes

Rosana is the “good vibes” restaurant of Cannes and is in the best way furthering its Bali vibe. The cheerful restaurant was done up in all kinds of kitchsy tropicalia in the best way. The ladies’ room featured this festive neon and payphone. For where, one must assume Bali or drink delivery on the beach….

Hôtel Le Sud

The highlight of my summer was discovering the very Instagrammable Hotel Le Sud and committing the only Swiss long weekend of the summer to exploring the Cote d’Azur with it as basecamp. Located between the Juan-les-Pins nightlife and the beach, it was well-suited to be far enough away from the action, but an easy stroll…

Helios Plage- Juan-les-Pins

The first day upon arriving in Juan-les-Pins, the small seaside village that Picasso used to frequent, we were desperate for a bite and view of the ocean. Having gotten up at the crack of dawn, we stumbled towards the first place we saw and lucky for us, it was Helios Plage. The beach clubs of…

Mr. Fogg’s Residence- Mayfair

The elusive Mr. Fogg’s Residence (and Secret Garden) has been on my radar for some time, but I didn’t make it until my recent reunion with London. After a long stroll from Chinatown, it was decided that the halfway point could perfectly be Mr. Fogg’s in Mayfair. There was a person at the door dressed…

Oglebay- The Cabins

Chestnut was the name of the first family cabin adventure. This was rather fitting as the Swiss eat all the chestut flavored desserts, so it felt like a new world old world mashup that I was very here for. My family aren’t really big cabin folk, so we reented a four bedroom one that ultimately…

La Croix Verte- Nyon

Ah, the Croix Verte, the cross of the pharmacy… and what was a less than mediocre Italian restaurant in Nyon. One Sunday evening I found myself alone and without groceries. Since buying food is not an option on this day and most restos are closed, I took one of few options available and revisited the…

The Victoria- London

On my quick and dirty stay at the Inhabit London, I managed to escape for a quick walk through a Hyde Park neighborhood to the gorgeous little pub, The Victoria. It was all flowers, bistro tables, and sunshine. I quickly learned this was a local for a dear friend which just made me love it…

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….