What’s the story, morning glory?

Hi internet friends! I can’t believe how quickly the summer has come and gone and that I’ve been managing my cancer diagnosis for nine months somehow, though am so grateful/pleased/proud to say that I finished treatment this week. Can I get a f*&!k yeah? Another thing I’m really grateful for is that this very strange…

Ina’s Roasted Salmon Tacos

The ridiculous title of this blog post makes me like this recipe even more than I already do. Of course Ina’s salmon tacos would be straight fire, I’m just surprised at how good something so simple can be. Jefferey certainly is not. I made a few adjustments since I’m just one lady (who hates dill)…

Martingy, Switzerland

A picturesque old-timey Swiss town situation in a valley of the precipice of some major mountains, including Les Diablreets. The windy (it’s a valley) village is welcoming with ancient store fronts well-poised with wine bar after restaurant after wine bar. With the Gianadda Foundation and St. Bernard rescue it’s as easy to spend a day…

Alma- Geneva

After living in Switzerland for nearly two years, I finally, FINALLY tried the restaurant Alma in Eaux Vives. Why had I waited so long??? This was hands down the best meal I’ve had in Geneva. I already can’t wait to go back. The decor is perfectly upbeat and tropical. They really push pisco sours on…

Hotel Ruby Claire- Geneva

After taking a night to myself in Geneva at the new Ruby Claire hotel, I returned to a charge on my credit card called just “Claire.” Had I booked a lady of the night and forgotten? She’s not really my type, but this could make for a strange expense report exchange with your employer. This…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Venice

MACARONS Gelatolandia: Small walk-up in Lido with daily changing flavors including an exceptional lemon sorbet MAYHEM Hotel Cipriani: If you can’t snag a poolside lunch reservation, stop by for a Bellini or twelve and people watching Harry’s Bar: Same Cipriani group makes more Bellinis in this classic location NOSH Al Cavaliere: Easy spot for a…

Happy Days- Nyon

Monday, Tuesday, Happy Days! (insert further song lyrics here if you care to). Nyon hosts an “American diner” after the owners fell in love with American breakfast, doing research by travelling all over the US taste testing pancakes. Not a bad gig. They brought their findings (and a whole lot of memorabilia) back to Nyon…

Cafe de Chateau de Prangins

The village just to the east of Nyon, Prangins, has a beautiful chateau that’s a national museum. It hosts an array of period furnishings if that’s your thing. Better yet, it also hosts brunch, which luckily is a lot of peoples’ thing. A quick bus ride or long walk from Nyon, the chateau seemed to…

Verbier

Fifteen hundred meters high, Verbier is an adult wonderland in the summer and what must be a mirage in winter. (Can’t wait to experience that at some point). Entry via gondola or “telecabine” sets the scene and makes any visitor giddy with a childlike wonder of what’s in store at the finish line. Its’s Plentiful…

Chalet d’Adrien- Verbier

An absolute MUST for a phenomenal (re: pricey) brunch is a reservation at Chalet d’Adrien. Absolutely worth the $99 a head splurge. Linger for hours over table after table of food where NOTHING you taste is even remotely ‘meh’. The wine service is very attentive and the views are breath taking. You can walk it…

Experimental Chalet- Verbier

The Experimental Chalet is the perfect place to stay in Verbier- sleepy location that’s a great walking distance from the festive apres-skis and restaurants of the slightly more central area. The staff is immensely wonderful, accommodating any request without hesitation. I’d stay here again and again, and well, I have actually. Maybe even in the…

Ina’s Cauliflower Toast

Crunchy, creamy, savory goodness- I can now understand why Cauliflower Toast (with a simple green salad) is one of Ina’s purported favorite lunches. It’s perfect for a cool day as comfort food and cut into much smaller pieces would be an excellent apero snack with a glass of something bold and red. Ina’s Cauliflower Toast…

The Shed- Verbier

As soon as we arrived in Verbier, we basically just made a beeline for The Shed, awaiting it’s opening hours. During that time we ran into a couple friends who were dutifully the first customers there because they “dream about this place.” I can see way. Classic American rock music supports a just dark and…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Lake Como

MAYHEM Cantina Folie: Incredible wine bar with a very fun charcuterie menu. Great date spot Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Beach: Adult playground for drinks, seafood heavy menus, incredible views and better people-watching NOSH La Terrazza Gualtiero at Grand Hotel Tremezzo: Special occasion Michelin-starred risotto that comes with a certificate of authenticity L’Escale Trattoria: Casual outpost…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Milano

NOSH Bamboo Bar: Upscale Italian with great wine list in the Armani Hotel Il Liberty: Upscale casual with a fun a la carte menu as well as prix fixe Ristorante Caruso: Classic Italian in an un-stuffy environment, a stone’s throw from serious shopping Terrazza Calabritto: Gorgeous outpost for seafood. Worthy of a celebration. Vertigo Urban…

Double Snickerdoodle Cookies

This recipe takes the cinnamony-sugary goodness of a sugar cookie and stuffs another one inside of it. Why eat one when you can eat two…or rather one riddled with the innards of a cinnamon roll. Perfectly chewy, right from the freezer…if they last that long to make it there… Double Snickerdoodle Cookies For the filling:…

Strawberry Margarita Pie

Refreshing. Frozen. Boozy. Salty. Sweet. Easy. Dessert. You’re. Welcome. Strawberry Margarita Pie CRUST: 2 c. crushed pretzels 1 stick of butter, melted 1 T. sugar PIE: 16oz. cream cheese 1/3 c. lime juice 14 oz. sweetened, condensed milk 8-10 strawberries, diced 1/4 c. tequila 2 T. triple sec Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all crust…

Ina’s Spinach & Artichoke Dip

The first fall-like day of the season brought with it rain, wind, and Ina’s Spinach Artichoke Dip. Simple to make, indulgent to snack on without being overly so…sure to be a hit with the friends you’ll entertain this fall. Dare I say, it was even better the second day, so make it in advance and…

DaV Mare- Portofino

Despite my love of Camogli, the best meal that I had was just a single course from DaV Mare in Portofino. This unassuming terrace of the Belmond Splendido Marina hotel made for the nicest lunch tucked away from throngs of cruise ship tourists. Service was friendly and the food was absolutely phenomenal. The website describes…

Portofino

A jewel box of upscale boutiques and cafes surround the U-shaped Portofino harbor. Come early to enjoy a short walk away from the throngs of tourists who will undoubtedly disembark from a tendering nearby cruiseship. While Portofino is lovely for a few hours, the real gem of this section of the Ligurian coast is Camogli,…

Vistamare- Santa Margherita

Vistamare, the signature restaurant of Grand Hotel Miramare, is the perfect ambiance for a special meal, or just a glorious place to dine and gaze into the eyes of the sea and twinkly lights along the Ligurian coast. Of course, you’re obligated to start with champagne and a 21 EUR glass in this location feels…

Grand Hotel Miramare- Santa Margherita

Situated in the center of the Santa Margherita strip is the gorgeous, grand dame Grand Hotel Miramare. The hotel has a slightly old world vibe, but manages to feel well-kept and modern at the same time. It reminded me a bit of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, on a smaller scale, and much simpler to enjoy without…

Vineria Macchiavello- Santa Margherita

Tucked away on one of Santa Margherita’s adorable, cobble stone side streets is Vineria Macchiavello. Not packed as the fococciarias were down the street, we landed here one very hot afternoon for a quick snack and it proved to be an excellent choice. The old timey entrance, chalkboard menus, and full window display were most…

Camogli

Holy Camogli- this is the most magical little town on the Ligurian coast! Bright buildings, a packed marina of fishing boats (not super yachts!), and steep streets lead to pebbly beaches, charming artists’ shops, and one old dame of a hotel. The vibe is absolute magic and far more enjoyable that the acclaim that Portofino…

Divino Wine Lounge- Santa Margherita

If you’re looking for an early bite in Santa Margherita and had the poor foresight not to make a reservation for anything…Divino Wine Lounge is an excellent choice. We settled here after a long day of travel and no food. There was one other couple enjoying a bowl of pasta at this off time, so…

Santa Margherita Liguria

“We got Santa Margherita by the liter. She knows if I’m ‘messing around’ with her, I don’t really need her.” This classic Drake lyric was trapped in my brain on repeat during the four days we spent based in Santa Margherita. Nary a liter of pinot grigio was actually consumed. Travesty. Santa Margherita is the…

Hotel Regina Elena- Santa Margherita

After winding our way between the French and Italian rivieras, Mum and I crashed at the Hotel Regina Elena which seems like an old villa turned budget(ish) hotel, but in reality is part of Best Western. We booked a week in advance and this is what the charming town of Santa Margherita could offer us…

Horizon Rooftop- Monte Carlo

After being hard pressed to find a rooftop bar open during the day time in Cannes, it was a must for us in Monte Carlo. And thus we landed at the Horizon Rooftop at the Fairmont hotel for a very lovely and leisurely lunch during our day trip to Monte Carlo. The tables were so…

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Just an hour train ride from Juan-les-Pins is the absolutely gorgeous principality of Monaco. Hills filled with pastel hued classic buildings greet you as you trek down toward the yacht-filled sea. Shopping and wealth is ludicrously abundant with tourists snapping it around every corner. The famed casino costs 17 EUR just to enter, but you…

Pam Pam

After walking by a crowded Pam Pam (!) many times the last two summers, I finally made my way into the tropical tiki joint (verring toward strip club)…with my mother! I couldn’t see the draw from the overly themed slice of “Brazil” from the street (odd, being that I love a theme), but was instantly…

Antibes, France

Antibes is home to the brightest, bluest water I’ve ever seen, a Picasso museum with the fewest Picassos, and maybe some of the cutest old-timey alleyways on the Riviera. The views from the top of the old town are shockingly gorgeous, cameras not doing them justice, while the Provencal market below ignites every sense. An…

Ti Toques- Juan-les-Pins

Ti Toques was the choice for fancy lady dinner in Juan-les-Pins and it seemed like many other people had the same idea as we enjoyed watching a wedding at the venue next door throughout the meal. In a nutshell, Ti Touqes had very nice food and a beautiful view if you were lucky enough to…

Yolo Plage- Juan-les-Pins

After watching Effet’s staff smoking in the restaurant lounge area after the restaurant was meant to be open for our reservation, we said forget it (they were rude taking the rez too, and we know when to cut our losses) and headed to Yolo Plage. Yolo treated us well earlier in the evening for an…

Juan-les Pins

Juan-les-Pins is the hidden gem of the French Riviera, a spot of beach normalcy situated between pilars of pomp and wealth like Cannes, St. Tropez, Nice, and a million others with nicknames like “billionaires’ bay.” No thanks, give me a pretty beach, a handful of restos, and a slight grittiness that makes anything feel possible-…

L’escale Brasserie- Juan-les-Pins

The first evening on the coast brought a ludicrously early dinner thanks to an equally as early flight. After stumbling around the beach reading menus, somehow we settled on L’escale because it’s always crowded as it was early this evening. We were so early in fact, that we were seated a table reserved for 8:30,…

Pirate Beach- Juan-les-Pins

After a very early morning flight and not the longest walk in the sun on an empty stomach, but just enough of one to add an element of hyperventilation into the morning mix, we found ourselves at the Pirate Beach / Restaurant in Juan-les-Pins. After some really annoying staff and lack of service at Hotel…

Hotel Helios- Juan-les-Pins

I’m not sure if the French Riviera was the right vacation move for the first mother/daughter trip since the three years of Covid, but the ease and cost of the flight made it pretty much non negotiable. We ended up at Hotel Helios as we booked the trip just a week in advance and the…

Ina’s Chocolate Cassis Cake

It’s been ages that I’ve been wanting to try Ina’s Chocolate Cassis cake after learning that Giada requests this every year for her birthday. It must be good if you’re using another chef’s recipe for your celebrations. And…it was SO good! While cassis is throughout all components of this cake, it really has no boozy…

Yvoire, France

One very easy day trip from Nyon is to hop on a ferry across the lake to Yvoire, France. Expect an afternoon full of meandering lanes that lead you down toward a castle and active fishing village or up the hill towards gardens and tourist shop after tourist shop. It makes for a truly lovely…

Neuchatel, Switzerland

Ah, Neuchatel- people just love this place! I had to find out for myself as it had been on the short list for some time. Perhaps it would have been better with a local or an activity in mind, but Neuchatel was some old buildings not so far from water. Charming, for instance the one…

Morges, Switzerland

A meandering park along the deposits you in one of two flower festivals held throughout the year. Pass old homes, a casino, and plenty of dining options along the way. Opt for a less stuffy lunch by dining in the town center just a block behind the grand dames of the lakeside and find yourself…

Ina’s Peach & Almond Torte

My girl Ina claimed this was an easy one and I needed something simple to take to a small dinner party so I put my quest in her capable hands and she delivered as always. Ingredients on hand plus seasonal fruit was an astounding success that resulted in requests for seconds as well as the…

Venice, Italy

Is there anything more classically Italian than a boat ride zipping down the Grand Canal in Venice with its colorful world passing you by and the country’s flag waving proudly in the background? Perhaps more so are the colorful buildings, meandering alleyways, and countless canals (and cannolis!) that await your disembarkation.

Mazzorboro, Italy

The sleepiest island just a stroll over the bridge from Burano. You could easily miss the gorgeous grounds of Venissa by walking the main pedestrian way on the perimeter of the island, but if you hit the entry just right, you’ll find yourself in this enchanted garden. Filled with modern art, fruits and vegetable plants,…

Flores- Yvoire

There’s not much to do on the weekends in Nyon, but one thing that always draws a crowd (with good reason) is the twenty minute boat ride across the lake to Yvoire in France. A charming medieval town chock full of flowers, hilly streets, and the obligatory castle, it’s the perfect place to spend the…

Central Como AirBnB

This might be my first AirBnB review and was probably the best experience to date with their properties. The home looked exactly like the photos and I’d whole-heartedly recommend the space to anyone visiting Como. Here’s the listing as well as some highs and lows: PROS CONS Pictured exactly as shown on the web Have…

Ausonia Hungaria- Lido

After staying at the gorgeous Ausonia Hungaria in 2019 I fell hard and fast for this oasis perfectly situated between the touristically crowded Venice and the Adriatic Sea. Despite more of a last minute booking during high season, I knew my parents would enjoy the property as well and insisted it would make for an…

Al Cavaliere- Lido

Travel days are always weird ones in terms of meal timings, especially with two parents in tow, so the day we arrived in Lido was no exception. In desperate need of a 17:00 dinner, we stumbled across Al Cavaliere who thankfully was serving nonstop for folks like us. Upon entering, I realized I’d dined here…

Burano, Italy

Little pink (and blue and green and yellow and orange…) houses for you and me… Astute and crumbling crayon-colored houses line the sleepy canals of Burano in their various states of disarray. A microcosm of the best parts of Venice, the tiny island is awash in colorful meandering streets sprinkled with old churches and shops…