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,…

Mr. & Mrs. Renou

There is nothing to do in Switzerland on Sundays, but walk. Walk passed closed everything, aside from the very odd bakery. Lucky for my friend and I, one of those odd bakeries was Mr.& Mrs. Renou in Carouge. What a site this was to accidentally stumble upon. It’s supposedly one of the best in the…

Puccini- Geneva

Puccini: my last meal before lock down, unknowingly. I’m glad it was a good one. I strolled by prior to apero hour and caught it empty, for a snap. Puccini shares its kitchen with it’s Michelin starred brother next door, so I figured I would be in for a treat in the more bistro-vibed area….

Carlton- Zurich

Somehow I’d managed to make a long weekend, dual city vacation, more of a sport shopping trip than a city holiday. That’s how I found myself in Zurich for a day of shopping on a random Friday. My friend recommend I try Carlton for lunch, so of course I listened. Not pictured: table after table…

Il Cortile- Luzern

After a busy morning wandering around Luzern, trying to sort a bunch of details and purchases for the new apartment, I was famished! I literally could have eaten anything. On the bright, sunny, day I opted for Il Cortile as I was passing it because of their large patio. Thinking I was being Covid conscious,…

Stern- Luzern

The Stern restaurant in the Stern hotel in Luzern is known for it’s small portions so that you can try many dishes. Absolutely perfect for a lady riding solo. I was very much looking forward to a ‘tasting’ meal and headed to the restaurant after getting a haircut nearby. Lockdown life is strange. The quaint…

Jialu National- Luzern

After arriving in Luzern late morning, I was famished for some reason after a three hour train ride and headed straight for lunch at Jialu National, I place I had identified in advance as looking excellent. A late lunch on a random Thursday, I pretty much had the place to myself save for a few…

Bar Louie and Scala – Luzern

In addition to the Montana Hotel blowing me away from their hospitality standpoint, I shouldn’t have been too surprised that the food and beverage service was also next level. The Louis Bar was a much needed stop for me after a huge dinner offsite on night one. The ambiance was beyond lively as the patrons…

Hotel Montana- Luzern

All this Airbnb bouncing apparently was embedded in me deep as I recently took a few days in Luzern, which conveniently is not part of the lock down. Little did I know I’d be shopping for house stuff most of the holiday, when I’d planned to play tourist in the town where my grandfather visited…

Les Ciboulettes- Geneva

Les Ciboulettes might be one of the simplest, but greatest finds in Geneva. Tucked away on a side street in Plainpalais, (right by my apartment), is this tiny restaurant specializing in meatballs! Beef, lamb, chicken, fish, veggie, you name it they have the ball with the coordinating sauce. They also carry ‘rosti’ balls which are…

Molina Pizza- Geneva

As a professional nomad these days, it probably should go without saying that the first meal in any new place must be pizza. Easily transportable, Saturday night treat. This last move proved just the same and happened as Geneva was moving themselves. Into lockdown. Again. After trying to order from two (closed) gourmet pizza restos,…

Brasserie des Tours

In recent marathon day of furniture shopping, I found myself near my next shop conquests, positively starving. I was near Carouge and had heard good things, so I walked into the town square to check it out. An adorable slice of Italian village-like buildings. I popped my head into a busy-ish cafe and asked for…

Max – Geneva

If you’re looking for a cute weekend brunch spot, Max in Eaux Vives is an easy choice, just be sure to book ahead for its tiny interior. The tables were really well spaced for Covid and one board of a menu ensured that you couldn’t read it at a distance, but that you certainly didn’t…

Marcel – Geneva

I think I’m still full from the incredible lunch that I shared with a friend at Marcel yesterday. Located just a stone’s throw from my first Geneva Airbnb in the central city, it’s probably best that I found out about this place only two days prior to moving. The interior was industrial chic, all black…

Pizza Leggera

After a 14.5 mile hike and barely eating, do you even care what your dinner is? Absolutely, you do not. These are the times that you are basically obligated to dine at the restaurant in your building- for me, this was Pizza Leggera. I’d tried this joint once before and accidentally ordered a super weird…

Brasserie Lipp – Geneva

Last summer I had my introduction to Brasserie Lipp over a somewhat *ok really* awkward work dinner. Despite the strange company and strange evening, I instantly knew that I loved this brasserie and that I would soon return and order the dessert skipped on the first occasion, as this place has quite the extensive dessert…

Arakel Wine Bar – Geneva

My lovely friend took me to Arakel wine bar in my Eaux Vies neighborhood in Geneva as a welcome dinner to the city she loves so much. Arakel was a new place for her to try, but it ended up being an excellent choice- the food (and wine) were delightful, our waiter was so attentive…

Creperie d’Ouchy

Do not mistake this with a douchy creperie, as it was rather a lovely, Creperie d’Ouchy. Situated across the street from the lake, this waterfront restaurant is always packed with people, but receives average reviews. On my last day in Lausanne, I needed a simple, fairly quick lunch so I thought why not try it….

Ristorante St Paul – Lausanne

On the recommendation of my cute new cheese guy of Dimora Romeo, I test drove what he claims is the best Italian restaurant in Lausanne, Ristorante St. Paul. So one, *shocker* rainy evening, I was having a drink in the Flon neighborhood after shopping a sneakerhead store to ease my weary soles. Honestly, I was…

Rue d’Ouchy – Lausanne

The month of September 2020 was spent just a stone’s throw from the Rue d’Ouchy (which makes for quite some funny business signs) in Lausanne. This wide residential street was quite charming and packed with flower shops and grand old buildings. The local businesses quickly became some of my favorites in the city. Dimora Romeo…

Piazza San Marco – Lausanne

Does it feel like I’ve been dining out a lot? Yes, to me also. For two weeks of quarantine I dined in and then in the two weeks I had remaining in Lausanne, I guess I just had to get it all out on the table…all the tables… of all the restaurants. Piazza San Marco…

Minuit Soleil – Lausanne

On a rainy Saturday, I showed up for lunch at Minuit Soleil near the old town of Lausanne. The restaurant had rave reviews online and from a colleague so I was surprised when there was just one other table of another solo lady on a weekend afternoon at 1PM. I’d come to the restaurant for…

Royal Savoy Hotel Lausanne

My sentiment of the Royal Hotel Lausanne went from 100% to exactly 50%/50% in just two weeks. Yes, this gorgeous hotel, seemingly previously haunted mansion has some definite charms and some room for improvement. Let’s cycle back to mid-September when the sky was blue and you could enjoy dining al fresco– this hotel was a…

Osteria Balsamico

My neighorhood, Ouchy, is jammed with Italian restaurants, really all of Switzerland is which is fun, but I don’t fully understand it. Either way, recently I tried to both email and pop in at opening to the Croix d’Ouchy which has a good reputation and pretty patio. They wouldn’t respond to my email or let…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: London

MACARONS Aux Merveilleux de Fred:  Cramique and meringues straight from Paris. Harrod’s:  Snacks on snacks on snacks…. Laduree:  For when you can’t travel to Paris. Maitre Choux: Gorgeous eclairs both sweet and savory. Violet Bakery: California meets royal sweet treats and lunch. MAYHEM American Bar at The Savoy:  Classic. Posh. Old school cocktails ($5000 Sazerac,…