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…

Salami Bombs

Salami bombs…otherwise known as pepperoni bombs or prosciutto bombs, depending on your fancy. I personally shall stick with salami bombs for the chuckle it elicits as they sound like perhaps they should be on another website. 😉 Really, tough these were the simplest appetizer and froze well too. What could be easier than prepping these…

Lemon Mascarpone Berry Tart

Turns out chemo-taining (yes, that’s a word) is something you really want to do, because, well you have the time to experiment with recipes. You are also going to want it to be simple, because, well, you’re exhausted. But, you’ll want it to look nice, so you just move to Switzerland and take advantage of…

Chicken & Zucchini Crepes

This recipe is so simple, feeds a crowd, and probably seems a lot fancier than she really is deep down. Inspired by a Martha Stewart recipe, I’ve gone rogue and made it even simpler after an incident that we’ll just call the “incident of the very unfortunate Swiss spinach.” Now, let’s leave it there and…

Figgy Goat Cheese

If your figgy pudding is a labor of love for the holidays, let your figgy appetizer treat you easily! This is really a no-recipe recipe, just perfect in a crunch (and it even has a crunch!) Flag this one for the holidays. Figgy Goat Cheese One log of goat cheese (even better if it’s goat…

Ina’s Mustard & Gruyere Batons

If you’re looking for the simplest, most savoury apero snack, look no further, Ina’s got you as always. I’ve made this recipe twice in the last few weeks now and I think it’s safe to say this will be in further rotation. The first time, I went by the book (literally) with Ina, the second…

Fruity Cobb Salad with Ina’s Orange Vinaigrette

During a recent Sunday brunch hosting, I opted to commandeer the orangy vinaigrette of Ina’s Orange & Roquefort Salad, but made it a bit my own. It was fruity and springy and my guests loved the vinaigrette. Shall we call her a “fruity cobb?” I don’t think she’ll mind. That’s the salad, not Ina. Fruity…

Ina’s Crispy Mustard Chicken

This recipe has been on my “to-make” list for far too long. As soon as a I made it, I realized why! It’s so simple, yet so delicious. Don’t tell my mum, but it’s sort of a better, grown-up version of the dijon chicken that she made for us often as kiddos. While I made…

Thanksgiving Salad- An Ina Specialty

Recipe from Ina’s “Cooking for Jeffrey,” a favorite cookbook. Ina claims this may be her favorite salad ever. While, I won’t disagree, it’s a bit different than the standard salad and was a nice change, something about it just screamed “Flag this for Thanksgiving!” so let’s go ahead and do just that. Ina’s Maple-Roasted Carrot…

Le Bologne- Geneva

After my first week of “hard” chemo, an easy treat seemed to be a fancy lady lunch out at Le Bologne, a Geneva resto that’s been on my list for some time. The real plan was to follow this with a trip to the art museum (finally) but just couldn’t seem to get myself there!…

Grand Hotel Tremezzo & T Beach

Grand Hotel Tremezzo holds such a special place in my heart after spending several afternoons and evenings there a few years ago. While I was just staying down the road, the hotel was such a fun mix of high-end hospitality and whimsy that I absolutely could not resist it. I was so grateful that T…

Hotel Bazzoni- Tremezzo

Another day, another chance to check out a new hotel! Since Grand Hotel Tremezzo was not in the (credit) cards for this trip, we checked into the Hotel Bazzoni, just a skip across the dock at Tremezzo. It’s also directly on a (car-sickening) bus route back to Como. We were kindly able to check-in early…

NYX Milano

On the quest for an inexpensive crash pad the night before a train trip out of Milan, I met my friend at the cheap and cheerful NYX Milano. Service was top notch, the locale was just across from Milano Centrale, and brekky was included. What more could you ask for for a few hours rest?…

Terrazza Calabritto- Milano

Another day, another outstanding Milano dining experience…or maybe it was just really great to get away from Swiss cuisine, either way, Terrazza Calabritto was an absolute standout. I wasn’t expecting it to be so mind-blowingly gorgeous or have such attentive, but non-intrusive service. This is the place you go where your partner proposes at home…

Ristorante Caruso- Milano

On Easter Sunday, on my own in a new city, I enjoyed Facetiming with my family, but also decided to pay homage to them by dining at Ristorante Caruso, part of our namesake. While the hotel of the restaurant, Grand Hotel et de Milan, was positioned for old world charm, maybe it was just a…

Il Liberty- Milano

The best day of a solo vacation is playing fancy lady day which usually includes an epic meal (and possibly a jewelry purchase). Today was just that with a nice ending at Il Liberty in Milan. The whole experience was extra exceptional as the people-watching was top notch. I was seated in the second-floor, like…

Bamboo Bar at the Armani Hotel- Milano

The Bamboo Bar at the Armani Hotel came strongly recommended by a like-minded colleague who insisted I should linger and look at the Duomo ( blurrily, below) and make sure to have the greatest tiramisu in the world. I came to do just that, but was more impressed with the interior deco, food, and wine…

Pinacoteca di Brera- Milano

Brera, the oldest area of Milan, quickly became my favorite neighborhood with its cobblestone pedestrian-only streets, cute shops, and plentiful restaurants. In fact, I believe I walked through this lovely area every single day of my trip, finding new treasures each time. Smack in the middle is the gorgeous Pinacoteca di Brera. This museum is…

Armani Silos

After a midday arrival and very thorough lunch, I took a (less-than charming) stroll across the city horizontally. This went from Port Nuova, about where I was staying, through the tourist and castle area, along a road of nothingness, which lead to a road of graffiti, and finally… to the Armani Spa and Armani Silos,…

Vertigo Urban Bar- Milan

The main hotel restaurant of the Milano Verticale Hotel was aptly named Vertigo…despite it being on the ground level among the hotel’s beautiful urban courtyard. Upon arriving at the hotel, I quickly changed clothes for the perfect spring day and sat down with my back towards all of the extremely chic business folk to focus…

Milano Verticale- UNA Esperienze- Milan

How to aptly describe the feeling of and starting a long term medical leave from work? A sabbatical if you will… Well, if you’re me, you have to punctuate the moment with a trip. In all honestly, I’d planned this vacation before I even knew I’d be going out, so it was the perfect line…

Ina’s Whipped Feta Bruschetta

Leave it to Ina to have to best bruschetta recipe. The lightly whipped cheese, which serves as a brilliant glue so that the tri-color tomatoes don’t go rolling around your cream-colored rug makes the snack as pretty as it is delicious. Ina’s Bruschetta 6 oz. feta 2 oz. cream cheese (or nature cheese in Switzerland)…

Arugula, with Pecorino, Pinenuts, and Pears

For a recent Italian brunch I hosted, I opted for a different salad and very glad I did as it was quite delicious. The recipe from Saveur is conveniently the name of this dish. A new go-to for certain that also looks nice spread across a platter rather than mixed in a bowl Arugula with…

Chiche ou Pas Chiche- Geneva

Chiche (chic) or not chic… that is the question. Actually, the question is what does this really mean??? Also, why haven’t I been here before?? A charming patio just off of the park in Plainpalais and an easily-Instagrammable interior coupled with delicious food- finally, I could have a go-to lunch/brunch spot in Geneva! We were…

Le Tout Paris at Cheval Blanc

After scouring menus across all of Cheval Blanc’s restaurants, I just couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger on the commitment of a meal…or they were closed…or full…it just didn’t seem to be in the cards for me to visit this fabulous looking new hotel. However, walking to La Samaritaine, I just happened to pass…

Hotel de Crillon- Paris

I’ve always had a love affair with hotels out of my pay grade, perhaps stemming from an article that I read many years ago where the writer stayed one night in all of the major Paris luxury hotels. They challenged each hotel to room service, ranking club sandwiches(!), and tasks for the concierge that weren’t…

Cocorico- Paris

A very sunny afternoon with only an open spot to eat at a tiny cafe table on the sidewalk…people watching in St. Germain, a crisp white, and an order of the casual restaurant’s namesake…it had to be done. A very easy Parisian lunch spot whose address I will keep on file.

Soufflé- Paris

My first evening in Paris, I got a bit bamboozled by a tourist restaurant. They allowed my solo reservation only for 7PM (first red flag) and upon arriving, the restaurant was already full of Americans. Damnit. I should have done an immediate about-face, but there was an image of an onion soup/souffle combo that I…

Hotel Le Bellechasse- Paris

What’s a lady to do when she’s halfway through chemo and doesn’t know how she’s going to feel? Book a last minute trip to Paris is the right answer. Tell no one so it’s only yours. Pre-book art exhibits, but not dinners and just see what happens- an uncertain adventure for an uncertain time, but…

Kha Tha Thai- Geneva

My fr-olleague (that’s friend/colleague) and I are ever on the quest for a really good meal in Switzerland…more specifically, really good Asian cuisine. Our low points were eating bao buns clearly made of cement mixture in some dodgy area of Geneva. Shortly followed by eating uncooked pork gyoza outside, at a dark table of an…

Lola Coats Europe in Her Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate buttercream in Europe? Yes, dreams do exist… or at least this was my takeaway from my friends who were fighting over the most frosting-filled slices of cake. One in particular told me that he consumed four pieces of cake in twelve hours. This was after he asked if there was any extra frosting. (There…

Hotel Art Deco Montana- Lucerne

Last year I spent a truly phenomenal long weekend at the Hotel Art Deco Montana in Lucerne. Recently, I needed a wee getaway for one and decided to return and hopefully have the same repeat experience. Last round I enjoyed an incredible room and bathroom, huge terrace, nightly turn down service including local treats of…

Baked Pasta with Leeks & Broccoli

Recently, I had my neighbor for dinner and wanted to make something that I could prepare in advance and provide some decent leftovers for my upcoming surgery recovery weekend. I ran across this recipe from Alison Roman in Bon Appetit. After reading the description that it was like a version of broccoli cheddar soup in…

Saltimbocca Alla Romana

Not much of a pork fan generally, the way I found myself with this recipe was really only because I thought I’d bought veal. So here we are with some thin pork cutlets and an appetite to try something new. Basically, a metaphor for life. I used Tyler Florence’s recipe as my muse and paired…

Prosciutto Pinwheels

My experiments with puff pastry entertaining continues… this week it’s a blend of ingredients that tastes like a tiny pizza pinwheel. This is certainly a simple one to spin into your regular apero rotation. Proscuitto Pinwheels 1 sheet of puff pastry 2 T. Dijon mustard 2 T. mayo 1 tsp. Italian herbs 4 pieces of…

Ina’s Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Pancakes. Sweet stuff for brekky in general… not generally my jam, but occasionally, something is so special you must make an exception. I’ll do nearly anything for Ina. I will do actually anything for lemons and ricotta is always nice. So, one sleepy Saturday, this recipe found it’s way into my skillet, all thanks to…

Red Thai Curry

Something about these cozy, rainy days of January had me craving a warm, savory bowl of something exotic like this gorgeous Red Thai Curry. If Covid restrictions and heavy diagnoses have you traveling more by book than plane, this is just the recipe for you. The leftovers jazz up in flavor as they work their…

Tarte au Soleil

The cancer diagnosis is taking a probably much improved change to my diet. No more charcuterie (for now!) which is disappointing, though probably a healthy improvement, but most of all a huge snafu in entertaining in Europe where they live for cheese and the groceries pride themselves of shelf after shelf of ham! Apero hour…

Resort Hotel Alex- Zermatt

“Resort Hotel Alex” isn’t exactly a name that would inspire confidence in a quirky, last-minute getaway, yet it’s what we could afford on 18 hours’ notice in Switzerland. I’m very pleased to say this hotel exceeded any aspirations that I had (or didn’t). It turned out to be such a strange, delightful menagerie of decadent…

2022: A Travel Advisory

A few weeks ago, my best friend and I spent a lackluster Saturday night tucked into a corner of a wine bar, discussing what was to come in the new year, who we wanted to meet, the better people we wanted to be, and mostly, where we might travel this year. Approaching our second year…

Ina’s Roasted Meatballs with a Swiss Makeover

Ah Switzerland, known for beauty and cheese, banks and yodelers…not being well-attuned to delivering complete grocery store lists. A few missing ingredients, and a few substitutes are how Ina’s Roasted Meatballs came to get their great Swiss makeover. While absolutely delicious, (as always, thanks Ina) I still look forward to trying the original recipe. Simmering…

2022 Third Eye Thoughts

The always inspiring Third Eye Thoughts that always keep me in check on IG had a gorgeous start to the year. Had to share. Onwards and upwards…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, lovely readers! Wishing you all a fruitful and healthy 2022 which we all deserve after the maelstrom that was 2019-2021. While visiting my parents’ house in the US over the holidays, my eyes kept gravitating to one particular book on the shelves that house a variety of subjects acquired over the years-…

Ina’s Mustardy Chicken

Before I knew that I also couldn’t have diner guests during quarantine, I bought a bunch of chicken and planned to make Ina’s Chicken Thighs in Mustard Sauce. It’s too bad I didn’t have company, because this was next level good. If you plan to visit me in the next year, be ready to try…

Street Beruit- Nyon

After a gorgeous week in the UK with friends, birthday celebrations, Thanksgiving, museums, art, and amazing meals….I was shocked to find out when boarding my plane to return to Geneva that there were new COVID orders in place. I was to quarantine for 10 days. When I’ve done this before, I’ve had time mentally prep,…

Tattu- Edinburgh

Tattu! I’ve been after you for two years now. I learned of you then travel promptly was shut by the rude, tiny little pandemic! How lovely to visit you for a birthday celebration with one of my nearest and dearest. This restaurant was truly next-level date-worthy, just be sure to book plenty early. Booking a…

The Ivy- Edinburgh

There’s probably not a more festive restaurant to be found in Edinburgh…or at least St. Andrew’s Square… than The Ivy. This chain of restos has never been my favorite in London, but it came re-recommended to me recently by a very UK/Christmas loving friend, so I had to give it a go one night I…

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,…

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…