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…

White Horse Tavern

The White Horse Tavern in Ouchy is my ‘local’ as they say, so it has been overdue to give it a test drive. I chose the Monday holiday to do so as the restaurants on the lake were quite jammed and a normal, Anglo pub just felt right and easy. It was nice, very clean,…

La Vue Restaurant- Gstaad

The Huus Hotel was so lovely that I had to tell you about their one downfall, really major disappointment to all it served the night of September 19 – their restaurant, La Vue. As a solo lady traveler, I never know if I am going to bumped from places because my check probably won’t amount…

Huus Hotel- Saanen/Gstaad

The Golden Pass train dropped me at Saanen where I was met by (a pre-arranged) red-suspender-clad member of the Huus Hotel Team. He quickly drove me the ten minutes up the mountain in a Huus branded Land Rover and deposited me straight to a velvety couch, coffee in hand. I felt very taken care of…

Golden Pass Swiss Railway

I’ve always had a love for train travel, maybe because I’ve never had the ‘pleasure’ of it in the US. High on my list is an old timey, Orient Express type- preferably run by the Belmond Hotel Group train ride. Well, these far exceed my pay grade, so Switzerland’s Golden Pass was an economical substitute….

Cafe de Grancy

My first Swiss meal out of quarantine was maybe not the most Swiss… a lovely salmon tartare from Cafe de Grancy. I enjoyed it with a glass of local white while sitting in the sunshine. The food was good and plentiful, but not completely too much. This place came highly rated by some fancy folks…

The Greek Project

Get me to the Greek! My best far so far (10 days in) has been The Greek Project in Lausanne. I’ve ordered delivery twice and it’s been absolutely fresh and delicious both times. Uber Eats gives you 13 CHF off of 50 CHF which is a relative steal for the three meals I divide it…

Slice Lausanne

Quarantine cooking with no pantry has proved ‘intersting.’ The two proper meals I’ve made have been downright bad. My main focus these days is omlettes and salads. How am I going to cook for my imaginary French dinner parties?? After a really disappointing meal Friday, I needed a redemption on Saturday and that would be…

Swiss Missed

Well, I’m basically a Swiss Miss now, I’ve experienced so many regional wonders while in midday day number nine of quarantine. Let’s see, there were food deliveries, laundry in a bunker, the tease of some good sunsets, instant coffee, windows open sleeping where bugs feasted on me while I slumbered….I could go on… Really, though,…

Beatnik on the River

Prior to my departure, I was able to sneak in a few great, Chicago meals, and they started with Beatnik on the River. My colleague/friend offered for fun, boho, Mediterranean or stuffy seafood. So, you can imagine how we landed here with those simple descriptions. Don’t get me wrong, I can get down for some…

Loewe’s O’Hare

The calm before the storm- that’s what the Loewe’s O’Hare hotel was to be for me. Feels like a grand state for an airport hotel, but I’m into the intense pressure of it. You see, European flights from Raleigh are currently all cancelled, so I had to fly through an American hub. Miami was out…

Swiss Miss Status Activated

Hi Friends! It has been just a minute! Not for lack of missing you all and this cuddly little blog, but because I’ve been working my bum off so that I could pick up and move…to Switzerland! I’m here in the country and it still feels surreal to write that I’ve moved abroad. I’m not…

Fried Ice Cream Pie

Need the perfect make ahead dessert for your Taco Tuesday? It’s super casual, only taking three days to create. Really, though it’s quite simple. It’s just the freezing that keeps you wondering when you’ll get to finally try the finished product. Start a day or two in advance by making David Lebovitz’s gorgeous cinnamon ice…

Gaby’s Green Rice

While I’ve never met a carb that I didn’t like, green rice was a new experiment for me. Not a beans and rice kinda girl, green rice seemed like a logical alternative. Plus, it was green so basically a vegetable. This green rice goddess of What’s Gaby Cooking was originally part of a larger bowl…

Torchy’s Tacos Copycat Street Corn

First thing’s first: I don’t care much for corn. However the success of my street cauliflower and the visit of my wee niece and nephew had me recreating the dish for something simpler and more traditional- corn. It was a hit! I even liked it. What I didn’t like were the corn ‘hairs’ as I…

Rick Andrew Martinez Double Pork Carnitas

Need a totally fail-proof make ahead main to feed a crowd? Rick Andrew Martinez delivers yet another perfect recipe, this time instead of Brown Butter Toffee Cookies, it’s double pork carnitas. That man is so creative. He ruled my taco buffet this weekend and I can confirm that these are tasty both hot and cold….

Limoncello Cookies

My loves, I miss you! I think about you and writing all the time, but it’s all been a bit full on lately, hasn’t it? I haven’t been cooking, like at all. Minor lie, Monday I decided to braise a pork roast and ended up throwing the entire thing straight into the garbage, it was…

Ina’s Salmon with Melting Tomatoes

Funny how stressful quarantines are better suited for wine and popcorn rather than the latest gourmet Mediterranean meal. Tonight would be different- tonight the Chrissy Teigan style of cooking salmon takes a Mediterranean vacation (that I could really, REALLY do with) with Ina Garten and this lovely recipe. The whole bit cooks for 11 minutes…

Gaby Made a Thai Beef Salad

How gorgeous is this salad from What’s Gaby Cooking? Yet ANOTHER win from this woman. Beautiful and cheese free which is what we are trying to be – at least this week. Her recipe is real heavy on the sesame oil, so I’m sharing my take here. Also, the original recipe calls for a crunchy,…

The Fluffiest of Omelettes

Need something to impress your luvah (orrrrrrr just yourself) and have nothing in the fridge? Thought so. I imagine that’s why Gaby whipped up this insanely gorgeous, impressive, and oddly simple recipe just for the occasion of Sunday morning luvah-land. Gaby’s Omelette Edit 3 large eggs, separated 1 T. parmesan Salt & pepper 1 T….

Gaby’s Chicken Schnitzel

One of the few saving graces of quarantine has been the chance to pause, reflect, and cook a whole bunch of things that you usually would not bother with. For me, this was Gaby’s Chicken Schnitzel (sounds a little…cheeky, no?). I was all, ok fine, that looks not that interesting, but since Gaby so highly…

Funk Food: Crab Fried “Rice”

This is one of those recipes that you know must be wonderful because my photos are so.damn.bad. I’m not much for cauliflower rice – it’s clearly not the carb it masquerades to be and it makes my stomach hurt? No thanks. I’ll just eat a salad. After reviewing my favorite Brewery Bhavana’s menu for their…

Gaby’s LA Chop Salad

This salad might be a contender for the best dish of quarantine. It’s like a deli sandwich exploded and the bread just disappeared, leaving a crunchy, fresh, meaty pile of chop in it’s wake. Wonderful. The real recipe also calls for chickpeas, but if I’m eating that level of carb, it’s going to be pasta….

Keto Street Cauliflower

This cauliflower is from the streets. The hard streets of Cast Iron Keto brought this idea to life, with some tweaks to the sauciness. The cauliflower grew up with a hard knock life, educated on the on the streets of Juarez. Or just like street corn, but better. Your choice. Either way, it was great…

Gaby’s Pan-Roasted Eggplant with Pecorino

Made this for the real eggplant lover in my life, who of course, loved it. To me it was good, but not life changing. Eggplant is a mop for oil and this recipe, the eggplants just kept drinking and drinking it up. They were good, but definitely felt like something a heavy-handed Italian grandmother would…

Garlicky Twisted Gaby Guac

My favorite read of quarantine has been What’s Gaby Cooking’s newest cookbook, “Eat What you Want!” Again, makes me wonder why I am just starting my relationship with her and how I don’t own the others yet! As I’ve made my way through her book, I have been saving her guacamole recipe for Cinco de…

Green Goddess Chicken and Dressing

This week was an experiment in eating green – chicken AND dressing. I took a recipe from the NYT and a dressing inspiration from What’s Gaby Cooking and made a salad sent straight from the garden. With this creation, you’ll get two, TWO items from the price of one. Love a sale! This color! Am…

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,…