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!…

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…

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…

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…

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…