Shiro- Paris

If you’re looking for a way to properly indulge on a Friday or Saturday night in Paris, consider Shiro. While the resto has a full menu during the week, on the weekend it only offers an omakase menu so all you have to decide is whether you want six or eight courses and how much…

Hotel Le Bellechasse- Paris

She’s baaaack! Me! I’m that she! And as a woman of her word, I’m returning to Paris for a couple top secret weekends this year. Recently was one such weekend and after such an incredible mid-chemo jaunt to Le Bellechasse, well, I knew I just had to return. The room I had this time was…

L’Antre Amis- Paris

If you’re living in Geneva, chances are you might find yourself with friends from Paris who can send you to neighborhood haunts rather than restaurants you’d find written up on blogs and in guidebooks. L’Antre Amis is just that- a neighborhood gem and recommendation from someone who used to be of that neighborhood. Tucked onto…

Hotel Jobo- Paris

I’m sure that Josephine Bonaparte would have been cool with this sassy moniker given to a Marais hotel in her name. It just exudes a hair flip, doesn’t it? I can’t recall how this place ever got on my list of places I was determined to stay, but it had been there for some time….

Evi Evane- Paris

Beautiful, fresh food that doesn’t cost a fortune and isn’t cheese based! Evi Evane, what a lucky find, tucked away on a side street just a few blocks from St. Suplice. This will absolutely join my rotation of Parisian regular restos. Yum. Yum.. Yum… My charming waiter was my only insight into the kitchen as…

25 Hours Zurich West

A long weekend with the brother flying into Zurich found us at the 25 Hours Hotel located in the almost too-cool industrial quarter or Zurich West. The hotel was chosen for it’s fun-seeming vibe…and the bunk beds(!) offered to two siblings traveling together- definitely a novelty. 25 Hours was definitely a fun, novelty hotel full…

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux has the feeling that someone has condensed some of the best parts of Paris, and dropped them all into the extremely walkable city of Bordeaux. The architecture, food, and overall ‘Frenchness’ drama give a bit of the magic of Paris, but beautifully situated on the southwestern coast. I had the feeling I was coming…

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: 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…

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…