Octopus Restaurant- Geneva

A few days ago was the birthday of my dear friend. We met in Geneva for a leisurely, ‘ladies who lunch’ at the Octopus Restaurant near Champel. This meal had quite the build up for us as we were supposed to enjoy this restaurant back in October, but then her husband had Covid and then…

Greek Sc-alad

This weekend I combined two of my food loves- Greek salad and scallops- into a marriage called ‘Scalad.’ Pretty satisfying combination even if the scallops were very sandy like these were. I’m French, they call seared scallops, “snackee” for the sound they make when you sear them. Apparently this is “snack, snack.” No recipe, just…

Coconut Curry Sauce for Scallops

Here’s a super simple scallop drizzle with ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. Coconut milk, curry powder, and Siracha. That’s it! Dial the combo that way that feels right for you. In my example here, I was working with reduced fat coconut milk, which made things quite thin. Opt for the full deal…

Bearnaise Sauce

In the month of May, I made a lot of salads, went on vaca, then made a bunch more salads. I was hungry for a steak. A steakhouse steak. What’s the difference? Bearnaise. While I’d never made the sauce before, it was deceptively simple and really stepped up the meal. Excellent with both steak and…

Relais Castello di Morcote

The final leg of my trip to Ticino was to be four nights at the gorgeous Relais Castello di Morcote. It did not happen and I feel so strange about it. I have never cut a trip short. Ever. So, to do so at a gorgeous hotel for the part of a trip that I…

Castello Scheeloss Restaurant – Ascona

After ambling the streets of Ascona for nearly a week, I’d noted some restaurants to investigate further. On my final night, I wanted to go off-campus of the gorgeous Hotel Eden Roc and enjoy something a little more casual. Note: with a number of restaurants still not seating outside guests inside, restaurants closed random days…

Swiss Miss: Ascona

Ascona, what an absolute gem of the Ticino region! This postcard pleasant town is conveniently located adjacent to the transportation-heavy Locarno, but with far more charm, so it’s an excellent jumping off point for the region or hikes originating from Locarno. You feel like you are walking the streets lakeside in Italy, but with all…

Marina Restaurant – Ascona

Marina, along with the Eden Roc Hotel, look like they were transplanted from South Beach to Ascona. An absolute time trap, in the most beautiful way. Just look… The menu was posted on a surfboard outside of the placid lake. The inside of the restaurant was absolutely stunning. Pure beach vibes, though the restaurant totes…

La Brezza – Ascona

La Brezza, what an absolutely joyful meal. I can’t imagine a better experience coming out of quarantine and back into the world of fine dining and indoors no less. While the clientele of Eden Roc was a bit older and serious (that’s Ms. Fluffy Scrunchy pictured below), the Michelin one-starred La Brezza, was an absolute…

Hotel Eden Roc – Ascona

After three nights at the very cute and clean Seven Boutique Hotel, I was going to upgrade a wee bit to the Hotel Eden Roc at the other end of Ascona. Thank you Hotels.com for letting me cash in some free nights here because this place was absolute heaven. The property was STUNNING. Meticulous gardens…

Swiss Miss: Valle Verzasca

After eating your pizza at the Lido Campground, walk just another 10 minutes to Tenero. From there, you can see the very small town, but also catch the bus to Valle Verzasca. You’ll pass that famous dam from Goldeneye that seems to be on a lot of Ticino to-see lists. View it from the bus…

Camping Lido Restaurant – Muralto

Does it seem like this vacation is nothing but long walks and eating pizza? It was. This one was a favorite too. At the end of my long stroll from Locarno to Muralto, I was desperate for some lunch. Trusty Google maps told me that I had a choice of a few restos up ahead…