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: Venice

MACARONS Gelatolandia: Small walk-up in Lido with daily changing flavors including an exceptional lemon sorbet MAYHEM Hotel Cipriani: If you can’t snag a poolside lunch reservation, stop by for a Bellini or twelve and people watching Harry’s Bar: Same Cipriani group makes more Bellinis in this classic location NOSH Al Cavaliere: Easy spot for a…

Verbier

Fifteen hundred meters high, Verbier is an adult wonderland in the summer and what must be a mirage in winter. (Can’t wait to experience that at some point). Entry via gondola or “telecabine” sets the scene and makes any visitor giddy with a childlike wonder of what’s in store at the finish line. Its’s Plentiful…

Chalet d’Adrien- Verbier

An absolute MUST for a phenomenal (re: pricey) brunch is a reservation at Chalet d’Adrien. Absolutely worth the $99 a head splurge. Linger for hours over table after table of food where NOTHING you taste is even remotely ‘meh’. The wine service is very attentive and the views are breath taking. You can walk it…

The Shed- Verbier

As soon as we arrived in Verbier, we basically just made a beeline for The Shed, awaiting it’s opening hours. During that time we ran into a couple friends who were dutifully the first customers there because they “dream about this place.” I can see way. Classic American rock music supports a just dark and…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Lake Como

MAYHEM Cantina Folie: Incredible wine bar with a very fun charcuterie menu. Great date spot Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Beach: Adult playground for drinks, seafood heavy menus, incredible views and better people-watching NOSH La Terrazza Gualtiero at Grand Hotel Tremezzo: Special occasion Michelin-starred risotto that comes with a certificate of authenticity L’Escale Trattoria: Casual outpost…

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…

DaV Mare- Portofino

Despite my love of Camogli, the best meal that I had was just a single course from DaV Mare in Portofino. This unassuming terrace of the Belmond Splendido Marina hotel made for the nicest lunch tucked away from throngs of cruise ship tourists. Service was friendly and the food was absolutely phenomenal. The website describes…

Portofino

A jewel box of upscale boutiques and cafes surround the U-shaped Portofino harbor. Come early to enjoy a short walk away from the throngs of tourists who will undoubtedly disembark from a tendering nearby cruiseship. While Portofino is lovely for a few hours, the real gem of this section of the Ligurian coast is Camogli,…

Vistamare- Santa Margherita

Vistamare, the signature restaurant of Grand Hotel Miramare, is the perfect ambiance for a special meal, or just a glorious place to dine and gaze into the eyes of the sea and twinkly lights along the Ligurian coast. Of course, you’re obligated to start with champagne and a 21 EUR glass in this location feels…

Vineria Macchiavello- Santa Margherita

Tucked away on one of Santa Margherita’s adorable, cobble stone side streets is Vineria Macchiavello. Not packed as the fococciarias were down the street, we landed here one very hot afternoon for a quick snack and it proved to be an excellent choice. The old timey entrance, chalkboard menus, and full window display were most…