Month: August 2015

6 Tips for a Great Weekend in Zurich // 6 Cose da fare per uno splendido weekend a Zurigo

After not even a month here, last weekend we had our first visitors: a couple, good friends of ours. Since we haven’t been in Zurich for a long time and we’ve been running around to do those many things you need to do when you move to a new place, we did not really know the city that well. So we asked also our friends for some suggestions and this is the plan we put together, relaxed and healthy, but not too much! 🙂 Visit to Uetliberg – this a nice half a day trip to one of Zurich’s surrounding mountains. You can either walk up there, roughly 1h 15min from where we currently live (Sihlcity), or by train. If you decide to walk up there, be prepared to do a bit of effort, even climbing a little bit if you take the wrong turn like we did eheh J, but that will be more than compensated by the great lunch options at the top. We went to the Kiosk, which offers good Swiss German …

Pesto all’Australiana / Pesto sauce

Not long ago my husband asked me if I could prepare some Pesto sauce. And I told him I’d do it. I did cook pesto a couple of times in my life and the first time was with my cousin from Torino, in Bardonecchia, when I was a kid and we were also preparing some gnocchi to go with it. Then I remember I did again a few years ago, but I had to refresh my memory. So I looked up the recipe on a website, Giallo Zafferano, unfortunately it’s only in Italian, to refresh my memory. I call it Australian Pesto because I cannot get access to Basil from Liguria, for example, because Genoa is the original town of Pesto. WHAT YOU NEED: – 50g Fresh Basil (better the small leaves one) – 70g Grated Parmesan Cheese (6-7 supper spoons) > Parmigiano Reggiano DOC or Grana Padano DOC, non Italian Parmesan Cheese will not do the job if you want do it the Italian way following the original recipe. But I’m conscious that it’s …

Is ‘Livable’ Another Word for ‘Boring’? Madrid vs Melbourne

Last week I was walking to my German class on this beautiful path next to the river in Zurich and, as always, my mind is wandering and thinking of 10,000 things at once or almost one after the other. And this question came to my mind: “Does the most liveable city in the world mean it’s boring?”.  It’s just one of those questions to ponder on. I guess the reason why this question came to my mind is because in the last 5 years, if I exclude Milan and Zurich where I recently moved to, I lived in two cities, which I both loved and still loved: Madrid and Melbourne. The difference between them, without going into detail, is that: Madrid – did not make the Top 10 of the most liveable cities in the world, but it’s very well organised, I’d say everything works pretty well and, to my knowledge, it’s one of liveliest and fun city in the world Melbourne – is at the Top of the ranking for the 5th time and is …

The 4 Phases of Moving to Another Place

I have been living my life in different places. Although it’s been mostly in Italy, in Milan, I have always had the chance to travel, whether it was for holiday, study or work purposes. First encouraged by my parents who well thought it was important to discover the world, know about other cultures and learn other languages to enrich ourselves and prepare for the future, as you never know what turn life could take. At the beginning I felt lucky, but a bit forced, and then little by little this desire to discover the world has become part of me. And now I actively seek these kind of experiences. That’s why lately I spent 2 years and a half living in working in Madrid, Spain, 3 years in Melbourne, Australia, and now I just recently moved to Zurich. Every time you move, I think you go through different experiences, phases and emotional states. After my latest transfer to Spain first and to Australia second, I started realising there is actually a pattern in moving and …

Salmorejo: Ricetta estiva rinfrescante / Summer Recipe from Spain

E’ tempo di un’altra ricetta. Ora, febbraio, in Australia siamo in estate, ma Melbourne ha un clima molto particolare, quindi fa’ caldo quando vuole lei, ma in questi giorni siamo decisamente sopra i 30° gradi e allora ho pensato di cucinare qualcosa di fresco per cena. Qualche anno fa’ l’idea di mangiarmi un salmorejo, una variante del gazpacho, mi avrebbe assolutamente inorridita, ma dopo 2 anni e mezzo in Spagna, mi ci sono abituata, anzi me ne sono innamorata. E per questo ieri, viste le calde temperature, ne avevo proprio voglia! 🙂 Ma allora cos’è il salmorejo? E’ una minestra fredda a base di pomodoro della tradizione andalusa. INGREDIENTI (per 2 persone come pasto, per 3-4 come antipasto alla spagnola): . 500g pomodori spelati e tagliati a tocchetti . pane secco, del giorno prima magari, a tocchetti. Quanto ne metterete influirà sulla densità della crema. . 100ml olio, aggiungere poi a piacere . 1 spicchio d’aglio, ma si puo’ iniziare con metterne metà e poi eventualmente aggiungerlo dopo . un pizzico di sale . 1 …

A Lebanese night out in Zurich // Una serata libanese a Zurigo

Last night after a full day of running around doing million things, I really needed to relax, chill out, unwind… We were supposed to go to an organised event, but it was too late, so wandering around Zurich, I believe still in Enge, we saw this cute and lively bar on the corner, next to the river, with coulourful lights and music playing with such a great vibe and we decided to make a stop there. A very welcoming staff, just showed us where we could sit while waiting for  proper table. We sat on the stools, maybe a bit too high vs the table, but where we ended staying the whole night! We ordered a “stange”, the Swiss/German word for a small beer, which is already probably 3/4 of a pint (another country where beer is easily drunk :), and a “radler”, which I was told it’s called “Panache” or “Panache’ “, like in France, basically beer with lemonade. Ohhh God, it was so refreshing, since Zurich last night was still very warm. Oh, …