All posts tagged: Food for thought

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 …

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, …

What’s FoMO? 4 Tips Shows You How to Cope with it. // FoMO: “Uma vida correndo”. 4 consigli su come affrontarla.

FoMo, aka ‘Fear of Missing Out’. I have to admit that I am affected myself by Fomo sometimes as there are so many things I want to do and places I want to see in my life. And so I force myself into running from one place to another to see people, new places (whether a new cafe or a town while traveling) or experience something I’ve never done before. I think increasing people are affected but this phenomenon, but I believe there’s also a parallel trend of trying to enjoy the good things life, especially Food & Wine, slow down and spend ‘quality time’ with friends, the loved ones, or just escape from the cities and this crazy lifestyle. And that is why I believe there’s an increasing offer of different getaways, organic food, gourmet, or ‘sort of’, restaurants springing and so on. That’s why I said I only sometimes experience FoMO, if it’s FoMO. I, in fact, sometimes believe it’s just a crazy curiosity about the world and life in general. Anyway no …

Why go to New Zealand? // Perche’ andare in Nuova Zelanda?

New Zealand: if I think of New Zealand, I think of a dreamland or better, a dream destination. A land where you can just loose yourself in the beauties of nature, its colours, its amazing panoramas. This time it’s been a short visit, a long weekend to the South Island, exactly to Queenstown and its surrounding mountains, to accomplish a dream: skiing in New Zealand. This dream had 2 challenges: 1. Reach New Zealand 2. Ski there For #1 I can say it was quite easy, as I now live in Melbourne, Australia. For #2, it has been a little bit more difficult as lately my operated knee was begging for attention. So it required quite a deal of motivation, to start the physio, and more effort, to actually do it. But if I want something, I’ll get it! And that’s why I found myself skiing for a long day on the slopes of Cardrona just after 2 months of quite an intense Physio schedule. Well, the mountains in Cardrona look similar to the Western …

POSITIVE MONDAY! – Monday Positive Start!

Just a quick note & video to start a new week with a positive attitude! We know Mondays can be quite hard sometimes. Spring has just started, UpAbove is still summer, we can make what we want out of our life. I’m quoting my friend Carlos: “Half an hour can change your life”,for the positive, or even just a minute! (Original quote in Spanish: “Una media hora te puede cambiar la vida”) So let’s take it slowly, relax, stop for a moment and listen to this people singing a song in Federation Square, just in the Melbourne CBD. For the Video Click on the photo below or on the following link: http://youtu.be/ZPK5eI4tRnA

FIJI Part 3: the Mamanucas Islands & the Coral Coast // FIJI: isole Mamanucas e Coral coast

Well, it’s been difficult to plan the trip at times as the weather forecast was continually changing and I expect this is probably normal in the South Pacific area. Luckily it did not get too much in the way of relaxing and having fun. Finally the trip to the Mamanucas Islands, one of the 2 archipelagos not to miss, was scheduled for Wednesday. We’d tour the first islands and then stop on Mana Island, a long but narrow island with a resort and backpackers, where you have the luxury to choose which beach to go to. We went with South Sea cruises‎, most of the 1-day trips are valued at 200FJ$ or less, which is around 100AUD$, a bit less in €. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the show put in place by nature that day was simply to die for. Clear water, white, long sandy beaches, corals and palms… WELCOME TO MANA ISLAND! Our arrival accompanied by music…feeling like a star in the movies or too much of a tourist, you choose. …

An unexpected trip to FIJI – Part 1 // Alla scoperta delle FIJI – Parte 1

An unexpected trip to Fiji that’s what happened to me. What is considered to be a luxury or honeymoon destination in italy is just so close to Australia, a 4 hour flight from Melbourne, and affordable, if you take advantage of flight bargains and book cheap accommodation through Booking.com or Wotif, for example. And that’s what I did with my friends! And you still get to go to the luxury resort beaches as the beach, in most countries outside Italy, is a public place. So you get the best without spending too much money. Our trip started with a bumpy and scary flight with Pacific Air, Qantas partner, due to the bad weather conditions, but we survived that and landed in Nadi. Not a good looking city, and even worse with the rain, but this gave us the chance to explore it a little bit more. We visited the Hindu temple, modern but very colourful, the craft market, where you need to bargain, the fruit & veggie market, where we discovered wonderful fruit, veggies, spices, …

Rushing for Gold, Enjoying it for its Food & more: Ballarat!

It’s  been a while that I wanted to go and visit Ballarat. Why? Well, it is the symbol of the Gold Rush in Australia and it is where the Eureka Stockade took place. That is some important piece of history in Australia and an historic place just very close to Melbourne. It’s just an hour and a half drive from Melbourne, but you can reach it by train. I’d suggest to go by car as you get the chance to visit also the surroundings. A new museum has also just opened: M.A.D.E. – Museum  of Australian Democracy at Eureka. This museum proposes different views on democracy in the world, but most importantly sits on the site where the Eureka Stockade took place. This rebels action occurred in 1854 when the miners in the area started to claim their rights. This event in time is considered by some people as the starting point for Democracy in Australia. Its symbol is a blue flag, sewn by the miners wives, with the Southern Cross star. You can see …