All posts tagged: Switzerland

What is a “guetzli”? // Cos’e’ un “guetzli”?

This morning after the gym I decided to stop by one of my favourite cafes in the neighbourhood …

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Nominated for “Der Koch Blog Preis 2017” i.e. 2017 Swiss Cooking Blog Award :)

Hello again! Yes, I’ve been back to writing and I’m writing a lot you’ll say…yep! Probably, but let’s take it as it comes! 🙂

Or should I say instead: “Hallo” (hello in German)?

Probably yes since I’ve been nominated to participate in this Swiss 2017 Cooking Blog Award or, better & properly said: “Der Koch Blog Preis 2017”.

Cooking is part of travelling…

Merry Belated Xmas with a SweetSwiss Specialty // Ancora auguri di Buon Natale con uno speciale dolce svizzero

It’s been already almost a year and a half since we moved to Zürich and, as part of our discovery of Switzerland, of course food is one of the main interesting aspects! As 2016 approaches, we decided for a Swiss sweet specialty from the Appenzeller Kanton in its Xmas version: the Mandelbiber.  And because we didn’t know how it tasted, we went for its smaller version, which is called Mandelbiberli in fact because it’s small. The small version is a common snack for Swiss people. It’s a sweet spicy dow filled with either almonds (mandel) or walnuts (nüss). Cinnamon is definitely king! But it also contains ginger, anis, cardamom, coriander, pimento and cloves. Usually its top is always decorated, for example, with a bear, the Appenzeller Kanton’s symbol, or other drawings or Xmas wishes like the one we bought at Wüst Patisserie in Zürich. I must say it’s a different taste, at least from pur Italian taste, but definitely an interesting one and good to have every once in a while! More info, I’m afraid …

What’s the typical Swiss Easter cake? Here’s the recipe!

Well, it’s time to get local again in Switzerland and more specifically in Zurich. As Easter is approaching, actually 4 days away, patisseries, supermarkets and and the all lot are already full of Chocolate Easter eggs, but mainly chocolate Easter bunnies even more, but also the traditional Swiss “Oster Torte” i.e. the Easter Cake. Well, since this year Carlo’s birthday was just a few days before Easter, I decided we should give it a go and have a taste of this traditional Easter Cake, which usually has a bunny designed on top. My choice fell on Sprungli as it’s a patisserie and chocolaterie I can trust. So I gave the traditional Easter cake a new role: a birthday cake for Carlo! This cake is made of rice and raisins mainly. It has a delicate taste and I think I liked it although it isn’t one of those cakes to die for, but it’s good to taste at least once and, with being a cake, it’s a healthier option than many more other chocolate and cream …

What is the Lichterfest in Zurich? // Cos’e’ la “Lichterfest” di Zurigo?

A friend of mine invited me to go to the Lichterfest in Zurich on the Bahnofstrasse and I decided to invite an American friend of mine that I was supposed to meet on that very same afternoon. We decided to meet just 5 minutes before 6pm, when the event would take place. And you’ll think: “what are you talking about?” Well, I’m talking about the fraction of a second when the Xmas lights are lit up on the Bahnofstrasse, the main street of Zurich, to celebrate the start of the new Christmas season. Well, as always, It took my tram in time to get there and when I was supposed to change and take the 2nd tram, well I just decided I’d walk because trams were full and a huge crowd was invading the square and the rest of the Bahnoffstrasse. So, it basically took me 15 mins to reach my meeting point, while I watched the lights being lit up while walking. It was nice, but the street was so crowded and people were …

#Expovina Zürich: wine, #wine and more wine! // Expovina Zurigo: vino, vino e ancora vino!

Some Aussie friends, that I met recently, were talking about going to a wine festival on boats on lake Zurich. In my head I thought: ” what an interesting way of letting people taste and enjoy wine. Of course, the lake better be calm if you are usually sea-sick or, in this case, lake-sick! ;)” A week later I received the invitation to go together. I was trying to understand how long would this wine cruise take until I actually found out that the 12 or more boats at the Expovina were actually anchored at port ahah What a big laugh! The entrance is 25chf, and you usually better have cash, which could sound expensive. But since companies participating are actually distributors and you pay such a fee, you actually get to taste a lot of wine. Some just pour up to 1/4-1/3 of a glass. So definitely a fun activity, especially when you have to climb the different boats stairs 😉 So I’d suggest to have a hearty meal, or even a hot dog …

And the raclette season is open! // La stagione della raclette e’ ufficialmente aperta!

Last Saturday we went close to home to Amstad Chaeslaedeli, a typical proximity Swiss Cheese shop that sells cheese, but not only, also for example milk, pasta, wine, etc… and some gourmet food. We went there because they were celebrating the start of the raclette season. They offered a cheese and alcohol tasting. You could choose among many types of flavoured raclette cheese. We tried the saffran and the chilly ones and they were absolutely delicious! We tasted with sake, which I don’t know whether it was the right combination, but it was ok. You could also choose to stay there for lunch at very reasonable prices for Zurich, that is: a raclette dish with potatoes, pickled onions and cucumbers for 6CHF a glass of wine for 4CHF Everything was very good and the atmosphere very welcoming and relaxed. People form the neighbourhood got together, chatted, laughed, ate and drank in a very friendly atmosphere. You could also taste schnapps form the behind mountain and beer. Anyway, photos speak more than words! A very fun …

What’s a Street Food Festival like in Zurich? // Com’e’ uno Street Food Festival a Zurigo?

Sometimes when you live abroad, really far away, everything there seems to be absolutely amazing and it is, but that absolutely amazing thing, event or whatever, that seems so unique, may also exists back home or somewhere else in the world. That’s what exactly happened with the Zurich Street Food Festival, apparently something increasing in popularity that attracts a lot of people and that this year will have happened at least 3 times! We almost missed it because it rained for an hour or so just before going, but luckily we didn’t! Big but not too much, fancy but not too much, appealing, very well organised, with a great positive vibe and with actually a lot of Food cuisine to choose from, this was the Zurich Street Festival on Saturday night, which actually lasts for four days from the Thursday to the Sunday and that seems to be coming back in November (19-30.11.2015) I guess in a Xmas version maybe. So watch out for the dates. Already missing Asian food from living in Australia, we …

Want to move abroad? But where?

A friend just shared an article about the best countries to move to according to 3 main different criteria: 1. Economics 2. Experience 3. Raising children But the good thing about it is that the ranking is interactive according to which are the criteria that interest you the most. You might be interested more into the experience or just some aspects of the economics. Here’s the link to the countries interactive 2013 ranking by HSBC: http://www.expatexplorer.hsbc.com/#/countries But you can also compare 2 countries, read about hints and tips or go more in the research into detail. I won’t uncover you anything, but you’ll find a few surprises! For you to read! Related articles Want to move abroad? This map shows the best and worst countries to be an expatriate. (washingtonpost.com) World’s 10 best economies for expats (cbsnews.com) The 15 Best Countries For You To Move To Right Now (businessinsider.com)

Chilly & Feeling ‘snowy’ today: Where to go skiing before it’s too crowded! // Voglia di neve? Ecco le destinazioni Top prima che diventino troppo affollate!

Today it really felt a bit colder in Melbourne and I could smell the snowy weather in the air. Supposedly it snowed in Victoria, in Mount Buller for example, and it’s going to snow in Queenstown, New Zealand. Well, yeah, I’d love to ski!!! So on the subject here’s an article that I came across on The Age by ‘Miss Snow it all‘ (I love this name!) which collects some other ski destinations around the globe. They are always in the famous ski countries in Europe, North America, Japan, but it says they are soon to become the new top spots. Some of them you might know, depending on where you live, some others you won’t. Some of them I find hard to believe, probably because I know the place too well or maybe it has just been improved in the last few years and I don’t know…I hope so! Some I totally agree with. And I think that a different place can always look interesting to new eyes, coming from another country or snow …