All posts tagged: Zurich

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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2 Rooftop bars I recently tried in Zurich…and they’re worth it! // 2 rooftop bars che valgono la pena a Zurigo!

It’s been a while I know, but with this changing weather, cold and even snowy a few weeks ago to make you unwell and then such beautiful sunny days that really push you to enjoy life outside in the open air, and of course a bunch of other stuff… well time flies! As what it concerns going out, I’ve done a bit of this lately, I have two rooftop bars to suggest in Zurich. Yes, rooftop bars are a thing also in Zurich and I’d say a reasonably big thing 🙂 If you want a classy, trendy place with an indoor and outdoor, to enjoy a great drink either with or without alcohol, do a bit of people watching (if you are into that kind of things), just relax, chill out, especially when the sun is out to finish well the day, watching the sunset with a view on the city. And also have the option to dine or listen to some live music on some days, well “George” is the place for you! In …

Discovering one of the many Xmas markets in Zurich // Alla scoperta di uno dei mercatini di Natale di Zurigo

In a bit more than 20 days it’s Xmas, yes again, but finally with all the atmosphere I was always used to. A bit of cold, Xmas trees, decorations and, most of all lights, everywhere, and that you can actually see because the sky is not lit up by the sun anymore…which prevent you from seeing them. (i.e. in Melbourne most of the Xmas decorations are not lit up because it would be a waste as there is still light some days until 9-10pm at night) By the way, it’s been a marvellous experience that of living Xmas in the summer, eating my husband’s favourite “anolini”, to tell it brutally and for the sake of letting you understand, excusing myself with my husband, the people of Piacenza and all the foodies and food experts, they are meat-filled “ravioli” usually eaten with broth. Well, on the first 24th of December we spent in Australia, my husband could not renounce to his traditional Xmas dish, so we had the anolini with broth, of course in the air-conditioning …

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 …

Saigon – An Eu(Pho)ric Experience! // Saigon – un’esperienza eu(Pho)rica!

From time to time guests, bloggers or just casual writers, give the honour of writing a post on my blog, which enriches my blog with different experiences and point of views. Very much appreciated! ~~~~~~~ Here, for example, is a culinary experience written by Carlo Tagliabue. It’s easy to get lost in the maze of Asian food – such a variety of flavours, colours and tastes that leaves a novice like me always baffled when staring at menus of traditional eateries. And navigating dish descriptions and ingredients does often not help (what again is Horapa??). So one starts to find his own bearings with some iconic dishes. These might clearly label you as a tourist, but they are at first a safe bet to leave the restaurant with a full belly and can become later on the starting point for a more extensive exploration into the unchartered territory of that country’s food scene. When it comes to Vietnam’s vast culinary ocean, my own safety raft is Pho. A typical noodle soup consisting of broth and …

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 …

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 …

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, …