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28 Oct 14

Eating Local: Claude-Olivier Marti presents Risotto with Bleu de Grangeneuve and Botzi Pears

Perhaps one of the biggest misunderstandings about Swiss culture is that our food consists only of dried meats and melted cheese. Of course, this over-simplification has its roots in the fact that our meats and cheese are just that good. After all, once you’ve tasted the local raclette, melted over a wood fire oven in a remote chalet somewhere in the mountains, why would you ever want to eat anything else?!? If you’re like us, you’ll eat far more than the medically-recommended quantity of cheese and meat each year under the guise of eating local and supporting Swiss culture ;). But from time to time, you’ll wish that you could explore the more nuanced side of Swiss cuisine. With the gorgeous farm land and fresh market offerings, there must be more to it, non? For ideas, we turned to some local food bloggers here in Switzerland and asked them

Where to eat and drink in Lausanne: Culture Café

For a country with such a developed palette for fine gastronomy – wine, chocolate and cheese to name a few of the obvious examples – Switzerland is not particularly known for its coffee. In fact, we’ve often lamented the fact that at all of the cafés that we love here in Lausanne, coffee is a predictable low point in the experience. Unlike the up-and-coming artisanal beer scene (which you know we love), coffee roasting in the Confederation seems to be handled by a few, largely uninspiring brands. Needless to say, when we heard about Culture Café with its distinct mission to bring true coffee culture to Lausanne, we were intrigued to give it a try. This little coffee shop is housed inside of the Fnac at the Tour Bel-Air – yes, you indeed read that correctly. Inside the Fnac. To get there, you’ll need to head to the lower
03 Oct 14

Meet the Makers: La Nebuleuse

When you enter their brewery there’s a sense that you are right in the epicenter of a creative space.
23 Sep 14

Where to Eat in Lausanne: Street Kitchen

If you’ve spent any time in or around Place de la Riponne this summer, you would have noticed the influx of food trucks and stands there every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you’ve walked past Street Kitchen, a food stand started by Toni and Emma–a husband and wife duo, the first item on their menu would definitely had made you do a double-take…it’s called The Skinny Bitch and it’s freakin delicious. We had the pleasure of trying out a few items on their menu recently and couldn’t think more highly of their melange of different flavors and fresh ingredients.    We asked Emma, the co-founder and chef, a few questions about Street Kitchen and thought we’d share her answers with you: What inspired you to start Street Kitchen? I come from a family of entrepreneurs so starting my own business was always something I wanted to do. We felt there was
09 Sep 14

Where to Shop (Eat & Drink) in Lausanne: Ernest

Guillaume and his sister Virginie opened the doors to Ernest just a few weeks ago, but are creating a bit of a buzz already. What drew us in initially was the catchy logo–an older mustachioed gentleman, complete with a suit and tie, black and white–a simple statement. When we later found out the gentleman was Ernest, Guillaume and Virginie’s grandfather, the story is what made us stay. Ernest’s love for food and the creation of food is what created the concept for his namesake’s store, and now Guillaume and Virginie get to continue in this creative vein. At Ernest, you can find a range of local products; from beer, wine, cheese, and meat, to sirups, crackers, biscuits, and breads. One of their popular (and extremely eye-catching) items, however, tends to be their already-prepared meals packaged in gorgeous glass jars. Some are family recipes, others are well-known regional dishes–all made with

Where to Eat in Lausanne: The Great Escape

Bars come and bars go. But somehow the Great Escape is always a Lausanne favorite.

Where to hang out in Lausanne: La Grenette

Settled in a couch reminiscent of one that resides in our grandmother’s house, surrounded by multicolored sun umbrellas and flower gardens that welcome a friendly picker (at just 50 centimes per stem), it’s kind of hard to believe we are still in Lausanne. Seriously, when did it get this trendy? From those who brought us Zooburger, La Grenette is a small oasis in the midst of Riponne’s concrete plaza, which opened it’s proverbial doors earlier this summer. The furniture is thrifted, the idea fresh; mismatched tables and chairs add to the informally cute charm. The menu consists of creative cuisine (currently Korean bimbimbaps and jap-chaes are our faves), in-house Soulberry sirops, and various beer, wine, and cocktail choices. One of the best parts? La Grenette is literally a place for everyone. Looking around there are students with headphones studying their textbooks, friends chatting over apero, couples splitting a bimbimbap, and families
30 Jun 14

Summer Cocktail Series: Pimm’s Cucumber Spritz

Alright lazies, this one is for you! A crisp and fresh cocktail that is literally the easiest thing to make in the history of…ever?
20 Jun 14

Summer Cocktail Series: Rosé Pamplemousse

This delightfully refreshing spin on apéritif is starting to pop up in cafés across the City of Lights. How do we know? Because we discovered it with Parisian friends this Spring. It’s still rare to find a good one, but once you take your first sip, we’re sure you’ll believe us when we say that the Rosé Pamplemousse will soon take over the world. With any luck, we’ll begin to find it in Lausanne next summer – for now, you can whip it up at home! The playersGrapefruit siropRosé wine – cheap is best 😉A wedge of grapefruit (or two…)Ample ice cubes The play Pour 2 dl of rosé wine into a cocktail shaker Stir in the grapefruit sirop – add a little at a time to taste. There’s no precise recipe – every café owner we spoke to has their own proportions Add ice and give it a
13 Jun 14

Summer Cocktail Series: Strawberry Basil Lemonade (…for grown ups)

This heat has us hankering for a little refreshment, and several of the grocery stores have strawberries on sale right now making it the perfect time to whip up this little concoction! We love the natural sweetness of muddled strawberries paired with the fresh flavor of basil. Bring on summer! The Players 1.5 oz vodka 5 strawberries 5 fresh basil leaves 1 lemon honey club soda The Play Muddle strawberries and basil together – you’ll want to get them good and smashed to avoid having too many chunks in the drink Mix in the juice from the lemon and drizzle a bit of honey Add vodka Pour the mixture into cocktail shaker Give it a good shake, and then add a little club soda to make it sparkle Pour into an ice-filled glass and garnish with lemon round and a strawberry Cheers!
04 Jun 14

Summer Cocktail Series: The Moscow Mule

A perfect blend of spicy ginger beer, freshly squeezed lime, and sliced cucumber and mint makes this vodka-based drink dangerously delectable.

Where to eat and drink in Lausanne: La Couronne d’Or

Hidden away but always bustling, this Lausanne institution is a charming treasure for any moment of the day.

Where to eat in Lausanne: Chez Xu

It’s not an exaggeration when we say that our thoughts are still consumed with last week’s dinner; visions of fried dumplings, crispy honey chicken, and Szechuan beef are dancing in our heads. In fact, as we write these words, we are salivating and wondering how soon would be too soon to pay them another visit. Mr and Mrs Xu moved here to Lausanne from China ten years ago, when they opened up the first and original Chez Xu in Place du Tunnel (the second location on Rue Petit-Chene is the newest of the two). Mrs Xu was a vegetable farmer and Mr Xu was in the restaurant business when they decided to make the move. And we are so glad they did. With pages and pages in their menu, it is really difficult to choose just one dish–which is why we recommend going with friends so you can share

Where to eat in Lausanne: Brasserie Lausanne-Moudon

The morning before my soirée at Brasserie Lausanne-Moudon, a local friend told me to start fasting, “You will eat heavy, and you will eat well.” Moudon is known for hearty French brasserie fare like tender beef medallions sautéed in foie gras and all-day roasted veal knuckle. It’s the cuisine of red wine lovers and carne connoisseurs, the kind of people who like their meat falling off the bone and don’t care if their vegetables are cut à la julienne. While equally chic as other trendy restaurants around town, we found Moudon’s down-to-earth vibe and delicious but not-so-delicate food to be a refreshing change. It’s no surprise that Moudon knows what its doing. Situated in the heart of the old city, in the Place du Tunnel, the brasserie has been around since 1896 and was an obligatory stop for travelers from the north of the canton. As the city has

Where to eat in Lausanne: Etoile Blanche

Known for its lively happy hour scene, this 1930’s British-inspired gastropub has become something of a Lausanne legend.

The Best Terraces of Lausanne: Café de l’Evêché

When to go: It might be hotter than Hades outside, but you’ve got a hankering for a cheese fondue. If you mention this to a friend or colleague, they will look at you like you have two heads, “A fondue? In summer?” We feel you, friend. On the hidden terrace of Café de l’Evêché, you’ll find a sympathetic crowd of cheese lovers ordering one of the café’s TEN fondue options. Although we’ve not yet tried it, the house fondue especially piqued our interest – it’s prepared with beer and armagnac. We’ll definitely be back to give that a try! Who to go with: This is a great spot to go with friends. The terrace is completely charming, but we’d stop short of describing it as romantic. What to wear: It’s up to you. This is not the sort of place where anyone is going to take notice !

The Best Terraces of Lausanne: La Folie Voltaire

When to go: Lazy weekend days. Bring a book and prepare to loiter in the sunshine. Who to go with: This is one of Lausanne’s family hotspots, so don’t hesitate to bring the little guys. A playground is just next to the dining area, so you can enjoy your adult conversation, knowing that your children are a short ear-shot away. But also, this is one of our favorite places to go alone. There is a sweet tranquillity that is hardly interrupted by the little voices nearby. What to wear: Nobody cares what you are wearing…just show up and enjoy life as it was meant to be…

The Best Terraces of Lausanne: The Beau-Rivage

Lausanne’s most prestigious address and privileged view offers the perfect spot to linger over drinks on a sunny day.

The Best Terraces of Lausanne: P’Tit Bar

Just under the shadows of our Notre Dame cathedral sits a cafe whose name is certainly no misnomer, P’Tit Bar. With just a few tables scattered comfortably on the sidewalk, it’s safe to say that this terrace has one of the best views in the city. When to go: Our favorite time is in the morning while vendors are still setting up their stands for the Saturday morning market. Grab a paper, a brioche, a coffee and enjoy people-watching as the city begins to come alive. Who to go with: Your partner, friend, or just solo. This is a place where you feel completely comfortable regardless of your company. What to wear: Anything goes. Though if you plan to head to the market after, leave the stilettos at home. What we order: We tend to go the pastry & coffee route–as you can see many fresh options in the

The best terraces of Lausanne: Les Grandes Roches

At Les Grandes Roches an unusual urban space has been reclaimed and under-bridge-drinking given a new cool.

A la Bossette

Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy a posh bar as much as the next girl. But let’s get real. Sometimes, the thing you want most of all is comfort food, good beer, relaxed ambiance and a crowd of fun-loving friends. For these moments, there is A la Bossette. A la Bossette Café is located on the fringe of La Cité on Lausanne’s Place du Nord. Serving for many years as a meeting place for leftists and idealists, this local haunt has a distinct personality and probably the most relaxed, unpretentious ambiance in the city. The warmth of the service is second to none and with over 40 beers from all over the world (and from right here in Lausanne) and an affordable menu that includes unique specialities such as fondue au fromage de chèvre, this Lausanne institution attracts a diverse and faithful clientèle.

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