Thursday, 17 May 2018

Le Thé, the kingdom of Dim Sum

Before Easter, we went to “Le Thé” which is a gem of Chinese cuisine with Dim-Sum as its great specialty.

Dim Sum is a Chinese dish, primarily Cantonese in origin, that is prepared in delicious bite-sized steamed or fried savoury dumplings containing various fillings and served in bamboo steamer baskets or on small plates. They are traditionally served in Cantonese teahouses.

Did you know that the literal translation of Dim Sum is “touch your heart” – such a poetic name for delicious raviolis, don’t you agree?

Lovely tropical decor: the walls are lined with shelves filled with boxes of teas, teapots and cups of all kinds. The wooden furniture has a bamboo effect and  there are some green plants. I also love its quiet, intimate atmosphere.

Le Thé, is also great for tea lovers. The owners select their teas directly from China and they have a large selection divided into 7 categories: green, yellow, red, white, black, Oolong and scented teas.

There are also many accessories for tea, including a multitude of teapots in cast iron or sandstone.

To accompany our meal I had Ginger tea and Sweetheart Main de Buda tea.

We chose a selection of fried shrimp raviolis and a selection of steamed ravioli stuffed with shrimp, chicken, pork, vegetables and ginger, wrapped in rice and wheat dough...

Our lunch was a real treat which is why I strongly recommend this address to you. You should book in advance because there are only 9 small tables and be aware that they accept cash payment only.

Le Thé
Rue des Bains 65
1205 Genève
Tél.: +41 79 436 77 18
Opening non-stop 12h00 to 22h00

Monday, 14 May 2018

Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva

I am a compulsive visitor of parks, so whenever possible, I explore amazing places...

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva located next to Lake Geneva and between some of the international organisations.

The Botanical Garden exhibits collections of plants from all over the world. It has more than 12,000 species, spread amongst groups by themes: rockeries, glasshouses, medicinal and useful plants and it is entirely under organic cultivation.

The Botanical Garden is also a scientific institution, a place of research for scientists from all over the world. There is a herbarium which is among the richest in the world, with 6 million samples...

The dome of the Mediterranean Greenhouse (or Temperate Greenhouse) contains some large trees and diverse species originating from regions with a Mediterranean climate.

The Japanese Zen garden is a small and calm part of the park with a pond and flowering trees.

The Winter Garden, in which there is a panorama of useful tropical plants (Bananas, Vanilla, Cotton, Tea plants….) in a setting that is both sober and aesthetic.

It is the perfect place to stroll, relax, picnic and observe the plants

A walk in the pretty garden with its marvellous pond and waterfalls

All of that greenery is so peaceful and the scenery is just spectacular.

What a dreamy place to spend your day...

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Cold Strawberry Soup

Hello everyone!! Sweetheart worshipped this dessert, in his own words “a beautiful chilled soup where refreshment prevails over sweetness”. This is a lovely spring dessert; you will be surprised at just how good this is! Serve garnished with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

600g sliced strawberries
3 tablespoons brown sugar 
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons Orange liqueur (Grand Marnier or Cointreau)
3 sheets of gelatine
Vanilla ice cream, to taste (optional)

1. Combine the strawberries, orange juice and sugar in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.

2. Turn down the heat and simmer until the strawberries are soft (about 4-6 minutes). Remove from heat.

3. Puree the mixture well using an immersion blender. Then add the orange liqueur.

4. Soften the sheets of gelatine in cold water and wring them out thoroughly. Place the sheets of gelatine into the soup and whisk well until dissolved. (This will thicken the soup so that it is not too watery.) Warm for one minute.

5. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer the soup to dessert glasess to let  it cool and then refrigerate until chilled. 

6. To serve, garnish with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Monday, 7 May 2018

My Favourite Beauty Products

I have always been a real beauty products fan! Even before having this blog, I remember sharing beauty tips with my co-workers, friends and family. Whenever I am in a shopping centre, I always go to the perfume shop to check out what is on offer and to sample the latest skincare, body care, lipstick or nail polish.

All these products were bought on promotion (30% off) except for the Tonifying serum - I seriously think we should never ruin ourselves, but instead shop intelligently.

It goes without saying that I would definitely recommend these products!

Lancome Absolue Precious Cells Day Cream SPF15
This cream was in the Lancôme Advent Calendar Sweetheart offered me in 2016. I used this cream for a month to finish the sample jar of 15ml. After the first week, I saw how my skin became brighter, more radiant, finer and better hydrated. It really plumps up the skin to leave it soft and smooth.

Lancôme Advanced Multi-Correcting Eye Balm
I love the smooth texture of this product. I must say I was extremely impressed that it concealed the dark circles under my eyes and it reduced the puffiness under them as well.

Prada’s Iris Eau de Parfum
When I first tried this perfume, I totally fell for its fresh and light scent of delicate flowers like iris or jasmine. I loved its warm iris scent which reminded me of the South of France.

Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté Moisturising Cream 48H 
This day moisturising cream, with plant milks and Algae extract, offers long lasting hydration to my skin. My skin is fresh, soft and supple throughout the day. I love its creamy texture and I also like its smell, a little perfume of orange blossom and cedar.

Méthode Physiodermie Bioarome Skin care - Tonifying serum
Do you want a firmer skin? This Tonyfying ™ serum is excellent. Add 5 drops of Tonifying Bioarome to your cream. Thanks to its exclusive synergy of essential oils and toning plant extracts combined with MEIMA technology, this moisturising and revitalising serum firms the skin and helps it to regain its natural elasticity. On sale at beauty institutes only; I got it from my friend and beautician L.