Showing posts with label Delights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Delights. Show all posts

Thursday, 12 October 2017

September Monthly Round Up

LIFE LATELY: In early September, I went for a long stroll around Lake Geneva. I can’t express enough how much nature enriches my life. I adore writing posts about landscapes and strolls and I will continue to write about /photograph such things.

Villa Bartholoni at the Mon Repos Park overlooking Lake Geneva

Promenade du Lac by Lake Geneva

Fountain in the Jardin Anglais

Lake Geneva public beach in Eaux-Vives (Baby Plage). During the summer I loved taking a dip in the lake and sunbathing here. Swimming in this vivid water where the surrounding mountains are reflected is magical. This beach, composed of small pebbles, is an invitation to relax in the heart of Geneva.

That bank holiday weekend, the beach was empty, except for this courageous baby who came to wet his feet and this young man who came to sunbathe.

The Statue of La Bise by the sculptor Alfred Henri König, located on the Quai Gustave-Ador in Eaux-Vives.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS: I have renewed my stock of lipsticks; I picked up these two shades at The Body Shop “Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick Mauritius Dahlia 017” and “Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick Hahiti Hibiscus”.
I am fond of this season’s hottest lip colour trend. The creamy Matte Lip Liquid provides intense colour and a soft matte finish. The liquid lipstick is long-lasting, lightweight and lusciously soft.

PASTRY SHOP: Boulangerie des Bains (65, Rue des Bains). I am ashamed to say it, but I went past this bakery several times without ever stopping... it is while reading the newspaper that I learnt that Pierre and Jean (the pastry chefs) had twice won the prestigious Swiss Bakery Trophy which is the largest and most important contest of the bakery/confectionery industry in Switzerland.

I went there to pick up some cakes, I chose Blue (cherry almond mousse) and Red (fruit of the woods mousse) for our dessert at home. What a beautiful discovery!!!

BOOKS: When I need to unwind after a stressful day, I love to go to my local library to check their new book acquisitions and book releases. That day, I borrowed two books “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” by Mordecai Richler and “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” by Melanie Hausser (I will review this book soon).

WHAT I’VE BEEN READING: I re-read a fantastic book on the Tsar’s Family and Grigori Rasputi “Rasputin’s Daughter” by Robert Alexander. I really liked this book (first read in 2006) which I find has extraordinary depth and suspense. If you are a big fan of historical fiction and historical novels, you will love this book. This novel takes us into those turbulent days in the wake of the Russian Revolution, the strong relationship of the Romanovs with Rasputin, Rasputin’s family life and his final days. This is a captivating narrative about intrigue and conspiracy that reveals the shocking truth of Maria’s father’s end and the identity of those who participated in it.

RESTAURANTS: With lots of “escapades”, restaurant reviews have been a little forgotten these past months. But I had a few yummy meals in some lovely restaurants. I especially liked “Wine & Beef Fusterie”, a trendy restaurant in the heart of Geneva. As someone who is incredibly passionate about brasserie food, this was a perfect choice for an end of summer night out.

Before dinner at “Wine & Beef”, while waiting for Sweetheart, I went for an aperitif at “Thimothy Oulton & Lounge” which has an “oh so British” style and feel. Valter, the manager, spoiled me with lots of attention (a great welcome) and, while sipping a Cosmopolitan long drink I read a few pages of The Swans of Fifth Avenue! “Thimothy Oulton & Lounge” (42, rue du Rhône) is the perfect place to end a wonderful evening date with live music…

GENEVA BY NIGHT: That day the Jet d’Eau was dressed in pink in solidarity with breast cancer sufferers.

So what’s next? It is Sweetheart’s birthday soon and I’m looking forward to it. Apart from that, I actually don’t have anything else planned... at least at the time I am writing this post!!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Another birthday celebration

Towards the end of August, I celebrated my birthday for the second time. As written in previous posts, I adore birthdays - they are like small, magical vacations....

That Saturday, we spent the morning, having a lovely breakfast and then went to the thermal baths – Les Bains de Lavey, before driving back to our secluded location in Heidi’s Country.

In the evening it was time to celebrate my birthday. I decided to have a barbecue. I had made a marvellous Nordic Potato Salad and Mint Lamb (recipes from a cookbook). The lamb was cooked to perfection by Sweetheart - juicy and tender with amazing flavours…

For birthday cake, I picked the regional speciality Galette Valaisanne from our local  bakery.  This is a typically Valaisan tart, made of shortbread pastry, extremely rich and tasty, stuffed with apricot or raspberry jam.

I wore a maxi floral pattern dress, sandals and simple jewellery, like this diamond cross with white gold chain.

It was a great night, a relaxing evening. All in all, I just enjoyed being surrounded by everything I cherish the most.

I wish you all a lovely week.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Oh, Happy Day!!

Readers who have been following my blog regularly know that I absolutely love birthdays; they are a sort of small personal holiday celebration.

A couple of months ago it was my birthday and I wanted to celebrate by doing something special. No huge plans, just spoil myself along with a glass of bubbles, delicious tapas and a glorious cake! And be in good company.

In the evening, we went out for one last drink at Le Verre à Monique, a speakeasy cocktail bar.

I had a marvellous time and feel grateful to have such wonderful people around me. This was such a fun small party and I had a blast, so that is all that matters!

As for my look, I wore an azure dress for my party, which I had fallen in love with at first sight in the shop window. I paired it with these red sandals and my favourite bracelets...

Sweetheart’s birthday card. The first one I opened was from him, just before his trip.

Gifts...books, beauty products, home décor items, clothes...and this stunning bouquet of flowers from my lovely sister...

For the table decoration, I used a white table cloth and napkins; I picked some Evelyne Dahlias, Daisies and a Fittonia plant in the market. Then I added some candles…

For the food, I kept it simple and tasty. We had a variety of “summer appetisers”

Skewers of melon with Serrano ham

Cherry tomato, mozzarella, olive and basil skewers

Salmon, avocado grapefruit and St-Môret rolls

Tuna fish empanadas

Duck mousse toasts (walnut bread)

For drinks - the day was very warm so cold bubbles were welcome - we had sparkling wine (Freixenet Ice and Café de Paris) and fruity chilled rosé…

I was very specific on what I wanted my cake to look like. I wanted a chocolate and berry cake with a chocolate ganache. I made one from “The Australian Women’s Weekly” cookbook - awesome cakes! I adapted it by completely covering the cake with a thick chocolate ganache, then I decorated it with blackberries, currants and strawberries. I must admit that I was truly proud of this cake, which was extraordinarily delicious. Probably the most delicious chocolate cake I had tasted in ages.