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

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Best desserts in Geneva - 2nd Quarter 2017

This post normally celebrates my favourite desserts from a cafe/bakery/pastry shop in Geneva. I have only documented delicacies here that I have tried personally (and many times).

For this quarter, I have chosen to present to you the star dessert for females, the macaroon. These small and colourful tiny cakes are the darling of most women.

If you want my personal opinion, the best I have ever tasted are undoubtedly those made by Sprüngli, where they are known as Luxemburgerli.

These beauties are small macaroons made of two crunchy meringues on the outside with a soft cream on the inside. They come in all the flavours you can imagine, such as chocolate, rosemary/honey, mango, champagne, raspberry, hazelnut...and many more.

I frequently purchase Luxemburgerli to offer as a gift: they are available in a small, medium or large box. At other times, I just buy a couple for myself and, often, the friendly and welcoming saleswomen let me to taste a flavour I am curious about. This is what happened with the Champagne Gold macaroon, which has since become my favourite flavour.

Here is a small selection of some Luxemburgerli (macaroons) from Sprüngli.

Champagne Gold
Sea Salt Caramel
A brief history of Sprüngli
“In 1836, David Sprüngli opened the Confiserie Sprüngli & Fils in Zurich. Ten years later, Sprüngli became one of the pioneers of Swiss chocolate making, contributing to a large extent to establishing and maintaining the reputation of Swiss chocolate as the best in the world.
In 1859, David Sprüngli and his son Rudolf bought a property on the Paradeplatz in Zurich, a square that was little frequented at the time until the constructions begin to multiply around it. The Bahnhofstrasse which runs through the square has become one of the most prestigious shopping arteries in the world. The Confiserie Sprüngli now occupies a prominent position with its shop, restaurant and café-bar. Sprüngli now owns fourteen stores in and around Zurich. There are others in Geneva, Basel, Berne, Winterthur and Zug.”

The Confiserie Sprüngli offers select Swiss chocolate specialties. From pralines to Luxemburgerli, and even snacks and desserts, all of its products are meticulously hand made, bringing together the best ingredients. The famous specialties of Confiserie Sprüngli can also be shipped abroad via the online shop.

Confiserie Sprüngli
Bongénie Grieder Genève (department store)
Rue du Marché 34
1204 Geneva
Mon-Wed: 9:30-19:00
Thursday: 9:30-20:30
Friday: 9:30-19:00
Saturday: 9:30-18:00

These are my genuine personal opinions and favourites, otherwise I would not have written about these cakes. As always with all my posts, this is not sponsored.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Favourite teas

As you all probably know by now, I’m a massive lover of tea!! I love it in the morning, afternoon and evening. I love it in both warm and chilly weather. I love homemade Chai Tea and loose tea. I love drinking it on its own or with a slice of cake (to my mind, the perfect pairing).

Here is a roundup of my favourite teas that I have been really enjoying these past months!

WHITTARD CHELSEA 1886 - Spice Imperial
This is a black tea with spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange and vanilla). This is a rich exotic blend with fabulous aromas. It’s probably the one that I can’t get enough of! I bought it at Whittard in London, quite costly, but worth every penny!

WHITTARD CHELSEA 1886 - Mango and Bergamot
This is a delicious blend of green sencha tea, petals and fruit flavouring. It’s a perfect combination of petals with mango, lulo and bergamot which produces a sophisticated aromatic blend. This was a gift from my dearest friend O. It’s become my favourite green tea.

KUSMI TEA - Prince Vladimir
This is a blend of Earl Grey from China flavoured with citrus fruit, vanilla, and spices. Prince Vladimir is a unique blend that was created in 1888 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Christianisation of Russia by Vladimir the Great.

KUSMI TEA - Russian Morning
This is a breakfast tea with a well-balanced combination of three classic teas: a Chinese black tea, a Ceylon black tea, with a subtle chocolate flavour, and a black tea from India, full-bodied and strong.

This post, like all my blog posts, is not sponsored.

Monday, 6 March 2017

A girls’ night out at Floor Two Bar - Kempinski Hotel

A few weeks ago, I concocted a night out with a good friend of mine. That Thursday, it was particularly beautiful and warm: it felt like spring had arrived in town.

Geneva is such a beautiful city and to wander into town on a sunny day is superb. So, I walked along the banks of Lake Geneva to the oh so chic Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva.

The Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is a majestic five-star hotel situated beside Lake Geneva. It is a very cosmopolitan place with remarkable views overlooking the lake and the Jet d’Eau.

Upon arrival, I settled in the lounge and contemplated the hotel’s design, its fireplace and the pretty floral arrangements. The décor is exquisitely beautiful, with tall ceilings and a perfectly symmetrical layout: I was in interior heaven. This hotel is the embodiment of refinement and discreet luxury.

I did a little window shopping in the stunning shops inside the hotel while waiting for my girlfriend B. As soon as she arrived, we took the external glass walled elevator to take us to the second floor where the Floor Two Bar is located, together with the hotel’s restaurants, spa, conference room, etc.

The Floor Two Bar is a large bar with a long terrace and a trendy and lively lounge atmosphere. We decided to sit by the large windows and enjoy the end of day city lights...

We were only a few customers, about a dozen. Most guests arrive after 20:00 and from 23:00 onwards the venue is in full swing, according to our charming waitresses.

Once installed near the large windows overlooking the terrace and the lake, we stole a furtive look at the menu. B. started with a delicious glass of Limoncello and a sparkling Valser (water). For my part I wanted a Kamikaze to start. It was a little glass of blue heaven.

Our waitresses brought over some treats. Olives, various nuts and aperitif snacks which tasted just divine. We liked them so much that our waitresses brought over more: simple things of excellent quality and the perfect accompaniment to drinks.

With B., I updated our chat and planned a few upcoming evenings out. We also chatted a little with the super nice and super friendly waitresses, who suggested that I try their signature cocktail Passion Maï Taï. I was curious to try the Maï Taï, a cocktail with a pronounced taste of fruits, passion fruit and pineapple, orgeat syrup, Cointreau, white rum with spices (the rum is macerated for a very long time in a mixture of spices of which only they have the secret). So, when you go to the Floor Two Bar, try this cocktail which is a great success.

B. and I made a night of it and stayed there till dinner time. There’s nothing I love more than spoiling myself and, frankly, who doesn’t love elegant cocktails and champagne in a spectacular place?

I highly recommend that you visit the Floor Two Bar this spring and that you take someone who deserves a good spoiling with you. I can’t think of a better way to start the season than viewing this beautiful cosmopolitan city and admiring the scenery from the large terrace. You can see the iconic Jet d’Eau, the Mont Blanc and the stunning sunset...and if you like watching the world go by, this is a great spot.

Floor Two Bar
Le Grand Hôtel Kempinski
Quai du Mont-Blanc 19
1201 Genève
Tél: +41 22 908 9226
Bar opening hours
Mon - Sun 17:00 - 1:00

Monday, 20 February 2017

Le Carabin - Lusitanian Seafood Restaurant

Here on my blog, I always like leaving some suggestions of programmes to follow: restaurants, hotels, museums, shopping and getaways.

Early February, I suggested to Sweetheart that we have lunch in an attractive looking Lusitanian seafood restaurant. I discovered this address when I had passed in front of it a while ago. I took one look at the menu and was immediately seduced by it. Their specialities are different kinds of seafood freshly delivered every day.

This little gem is located discreetly in the Hospital neighbourhood and 15 minutes’ walk from Geneva downtown. I love the minimalist decor, in black, grey and white, with two large paintings hanging on the walls, on each side of the room. The atmosphere was very zen.

As I had in mind to review this place (unless the food turned out to be a disappointment), I arrived a bit earlier than Sweetheart and the customers to take a few photos and had a little chat with Mr Lourenço, the very charming owner. He told me that he opened his restaurant thirteen years ago and redecorated it five years ago. This is a family business; Mr Lourenço is not only the owner but also the chef and the staff are all members of his family. I LOVE that…

After Sweetheart arrived, we ordered a very good bottle of Vinho Verde and the waiter brought us a mixed salad as a starter.

As a main course I ordered “Crevettes Géantes Flambées au Cognac”. They were fresh and perfectly prepared and served with leeks and perfume rice.

Sweetheart enjoyed “Médaillons de Lotte à la Vodka”.

To finish in style, we both had a wonderful dessert, a traditional “Flan Maison”.

We found the food refined and the service efficient, courteous and warm - and let me tell you that we will return soon to taste more of the wonderful specialties on the menu.

This was a splendid lunch break - exactly what we needed to escape the stress and rush of the day. Beautiful!

Restaurant Le Carabin
Boulevard de la Cluse 51
1205 Genève
Tél.: +41 22 320 8390
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Sunday evening.