Showing posts with label Switzerland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Switzerland. Show all posts

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A small gesture for others

A couple weeks ago, on a Sunday morning, I did the “spring cleaning” which means a lot of sorting and storage.  I got out my spring clothes from the wardrobe and sorted out the winter clothes that I do not want to keep for next year and also some accessories that I never wear and decorative objects that I no longer want.

I selected all the things that I wanted to take to Caritas. I do this twice a year and this time I thought it was worthy of a mention here. So, my dear readers living in and around Geneva, instead of selling your things second-hand or throwing them into the recycling bin, please do not hesitate to make a gesture for those who are in need by giving your unwanted stuff away to Caritas.

Returning to my story, after all the uncluttering I prepared a Greek yogurt cake as a reward for all my efforts...hahaha...

It was a very easy, fast and delicious cake. Even though it was slightly overbaked, it was really tasty. Accompanied with a pot of Ceylon Orange Pekoe loose black tea, bought last time I was in Convent Garden at the Tea House.

I thank you so much for being here and reading this little message and wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Easter.

Rue de Carouge 53
1211 Genève

Tél.: +41 22 708 04 44

Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 12pm / 1:30pm - 5:30pm

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.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Downtown Street Art Murals

I have always thought (wrongly) that murals were hidden away in gloomy and grey places in the city.

Well, very early one Monday morning, I chose a different route to go downtown and passed by Uni Mail (the University).  I saw a lot of vivid bright colours from a distance and, on getting closer, I was blown away by these murals.

So, I took my companion, Mr Samsung, out of my handbag and put him to work to capture these magnificent wall paintings. I am particularly fond of the cheeky baby wearing sunglasses next to the dog...

Afterwards, I continued on my way to start my day. These murals are located in Plainpalais, just in front of the Uni Mail buildings and a 7 minute walk to the banking district. Rothschild Bank is there and Victoria Hall is not far away and downtown is reachable in only 15 minutes.

I followed my path to my final destination, our magnificent Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). The day had just begun and the sun was trying to break through the clouds which made a particularly beautiful sky.

I wish you a lovely week ahead.

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