An entrepreneurial wave has washed over the Swiss Romande these past 5 years, with newly sprung innovators starting businesses not only from a drive to create but from personal passion. These inspired entrepreneurs are not just building businesses; they are trying to make the world a better place. This creative
EATING AND DRINKING IN SWITZERLAND
Everything Swiss and delicious with a little sauce on the side. What makes the best bircher muesli? What cheeses make a proper Swiss fondue? Is Swiss chocolate better than Belgian chocolate? Tackling the big questions.
Geneva Street Food Festival June 9, 10, 11, 2017. Now coming up on it’s two year anniversary, this celebration of street eats is not to be missed. If you did miss this edition, not to worry. It will be back this fall. Watch for the dates. And check out the
One out of every two people in Switzerland will eat Fondue Chinoise this year at Christmas. How did this unique take on Chinese Hot Pot become a Swiss national tradition?
Restaurants all over the world are bringing us concept dining, and apparently Switzerland is no different. In fact, according to Le Temp not only are concept restaurants popping up everywhere in the Suisse Romande, they are rapidly expanding into chains.
On the last day of September the sunshine was brillant, the sky was intensively blue, and there was just the slightest hint of an autumn breeze. Riding my bike up from the lake and down Rue Montchoisy, I pedalled past Tom Beers, a store which opened this past year and has a wide selection of beer, and I immediately thought about, well, beer. The next day was the first day of October. With Oktoberfest already underway, not to mention the upcoming Geneva Beer Festival on October 21st and 22nd, I decided to stop and get some recommendations. I wanted something really local.
Let’s face it. The Désalpe festival in St. Cergue is for tourists, or at least for expats. Between the scolding British mother extolling the virtues of sharing ones’ Haribo candy with ones’ little sister at 10:30AM, and the nerdy young American guy enthusiastically proclaiming that this was the very first time he’d been drunk at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, there was a lot of English spoken in St. Cergue last Saturday. Amidst the cows, the cheese, the wine and the log tossing, there was also a lot of local pride. Why shouldn’t there be? There is no better place in the world to be a cow than in Switzerland.
In the Suisse Romande, otherwise know as the French-speaking part of Switzerland, there is an original take on coffee and steamed milk. Hint: it may have to do with all that delicious Swiss milk originating from it’s alpine pastures.
Learning a new language is hard and humbling. If you’re taking intensive french classes 5 days a week, you might as well be back in primary school so be prepared to regress.
Here’s a recipe inspired by elements from both the original and the award winning combination from the Hotel Kempinski in Geneva.