time to look back on one last part of our Californian honeymoon in today’s post. I’ve sadly lost some of the photos of our stay Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Valley but here’s the one’s I had made with my phone. Have a great day!
time to look back on one last part of our Californian honeymoon in today’s post. I’ve sadly lost some of the photos of our stay Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Valley but here’s the one’s I had made with my phone. Have a great day!
if there’s anything I’d like you to take away from today’s post (and yes, of course it’s to ALSO go and see ‘Book of Mormon’ if you get a chance to) is to surprise someone dear to you every now and then. I got surprised with a weekend trip to New York by the husband for my birthday and it was glorious.
What follows is a little report on our New Yorker adventures, sprinkled with a few tips for new great food places and other spots we’ve discovered this time around (I’ve written a couple of posts about New York over the last months, go check them out here about my NYC Food Guide or here for another food-related post about a trip to New York we took).
All the planning fans amongst you might understand my confusion in regards as to what to pack for a trip to an unknown destination. Philipp would only tell me to pack something for a sports activity, a more dressy outfit and not much more than that. Great. Still, I was very excited. We got up early in the morning, still had a chance to get a few pastries from Tatte for the journey and off we went on the T. We will get on a train somewhere I thought. I kept checking the timetables in the hall and tried to find out more about our destination, which Philipp onlz found slightly annoying. Right about 8.30 am I found out. We were going to…New York!
We arrived at our airbnb early in the afternoon and went on to discover the neighborhood right after. We had a late lunch at the beautiful and hidden away Gotan. It’s a great spot because it has a great menu on offer but still feels more like a café where you can hang out and read a book for hours. As it was freezing cold outside that was basically what we chose to do. All while munching away on a glorious grilled cheese and a chia bowl with lots of coffee.
On our way home we stopped at Le Dépanneur, which is just a beautiful store and deli. I mean. I was looking at jams (yes, jams) for what felt like an eternity. If you’re in the area and a ceramics or perfume lover, definitely stop by Mociun and Le Labo.
The first surprise activity was a 8am sightseeing run through Central Park. It was freakin’ freezing but a great experience to start our day in this beautiful park alongside what felt a million dogs and their owners. Seriously, I’ve never seen so many dogs (also SO many different dogs) in one day. We went on to see the park’s landmarks, ran by numerous engagement and baby shootings and almost missed a proposal it seems as there were still fresh roses laid out like a heart on the famous Bow Bridge. Overall a great start to the day, even though getting up was hard. We go a hot coffee and a wonderful pumpkin muffin at Rex nearby Central Park as our guide had recommended it afterwards to warm ourselves up again. And he was right, it’s is a great neighborhood spot. Go! We went back home and then went for a proper brunch at Café Mogador. Highly recommend as well if you’re finding yourself near Bedford Avenue. On our way back to Manhattan we ran into the Veteran’s parade.
Definitely the biggest highlight of our trip was seeing Book of Mormon. What a fantastic musical! And hear me out, even if you’re not into musicals I think this’d be the musical you’d LOVE. It was just a memorable experience you’ll love.
If you also ever find yourself on Bedford Avenue (aka Hipster Central) but just want to go for a simple meal, Joe’s Pizza, a New Yorker institution is your best bet. Another great place is the Barcade, it’s basically a playground with beer supply for adults. Great fun!
We had brunch at Eggshop, which was ok but not more than that I’d say. We then went for a long walk along Bedford Avenue up to Greepoint, which is such a nice neighborhood. We stopped at Peter Pan to get some doughnuts. If you’re ever near Greenpoint definitely visit Peter Pan, it’s a no frills, very down to earth place. And the doughnuts are seriously amazing. And only cost $1 (!!). We devoured them at the Transmitter Park a few steps away while enjoying the great view of the city. New York, you’re truly an amazing and unique city. See you soon!
as mentioned in yesterday’s post, we ate quite a lot of food in San Francisco. So if you ever find yourself in beautiful San Francisco you might want to check those places out. Have a great week!
Sightglass is packed with people working, studying or tourists. If you ever find yourself in SOMA, absolutely give it a try. It’s a cool industrial space with an inhouse roastery. We had a coffee and an iced vanilla coffee, which is one of their specialties. I’m usually a bit skeptical about any flavored coffee drinks. But seriously, this was so delicious. Flavorful without being cloyingly sweet, the vanilla cold brew combines traditional cold brew with vanilla bean paste, a touch of agave, and your choice of almond or whole milk. You can control the sweetness level by adding or skipping additional sugar and people, it was the best pick me up on a hot day. Oh, and their pastries are delicious, too. Aw, bring me back.
Wrecking Ball, located on the cute Union Street in Cow Hollow, has the most beautiful wallpaper I’ve ever seen that’s for sure. They take their coffee making equally as seriously as their decorating and even though the pastry selection is not super big, the things they have on offer are absolutely delicious. The chocolate cookie and the scone (that I accidentally let fall on the floor, oops) were very delicate and tasted great.
As I had written in yesterday’s post, we ate lots of Mexican food during this roadtrip and San Francisco was no exception. My absolute favorite was La Taqueria in the Mission district. A really no frills, down to earth place (where you obviously have to wait in line, because we’re in San Francisco remember?). Their vegetarian burrito is super flavorful. I don’t know what it is but let someone who has been eating lots of burritos lately tell you that they are freakin delicious at La Taqueria. I’d recommend a Mexican beer or agua fresca to go along with it and. There goes your satisfying and filling dinner. Other mentions go out to Tacolicious and Gracias Madre. Gracias Madre deserves a special mention as it is a vegan Mexican place. Yes. El Techo is a super popular roof top space in Mission District as well (waiting in line if you haven’t reserved is the normal), where we had a nice dinner with the lovely Alex and Marcus. However, even though the food was fine I’d rather recommend you go there for drinks and snacks but not for dinner as it is quite pricey for what you get.
Like everywhere in California, healthy food seems to be on offer everywhere so finding a lighter lunch when we know that we’ll be going out in the evening is really an easy endeavor.
Some of our favorite spots for delicious (how many times have I used that word already?) and nutritious meals were:
Seed and Salt, Mixt and Blue Barn Gourmet. Seed and Salt being the vegan and suuuuuuuuper ultra mega healthy option (almost a little too much if you know what I mean). If you’re really serious about your nutrition and want to be able to choose between 10 different types of Kombucha and blackbean tempeh or eggplant bacon, this is your place. However, what I’ll say is that it is quite pricey.
Another great place to grab a quick bite to eat is Mixt. They’re spread all over the city, yet it’s not a boring ‘put-your-own-salad-together’ place as they really offer creative and different ingredients and dressings. Definitely give it a try. Last but not least, Blue Barn has some nice sandwiches, burgers and rich salads on their menu. We went to their location on Chestnut Street in the Marina, which is definitely a nice spot to sit outside and watch people walking by.
Philipp will sometimes say that I pay too much attention to what places look like and that I get sucked into all the so called ‘hipster’ places. To proof him wrong we went to a really nice diner place called Louis. It’s basically egg heaven. Every type of omelette, scramble, pancake, waffle, you’ll find it there. Bonus. You can walk your breakfast off afterwards by discovering the ruins of the Sutro Baths just next door.
Thanks to my beautiful friend Deana’s recommendation we ended up making a reservation at Al’s Place. It was our first dinner in the city and I was really blown away. The plates are creative and delicate in taste and will leave you feeling very satisfied. Never have I had a smoked apple sauce with fries but…oh HOW delicious.
So this is a tough one. After having had a delicious dinner at Al’s place on our first evening, we wandered off, walking around Mission district and ended up at Mission Park. Right across there’s the famous Bi-Rite creamery. It’s renown and famous for its ice cream. And because it’s that famous you have to….yes, you’ve guessed it, stand in line. I had a lot of convincing to do but we stood in line. However, I think the ice cream really wasn’t worth it (which was obviously not easy to admit after the whole standing in line thing if you know what I mean). I opted for a scoop of the peach Cobbler and the ricanela. The next day we went on a Mission food tour (thanks again to my great friends Lory, Laubine and Christine for giving us such a thoughtful gift) and well, we ended up going to the Bi-Rite creamery again (with no waiting time as we were on the tour, oops). They’re famous for their salted caramel flavour and I’ll say that one was good but still not mind-blowing.
Another very popular place is Tartine Bakery. You’ll recognize it from afar because of the long line in front of the building. My strategy this time was to go in at the end of the day but still, I wasn’t convinced entirely. It got me thinking that every regular bakery in Switzerland will offer the same if not better tasting chocolate croissant or treats. That was a bit of a bummer (#firstworldproblems). Lastly, one of the probably most instagrammed places we went to was Mr. Holmes. We got a peach apple cardamom danish pastry and an apple pie monkey bread. Ok but not more that I’d say.
I applaude you, if you’ve made it up to this point. We’re done soon, I promise.
One place we had to visit was Trick Dog Bar or else our dear friend Simon would not have talked to us anymore (I guess that’s a bit exaggerated but still he is serious about his drinks and wanted us to try them at Trick Dog Bar). They will serve up the most creative and what seems crazy combinations you’ve probably ever seen (or have you ever seen a Peanut Butter Cocktail before?). Definitely worth visiting if you’re into creative drinks.
…not that you could ever have too much Mexican food. It’s the best food ever, am I right?
We’re back after three weeks of traveling through California. And I get everyone now who says they love California. It really is a very cool place. The weather is just amazing (E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y), people are super nice and it’s just a really diverse and interesting state to travel through. Oh and the beaches, the ocean and the palm trees. Those aren’t too shabby either.
So, what have you been up to this summer? How has September, how has fall been treating you so far? I hope this finds you feeling well and energized for the last couple months of 2017 (crazy, how fast this year went by).
I’ll start this little series on our Californian roadtrip with what was our first stop. San Francisco. Are you ready?
I’ve come up with a little ritual where I’d ask Philipp to sum up his impression of places we visited using three words. (To be fair, he would tell you that I forced him to do it. But hey, isn’t it interesting to see what everyone says?) My San Francisco summary is the one you see up there in the title. I have been impressed by the willingness of San Franciscans (is that how you call them?) to queue up in front of coffee shops, creameries, restaurants, bakeries, anywhere really. And we’re not talking about 5 minutes, we’re talking 30+ minutes. Of course Philipp thinks no ice cream or croissant in the world is worth waiting for that long but obviously I get sucked into the whole mystery of wanting to know if it really is worth it? Why would they wait for so long? Let me tell you something we stood in line twice and I was a little disappointed (more about that in the San Francisco Food edit post.)
So let’s get to the photos now. Do let me know your three word summary of San Francisco, if you’ve ever visited. I’d love to know!
He likes to show up sometimes. He’s even instafamous. You don’t believe me? Check out “his work” here.
(If my game were a four word game, the Golden Gate Bridge DEFINITELY would make it, such an impressive bridge. It also was a great bike ride over to Sausalito and back, highly recommend)
Long time no see. How are you? How has your summer been so far?
I’ve had a great time. Isn’t summer just simply the best time of year? Anyways, we’re back in the US and settling in again.
And then there was August 1st.
A day that I normally don’t care much about. Surprisingly this time around I thought about it a lot. And as it seems, if you’re a Swiss living abroad you think about August 1st more than you would if you were back home (at least I think so).
So what do you do? You attend all sorts of August 1st related events. Yes. AND they all mainly revolve around food as they usually do (which is totally fine with me) so we went to an August 1st brunch at the Swiss bakery here in town (see my post about finding that bakery here).
And it was glorious. Birchermüesli, Weggli, Croissants, Wähen, Röschti, cheeses…the list goes on.
We were talking with some fellow Swiss friends at the brunch about what the holiday meant to them and they said that August 1st was mainly a holiday they spent with family and that they associated it with time spent outside (as the weather is usually really good round this time of year). What does it mean to you? I’d love to know! I felt still connected to Switzerland even though I wasn’t there.
Have a great week and see you back tomorrow with another say Swiss themed post!
It’s when you take a flight of 1 hours 15 minutes that you realize what advantages it brings of living in Europe. City trips might be the greatest thing there is to take advantage of a weekend and see a new place without traveling for hours. This time we went on to discover Prague.
I’m sharing my favorite finds in terms of food and adventures (mainly food though to be honest) in this post. If you’re interested in that, keep on reading. Also, big thank you to our great little travel group! You are the best!
Or should I say watching? There’s a YouTube channel that a dear Czech friend (hi Marketa!) recommended to me a few weeks ago and it is brilliant. It’s called Honest Guide and it actually does what you’d expect from the name, it tells you things how they are, because he doesn’t want you to fall into tourist traps. Great! I obviously watched almost all of the videos and this was one of my favorites as he collaborated with Taste of Prague, which are a duo who are doing food tours and just do an overall amazing job at promoting good places. Needless to say that we followed all of their recommendations religiously (thanks Schueli and Evelyne for sharing).
So let’s get you inspired by some (mostly not light) Czech food, because after all you don’t go to Prague to loose weight, right?
My favorite was Original Café by far. Despite its very centric location it’s a super quiet and relaxing little oasis far from the huge tourist masses with lovely staff and delicious lemonades and coffee. Try it!
Very hipstery and highly instagramable indeed is Ema Espresso Bar.
Bakeshop is a very cute little shop with lots of delicious treats and coffee on offer (the salted caramel brownies were….delicious!).
My absolute favorite must have been Eska. Very modern vibe and atmosphere with really really great food, I guess at any time of the day (even though we went for a veeeeery late brunch at 4pm)!
Pretty much the opposite of that with a more traditional and oldschool vibe but serving delicious food and patisserie as well, is Café Savoy.
Apparently they love markets around here and we were super happy to find out that there was one on Saturday morning (more info here) on the riverside. It was hands down one of my favorite things to do as you get to see you many different foods and stalls and other things (like beautiful ceramics and other products). Had the best galette crêpe I’ve ever had I think (go get one if you’re ever there) and bought the most adorable little mug and cup.
Well, where to begin?
Prague without beer? Not an option.
There’s beer EVERYWHERE, no kidding. And coming from a city where it’s not allowed to drink outside it was a nice change, not gonna lie. My favorite two places by far to have a beer outside were Letna Beer Garden, where in midst of a nice little hill park you have a great view over the city and can sit under the shade of the trees. Really beautiful! For a change of scenery and when you’re more into water, you can sit on the riverside on Kampa Island (thanks dear Ondrej for the tip!) and enjoy the view of the boats and pedalos.
The only place you will not get served a beer is Parlour. You actually go in, have a seat and explain to a very nice guy what you like in cocktails (he will roast you until he gets the information he needs). They will then create a drink based on your inputs. It’s a great hidden away little place that I really liked. If you’re into cocktails I’d say go there!
Do let me know if you have other recommendations!
Have a fantastic day!
time for a flashback to a weekend in April that we spent in lovely Burlington, Vermont. Anyone ever thought of visiting this state up north? If you haven’t yet, do it, it’s a beautiful beautiful place! Hope you’ll enjoy the photos and little tips for a weekend’s visit.
A few facts about Vermont: The state in the northeastern part of the country is the second least populous. Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup and is generally known for their farming products such as cheese and milk. It was also ranked as the safest state in the country in 2016. And it has been/still is Bernie Sanders territory. A good place, isn’t it?
There are so many places to visit in Vermont be it summer or winter time. Whether you’re into hiking or skiing there is something for everyone. It’s truly a nice change to the city life seeing all those picturesque small villages, farmland and mountain. One of our personal highlights was biking along Lake Champlain, it’s the best thing you can do on a sunny day I think. There are bike rentals everywhere, we were lucky enough that our hotel gave bikes away for free rental.
After all that biking we were STARVING. But fear not, Burlington has got you covered. There are a multitude of restaurants and craft breweries awaiting you. We opted for American Flatbread, which was recommended to us as a local’s favorite and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, hands down one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Probably being super hungry/hangry might have influenced me in that judgement. As for beers just try what they will suggest to you, they actually have a brewery (Zero Gravity) that’s part of the American Flatbread restaurant and it was really really good as well. Overall a place I’d highly recommend you go.
For coffee and breakfast breaks I’d suggest you go visit Monarch and the Milkweed. It’s a beautiful little café (right next to American Flatbread actually) where they have a small but nice menu on offer with a beautiful pastries collection as well.
And no culinary Vermont experience would be complete without having tried Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. They have a big shop on the main street of the city and it’s just dreamy. Really tasty ice cream. If you’re a hardcore ice cream aficionado you can take a guided tour in their factory close by (more info here).
We stayed at the Hotel Vermont, which is located right next to the lakeside and the city centre. It was a truly nice experience sleeping there for a night, as they try and work with local brands when it comes to decorating their rooms (can you spot that cute flannel sheet?) and products by local producers. The brunch at their Juniper Café, which is open to the public as well, is an absolute gem. Had great pancakes and egg benedicts there. And tried an Earl Grey Latte for the first time, was delicious!
Have you ever visited Vermont? Have a great Tuesday!
Living across the ocean means having to get on a plane every once in a while, which I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of (flying over water in the darkness of the night kind of freaks me out a little bit much). Still, I thought I’d share my travel essentials with you today as I’ve been getting quite a bit of training in that department.
I pack up all of my stuff the day before (so that I will definitely not forget anything). I’ll always get a backpack as a carry on so that I have my hands free to hold ticket and passports in the airport. My backpack will contain:
Even though I read everywhere how you shouldn’t drink alcohol on a plane I can’t help it. I love having a prosecco or white wine (or even a gin and tonic if I’m feeling extra fancy). It kind of calms me down and has become a plane ritual for me.
During a long-haul flight I’ll try and do a few of my friend Adrienne’s moves, which helps me not to feel super stiff and uncomfortable. Plus they’re not mega embarrassing to do in front of your fellow co-passengers. Bonus! Check her out below:
I always go make-up free for a long-haul flight and will use the face mist they provide in the toilet. It’s really refreshing and does wonders to your skin, which gets super dry onboard.
When it comes to food I will usually pre-order a vegetarian meal, which is nice because you’ll sometimes get served first on the plane (I always fly SWISS btw). Plus, SWISS gets their vegetarian meals from a very well-know restaurant in Zurich, which I love. Win win!
In regards to entertainment on board I am definitely a movies person. And as embarrassing that sounds, I will usually check the program before getting on the plane so I can get started with my program right away. The three movies I had watched on my last flight to Zurich were Moonlight (again, brilliant), Lion (emotional) and Manchester by the Sea (oh my god, mega emotional. I had told you how I cried a lot during this movie and felt bad for the girl next to me, who must have thought that I am really weird).
Well this is boring but after a long-haul flight I’ll usually will want to shower right away and moisturize my skin generously, maybe also do a face mask.
I’d love to know what your travel essentials or rituals are before getting on board of a plane! Have a great day everyone.
my dear friends visited two weeks ago and after a couple of days spent in Boston we thought it’d be interesting to leave the state and go discover other places. One of them was Providence, RI.
Easy to reach via train or car from Boston, Providence is the capital of the smallest State of the United States and makes for a nice day trip destination. Home to the renowned creative institution that is the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD for the insiders) and the ivy league school Brown University with its beautiful historic campus, the place boasts with young and creative people.
Last but not least, there’s an amazing A-M-A-Z-I-N-G doughnut place, in case you’re interested in things like that.
Let the photo show commence. Happy Wednesday friends!
Every good day starts with a substantial breakfast, at least in my books. So we went to the one and only option when in Providence, to Knead Doughnuts. They make three different types of doughnut dough. And OH. MY. All of them are very delicious. Try them!
..unfortunately Emma Watson isn’t a student there anymore though. I would have liked to talk with her about the casting choices of the prince in Beauty and The Beast.
All those artsy and cool people at the RISD, too cool for school.
Overall, we’ve had a very nice day and were blessed with beautiful weather (really a blessing, if you live here you’ll know what I mean). What are your favorite day trip destinations where you live?
I know know. Another touristy post today.
But. We went to just too many pretty places and who knows, if you ever come around to visiting the States, you’ll know where to go.
After the day we’d spent in Providence we opted for a second road trip, this time down along the coast with the goal of getting to the famous Cape Cod. Why is it famous? Well, it’s basically THE BEACH people. Who doesn’t like the beach.
The Cape is extending into the Atlantic from the southeastern corner of Massachusetts. Its historic, maritime character and ample beaches attract heavy tourism during the summer months. You’ll find everything, from little fishing villages, towns in the forests, whale spotting on the coast. On the way to our end destination that was Provincetown, we’ve stopped in Plymouth to look at the famous rock the Pilgrims are said to have embarked on when first arriving in the States (VERY disappointing btw, don’t go if you’re thinking about it. It’s. A. SMALL. ROCK. ON. THE. GROUND.). We then made a quick stop in the beautiful little town of Sandwich, where we’ve explored the well-known boardwalk. Absolutely beautiful.
We’ve had lunch in a little café in the center of Provincetown and were so so super lucky to spot whales on a beach where we went to afterwards. HOW LUCKY ARE WE? Whales are my favorite animals! It was an overall unforgettable day!
I went to New York last week and was BLOWN AWAY. Yet again. Like everytime actually. This city is just so powerful in every possible way.
Overwhelming, huge, intense, never boring, exciting, multifaceted, a little intimidating, and the list goes on. How would you describe your experience in New York if you’ve ever visited before? I’d love to know in the comments below.
All of the adjectives listed above actually also apply to a specific field I want to cover today: The food. I once read that you could have dinner every day of your life at a restaurant in NYC and never nearly have seen everything. There are just SO many restaurants and places to get food. Crazy.
In order to help you out a little here (and for my own memory keeping) I thought I’d collect my favorite food spots in NYC, especially the ones I got to try during my last visit around.
I am a breakfast person. That’s what I am.
It’s a good thing actually. Except when I want to eat everything on a menu. It’s definitely the meal I feel I can eat the most. So.
If you’re into breakfast as much as me and find yourself in the Midtown area, definitely check out Penelope. It’s a beautiful place with a neighboorhoody feel to it and the most MOST delicious French Toast and pancakes ever. The omelettes and eggs were great, too, I was told. I wasn’t too interested in them though, my main focus clearly being on the French Toast and pancakes. Normal.
If you’re into the whole French bistro ambiance thing gone NYC style, you have to go for brunch at Balthazar.
Is it bad that I got to know about this place because of an actress (hey Mindy Kaling) that once posted a delicious photo of when she visited? The good thing is that it brought me there, right?
Anways, it’s a beautiful place in Soho where I’ve had the best Eggs Florentine of my life (ok, haven’t had that many so far but it was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S). My mouth is watering right now. Did I even tell you that I am trying out to go vegan for this and next week as a little experiment. Already missing those eggs. Not a good sign I guess. Anyways, I’m regressing. If you still want to get your sweet fix but the place is full (reservations highly recommended), fear not, I have a solution for you. They have a little tucked-away bakery (LOVELY) next to the restaurant where you can get the best orangy brioche and pain of chocolat. HEAVENLY.
We were lucky enough to stay at the Ace Hotel in Midtown (beautiful hotel) but were even luckier to find out that there was a Stumptown Coffeebar inside the lobby. We obviously had coffee there EVERY DAY as it just was the perfect cup of coffee. I know I know by now you think, woman, relax, don’t get excited as much as that. But it was just so perfect. Please, do me a favor and go to one of the Stumptown places if you’re ever in New York. Ok? Thanks.
We were walking lots everyday (we were visiting with my parents btw) and after having had good breakfast/brunches we’d rather keep lunches light or skip them after all only to have a little snack in the afternoon so that we could fully enjoy our dinners in the evenings.
A good place to have a light lunch however and that we all loved was Momofuku Nishi. It’s the one Momofuku restaurant that offers Asian cuisine with an Italian twist. Yup. Sounds interesting. Tastes delicious. Try it!
Oh Oh Oh. The dinners we had. Let me start with the first one.
It’s not a glamorous place, quite the contrary actually. But it’s such a good experience and such an iconic one, too. I’m talking about Katz’s Delicatessen. If you’ve ever been in New York but haven’t visited Katz’s, please do it next time you go and find yourself in the amazing LES. The atmosphere is just so much fun and the food is…well..nourishing! Not suited for vegans though might I add.
Jack’s Wife Freda: Beautiful little spot in West Village with small but delicious menu. GO!
Tacombi: I mean. Who doesn’t love Mexican food? No one, right? Tacombi is an oldie but goodie. I’ve almost always had at least one meal at Tacombi while being in New York. We went to the spot in Nolita and if you try to come a bit earlier than the big crowd (around 6.30 pm) you’ll easily get a table. Oh the food. Pure bliss.