Review of Restaurant Orsini, Zurich/Switzerland


Old school Italian dining in prime location

If you are into traditional upscale Italian restaurants, then this is the place for you! Normally, I prefer to go to more contemporary restaurants, but my husband and I have family members that are regulars here. So we had the chance to have dinner at Orsini twice in the recent past, which was a good experience as they know how to prepare excellent


Review of Restaurant/Hotel Ermitage des Ravet, Vufflens-le-Château/Switzerland


A gourmet weekend in Switzerland's French speaking part

After two visits to the beautiful country estate of Ermitage des Ravet in the western part of Switzerland my husband and I decided to spend another weekend here, this time together with friends. We keep returning to this jewel of a country inn because we are impressed how this gourmet temple is run. A well-practiced family business is here at


Review of Restaurant Mesa, Zurich/Switzerland


Foodies’ delights in one of the top gourmet restaurants in town

Restaurant Mesa is not an unknown place for fine food lovers in Zurich. It has been one of the two highest rated restaurants in the late 2000s/early 2010s when top chef Marcus Lindner was responsible for the kitchen. Since then, Mesa has been through turbulent times. There have been several chef changes in the past years, but now the situation


2 top luxury design hotels in New York City

Modern British boutique hotel group Firmdale Hotels

New York City is full of hotels catering to all tastes and needs, but I am sure both properties of the British Firmdale HotelsCrosby Street Hotel and The Whitby Hotel stand out from the competition. Why is that? The answer is luxury boutique hotel meets design and art. Whereas the former


Four top restaurants in NYC with fusion cuisine

Where to dine as a fine food lover in Midtown

My recent trip to NYC together with my husband brought us not only to the world’s No. 1 chef of 2017, Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park (see my blogpost), but also to other recommended restaurants for lovers of fine food. As chance would have it – or maybe our preference for it –, all of them are


Dining at the World’s Best Restaurant of 2017, Eleven Madison Park in New York City

Dining Room Tasting Menu Summer 2018 in Daniel Humm's restaurant

As soon as the word spread of a highly talented Swiss chef working in New York City, I wanted to dine at his restaurant. That was back in the late 2000’s. I learned at the time that this chef – Daniel Humm is his name – worked at the Eleven Madison Park, a restaurant I had visited in 2005. Unfortunately, this was one year before my compatriot started working here.


A guide to visiting the Amalfi Coast as a first-timer


worthwhile day trips from Positano/Italy

The Amalfi Coast, a 40 kilometers (25 miles) stretch of coastline between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno in Italy’s south, is definitely one of the most picturesque seaside landscapes I have visited so far. Not without reason, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site as it is considered “an area of great physical beauty and natural diversity”.


Where to eat as a fine food lover in Positano/Italy


Culinary delights in the most picturesque town on the Amalfi Coast

Positano was my husband’s and my choice of base during our Amalfi Coast six-day vacation. Apart from enjoying a great time at our amazing boutique hotel (Hotel Villa Magia, see my recent blogpost) we explored the fantastic surroundings (a blogpost about recommended day trips will follow soon) and as passionate fine food lovers also checked out the local culinary scene.


Review of Hotel Villa Magia, Positano/Italy


Magical place in the most beautiful town on the Amalfi Coast

I finally got to the Amalfi Coast, this amazing coastline south of Naples, a place that had been at the top of my travel bucket list for many years. Italy is one of my favorite countries to visit in terms of natural and man-made wonders but unfortunately its more popular destinations usually do