2018/12/07

Review of Restaurant Hirschen, Erlinsbach near Aarau/Switzerland

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A long & successful history of hospitality in a idyllic country inn

Here is my review of Restaurant Hirschen, a restaurant in my home region of Olten/Aarau in northwestern Switzerland that has to be mentioned when speaking about fine dining spots with seriously good food in the area. As chance has it, this restaurant is exactly the one where I had my first upscale culinary experiences as a child. In the recent past, I went here mainly for family gatherings; a mistake, as it proved on the last occasion. It was so good, I

2018/11/25

Review of Restaurant Kreis 6, Zurich/Switzerland

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Charming neighborhood spot for Mediterranean & Swiss comfort food

If you are in for a neighborhood favorite in one of Zurich’s finest (residential) districts offering Mediterranean dishes and Swiss classics with a modern touch, then you cannot go wrong with Restaurant Kreis 6, named after the district it is situated. This gem of a restaurant has been around for quite a long time all the while attracting locals and other clientele as well.

2018/11/20

Review of Brasserie Baerengraben, Bern/Switzerland

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French brasserie cuisine & savoir-vivre in the capital’s old town

The capital of Switzerland, Bern, has not only a picturesque old town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site –, but also a varied restaurant scene. There is also a recommended place for lovers of French brasserie cuisine, Brasserie Baerengraben, which is located just opposite one of the most popular tourist locations in town, the Baerengraben, a bear

2018/10/22

Review of Restaurant Orsini, Zurich/Switzerland

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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

2018/10/14

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

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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

2018/10/02

Review of Restaurant Mesa, Zurich/Switzerland

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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

2018/09/20

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

2018/09/07

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

2018/08/23

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.