A California road trip along the coast, first stop Mendocino


Where to stay & eat and what to do on a luxury stay

For our 8th (!) visit to the Golden State my husband and I decided to concentrate (once again) on the beautiful coastal area. This time we traveled from north to south. The starting point was Mendocino and the final destination was Laguna Beach south of Los Angeles in the Orange County. We included also a side trip to Palm Springs east of


Review of Hotel Chateau de Germigney, Port-Lesney in French Jura/France


Lovely property in a cute village in the region of Jura

In case you are looking for a hotel to enjoy a romantic weekend in the eastern part of France offering a wonderful setting, impeccable facilities, a great hospitality and outstanding food, do not look further. Chateau de Germigney in the French Jura, about a 2 hours’ drive from Geneva/Switzerland, is your choice! The area is beautiful


Restaurant Einstein, Aarau/Switzerland in outline

Development & some thoughts on dining concept

Aarau, the town nearest to my home town of Olten, does not have as many recommended fine restaurants as its counterpart in the canton of Solothurn. That is why my family had been so fond of Restaurant Einstein for many years. When it opened in 2005, we instantly fell in love with this cool, urban place. Not only because we liked the modern, well prepared cuisine but

Review of Restaurant Einstein (“new”), Aarau/Switzerland


Hippest dining spot in town with a unique food concept

Restaurant Einstein under the old management (see my review) had been the favorite dining spot of our family in Aarau for more than ten years. In August 2016, a new tenant took over, Thommen Gastronomie AG – a family-owned company running a couple of restaurants in the region of Olten and Aarau. I was skeptical about this development as


Review of Restaurant Noohn, Basle/Switzerland


Stylish Euro-Asian Restaurant with many choices

Since Restaurant Noohn was opened some 10 years ago, my family has dined a couple of times at this modern restaurant offering Asian fusion cuisine in good quality in an urban atmosphere. The place is huge with a combo of choices, either for just having a drink, for food to take away, for self-service or for regular service. Noohn is especially known for its sushi bar which probably offers some of the best sushi in Basle.


Review of Restaurant Schlosserei Genussfabrik, Olten/Switzerland

Location (photo credit rolling pin)

Mediterranean cuisine Asian-inspired in industrial chic place

Restaurant Schlosserei Genussfabrik (locksmith gourmet factory) is not called like this for nothing. The restaurant’s building had housed a locksmith for many years until it was converted in an eatery in 2012. Nicolas Castillo, a person who is well known in the regional culinary business (previously at Agua Aarburg & Bodega Olten), took over and established here a fine dining restaurant with Mediterranean


Suite of the moment: Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud/Bali


A perfect blend of contemporary design and local architecture

I have seen my share of wonderful hotels, but Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, just outside of Bali’s cultural and spiritual center of Ubud, left me in awe at its sheer beauty! After stepping into the breathtaking open-walled common area,


Welcome back „Felsenburg“ – Good-bye Fabian Strutz as chef of „National” in Olten/Switzerland

Upscale Italian food back in town – Farewell from a talented chef

The culinary scene in Olten is moving, a change is going on in Restaurant „National“. Sergio Salsi from the former „Felsenburg“ is said to take over and Fabian Strutz is expected to take a leave as chef. While this is good news for the former and for the lover of his cuisine, it is a sad occasion for the latter and his fans. In the following, you find the course of events, – exceptionally – in German as this post is also published in a local citizen blog.


Review of Restaurant Haenggi’s, Davos/Switzerland


A safe bet when it comes to constantly good performance

For several years now I keep exploring Davos’ dining scene and after having dined several times at Haenggi’s, I can claim that you cannot go wrong here when looking for a tasty, well-prepared meal without frills. When you feel most comfortable having such a dinner in unpretentious surroundings, than this is the ideal place for you!