2019/01/15

An epic trip to Oceania – Southeast Australia & New Zealand

Outline of one month on the road on the other side of the world

Oceania has been out of reach for my husband and me so far. There were plenty of reasons for that: too far away, too extensive, the unwillingness of using the annual vacation entitlement on one destination, business obligations … But the day came when I persuaded my husband to use a gift for his length of service for his employer in the form of additional four weeks of vacation. Once the decision had been made, a long planning period followed until we could set off to Oceania. We decided to explore only one small part of Australia, the southeastern one, and both islands of New Zealand, and we had exactly 15 days for each country!

2019/01/13

Photo gallery of restaurants in the region of Olten/Switzerland

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New dishes of reviewed restaurants on return visits

Here I will add photos of dishes that I or my fellow dinner have had for the first time or are new on the menu in a restaurant of my home region that I already reviewed on an earlier occasion. The link brings you to the review in question.


2019/01/07

Where to eat in Davos in the Swiss Alps as a food lover (v.2.0)

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12 restaurants from Michelin starred places to mountain huts

Davos in the eastern Swiss Alps is not only Europe’s highest town but also home of one of Switzerland’s largest ski resorts. It is known for hosting the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament, too. Last but not least Davos offers numerous restaurant choices, also for demanding guests, which is very appreciated by me as quite frequent visitor to this Swiss Alpine town.

2018/12/23

Review of Restaurant Kettenbruecke in Aarau/Switzerland

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A new culinary star is born in the town next to Olten

Aarau, Olten’s neighboring town, has picked up recently when it comes to award-winning restaurants. A few years ago, Olten, my home town, was the leader when it came to such restaurants. This year, Aarau took over the leading position. Restaurant Kettenbruecke at the hotel of the same name contributed significantly to this development. After having opened in spring 2016 it was awarded 13 Points Gault-Millau – the most popular restaurant guide in Switzerland – in this year’s edition.

2018/12/16

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

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Hippest dining spot in town under management No. 3

A year ago, I last wrote about one of my favorite restaurants in Aarau, the next bigger town to Olten – where I live –, Restaurant Einstein. On this occasion I informed about a new, rather daring food concept that was introduced here by management No. 2 and expressed doubt about its chance of success (see here all my corresponding posts). Unfortunately, my concerns were justified. The restaurant’s concept failed and the management threw the towel.

2018/12/10

Review of Restaurant Salzhaus, Solothurn/Switzerland

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Trendy dining-spot with contemporary Asian inspired food

When eating out in my home region, Northwestern Switzerland, and venturing a bit further from my home town of Olten, Solothurn, the canton's capital is a good choice. It is not only one of the most beautiful baroque towns in Switzerland but also has a lot to offer for foodies, too. A great option here is Restaurant Salzhaus, a place where my

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