2018/04/19

Review of Restaurant Chez Donati, Basle/Switzerland


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An institution of old school fine Italian dining since 1950

After several visits to Chez Donati in the 1990s my husband and I dined here yet again and imagine, nothing has changed in the meantime! The place is an institution in Basle, for more than 65 years it has been serving traditional Italian cuisine in a high-end setting. After having been under the management of the best hotel in town, Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, for some years, there will be a change in 2020. As from then, the Bindella restaurant group from Zurich will take over. Time will tell what consequences this will have for Chez Donati.

2018/03/27

Review of Restaurant Einstein Gourmet, St. Gallen/Switzerland

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Fabulous meal in one of the best dining-spots in east Switzerland

St. Gallen in the northeastern part of Switzerland may not be one of the first towns that crosses your mind when it comes to well-known places in my beautiful home country. Nevertheless, it features some sights worthwhile visiting – above all the UNESCO World Heritage listed Abbey of St. Gallen. But there are also exceptional places for lovers of

2018/03/21

Review of Restaurant zum Schuetzen, Aarau/Switzerland

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Popular, longstanding place offering Swiss classics

My recent review about a restaurant in my home region was about a country inn, now I am assessing an inn in a more urban area, Restaurant Zum Schuetzen in Aarau. In contrast to its surroundings however, this is for me an establishment that I consider as typically rural. There is traditional Swiss food on offer, the restaurant is conventionally refurbished, and it is a popular place for family gatherings – by the way

Review of Restaurant Bad Eptingen, Eptingen/Switzerland

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Classic-elegant country inn with regional & Mediterranean food

I thought I knew all the places in my home region of Olten for lovers of fine dining, but I was wrong. There is one that I only discovered a few months ago, Restaurant Bad Eptingen. The reason for my ignoring this dining-spot is probably because of its location, which is a bit unsual. The point is that you

2018/03/16

Review of Restaurant Differente, Zurich/Switzerland

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Fine dining in rustic ambiance offering value for money

Zurich, one of Switzerland’s few cosmopolitan cities has a huge selection of dining-spots for every taste and you can almost always be certain of one thing: it surely costs you a fortune! One of the places that does not fit the pattern is Restaurant Differente at Hotel Krone Unterstrass. Here you

2018/03/14

Review of Restaurant Mediterrane Leckereien, Solothurn/Switzerland

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Mediterranean delicacies in the tiniest eatery in town

When eating out in my home region my husband and I opt in most cases for places around Olten (my home town) or Aarau (the nearest town), but sometimes we venture a bit further. This time, we went to Solothurn, a place that is always worth a visit as it is considered the most beautiful baroque town in Switzerland. But there are more reasons to

2018/03/02

A California trip along the coast, fifth (and last) stop San Diego

Where to stay & eat and what to do when traveling in style

On our trip along the Californian coast from north to south my husband and I reached the last station after starting in Mendocino via San Francisco (hotels, restaurants, activities), a stop in Cambria and several ones in Greater Los Angeles. San Diego, the state’s second largest city and the so-called

A California trip along the coast, forth stop Greater Los Angeles

Where to stay & eat and what to do when traveling in style

Los Angeles is a place that is hard to grasp for a traveler. It is a virtual impossibility to leave this juggernaut of a city in no doubt that one has seen it! After 8 (!) visits to this city, beginning in the late 1980s, I did an attempt to list my personal Los Angeles highlights accumulated over the last years. I firmly believe that

2018/02/20

Review of Restaurant Storchen la cuisine, Schoenenwerd, between Olten & Aarau/Switzerland

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French cuisine with a twist – a retro approach

Restaurant la cuisine is the place at Hotel Storchen in the Swiss Mittelland where upscale French food, modernly inspired, is on offer. In the following, I will go into the re-design of this dining-spot which involves a retro approach in terms of furnishing and food: some nostalgic dishes are completed in front of the diners on a historic kitchen pass stemming from a renowned five-star hotel. In such a way, having a meal becomes a special experience. Together with an immaculate service and with good value for money, this restaurant – awarded 14 points by Gault-Millau – is one of the better places in the area to go as fine food lover.

2018/02/12

Skiing in style in Zermatt/Switzerland

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Ski-in/ski-out in one of the best & biggest ski resorts worldwide

The annual ski vacation has been an important marker in my family as long as I can think of. When I was a child, we used to go into the mountains to spend a week skiing every year. This tradition was continued after being married and having a family of my own. Whereas in earlier days we always chose a Swiss ski resort for this purpose, we headed to the Austrian Alps instead the last decade or so because of some not so good experiences made in Switzerland. This year, we decided to give the Swiss Alps a try after all. After spending ten years in the same mountain hotel in Austria – see here

2018/01/31

A California trip along the coast, third stop Cambria

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Where to stay & eat and what to do when traveling in style

On our trip along the Californian Coast from north to south my husband and I left northern California (Mendocino, San Francisco hotels/restaurants/activities) behind us and reached Cambria, a picturesque village in Central California, situated midway between San Francisco & Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1).

2018/01/15

A California road trip along the coast, second stop San Francisco III (activities)

How to walk & explore the City by the Bay in 4 days

After giving tips where to stay and where to eat as travelers in San Francisco appreciating the finer things in life, there is no way around mentioning some worthwhile things to do. I am sure that you are able to name at least a few of the well-known landmarks of the city but it does not harm to recall some of them. In addition,

2018/01/05

Review of Restaurant National da Sergio, Olten/Switzerland

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My long-time favorite amongst local restaurants is back

I had been a regular at Restaurant Felsenburg in Olten for almost 40 years. This long-time local favorite featuring an upscale Italian-French cuisine never ceased to amaze me with its delicious dishes – see my review and my obituary – and I was very sad when this establishment closed down end of February 2017. Then came the news in September that the popular dining-spot would be reopened in a new