GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – By now you must have gotten your guggen on, so it is only natural to follow up carnival with some typical Swiss foods eaten at the time. (See the full 2013 Swiss carnivals list).
Here’s a roundup of some of the season’s most popular foods and recipes, some of them in German:
- Zwiebelwähe or Swiss onion tart.
- Mehlsuppe or flour soup served during the “Morgestraich” in Basel, made from roasted flour, onions, butter and broth.
- Fastnachtschüechli, Beignets de Carnaval or powdered sugar fritters very popular in French-speaking cantons.
- Fastenwähe or caraway/cumin-seed sort of pretzel also popular in Basel.
- Schenkeli, Swiss deep-fried cookies served in the German-speaking region of Switzerland (link will redirect you to a video of a wonderful Swiss lady guiding you through each of the steps).
- Schlüferli, similar to a beignet but with a lemony flavor
- Fritschipastete/Chügelipastete or croustade à la lucernoise, a meat pie typical from Lucerne, made of veal and pork sausage and veal stew, served during carnival and on 2 January (see here an additional recipe from a well known local blogger in German).
- Risotto con luganighe or rissoles au sérac from canton Ticino. This Risotto makes use of local Ticinese sausages and saffron.
- Bacheschnitte or spiced honey cake from Appenzell served during carnival and early spring.
- Zigerkrapfen or sort-of fried doughnut filled with curd cheese from Zurich.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Early in the morning, Geneva’s local farm producers and cooks, gather at one of the most dazzlingly colorful outdoor markets in the city: the Plain of Plainpalais. In my opinion, this is one of the most picture-postcard-perfect outdoor food markets in the city and the only one that runs on Sundays.
At the Plaine, you’ll find gorgeous fresh and dried fruits, artful displays of pasta, wine -in winter mulled wine-, “old-world” vegetables, mushrooms, cheese, Valais specialties, home-made jams, freshly made bread, olives, flowers and more.
Known in French as La Semaine du Gout, the event is a 10-day celebration of local and Swiss produce and products.
Lausanne, as featured city, is hosting several events for foodies and food lovers (download their program here).
Geneva, as most large Swiss cities, is also participating in the effort to promote local, slow food. 40 cafes and restaurants are playing up local fare such as Lake Geneva whitefish, artisan beer, local fresh mozzarella and roasted boar on their menus.
Download the program featuring the activities centered around Geneva’s week of taste which culminate on 23 September here: semaine-gout-2012-ville-geneve-programme.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The neighborhood flea markets better known as La-Ville-est-a-Vous fairs are back from their summer hiatus bringing music, food and cheap second-hand items to Geneva neighborhoods.
The fun parties go on until 30 September, plenty of kids activities. Check out the schedules here.
Here’s one more idea for what to do on those lonely Sundays in Geneva.
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Here’s one great excuse to visit one of the nicest cities around Lake Geneva: food! Lausanne is the featured city for the strangely called: 2012 Swiss City of Taste.
As part of this yummy culinary festival there will be plenty of opportunities to try out new flavours and enjoy gourmet walks and “ephemeral” restaurants, participate in lectures and cooking workshops or take your kids to some of the many activities related to discovering food.
Check out the programme on the city’s official website.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Britain is going bunkers this Jubilee weekend and at least one store in Carouge has decided to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in grand.
Betjeman & Barton a well-know high-tea store is celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years of reign today 2 June from 09:00 to 17:30.
English tea, cream scones and finger sandwiches will be served.
The famous Bridgewater pottery will also be featured at the store, as well as hundreds of teas.
Owner Véronique Gallais, is known in Geneva for hosting what has been described as “fancy tea parties for connoisseurs,” so if you don’t stop by today, check out other events at this particular store in Carouge… or simply taste one of their many teas.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – This is one of these great “hidden” Geneva deals: the Kempinski Hotel offers cooking classes by a master chef and lunch all for CHF99.
Delphine Nicolas, public relations manager at the Kempinski says the fee includes the cooking class where Chef James Norman (previously from the Mandarin Oriental) teaches participants how to make one great dish (the class is given in the large open kitchen of the Grill Restaurant), plus a three-course lunch after class.
The class can be given both in English and French; the best is that you can sign up for one, or several classes, no commitment. Now, that’s a deal!
For more information or RSVP to attend one of the Saturday courses and lunch, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +41 22 908 9161.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – To the delight of many Geneva residents the popular neighborhoods flea markets / public outdoor parties return.
The La Ville est à vous, also known as the city’s Fêtes de rues, is an event for citizens to “take back the streets,” using the public space for their enjoyment.
For its ninth edition, the city, through neighborhood associations, organizes 12 street fairs between May and September.
The fairs offer outdoor concerts, art performances, food stalls, a flea market in designated streets, and outdoor ludotheques or children’s play areas.
Anyone can set up shop on the streets and sell everything from bicycle parts to clothes you no longer fancy.
GENEVA, Switzerland – In addition to the many group deals in the area (GroupOn, BuyClub, etc.), there is a way to pay less when eating out: buying a restaurant discount card.
The Assiette Genevoise, for example, is a two-eat-for-the-price-of-one card that can be used at more than 100 participating restaurants in the canton and in neighboring France, for one year.
The formula is simple: call ahead to reserve, present the card and pay only 50% of your food bill. The discount is made based on a party of two diners having a “main dish”; drinks are not included in the discount.
If that is not incentive enough, consider that the card is not marked with a name, thus family and friends can use it as well.
Discount cards around Lake Geneva
Warning: This post is not for the lactose intolerant.
SWITZERLAND – We know, the Swiss love their milk. Fresh Swiss milk from “contented cows grazing on lush meadows,” is what helps produce great cheeses, says the Swiss tourism office.
Although there are many varieties, here are some of the most popular cheeses made from cow milk, which represents about 90% of all Swiss cheeses produced; the remaining 10% are derived from goat and sheep milk.