GENEVA, Switzerland-Wine, wheels…and wet. In spite of the lousy weather accompanying the Geneva Caves Ouvertes last weekend, the excellent wine on offer and beautiful Geneva area scenery left me with a smile on my face. Here’s a sampling of what I saw. Enjoy.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Long before I ever moved to the land of milk and chocolate, I read Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and dreamt of endless supplies of the brown elixir.
In fact, I caught more than one culprit dipping their spoon into a chocolate fountain on day two of the Salon International des Chocolatiers et du Chocolat at the Batiment de Forces Motrices, in Geneva.
Madrid, Spain & Geneva, Switzerland – The first time I heard a connoisseur describe a jamon serrano to me was akin to being introduced to an intimate friend. My friend, and the narrator of the culinary fantasy, was of course a Spaniard.
We were stranded in an airport, lingering in that interminable airport purgatorial space, when I asked her what made a jamon serrano so special.
In true North American fashion, I am accustomed to being served copious amounts of food when eating out, or at least I was until moving to Geneva. There is certainly no shortage of filling or “heavy” food in the Swiss diet; think fondu, frites, raclette, croissants, and of course chocolate. However, I still find it a rare occasion (close to never) that I am served a plate of food in Geneva that will leave me 100% satisfied and not craving just a bit more of dinner.
I have to say on balance, that I think of this more and more as a healthy phenomenon in and of itself. But there are days meant for eating soul food, I call those days weekends, when really I am concerned less with eating well, than with the notion of burying myself in a pile of shaved lamb meat.