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En fin, il neige!!!

Ouiii!!! It’s been snowing heavily since this morning and this is the first time that it has snowed this much this winter season in Geneva. 🙂

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I took these photos while I was walking to work, trying to be careful not to slip and break any bones 🙂

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The sight of the snow covered trees never ceases to cheer me up.. je ne sais pas, mais there is something about it that inspires me and makes me happy. 🙂

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Daily tidbits

 

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Saffron risotto with chicken and mushroom

that’s what Cat prepared for dinner last night…

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Delicious!

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Home cooking

 

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Small Town People…

..that’s what we are!!!

Kit has never liked living in a big city eversince. I, on the other hand, loved big cities.. the big shopping malls, bars, clubs, restaurants, cinemas, the 24/7 stores.. it was just so convenient!

And then two years ago, I was obliged to live in a small town because of work. How I hated it at first! The silence in town was deafening at night, the sound of the cow bells ringing during the wee hours of the morning was annoying, the small shops had very limited products, there was nothing to do except visit, walk or run in the forest..

That I did!

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Much to my surprise, I liked it.. It was like a breath of fresh air.. I started to appreciate the nature more, the silence..

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Cows mooing and birds chirping did not bother me anymore..

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Neither did the pigs..

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I learned to buy fresh produce from the dairy and fromagerie..

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The every Thursday small market and antique bazaars became more interesting..

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and all of a sudden, I found the city life no longer appealing.

I also loved the fact that people would greet you and say “Bonjour” even if they didn’t know you!

These are just some of the perks of living in a small town. The downside is probably the occasional visit from a mouse. Lol!

Other than that, on est très content! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Daily tidbits

 

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Could this day get any worse?

This thing woke me up this morning…

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Photo: http://www.how-to-draw-cartoons-online.com/image-files/cartoon_mouse_8.gif

Yes, a mouse! How’s that to start your day?!

Fine, I know I’m exaggerating a bit.. But seriously it wasn’t funny!! I was in the bathroom, getting ready for a shower, still half asleep, until I noticed something was moving on the floor.. And there it was, staring at me. I gave a loud scream.. (not loud enough to wake the entire neighbourhood, but at least loud enough to make Kit jump out of bed). “It was just a mouse”, Kit said.. “It wasn’t going to attack you!”

Sure if I had a visit from Disney Mickey and friends early in the morning I wouldn’t probably have freaked out, but the sight and the thought of a real mouse nesting in our place, invading our turf… Yikes!!!

On top of that, having these little creatures can be costly.. They will be feasting on our food which we will then need to throw away, gnawing on our electronic wires, clothes, and stuff. Ce n’est pas de tout cool!

I am so determined to get rid of that mouse.. will definitely get one of those mouse traps before I come home from work. Meanwhile, we kept the door of the bathroom closed the whole time to make sure it did not wander around the house..

But I’m still scared and I still wonder how on earth it was able to get in and whether there was more? I seriously hope to God not!

How about you? Has any of you had such a problem?

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Daily tidbits

 

One rainy day

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Don’t you just love it when the rainbow comes after the rain?!?

Have a great Sunday, everyone!! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Daily tidbits

 

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Italian Saturday

For those who frequent this blog, you might know now that Kit and I usually spend saturday night with friends.

Working in another canton or state during the weekdays makes it difficult for us to hang out with friends, that is why we make it a point to see them on weekends no matter how tired we are.

Last night, Kit took this bottle out from our cave for our usual saturday apéro..

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You might be wondering, a cave inside the house? Seriously?!? The answer is yes and no.. Yes, we have a cave at home and no, it’s not that kind of cave..
It’s the type where one would keep and store their bottles of wine a.k.a. wine cellar in english.

This wine belongs to our collection of Bourgogne wines. Gevrey Chambertin Les Seuvrées 2008 has a medium red colour that delivers an aroma of dark red fruits on the nose.. Soft and well-balanced taste in the mouth. Kit and I would give this wine an 8 out of 10.

After finishing the whole bottle while catching up with friends, we decided to go to this Italian restaurant called L’isola. It is situated in the neighbouring canton of Fribourg and is a good 45 minutes drive from our place, but Kit has been craving for fresh pasta and this is by far the only Italian restaurant that we know which makes fresh and home-made pastas, so wth..

For starters, Kit just ordered a mixed salad. I did not want to order an entrée at first, but their moules et vongoles avec sauce piquant (mussels and clams on spicy sauce) was rather tempting, and so I took that for my entrée.

Et voila….

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C’Ă©tait complètement Ă©norme! A gigantic plate of seafood for starters arrived. Our friend, Kristine, had to help me finish this. We really enjoyed this despite its huge portion. The mussels and clams were executed well and the jus was flavourful.

For our main course, Kit ordered the tagliatelle au noir de seiche avec tomates et gambas (squid ink tagliatelle with cherry tomatoes and shrimps)..

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The colours on this plate were so lively, the tagliatelle was cooked perfectly al dente and the shrimps were divine.

While Kit was enjoying his dish, I looked at my plate and worried that my choice would be a disappointment, because the dish looked rather pale and sad.. I ordered ravioli châtaigne au boeuf braisĂ© avec jus Ă  l’orange (chestnut ravioli stuffed with braised beef in orange sauce)

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Much to my surprise, this dish was actually very nice. The flavour combination of the ravioli, jus Ă  l’orange and rucola was surprisingly wonderful.

Since I could hardly breathe anymore after I finished my dish, I did not order any desserts anymore. Meanwhile, Kit ordered soufflé au grand marnier for dessert..

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Overall, a great dining experience. L’isola may not have a michelin star, but it serves good food with good quantity and also very affordable. We’ll keep on coming back as long as we crave for freshly made pastas.

Restaurant L’isola
Rue de l’industrie 1
1700 Fribourg, Suisse
Tel: +41 26 422 24 53

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Daily tidbits, Restaurant reviews

 

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Restaurant de l’HĂ´tel de Ville, Crissier

To continue our quest for gastronomique food, Kit and I decided to go to the famous restaurant of the three star michelin Swiss chef, Philippe Rochat, during our last spring vacation.

At the time, the only two 3 michelin-starred restaurants in Switzerland were Le Pont de Brent of Chef GĂ©rard Rabaey and this. So we thought we really ought to try Philippe Rochat’s dishes.

We were warmly welcomed by the staff when we arrived. The restaurant had a very classic decor. We were seated at a much quieter area of the hall, which we very much appreciated since there was a huge group of Japanese that were quite too loud on the other side. I also liked the fact that the menu they gave to women did not indicate the price of the plates.

As usual, Kit and I chose the grand menu which consisted of eleven plates. You could probably say we were being greedy and gluttonous, but in our defense, big menus like this normally came in small portions that allowed us to discover as much delicious food in one visit.

We took a glass of Chasselas white wine for apéritif and it complimented our amuse bouche quite well.

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Amuse bouche

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These crackers paired with cheese, salmon eggs and herbs were delightful. We thought we were off to a good start.

Since our menu had seafood and meat, Kit and I picked a bottle of red wine that would go well with both. We are such a sucker for Bourgogne wines, so we chose Morey St. Denis 2007, Domaine des Lambrays 1er Cru.

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The amuse bouch was then followed by Homard with petits pois

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Kit and I adored this plate.. It was very tasty and light!

The next plate was asparagus and prosciutto in some creamy sauce

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This plate was just okay.. Too creamy for our taste.

Now off to the next plate.. Fish (can’t remember anymore which type, sorry) with sweet and sour sauce (if I remember correctly).

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The fish was cooked perfectly. At this point, we started to notice their portions were bigger than at Le Pont de Brent. We had to ask the waiters to tone down the pace in delivering food to our table a little bit, so we could have some time to digest and breathe in between.

What I also liked about this restaurant was their huge and elegant smoker’s room on the second floor. Kit does not smoke, but I do.. and with meals like this, a cigarette break for me was necessary.

Anyway, the plate that came after the pause was frog legs..

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We pretty much enjoyed this except for the sauce.. Again too heavy and creamy.

Now the main course.. Ris de veau

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Unfortunately, I was not able to finish this plate and Kit either. It was fine, but not that good that we’d want to finish the rest of it.

For dessert we had cheese, passion fruit and mango sorbet and another one that I don’t remember anymore.. Plus les mignardises…

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Overall, we were kind of disappointed. More likely because we had high expectations and they were not met. The service was perfect.. Too perfect actually that it seemed robotic. It just lacked some personal touch.

Would we go back again?!? Maybe! But in the mean time, we have other restaurants on our list.

Restaurant Philippe Rochat

Rue d’Yverdon 1
CH-1023 Crissier (VD)
Suisse

Tel: +41 21 634 05 05
Web: http://www.philippe-rochat.ch

 

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