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Gruyères

Gruyères is where the well-known cheese Gruyere has come from and it is by far our favorite town in the canton of Fribourg.

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Its castle and cheese factory, where they give demonstration on how to make Gruyere attract many tourists, too. There is also the HR Giger museum, Giger is the guy who designed the special effects for the movie Alien. I personally find it weird to have an alien museum in this medieval town, not too far from its castle that was built in the 12th century.
Oh well, I guess it’s okay.. as long as I don’t find any aliens in my Gruyere cheese! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Travel

 

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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’était complètement énorme! 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 braisé avec jus à 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 à 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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Des Trois Tours (1 Michelin Star)

For our pre-christmas 2010 celebration, Kit and I decided to go to one of the two 1 star michelin restaurants in Fribourg, Des Trois Tours, owned and run by Chef Alain Báchler.

We ordered the menu du marché which consisted of 8 plates in total.

Here are some of the photos…

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