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Casa Teresa – Bocadillo Iberico at Seefeld

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My personal highlight: Zurich finally has a traditional Spanish place to enjoy premium Iberico Bocadillo

If you love Spain and traditional quality food this is the address to stop by at Seefeld. The owner Mabel, inspired by her grandmother’s habit preparing her a “bocadillo” as a child – a small bite, mostly made with bread – brings Casa Teresa to life. The shop is decorated with lots of little details bringing closer the Iberico history.

Get a premium quality Iberico ham in a crispy baguette. Mabel developed the baguette with John Baker. Try the baguette with some squeezed tomato and fresh extra virgin olive oil on top. The simplicity of this lunch or snack is excellent. Vegetarians get home made salads or a traditional Tortilla.
Explore the choice of different artisan Spanish delicacies as vines, Spanish Gin, olive oil or super delicious truffle potato chips. Casa Teresa is the little sister of her established Tapas & Friends in Wiedikon. Find more on my blog here.

Facts you should know about Spanish hams

There are different types of Spanish hams available depending on the characteristics of the pig they come from. Pig breeds are one of the factors that classify a ham. Cured Spanish hams are classified into two categories: Jamón Serrano (mountain ham) and Jamón Ibérico (Iberian ham).

Jamón Serrano is a ham produced from white breed pigs whose meat is lean and has fat on the outside. The meat of a Jamón Serrano has a light red color, is slightly salty and characterized by a gentle fragrance. This type of ham is produced from typical white breeds. Its flavour is mild. It takes one to two years to cure this type of ham.

Jamón Ibérico is a ham coming from the pigs of the Ibérico breed. This meat is deep red, with beautiful marbling of golden fat. It is bathed in flavor as it cures over years.
A prestigious Jamón Ibérico is the Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. It comes from acorn fed pigs that wander freely on the rangelands of southwestern Spain. This Jamon is very flavorful, with strong, complex aromas, slightly salty but almost sweet with flavors of cooked sugar, nuts and herbs.
Discover the Iberico hams at Casa Teresa and let Mabel introduce you to this fabulous speciality.

Address: Casa Teresa, Dufourstrasse 57, 8008 Zürich

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 to 17:30, Saturday/Sunday closed

In the mood of more restaurants to discover? Get inspiration on my guide here.

www.casateresa.ch

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Desta’s Coffee and craft beer the Alehouse Palmhof Zurich

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My personal highlight: Enjoying premium coffee from Ethiopia and a tasty coffee flavored craft beer

What makes a coffee place special? Do you like interaction with the barista? Are you looking for tranquility to work or exchange a word with other guests? Maybe even a tasty craft beer after work?

I found all of these at Alehouse Palmhof close to the university in Kreis 6.

About Desta’s coffee

Desta’s Coffee is a premium coffee roasted of single origin arabica beans. The flavor of my flat white was nutty and mild. These coffee beans are cultivated around 1’900 meters above sea level among a totally natural environment in the rainforest of southwestern Ethiopia. Desta Daniel Kebede is half Swiss and half Ethiopian and has a strong relation to his origin. That is how the passion for coffee brought Desta’s coffee to life. The company cooperates with local partners and offers them conditions that they can develop themselves. How do they do that? 20 percent of the gains which is generated flows back directly to the worker. Transparency and respect are important values that are lived here.

Desta’s coffee is available at The Alehouse and distributed nationally to other coffee spots. You can also order their quality coffee online.

20 taps and 1 hand pump of craft beer

If you are into craft beer after your coffee break stop by for a glass. The Alehouse is practically located close to the university. Find local Swiss beers and international ones. Sit at the bar and let the big screen on the wall suggest you the actual beer offer. I tried an excellent coffee craft beer Espresso Stout from the Japanese brewer Hitachino and a sour beer called La Vertu Autumn Sour. The staff is well skilled to tell you a story about every single beer. Are you curious? Find the actual selection of craft beers here.

All about my food experience will follow soon in a separate story! Their brunch is waiting for me.

Address: Universitätstrasse 23, 8006 Zürich, Kreis 6

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30 am to 12 pm,  Saturday 11.30 am – 12 pm, Sunday 11.30 am – 5 pm

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Coffee and food guide Zurich!

www.alehouse.ch

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Piadina Bar Zurich

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My personal highlight: It’s as simple, a traditional easy Italian Streetfood from Emilia Romagna for vegetarian and meat lover

There are some days I don’t really feel a big hunger but I know I want something tasty, half warm, fresh and somehow healthy. The Piadina Bar located in the old part of Zurich in the Niederdorf is my choice. Here I come to have my Piadina. The atmosphere is cozy, you can stay for the snack or take it to go, the food is fresh prepared and of good quality. Who has ever visited Riccione or Rimini knows, that in that part of Italy Piadina is a much appreciated street food.

What is piadina?

A Piadina is a type of traditional flatbread found in Italy/Emilia Romagna. It is stuffed with every conceivable fillings. The Piadina bread contains lard, that it what makes the dough soft and tasty! Piadina bread is easy to make at home, too. Find a recipe here!

Get your Piadina with Bresaola, Prosciutto di Parma, Salame nostrano, Parmigiano, add some Rucola, grilled veggies as eggplants, peperoni, zucchetti or even olive or artichoke cream. Comes best also with cream cheese stracchino, pecorino or gorgonzola/mascarpone. You see, there are a lot of combinations possible. Try it, let me know if you enjoyed! You can find èiadina Bar also in Basel by the way!

Address: Piadina Bar, Niederdorfstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich, Kreis 2

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11.30 am – 11 pm, Sunday 3 pm – 7 pm

www.piadina-bar.ch

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169 West – Specialty Coffee, Bar, Brunch & Natural Wines

My personal highlight: Brunch tapas you can share, hot cheese croissant, okonomiyaki waffle or a Malaysian kaya toast bread? Specialty coffee and cozy atmosphere included

The month of December was the new coffee spot discovery in Zurich for me, yes, there are a lot of coffee places in Zurich, this is one is special, because you get Asian specialities for brunch. 169West opened its doors in Zurich at Weststrasse 169, obvious and easy, the coffee shop’s name says it all. The interior is cozy, you feel like in a living room. The ambience invites to sit on a sofa, read a book and lean back.

Specialty coffee, Hot Cheese croissant, Japanese okonomiyaki waffle and Kaya Toast

Let’s start with coffee! Coffee fans get a delicious flat white or filter coffee, whatever you like best. The roast you find at 169West is from the brand The Barn from Berlin. 

What pairs best with coffee? Guess a croissant or pan au chocolat made from the baker seri Backhandwerk. I tried the hot cheese croissant which was an absolute dream.

For brunch and the okonomiyaki waffle is a must. This Japanese dish is a sort of a pancake with cabbage, carrots, eggs and a delicious homemade tasty sauce. The mayo gives the extra flavour on top. All is home made using only local ingredients. The sauce for example contains some plums from the area. This dish is seasonal, hurry up trying it as long it is on the menu! Further to recommend: the Kaya Toast, a breakfast speciality from Singapore and Malaysia. It’s a cream made of coconut milk and eggs in a toast and comes with an onsen egg. This egg is slow cooked for 1 hour at 64 degrees. The exact way to eat it? Dip the toast in the egg! The Kaya toast throw me back to Tioman Island!
Should you desire some travel insights from my Malaysia travel, get that here!

& natural wines

A passion of one of the owner are natural wines. These are wines that are free of pesticides and herbicides and often without any addition of additives. The selection is great, ask them to get introduced to this new wine world.

Address: Weststrasse 169, 8003 Zürich – Kreis 3, 5 minutes walk from Lochergut

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 8 am to 10 pm,  Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm

no reservation for brunch!

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Coffee and food guide Zurich!

www.169west.ch

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Coffee Shak Zurich

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My personal highlight: Specialty coffee for every type, nice music and ambience to stay for a zip

How do you choose the perfect coffee shop? What influences your choice? Is it the type of spot that is modest but serious about excellent quality coffee. Do you look for a place that’s good for meetings, meetups, work dates, first dates, breakfast or lunch? Do you prefer sitting alone and appreciating a properly made Flat White? How about observing a traditional coffee person entering into a Flat White world?

Once entered at Coffee Shak George the owner will ask you, how you love your coffee roast: intense fruity or just less intense and mild? I prefer the light nutty chocolate roast. At Coffee Shak you get the roasts from the brand The Barn from Berlin. They use the unique La Marzocco coffee machine (my top favorite one!). They serve also filter coffee, so just be curious enough to try what you like.

I had a delicious homemade cheesecake with my flat white. Get the Zurich famous croissant from the bread baker seri if you like a simple breakfast or even some hand made Greek sweets.

The shop is tranquil and invites to stay for a while. You can stop by for an afterwork beer or a wine, too. Give it a try.

Address: Müllerstrasse 31, 8004 Zürich – Kreis 4 – 2 minutes walk from Stauffacher

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 21:00, Saturday : 9:30 – 22.00

Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Coffee and food guide Zurich!

www.coffeeshack.ch

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25Hours Hotels The Royal Bavarian Munich

My personal highlight: Learning more about Munich’s history, the Bavarian Royals and their traditions in a modern, fancy and glorious interpreted way at 25 Hours Hotels Munich

How do you book your hotels? Which criteria do matter for your booking? How much do you know about 25Hours Hotels available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland? Let me introduce you to the new 25Hours HotelThe Royal Bavarian” in Munich. Get more insights on other 25Hours hotels on my accommodation guide here (Zurich) or here (Hamburg)!

I experienced 25 Hours Hotels this year the first time in Hamburg. I have to admit, before traveling to a city after having had excellent experiences with them, I first check, if a 25 Hours Hotel is available.

The Royal Bavarian opened its doors just recently and is brand new in Munich. It’s located 2 minutes from the train station and offers all high level standards and services known from other 25Hours Hotels.

What makes The Royal Bavarian Hotel in Munich special?

Anne one of the hotel staff members guides me through the house and explains to me significant details that were used to create this Bavarian surrounding. I see myriads of ironic and iconographic allusions to Bavarian history and its royal legacy. I love the story, that the Managers and the architect went for a guided sightseeing tour through Munich, to best grab and understand relevant details of its history. The goal was to transmit them into the design concept and interior to make the place authentic and real. Special elements as the ancient sledge, the swan chair or the furniture in the Boilerman Bar feature selected, materials. They create affectionate nods allover the place. This is the signature experience of this hotels.

The hotel is situated in a ancient building from the year 1800 ca. a former Imperial Post and Telegraph Office on the forecourt of the Central Station. That is why for example you find some ancient original typing machines in the hotel alley. Hotel guests have the opportunity to type their own letter, feel thrown back in time, and mail it to the wished address afterwards.

The catchy topic of the hotel is the Royal Bavarian History. I notice lots of Swan and Elefant elements all over the hotel. These were favorite animals of farmer royals. King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “Fairytale King was one of them, he lived in the castle called Neuschwanstein. Neuschwanstein literally means “New Swan Castle” referencing of “the Swan Knight” one of the Wagner’s characters.”. King Ludwig was a great admirer and supporter of Richard Wagner, the world-renowned composer.

This is 25 Hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian in a glimpse

  • 165 rooms in 6 room categories on 4 floors
  • Price start as of 150 Euros
  • meeting space for up to 20 people in the “Muschelkammer”
  • NENI Restaurant with eclectic east Mediterranean meze inspired by Chef Haya Molcho
  • Boilerman bar with fancy Highball drinks
  • Sauna
  • ue boom bluetooth speakers
  • free of charge mini car and bike rental (bikes from Schindelhauer)
  • a hearty and service oriented staff that makes you feel home away from home

Accommodation

Find 165 modern and stylish designed rooms. Every category has its own theme and design. It starts with the Single-Box-room, than the “Chambers” and the Grand-Chambers. There are two suites available, one is the Swan-Suite the other the Peacock-Suite. Natural materials as wood and fabrics are combined with warm colors and stylish, functional furniture. Find all details for booking a room here.

Food & Drinks

As in every 25Hours Hotel the NENI Restaurant spoils its guest also in Munich with the food philosophy of Haya Molcho and her 4 sons. Find an eclectic east Mediterranean cuisine inspired by a Street food style from Telaviv and the world. Get a variety of light and flavorful lunch and dinner menus.
Try the Balagan style, which means that you order several plates and share them together! Enjoy the open space or the tranquil private room. Enjoy some hand made sandwiches or other food to take a way at the NENI Deli.

The house bar Boilerman offers a sociable and cozy atmosphere. It’s an inviting place to linger and relax. Find delicious highballs – precisely mixed short drinks that are stirred and not shaken.

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Tlako Mexican Food, Zurich

My personal highlight: Being caught by the passion of Manager Christian explaining me the real concept & lifestyle of Mexican Food @ Tlako served in the unique ambience inspired by the Mexican Architect Luis Barragán Morfín

How many real authentic Mexican restaurants do you know in Zurich?

And how do they look like in the interior? I think the concept at Tlako is distinguished in its kind. You will need to convince yourself. Lovefoodish has the aim to give you a little help with this foodblog story.

Tlako is located at Zurich West, close to Toni areal tram station. It offers authentic Mexican food with a fast casual concept. This means, you choose out of traditional and contemporary Mexican recipes from every corner of the country. Now comes the unique part: You enjoy all dishes lingering in the beautiful Barragán ambience. The straight lines and open spaces embrace plenty of sunlight in the room. This makes the stay here relaxing and very enjoyable. If you are in a hurry you can order delicious street food to take away.

The menu at Tlako

Christian introduces me to a menu that contains dishes completely forgotten among real Mexican food culture. They create dishes like a Tampiqueña (Tender Swiss beef top side served with guacamole, beans, rice and one mole enchilada filled with tender chicken). This food used to give the extra power to the worker back in time in Mexico after a long day outside.
My absolute favorite is the tortilla soup. The stock is home made with delicious chicken broth. Chef Urs Koller and his staff are gentle souls that share their passion for food in every detail. When the staff selected the menu for me I immediately felt that they would only suggest plates they love to eat themselves, too!
Further to recommend the Al Pastor tortillas, they come with 150g marinated Swiss pork roasted with pineapple. The pineapple gives a really fresh taste. The pork is super tender and prepared sous vides. For dessert you should not miss the Corn cake with blueberries. Fingerlicking!
Coming to Tlako is like going to see some friends. The hospitality is heartwarming.

Good Food, Architecture, Design & Social Responsibility –  This is Tlako

The mission of Tlako is to bring the very best from Mexico. That is why beside food you find this wonderfully designed ambience inspired by a living concept of the architect Luis Barragán Morfín (1902-1988). Barragán is famous for its methods by which he could create what he called an “emotional architecture“. The buildings he produced show the typical clean lines of the Modernist movement. Christian and his family used to live in a casa Barragán. This was motivation enough to bring this emotional architecture to the new restaurant in Zurich. Beside this very personal story I love the fact that Tlako offers different social responsible products as coffee from Talquián – here works a community at the bottom of the Tacaná Volcano in Chiapas. The super cute hand made terracotta mugs or hand made wares that keep tortillas warm. Tlako knows all Mexican producers personally, you can buy several items at the restaurant, too.
And now I suggest: hopp on your bike or take the tram to Zurich West. Enjoy real emotional, delicious Mexican Food!
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Kraftwerk Café Zurich

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My personal highlight: Finding an inspiring, cozy place to work and have specialty coffee with probably the most exquisite pain au chocolat in Zurich

Welcome to Kraftwerk Café located at the shores of the Sihl river. A cozy, urban and spatial coffee and co-working space in town. Thank you City of Zurich and Impact hub for giving us this unique place!

I am fascinated about the interior on one hand reflecting different small living room spots, on the other hand there is the modern and trendy influence of huge containers used as conference or workshop rooms.

Of course the phenomenal La Marzocco coffee machine caught a lot of my attention, too. Dario is the barista at Kraftwerk Café and he knows best how to use this wonderful machine to create my flat white. He is further in charge of the coffee selection for all coffee places within the impact hub co-work spaces. You may also know Auer Co. close to Limmatplatz, the other cool coffee and co-work space managed by Impact hub.

Try the Zurich roast and a monthly changing guest coffee roast

What I love about the coffee here is that they support local Zurich Coffee from the roaster “Miro“. I had a roast with a bit of a (red) fruity, chocolate and nut taste called Serra Negra. One of my favorite ones
An other unique thing you find here: nearly every month the selection of coffee changes, so you get the chance to try a variety of guest coffee brands. This makes a coffee lover best understand the diversity of specialty coffee used around the world. You can ask Dario everything about coffee, he is happy to suggest you which coffee suites best your desire.

Beside coffee you get the famous bread, croissant and pain au chocolat from the bakery seri. If you hadn’t the pleasure yet to try them, do it now!

Hope these facts convince you to stop by at Kraftwerk Café! Thank you for using the Lovefoodish Coffee and Food guide Zurich! Get inspired about more specialty coffee here.

Opening hours for November

Monday to Friday, 8 am until 8 pm

http://www.kraftwerk.host

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Lucky Dumpling Zurich

My personal highlight: The filling makes the difference! My favorite choice: Hun Dun Soup with hand made dumplings filled with pork, shrimps, ginger & vegetables on a super tasty stock, all Glutamate free

Sunday is the day to have brunch with friends. This time my hungry stomach brings me to Zurich, Kreis 4 in Langstrasse 10. Here I get introduced to a Chinese Brunch at Lucky Dumpling. The manager Angel Liu welcomes us. I let her choose our brunch menu.

What to expect from a Chine Brunch?

The name says it all, we dive into Chinese food traditions. Please, forget about eggs and ham or croissant and jams. Here we experience a variety of dishes served as Chinese tapas (small served plates). I love the fact that you can share these small plates with your friends and eat you through the brunch menu.

Dumplings in different sizes, shapes and fillings

Get salty and sweet steamed dumplings in different sizes, shapes and ways of preparation.
Find Dumplings or Baos (an other form of a dumpling measuring about 10 cm) filled with vegetables, pork, shrimps spiced up with herbs and a delicious hand made soya sauce. Absolutely recommendable is the Hun Dun Soup. The stock is super tasty, clear and comes with wontons (additional form of dumpling in a triangle shape). It has a pork, shrimp, ginger and vegetable filling I found outstanding.

I love the sweet dumplings, filled with red beans or pumpkin. The fried dumpling with a sesame coat is super delicious, too.

All dumplings are made from scratch and fresh every day. The meat used is from regional suppliers (Zurich Oberland). I absolutely recommend the fresh brewed mint tea that comes with orange juice, too.

Talking to the owner Angel Liu I understand that she takes care about healthy food, it’s her lifestyle, too. That is why all dumplings are Glutamate free at Lucky Dumpling.

Additional tapas on the menu are: Chinese Burger made with a special pita bread bun and a slow cooked beef and pork meat added with fresh herbs and salad. Get an overview of the brunch menu here. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday. The place is recommendable for dinner or lunch, too.

Looking for food suggestions in town? Get more on the Lovefoodish guide.

 

www.luckydumpling.ch

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Put Put Japanese Takeaway

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My personal highlight: Understanding that Japanese Curry is a real traditional food cooked at home, it brings the family together at one table

I am glad I found this cute little Japanese Takeaway in Zurich. It is located at Stauffacherstrasse 101 very close to Langstrasse. The place is a real Japanese bijou. Stepping inside the typical fancy Japanese Design stands out. Their charactere named “putput” is a cute chick in the manga style. You can admire it all around the shop. There are fancy putput objects as home made mugs or bags to purchase, too.

The owner Nao Shirato explains to me, that the food they serve is inspired by the recipes of her grandmother. That’s Japanese cuisine her family used to eat at home.

The curry base is a home made paste. Its taste is not comparable to a spicy Indian curry with coconut milk. I found this curry mild, thicker in the consistency.  The Potato inside where fingerlicking, a real value to my curry experience.

The choice of menu is simple. Different menus are available for vegetarians and non.

Try the super tasty home made Japanese Curry (veggie or chicken), the Gyudon bowl with beef, the Onigri (rice sandwich with meat, fish or veggie) or different buns filled with veggies, meat or azuki (sweet beans).  The home made ice tea is recommendable, too.
The miso soup tastes very authentic and comes with the main dish if you like. Choose the salad instead if this doesn’t match your choice.

Menu are available for 11.5o – 15.50 CHF. Get a bun for 6 CHF,  Gyudon 13.50-15.50 CHF, Onigiri 5.50 CHF

Opening hours

Monday 11:30 — 14:00
Tuesday — Friday 11:30 — 21:00
Saturday 14:00 — 21:00

http://putput.ch/

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