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Coffee & Coworking Lounge Tessinerplatz, Zurich

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My personal highlight: Make new friends while exploring the full spectrum of specialty coffee

A place that was really missing in Zurich! Located at 2 minutes from Bahnhof Enge in a spaceful and bright spot where sitting outside is possible, too: Welcome to Coworking Lounge at Tessinerplatz 7 !

What makes this spot one of my new favorite working spaces?

Nikos is a skilled and experienced barista that explains me all details about the world of specialty coffee. How much do you know about the complexity of preparing a coffee ? How does it get that perfect temperature and the milk and coffee balance is at the point your palate is getting the pleasure he wants?

Being able to pick up on the flavour profile of a coffee doesn’t just look impressive, it also heightens your enjoyment!

At Tessiner co-working lounge I have my spot to work, enjoy a delicious coffee or fresh brewed tea and home made vegan cakes. Get more on the co-working facilities here.

Opening hours Coffee Bar‍: Monday – Friday 07:00 – 19:00
Coworking Hosted Hours: Monday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00

Address: Coworking Lounge Tessinerplatz, Tessinerplatz 7, 8002 Zürich

In the mood to discover other coffee places in Zurich? Check my guide!

www.tessinerplatz.ch

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Asian Food

Misoga Korean restaurant

Korean Food

Korean food

Welcome to Korea. I love this place! As the name says, it’s the house of smile. And I am sure you will feel same. If you never tried the Bulgogi, time has come now. It’s a Korean style barbecued beef; tender, with fresh veggies. It comes in a colorful  bouquet of delicious sides as the famous kimchi, pickled veggies, rice and a bean paste.

The ambience is cozy and very relaxed. If you don’t know how to eat your Bulgogi the lovely staff will help you to wrap it right in the fresh green lettuce leaf!

Bibimbap is signature Korean dish. The word literally means “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). The ingredients of Bibimbap are stirred together thoroughly with a spoon just before eating.

You can also order your food for take away!

Address: Misoga, Drahtzugstrasse 5,  8008 Zürich

Opening hours:  Montag-Friday: 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:30, Saturday: 18:00-22:30, Sunday closed

www.misoga.ch

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Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

My personal highlight: Relaxing in the oasis of wellness & health famous for its 36.5 degrees Celsius water – Flying my senses high with an exceptional fine dining experience at IGNIV

Bad Ragaz is a cozy small village in the canton of St. Gallen. It is the home of a famous natural spring. It’s a popular spa and health resort destination in Europe. Beside the wellbeing factor you find wonderful art & sculptures all over the Resort and the tiny village. This place is home of The Swiss Triennial Festival of Sculpture, called Bad RagARTz. An event of international fame visited from artists all over Europe.

Discovered accidentally in 1240, the salubrious effects of Pfäfers’ mineral springs were recognised early on. The famous natural scientist, physician and philosopher Paracelsus, who is regarded as the first spa physician of Bad Pfäfers, worked there in 1535 and wrote an entire book on the therapeutic effects of the water with a temperature of 36.5 degrees Celsius. 

Spoil your soul in the Thermal Water World

Experience a holistic wellness program that suits to all that want to maintain health or improve it, need relax or simply love to enjoy a swim. In the “Thermal Spa” you will find an extensive water world with the Helenabad (35°C) or Sportbad (29°C) pools. The Tamina Therme is the cherry on the top. It’s a public wellbeing oasis and haven of relaxation! Get more on the spa offer here. Enjoy their Garden Pool with an outdoor bar from May to September.

Your perfect stay at Grand Hotel Quellenhof

Get to know the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

Located about three hours by car from Munich and one hour’s drive from Zurich you will find an excellent variety of hospitality. There are 4 different Grand Hotels. Three five stars: The Grand Hotel Quellenhof (as of 1000 CHF), the SPA Suites (suites as of 890 CHF), the GRAND HOTEL HOF RAGAZ (rooms as of 450 CHF) and the Palais Hotel (Relais & Chateaux Bad Ragaz) (Rooms as of 450 CHF). Further There is a Medical Center & Clinic Bad Ragaz, Thermal Spa’s and an Events & Conference center. From classic, opulent, traditional to purist design. Find an option for every taste.
For your culinary experience: choose out of seven restaurants, four bars, a bistro, a café and sushi takeaway for a variety of delights! Don’t miss the exhibition that brings you closer the complete history around the Grand Resort especially created in occasion of the 150 years of anniversary!
More on the culinary experiences in the blog post below!

The resort is also very popular among golfers. It is the only resort in Switzerland to have two golf courses of its own. One is suitable for beginners, the other for professionals.

The Grandhotel Quellenhof – My design eye-catchers

Last July, after only five months of construction and an investment of CHF 45 million, the completely renovated Grand Hotel Quellenhof once again opened its doors. The famous Swiss interior designer Claudio Carbone redesigned the Grand Hotel Quellenhof with a concept focussed around both the hotel’s history and its thermal water.
The 16 metre high chandelier is one of the highlights. 2500 impressive blue and white spheres made of mouth blown glass shines in the stairway.
The design and size of the wine counter around the entrance of the Restaurant Verve by Sven captured my attention, too. Not to mention the fabulous modern and elegant interior of the restaurant Verve by Sven made with natural materials paired with warm colours, creating a lively and vibrant atmosphere!

Accommodation at Grand Hotel Quellenhof

Choose between different sized rooms as the Junior suite with 50 m2 with an elegant and seductive atmosphere! The materials and colors used for the interiors transmit the art of tradition meeting modernity with the special luxury touch. Explore the minibar with delicious soft drinks or and delicate red wine. What captured my attention was the bathroom! An image of the astonishing “Tamina Schlucht” overlooking the bath tube, an exceptional craftsmanship result lasered on a natural black stone. The parquet is made of Swiss natural wood and a dream to walk on. The view from the room overlooks the beautiful alps and is just the perfect setup for a peaceful treat.

A warm thank you to Grand Hotel Quellenhof for giving me the opportunity to be the first guest sleeping in the new suite!

Beside the Junior suites you find Junior suites Deluxe, (both 50 m2), Corner Junior suites (60 m2), Suites (80 m2), Grand Suites (100 m2), Royal suites (200 m2,  spacious lounge, living room, fireplace) and the legendary King Suite (270 – 600 m2 for luxury at the highest level).
Get more on the rooms here.

Gourmet Highlights at Grandresort Bad Ragaz

Choose out from local Swiss food to Asian specialities all the way to a modern fine-dining sharing experience and French haute cuisine. At Grand Resort Bad Ragaz you experience indulgence and style. Culinary art and atmosphere. The restaurants and Bars to choose out are:

  • VERVE BY SVEN (Health & Lifestyle Cuisine & refined mixed drinks and cocktails)
  • MEMORIES (Natural, local & fresh, delicate and puristic Cuisine)
  • IGNIV BY ANDREAS CAMINADA (1 Michelin Star, Sharing Fine Dining Experience)
  • OLIVES D´OR (sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine)
  • NAMUN (A masterpiece of Asian cuisine. With 13 GaultMillau points)
  • ZOLLSTUBE (Traditional & Charming, typical Swiss Cuisine & Swiss Beers)
  • SCHLOSS WARTENSTEIN (Fresh seasonal & regional Cuisine with the majestic view)
  • GLADYS (Club House Classics,
  • Snacks, Sushi & Salads at Golf Bistro, Café Therme or Sushi Take away Koiso
  • Bars, Get your drink at one of the 4 Bars at The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz: Verve by Sven Bar, Hof Bar, Salon Davidoff, Golden Wave Bar at the Casino Bad Ragaz

Absolutely to recommend: Get breakfast & lunch at “Verve by Sven”
The breakfast of my choice: Verve
Enjoy the healthy thermal drink water (36.5 °), a green smoothie.
Chia lone seed pudding, Granola with bee pollen, berries, a poached bio egg on a home made sour dough bread, tomato jam, Swiss tofu cream with lovage cress.

For lunch you can choose of daily menus that are prepared with healthy, ad fresh and seasonal ingredients. Absolutely to recommend: their cocktail with or without alcohol!

Fine Dining experience at IGNIV by Andreas Caminada & Breakfast/Lunch at Verve by Sven

Fine Dining Experience at IGNIV by Andreas Caminada

IGNIV by Andreas Caminada is the place where your valuable time gets enriched by enjoyment and culinary temptations. This 1 Michelin star restaurant surprises and seduces you with a fine dining sharing experience prepared by Chef de cuisine Silvio Germann & his staff. Every course comes in small plates and is perfectly combined with a wine chosen from Chef de Service and Sommelier Francesco Benvenuto. I love the fact that most of the wines are local and let evolve every bite of the carefully prepared dishes to a high level of taste.
The ambience at IGNIV is stylish, modern with the special touch of a traditional ancient living room. The candy shop captured my attention immediately! These hand made sweets are THE must take home after the dining experience!

Try the Fine Dining sharing experience at IGNIV

The name IGNIV derives from the Rhaeto-Romanic word “nest“. Materials such as brass elements and wood as well as the arrangement of the tables give the guest the feeling of being in a nest. Every course served as for example the egg royal (served in an egg shell) makes you experience this element of the nest.

We had a 3 course sharing experience with 5 surprise components! The Sharing experience comes with a variety of very delicate prepared veggies, most of them grown local or regional. Same for the fish and meat. The dining concept is a true pleasure to share with friends, family or with your love!

The amuse bouches
Lettuce, dill – macaron, sour cream, cucumber – cabbage turnip, withe fish – egg royal

Champagne Résonance Marie Courtin

The starters
Char, radish, butter milk – Beef tartar with potato chips – lettuce, parmesan and herbs – foie gras, chocolate – mackerel Sahsimi on a table BBQ, celery – IGNIV salad –
The surprise starter: the chicken Nuggets with BBQ choco sauce

Wine: Sauvignon Blanc Opoka 2014 – Marjan Simcic

The mains
Zander filet – Beef êntrecote from Grison, celery, onions – Veal cheeks, gremolata, young carrots, bramata – Cauliflower, Grüscher Trüffel

Wine: 2017 Chardonnay Martha und Daniel Gantenbein (Fläsch) – 2010 Pinot noir “H”, Christian Hermann (Fläsch)

The Desserts
Egg royal with strawberry & basil – Cocos ice cream, Verveine – Millefeuille with cherry & pistachio, chocolate & sea ​​buckthorn – Quark Soufflé – almond apricots sphere

The costs of the menu per person: CHF 148 for the 3 course, additional you can choose 3 surprise sharing components for additional CHF 40 or 5 surprise sharing components for additional CHF 60.

My personal highlights

The dinner at IGNIV was without doubt my absolutely memorable highlight. Each course was prepared with care and love. On the one hand, this is visible by admiring the presentation of the plates, including the artistic crockery and even more as a taste experience on the palate.
The way the all the staff welcomed me at the Grand Resort from the check in to check out is warm and attentive. Thank you Grand Resort Bad Ragaz especially Mrs. Astrid Hüni for having me.

In the mood of other accommodation suggestions? Visit my travel guide!

www.resortragaz.ch

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The Butcher Zurich

My personal highlight: Stepping in the kitchen at “The Butcher”, getting introduced to all properties to prepare a real juicy burger

My passion as a foodie is to be there where the magic happens: In the kitchen! A big thank you to all of the staff at The Butcher Badenerstrasse, that made this happen. I can now much better understand the work in a Burgerkitchen! Quite a lot of procedures the cooks follow to prepare the perfect burger.

A large part of the dishes can be ordered as gluten-free variation or low carb without bread!

The base for the perfect burger are high quality and fresh products. The Butcher uses regional Swiss Meat. A paddy has 140g and comes always medium cooked!
A highlight for all Vegan lovers is The Greenmountain Burger that is 100% plant based and produced in Switzerland (Graubünden). It is rich in proteins and fibre made of organic soy, pea and wheat proteins.
Available with a vegan bun. I personally recommend their traditional bun. It is one of the best in town and has a crust that is super tasty due to its beer marinade! At Badenerstrasse you can enjoy your burger in the lovely outdoor terrace!

From the moment of the order at the table it takes only 7 minutes until you get your burger on the plate!

Try the Guest favorite: Bacon & Cheese Burger

Get a variety of burgers from classical beef, Chorizo Beef to Pulled Pork BBQ and Caesar’s Chicken. Absolutely to try the Goat Cheese Burger, too!

My favorite is the classical Bacon & Cheese. The cheese mixture is a secret mix, the cheese doesn’t melt and is mild but aromatic and is places on some flavorful caramelized onions. Every burger comes with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and special sauces! The fries are made of local swiss potatoes. A secret for you: The same potatoes as the legendary Zweifel Chips! Order their home made ice teas as the ideal non-alcoholic refreshment or some regional craft beers.

Burgers vary between 13.30 CHF (simple Butcher Burger) to 18.30 CHF for the Bacon & Cheese to 20.30 CHF for the Chorizo Beef & Cheese.

Address: Enjoy The Butcher offer at several spots in town, also available as outdoor delivery!

Zurich Badenerstrasse (the one I was), Badenerstrasse 101, 8004 Zürich
Zurich Altstetten, Altstetterplatz 11, 8048 Zürich
Zurich Niederdorf, Stüssihofstatt 15, 8001 Zürich
Zurich Heinrichstrasse, Heinrichstrasse 239, 8005 Zürich
Zurich Oerlikon, Hofwiesenstrasse 363, 8050 Zürich
Zug Metalli, Gotthardstrasse 2, 6300 Zug
Bern, Aarbergergasse 36, 3011 Bern

Opening hours: (check them online to be sure for each location) Monday – Wednesday, 11 am to 11 pm, Thursday – Saturday, 11 am to 12 pm,
Sunday: 12 am to 11 pm.

In the mood of more food inspiration? Get them on my food guide!

www.thebutcher.ch

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Zurich Summer 2019 – My top Food & leisure activities

We waited long! Finally we have you! Summer 2019 welcome to Zurich and the world. I am excited to share with you my favorite spots where to go for food, drinks and entertainment!

3 must discover summer food activities in Zurich

Build your burger ship

Cruise on the Zurich lake and enjoy a delicious burger on the legendary ship MS Helvetia! From 16 May to 19 September on the first three Thursdays of the month you can compose the burger of your choice or go for a proposal of the captain! The cruises takes 2.5 hours. The atmosphere on the zurich lake is legendary, enjoy a sunset with your friends, family or love!
My personal suggestion: The pulled pork burger! Find more information on the “Build your Burger Cruise” here.

“Lunchen & Planschen” at Hotel Giardino by Atlantis

Spoil your soul & body at lunch! The offer includes a homemade iced tea, pool access, bag with bathing shoes and towels! The lunch is a healthy summer menu consisting of 2 appetizers a main and a dessert. The pool waits for the perfect refreshment and swim! The surrounding up here is idyllic and peaceful, a hide way easily to reach from Zurich main station in only 20 min. The “Lunchen & Planschen” Package costs 64 CHF / Person and is available until September, Monday to Friday 11 am to 4 pm.
Here is what I had:

  • Parsnip soup with quinoa and parsley
  • Smoked tuna with an avocado crem, mango and rocket salad
  • Veal meatballs with quinoa, smoked apricot, pak choi and a tandoori sauce
  • Rhubarb tarte, long pepper and red fruits

For reservations call +41 44 456 55 44 or book it here:

Pick nick at one of my favorite parks!

When it comes to parks in town with plenty of shadow there is a great option. It must not always be the crowded Letten River or China Wiese at the lake, right?

Belvoirpark located close to Rentenanstalt, the perfect spot for those who seek tranquility and a place to read a book in a less crowded ambience.

Josefswiese close to Viadukt is a park for family and pick nick lovers! The park is big and the large trees giving the perfect shade! What I love here is the large water fountain! Kiosk & restaurants are just close by.

Werdinsel Go for a fun day with a plastic boat on the river! The best point to start is Werdinsel, it has a bit of a wild atmosphere out here. For families: enjoy the large paddling area with a waterfall for small children! For your BBQ use the pre installed grill!

Get your pick nic box ready!

Call your friends, prepare your music play list, pack some home made fresh little bites as for example:

  • Mediterranean pasta salad with feta, olives, dried tomatoes, pine nuts and capers
  • Fennel salad with apple stripes & grapefruits
  • Tzatziki
  • Cuscus Salad with tomatoes, corn, cucumber, red peppers & mint leafs
  • Watermelon & Feta Salad
  • Prosciutto Crudo in slices with honey melon

To add a suggestion from my community: Good music, beer, Iced Coffee and Watermelon!

My favorite two spots to swim or relax or dance with good sound

Seebad Enge for a swim and chill on Monday’s! It’s the place to hang out with some chilled music for a sunset session:
Mo 15.7 / Mo 29.7 / Mo 12.8 / Mo 26.8 and start into the week with the unmistakable Kasheme sound. Feel the Summer Breeze.

Barfussbar on Thursdays ! One of the most popular “Badi” bars among Zurich residents is the Barfussbar, offering a view of the Grossmünster, Fraumünster, and the River Limmat! The Badi is open as of 8 pm on Wednesday (Live Concerts, entrance donation), Thursdays for a live DJ Set (entrance for free) or Sundays for dance (Entrance fee 16 CHF).

Open Air Cnema’s in town you should not miss!

Bloom Openair Kino located in the Landesmuseum close to the main station. It’s on until July 11, 2019. Get the program here.

www.sofaopenairkino.ch Is the must in Wipkingen! Take your seat on a sofa! It starts July 4 to July 6, 2019!

www.filmfluss.ch located a Unterer Letten offering a true special sunset vibe at the river! It’s on from July 10 until July 28, 2019.

https://zuerich.allianzcinema.ch/en/programme If you are into a scenic view overlooking the Zurich lake and good food this is your spot. It’s on from July 18 to August 18, 2019. The tickets are sold out very quickly, therefore, check the program and book your spot now!

Cine Club Nord For all those who love an open air cinema in a green park! It’s located in Oerlikon 4 minutes from the train station and on August 16. and 17, 2019.

Let’s end our summer days with glory with the Theaterspektakel held on the beautiful Landiwiese!

This event closing summer in Zurich is very special! Get lost in street theater and dance performances of artists that come from all over Europe! It’s on from August 15 to September 1, 2019. Get more here.

In the mood of some Zurich Food spots to discover? Check my food guide!

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Seascape Luxury Residences Crete – Agia Pelagia

My personal highlight: Get the comfort & relax you need at the residences, enjoy the freedom to be super close by the sea & restaurants

Seascape Luxury Residences Crete

Opting for privacy and tranquility in an affordable boutique style accommodation Seascape Luxury Residences is the best choice. It is located in Aigia Pelagia. This seaside fishing village built in the centre of a picturesque amphitheatric bay offers crystal waters and a great choice of restaurantcafés, boutiques & shops. Agia Pelagia lies right in the middle of Crete. This makes it easy to use it as a base for tours and excursions. From here you can reach some beaches in walking distance. Read more in my blogpost about what to do and where to go around Agia Pelagia. The airport of Heraklion is only about 20 min. drive by car.

Accommodation

Find 31 apartments with modern equipment, TV, super comfy beds and bright rooms in various categories (Superior double room, Deluxe Apartment Sea or Pool view). Some apartment offer a private garden terrace, too. All apartments are different and are perfect for couples or families.
Get your morning swim or relax time at one of their two pools. The residence is located 5 minutes from the beach and the village of Agia Pelagia, therefore perfect to explore the place without car.

Price start as of ca. 110 Euro/night for an apartment. Get your offer and details about all sizes of the apartments here.

Breakfast at the bar

The residence has a pool bar where delicious breakfast is served. Absolutely recommend to try the Cretan breakfast. I could not find a more traditional one than at Seascape all around Agia Pelagia. The breakfast is served at the pool bar and this spot is excellent to get in contact with other guests for a chat if you like.

A big than you to Dimitris and all of the staff for having me and taking care of all of my wishes. I felt very much at home!

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Traveling Crete Island – Heraklion & surrounding – experiencing hidden food pearls with locals

My personal highlight: living the Cretan wisdom. The last two things you take with you when you die is what you see and what you eat.

My food tour guide Eva from Urban tours/intrepid travels could not describe better, the motto of my life.

This 5 day trip to crete aims to inspire and experience the island with all of its flavors, colors and cultural history. A program that suits to travel or food lovers aiming an appetizer Crete offers. Get to understand better the mentality and way of life Cretan nurture! Crete’s culture and food is strongly influenced by Roman, the Byzantines EmpireArabs, the Venetian Republic, and the Ottoman Empire. This explains a lot, how diverse the place is compared to other greek islands.
A warm thank you goes to my two local guides and new friends Phil Buttler and his wife Mihalea that introduced me to this mediterranean pearl! Check Phil’s blog Argophilia for more travel insights about Crete!

Crete is the  largest island of Greece and lies to the south of the mainland. You can reach it either from the International Airport Chania, located in the south or the International Airport Hiraklio (the one I recommend) in the north. Absolutely recommended to rent a car for traveling around the island.

The island offers some of the most stunning landscapes and famous historical sites: Mark this one in your historical site bucket list: Knossos!
Knossos flourished for approximately two thousand years. It’s the must see archaeological site located 5 km southeast of the city of Heraklion. Here back in time the dynasty of Minos ruled (roughly 2700–1420 BC). Curious to experience the magic of the Minoan lifestyle? Visit a show at the Minoan Theater at Karteros. Read more about the show here.

Cretan hospitality teaches best, how to be truly wealthy. The life motto: siga siga (slowly slowly) makes me smile every time I hear it.

Beaches to reach by feet or car around North Crete

If you are after beaches, Crete has hundreds of beaches to suit every taste.
Lygaria BayMononaftis bayKladissos bayMade beachPsaromoura beachFylakes beachAmmoudi to name the most important ones. Though there are several (little and almost hidden) beaches in the area.

To mark on your beach bucket list: Aigia Pelagia.
Surrounded by mountains and hills, Agia Pelagia lies right in the middle of Crete. This makes it easy to use it as a base for tours and excursions. This seaside fishing village built in the centre of a picturesque amphitheatric bay offers crystal waters and a great choice of restaurant, Cafés and shops. (More on that in my food suggestions below). From here you can reach some beaches in walking distance.

Where to sleep in Agia Pelagia

Opting for privacy, tranquility in an affordable boutique style environment? Seascape Luxury Residences is your choice. Add it now on your accommodation bucket list!
Find 31 apartments with modern equipment, TV, super comfy beds and bright rooms in various categories (Superior double room, Deluxe Apartment Sea or Pool view). Some apartment offer a private garden terrace, too. All apartments are different and are perfect for couples or families.
Get your morning swim or relax time at one of their two pools. The residence is located 5 minutes from the beach and the village of Agia Pelagia, therefore perfect to explore the place without car. Make your booking here.

Breakfast at Seascape – Try the Cretan breakfast

My absolute favorite choice: The Cretan breakfast. It comes with local products and reflects best, what food is about in Crete! Rich and healthy flavors as tahini, honey and home made orange or quince jam to spread on the bread. Greek yoghurt and biscuits made of carob flour.
Sit at the large table in front of the pool and have a chat with other guests. This makes the difference at Seascape compared to an anonymus hotel atmosphere! 

Ever heard about the Cretan Diet?

Did you know, that Crete is world famous for its Diet? I am a food explorer and not really following a diet. Traveling through this region however, made me best understand, what it means to be surrounded by premium products. It’s an art to know, how to prepare these exceptional quality products. A large variation of citrus fruits, tomatoes, mainly goat and sheep cheeses, olive oil, snails, fish, wholemeal bread make this cuisine exceptional. (You’ll very rarely find cows in Crete or even Greece for that matter, they can’t handle the rocky terrain). By the way, it is recorded that over 500 types of greens and herbs are used raw in salads or cooked in small and large pies in various ways. Talking to different Taverna owners made me understand, that the preparation of food is made with passion and care about every single ingredient.

One of the basic difference between the cretan diet and diets of other mediterranean areas is the huge consumption of fruits.

The best way to get in contact with Cretan food is to experience a guided tour. For your Food tour Bucket list:
Book a 4 hour tour with urban tours and stroll through the city of Heraklion. You get introduced to some historical sites, churches and spots where the locals meet. A particular point of interest you may come across when walking the walls, is the tombstone of Nikos Kazantzakis. He was perhaps the most influential writer in Crete and even Greece.

What your food tour includes:

  • Taste home made biscuits in one of the oldest bakeries in town
  • Get a typical Cretan coffee (which seemed very turkish to me). 
  • Hit the backstreets and hidden pathways saying “yassas” (“Hi” in greek) to the local fish market man.
  • Try the local meze and get your olive oil tasting in a local food shop. Absolutely recommended: Visit the food store Vourgiali. It’s the ultimate address to get in contact with Cretan products. The family owned business has all you can dream of! The selection of dakos ,a typical cretan bread used for aperitife, light lunch or dinner is impressive! On the dakos come chopped tomatoes, feta crumbles and some extra virgin olive oil. Find best local wines, honey and cheeses.
  • A local sweet you can’t miss on your tour: bougatsa! Get a delicious one at the bistro Kirkor (Platia Eleftheriou Venizelou 31-32). Order a portion half cream and one half cheese and find out which you love more! My heart went boom for the cream version!

Bougatsa is a traditional Greek dessert made with the creamy custard or goat cheese wrapped in golden brown crispy phyllo, sprinkled with melted butter and garnished with icing sugar and cinnamon.

Dinner in Heraklion with a majestic view overlooking the harbor and fortress Koules (Venetian Castle)?

Restaurant Trata (Eikostis Pemptis Avgoustou 10, Heraklion) is a secret hint. It offers a superb view overlooking the harbor and delicious local food at a valuable price. Order local meze as fried graviera cheese called saganaki, eggplant salad or a grilled octopus. Try snails here! They are fired in olive oil with plenty of rosemary. A pure delight! Cretan snails have a special taste, since they live attached at olive trees!

Graviera cheese is slightly sweet and nutty in the taste. The Cretan version is made with sheep’s milk or sheep’s milk with a small amount of goat’s milk. It’s delicious eaten with thyme honey!

Restaurants & Bistro in Agia Pelagia

  • Tavern O Nikolas
    (Address: Agia Pelagia 715 00, Phone +30 281 081 2090)
    Local food, very authentic style where locals go, fresh fish/catch of the day, very good price. The staff is friendly.
  • Almyra bar & food
    A perfect spot to have an aperitivo, cocktail or dinner overlooking the sea. Chic & surely a trendy spot. The dishes are prepared with fresh and seasonal ingredients. The card is mixed with traditional cretan and international cuisine.
  • Restaurant Alati
    An authentic restaurant at the beach to try different local meze and sea food. I had the Crème trilogy with the classical split peas with onion, tzatziki with cucumber and smoked eggplant salad. As a main a fried octopus that was crunchy and super fresh.
  • Café & Restaurant The home
    The kind of place that makes you feel in a good vibes only environment. I love the positive quote and fancy decor everywhere. Very nice for a lunch to try some local dishes as eggplant salad and a homemade juice.

Make a trip to the traditional local village Fodele, talk to locals and eat a Taverna

Fodele is about 20 Km from Heraklion and absolutely worth visiting. Watch the old ladies doing needle works. We got invited to try delicious home made pickled bitter oranges and raki. Although the spot is touristic it has a relaxed atmosphere. Stop at the shops to buy some local cotton ware.

The village is the birthplace of the most famous Greek painter, El Greco. He has his own monument in the village next to a tree that is over a thousand years old! Make a visit at El Greco’s house where he was born. Today it has been transformed to a small museum.
On the way to the museum stop by at the Souvenir Shop of Maria! She is a lovely soul and has very cute little gifts (food & other things) to buy for your friends!

Your perfect local dinner in Fodele – Taverna Giasemí

Talk to Eleni the owner and let her advise you on the menu! Get some tasty dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), lamb chops (they are super tender) and different meat dishes as slow cooked pork or a creamy liver prepared with special herbs. The desserts are seasonal and made from Eleni every day. I had a delicious Orange cream tarte and a super soft and humid chocolate cake. Fruits will never miss after a meal and are a gift from the house in every restaurant.

Slow cooked lamb at Fodele Beach on a cozy Sunday?

The food experience at Taverna Opou Vastaxi is one of the most authentic on my whole Crete trip. Early in the morning the owner Stella and his husband prepare the fire where the pork and lamb slow cooks on the grill for at least 3 hours. Stella explains, that all animals are from local farms. The BBQ menu is available only on Sunday. Get some delicious sides as typical greek salad or dolmades. I appreciated the simplicity and authenticity and the very familiar ambience.

The beach of Fodele is close by. For families with kids: Stop at the water park at 2 Km distance and have some fun crazy slides!

Driving back from Heraklion to Agia Pelagia – Stop at Taverna Mitato to try Cretan bulbs!

I get more and more familiar, that on Crete the food is rustic and rich! It combines seasonal ingredients and balanced flavors. They reflect the bounty of Crete’s sun-blessed fertile land. At Anna’s Taverna you can find authentic local dishes as floral bulbs and a variety of stuffed vegetables. The menu offers a variety of grilled or stewed meat and fish, too.

They usually come fresh as a salad, dressed with oil and vinegar or lemon, pickled, or stewed with olive oil, vinegar and flour.

If you like to have a chat in German with Anna, she will be happy. She used to live in Germany. The interior of the restaurants is super vintage and reminds me of the living room of my aunt back in the 80s. 

“There us a kind of flame in Crete – let us call it “soul” – something more powerful than either life or death. There is pride, obstinacy, valor, and together with these something else inexpressible and imponderable, something which makes you rejoice that you are a human being, and at the same time tremble. (Report to Greco)” 
― N. Kazantzakis

See you soon Crete! Efcharistò to Seascape Manager Dimitris & his staff for having me. EyeWide Eservices – Minas & his staff for organizing the press trip. Mihaela & Phil Buttler for the memorable and fun time together.

In the mood of other travel stories? Check my travel guide here!

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Restaurant Guide

Miss Miu Koren BBQ Restaurant & Take away, Zurich

My personal highlight: Feeling like a “Miss Miu” enjoying Korean Food & dreaming big to conquer Zurich’s food world

Do you know the feeling when you wait longingly for your favorite cuisine to open in your city and the day X is finally here? That’s how I felt at the opening of Miss Miu, the new Korean Restaurant in Zurich!
Miss Miu is located at Europaallee and probably the largest Korean restaurant including a BBQ Grill in Zurich. With around 150 seats inside, 80 seats on the terrace and 40 seats in the burlesque bar guests can enjoy Korean specialities and homemade drinks in a modern and cool ambience on 430 m2. The space is decorated with a burlesque and avant-garde interior, with some little fancy corners, absolutely instagrammable, too! The staff welcomes you with a happy smile and if you are in a hurry, all food is available for take away, too. Register to their lunch newsletter here! In September a Speak Easy Bar is planned in one of their secret rooms!

Restaurant & Take away – supporting food waste with a very smart take away concept, where you can pre order from your office and pick up your order with your own crockery! The food is kept warm in a special shelf for you!

Signature dishes & more

Miss Miu serves around thirty Korean specialities. Korean Fried Chicken, the Korean BBQ, Bibimbap (around 25 CHF) and Gimbap (Korean Sushi) as a side 4 pcs CHF 9.50. Absolutely unique for Zurich: their Korean shaved Ice cream! All of that to share with your friends, the food comes in generous portions. Find their menu here.
To all vegans: the fried cauliflower with a the delicious sticky honey are absolutely excellent or the Asparagus in tempura dough, garnished with sesame seeds (CHF 9.50). Must try, too: The iron pot with pork & shrimps, chicken & broth, sweet potato noodles, cabbage, carrots, spinach, soybean sprouts & lotus root (31.50 CHF) perfect to share.

Korean BBQ – try the Busan Urban Beach Buzz

Every evening from 6 p.m. they serve delicious Korean BBQ plates in the stylish BBQ room. You can spice up the BBQ plates with a wide range of add-ons to suit your taste. Korean BBQ is great for sharing and is best enjoyed in groups! To recommend: Busan Urban Beach Buzz with a 80 gr beef cut, 40 gr, bacon & shrimps for CHF 44.

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 10.00 – 23.00, Friday Saturday: 10.00 – 24.00, Sunday: 10.00-23.00

Address: Miss Miu, Europaallee 48, 8004 Zürich, Tel. 044 260 55 22

Read the Miss Miu Story to better understand why Zurich has this place and where the design and food influences come from!

Atsuko Yamano, a talented Japanese thoroughbred cook and drummer of a punk-pop band, moved from Tokyo to neighboring South Korea in the 90s during the Asian crisis and fell in love with the tattoo artist and former bartender Park Tae-Soo during one of her jam sessions. Both didn’t have much money and tried to stay afloat with part-time jobs. Park, however, had a well-to-do aunt who was sympathetic to him – Aunt Miss Miu. The three of them spent a lot of time together and always fantasized about their own restaurant. Miss Miu was always very mysterious.

One day Miss Miu, Atsuko and Park met in front of an empty big hotel. Miss Miu typed, without hesitation, a four-digit number combination into the code lock and the door opened. Everything had already broken down a bit and you could see that it must have looked very pompous in former times, but was no longer inhabited for a long time. A former partner of Miss Miu ran this hotel some time ago and also ran a small restaurant kitchen. The business flourished, but the crisis had also hit him and he had to close his restaurant. After that he disappeared without leaving a trace and since that day the premises were yellowing.

Miss Miu asked Park and Atsuko if they could imagine opening a restaurant here together. She knew the landlord and still had some money on her side. The two looked each other briefly in the shining eyes. They were not allowed to miss such an opportunity. The three were a perfect team. Atsuko, with her many years of experience in the kitchen and her extravagant way of cooking, put together a selection of menus that were both enthusiastic and astounding. She loved her local Japanese cuisine and at the same time had enjoyed the new Korean dishes so much that she wildly combined both cuisines.

Miss Miu turned out to be a true design genius. The young and extraverted service staff flashed around between the tables with Miss Miu’s freaked out dresses, tattoos from Park and cheeky sayings and left a unique impression on the guests with their personality, which echoed weeks after the visit and made them laugh. The bartender past of Park turned out to be the icing on the cake. He developed completely in the art of cocktails and created drinks in flower vases, with shaved ice and with flavours that enraptured when tasting.

www.miss-miu.ch

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Coffee Guide

Tisch Bank Stuhl: Coffee & interiors at Bürkliplatz

My personal highlight: Enjoy your Coffee in the middle of an interior shop with a sableés from Mallorca

Sometimes I just need a different environment for my daily routine of having a coffee! This is why the place Tisch, Bank, Stuhl located close to Bürkliplatz is the choice when it comes to be surrounded by style, colors and design.

My eyes immediately catch the beautiful old-fashioned Faema machine, the roast they offer is from Carlito.

The shop is a well-known address in the city for accessories, lamps or pieces of furniture with avant-garde or classic design.
The owner Urs Brack is a Mallorca fan and often on the island, so he brings home sablées from there to enjoy with a coffee!

Address: tischbankstuhl & co. ag, Fraumünsterstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich

Opening hours: Tuesday: 7.00 am – 6.30 pm, WE/THUR: 10 am – 6.30 pm, FRI: 7.00 am – 6.30 pm, SAT: 10 am – 4 pm

http://www.tischbankstuhl.ch

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Accomodation

Al Battistero d’oro – A very authentic and charming B&B located in the middle of the historical City of Parma

My personal highlight: A home full of history and positive energy decorated with attention and charm from Host Patrizia

Al Battistero D’oro is practically located in the old town of Parma. Only about 15 minutes by walk from the train station. The area is very quite and ideal to have a relaxing sleep.

Patrizia is the host and a charismatic and very hearty person taking care of every wish you have. The B&B is her private home and decorated with class and style reflecting the charisma and warm personality she has.

I enjoyed a delicious breakfast Patrizia prepared with fresh fruits, yoghurt, croissants and some Parmigiano cheese & aceto balsamico topping.

Accommodation

The B&B has 2 double rooms and 1 apartment. I slept in the room: LA STANZA DUCHESSA. The room offer Air conditioning, cable TV, WiFi, safe, mini fridge stocked daily with water, bathroom courtesy services, hairdryer, kettle with selection of herbal teas, tea and coffee.

REINA, LA SUITE is the the suite overlooking the old courtyard of the house allowing direct access to the dining and living room. If you are looking for a more large space opt for the “APPARTAMENTO CATTEDRALE.
The apartment in a seventeenth-century building just a few steps from the Cathedral of Parma. Consisting of a double bedroom, a living area, an equipped kitchen, a wardrobe in the dining room and a bathroom with a large shower. The most striking features are the tall windows and its beautiful vaulted ceiling.

Price vary from ca. 120 Euro/night for the double rooms and the flat. Get your offer directly here.

In the mood to discover more accommodations in the Lovefoodish guide ? Zurich, Hamburg or Munich ? Get them here.

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