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Chef Alps 2018 International Cooking Summit Zurich

My personal highlight: Experiencing the Chefs on the stage not only as creative minds but as mentors. Taking home the message of living passionate and be playful.

This year’s edition of Chef Alps – The International Cooking Summit in Zurich – showed once more how strongly Chefs can motivate the gastronomy world by touching the right buttons. It’s not only about creating esthetically perfectly arranged plates, it’s about how to get to a result. Every Chef on the stage in my opinion confirmed on his own way, that no matter if in the kitchen or not, crucial ingredients of a complete recipe are passion combined with fun. If you never attended this gastronomic Swiss highlight you should consider planning it for 2019 right now! On one hand you get inspiration from various cultures for the preparation of  creative plates. On the other hand you get introduced to life philosophies to be used inside and outside a kitchen! Further there is the chance to exchange knowledge with same minded people and explore product novelties from gastronomic companies in a lovely arranged market hall.

My delights from Chef Alps – Day 1

Chef Ryan Clift & Head Bartender Joe Schofield, Restaurant Tippling Club, Singapore – www.tipplingclub.com

Ever heard about a restaurant where cocktails are paired with food and exceptional progressive concepts are created from Food Specialists Physicians, Chemists, Doctors, Psychologist and Parfumer working all together? Welcome to Tippling Club in Singapore. A  place that offers modern, fun and fresh gastronomy.

Here you get gummy bears that are created with flavors and odors related to feelings as love, happiness, success or peace for example. The gummy bears all made with different ingredients incl. alcohol extracts as champagne, gin, whiskey or rum is what we got as a surprise under our chair. These gummy bears paired with sophisticated cocktails fulfills the dream of every guest that seeks the extraordinary.

Did you know how space smells like in theory?

We are all fascinated about the stripes handed over that indicate how space smells! An extract of the odor of a spacesuit. If you sniff the spaceship on your card, you’ll find out what space smells like,” said Clift, adding that he was once commissioned by NASA to take a space-worn astronaut’s suit and put it through a mass spectrometer used to analyze scents for perfumes. That is how he could determine the scent of space. So viral how relaxed and amused Ryan and Joe explain all of these stories to us. I get the point that here much fun is paired with hours of experiments. It is a pleasure to feel the lust and durst for such progressive avant-garde cuisine and equally inventive cocktails.
Mentally I drift away to another sphere. Can’t wait to travel to Singapore and experience more of this! Or maybe we will soon have Tippling Club in Zurich, who knows!

Chef Titti Qvarnström, Sweden

A woman Chef from Sweden with a humble and humorous personality. I start to laugh of course when she makes a joke that the souvenir she brought home from her time living in Germany is her husband. He supports her in the kitchen and works with her on the stage!

She introduces a simple rustic dish typically from the South of Sweden. Her husband prepares fried hasselback potatoes and combined with an elegant elements as Roggen caviar and a Crème fraîche. While Titti shares with us plenty of stories of her childhood and challenging career situations as a woman Chef her husband is active on the stage in preparing the delicacies.

We all smile when she gives into the plenary a jar containing fresh cream and asks one person to start shaking it and hand it over until we get fresh butter! This butter is used for the fresh rye bread with sour milk, malt and the home made anise herb mix she prepares herself. The passion for an experimental natural cuisine Titti follows in her restaurant is based on her childhood memories of forest visits with her father. He is the person that showed her which natural treasures are suitable for consumption.

Chef Nicolai Nørregaard – Restaurant Kadeau Bornholm & Kopenhagen (DK) – www.kadeau.dk

The program continuous with some more nordic Cuisine. Coming from a country where you spent most of the time outside, it is essential to work with every element given. He uses fir seedlings in a dish for example. On the stage with his sous Chef he prepared 6 different dishes with a admirable elegance and tranquility. Observing Chef Nicolai during his preparations comes over as a meditation.

A dish presented is a pickled & grilled pumpkin glazed with a quince sirop decorated with some fried rose petals and red ants that give sourness to the plate. Another plate: a smoked salmon where combined with figs that grow even in a climate as the island of Bornholm. The island of Borholm is located 180 kilometers from the coast nearby the Baltic Sea. A paradise for nature lover. We all fall into the silence and enjoy the show!

Dominique Persoone – The Chocolate Line, Brügge/Belgium – thechocolateline.be

I am happy that the end of day 1 was solved by passionate Michelin Star Chocolatier! Very impatient holding a wonderful purple box in my hands I waited the instructions of Dominique Persoone to open it! A gift for him to the attendees of Chef Alps. Persoone cultivates his own criollo varieties. They use best ingredients and also care about sustainable projects as bee keeping. They harvest liquid gold to incorporate it in their fabulous assortment.

Chocolate wouldn’t be rock and roll if we didn’t try something out of the ordinary.

I experience the Chocolate Master as a showman, actor and life motivator. No wonder he is also called shock-o-latier. More than his craziness, its his way of approaching tasks that impresses me. What made me smirk was the way he always looked had his wife during the show mentioning her support and influence in plenty of the realized ideas.

How to properly taste chocolate

Take the piece of chocolate in your hand, temper it, nose at it and than slowly let it melt on your tongue (Obviously I put it directly in my mouth and swallowed it whole). Switzerland has lovely chocolate, tough Swiss Chocolatier should try to roast the beans less, the aroma of the cocoa can get much more complexity if it gets less roasted.

Some projects I love to link to that come of his kitchen are the chocolate lip stick, and the chocolate shooter. Even the Queen Rania from Jordan asked for that gadget while she was visiting the Chocolate Shop of Persoone in Belgium. You get cocoa power shot directly into your nares with that machine. Check that Youtube Movie to see more!

I look very much forward to the 2019 Edition of Chef Alps and would like to thank you the team of Woehlre Pirola for the excellent organization and possibility given to attend this unique Summit. Don’t miss the Chef Alps Youtube Channel to see all shows in full length.

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Caffé e Ristorante Mandarino Zurigo by Bindella

My personal highlight: The serving staff is there to make you feel home – don’t be surprised if Mamma Pina sits next to you for a chat after the meal


Welcome to Puglia in Zurich. Here is the place to enjoy fresh and handmade pasta, pesce, carne & dolci.

Caffè e Ristorante Mandarino is located at the train station Stadelhofen. Bindella created a temporary space for lovers of the Puglia Cuisine. A typical sort of pasta served are orecchiette (means little ears). This pasta comes best with veggies, either broccoli or cime di rapa. Find Meat and Fish made after traditional recipes, too. I had some delicious stuffed calamares with bread, red wine and black olives!

The interior of the restaurant is simple and arranged with much love. The porcelain used to serve the meals has been hand selected in a little village in Puglia from the Bindella Manager Davide and perfectly reflects the tradition of eating pasta with the family. A wonderful antique hand-painted portrait from the 1800 showing a madonna from Puglia gives a special touch to the living room ambience.

Where the mamma chats to you and food is served with passion

Don’t be surprised if the food is served directly from the pot into your plate, or if the Mama sits next to you for a lovely chat. The uncomplicated and very family like ambience here makes this place adorable and very unique.

Enjoy a lunch menu or dinner with best wines from Puglia. Maybe you prefer a piece of hand made cake with a coffee! Convince yourself! Make a reservation here.

Address: mandarino, Kreuzbühlstrasse 1, 8008 Zürich

Opening hours:
Caffè: 
Mo – Fr,  07.00 – 23.00 Uhr,  Sa – So   09.00 – 23.00 Uhr
Ristorante: Mo – So   11.30 – 14.00 Uhr / 18.00 – 23.00 Uhr

www.mandarino-zurigo.ch

 

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Budget quality food places in Zurich

Eating quality food with a mini budget (max 15 CHF) is possible in Zurich – This post will bring you closer 5 food places in town – vegetarian included

Living in Switzerland makes you creative when it comes to dine out and keep your costs under control. Especially in Zurich! I took the mission to find places where to get quality food for a small budget (under 15 CHF). I love to go out for dinner or lunch and I don’t love to limit myself in my food selection. Of course for special occasion it can be a more sophisticated restaurant but sometimes it’s perfect to get something small for a convenient price. That is why I came up with this blogpost. By the way, get inspired for suggestions on my Zurich restaurant guide, here.
These suggestions include warm and cold menus.

5 places to get quality food under 15 CHF

Put put Japanese takeaway

This small take away offers good quality and price. All menus are prepared fresh. My suggestion at putput is their Gyudon or their  Japanese veggie curry. It is  located in Kreis 4,  Stauffacherstrasse 101 (side street of  Langstrasse). 

Costs: start with CHF 11.5o to CHF15.50

Opening hours: Monday: 11:30 – 14:00, Tuesday – Friday: 11:30- 14:30 / 17:30 – 21:00, Saturday: 14:00 – 21:00

Palestine Grill – Lebanese Sandwich

Palestine Grill is perfect for a late night snack after or before heading to dance at Langstrasse or for lunch if you are walking around that area. It’s located in Kreis 4 at Langstrasse 92. My absolute favorite sandwich here is the Sabich. It’s vegetarian and comes with fried eggplants, egg, hummus if wished with french fries! The pita bread is super fresh.

Costs: start with CHF 11.5o for a Sabich.

Opening hours: Monday & Tuesday: 11:30 – 19:00, Wednesday:11:30 – 21:45, Thursday – Saturday: 11:30 – 22:00, Sunday closed

Piadina Bar in the old town of Niederdorf

Obviously an Italian Food Spot can’t miss on my list. Piadina Bar is located in the heart of the Niederdorf. It is my favorite dish when it comes to authentic Italian delicacies for a fast lunch. It is a type of traditional flatbread found in Italy/Emilia Romagna usually. The bread is a thin dough prepared fresh at the counter. You can select of different vegetarian and meat products to stuff it. My favorite one is with eggplants, rucola and stracchino cream cheese. Get more of the location here in my review.

Costs: start with CHF 10.50

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:30 – 23:00, Sunday: 15:00 – 19:00

Il Pentagramma – Classic Italian Panino with Mortadella or more!

If you are into food you perfectly know the difference between a piadina and a panino. I love this place because the owner transmits me much Italian vibes. All ingredients she offers for the panini remind me my childhood holidays in Italy. The one I absolutely recommend is with grilled veggies and mortadella. The panino is huge, so be be hungry! The Pentagramma is practically located in a side street close to the mains station in Zurich at Josefstrasse 28.

Costs: start with 10.50 CHF

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 15:00

Casa teresa – Bocadillos de paleta ibérica /Jamon Iberico sandwich

My heart booms when it comes to mediterranean food. This is why I was very happy to have found Casa Teresa offering traditional Spanish Bocadillos with Iberico ham. The bread is super crunchy and comes with a touch of fresh squashed tomato, olive oil and the tasty ham in between. Get also some fresh prepared croquetas or tortilla. Casa Teresa is the little sister of the restaurant Tapas & Friends that serves traditional Spanish Tapas. Get more on that spot here.

Costs: start with 8.50 CHF for a Chorizo Iberico

Opening hours: Monday – Tuesday 10:00 to 15:00, Wednesday – Friday 10:00 to 19:00, Saturday 10:00 to 14:00, Sunday closed

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Urban gardening in Zurich – Workshop @ Veg and The City

My personal highlights: Planting my first salad seeding and realizing how simple & easy it is to create a little garden on a balcony in a sexy garden grow bag

Start to know food where it grows – cultivate your little urban garden on your Zurich balcony

During the Food & Drinks weeks at Europaallee the basic course for urban gardening of the company Veg and the city caught my interest. As a child my father loved to bring my brother and myself to the veggie garden to learn and unterstand the variety of plants. I have to admit, plenty of that knowledge got lost with the years.
What is left is the special feeling of touching fresh earth and the desire to grow food from scratch with my own care and love.
Living in Zurich city makes it more difficult to cultivate vegetables or fruits. The only plants I ever buy – mostly already full-grown – are basil or mint. Sometimes my father gives me a already grown plant of cherry tomatoes, but that’s it. Motivation enough to initiate my own little garden on the balcony.
The course at Veg and the city is the perfect kick off to get basic knowledge for your own little garden. We learnt about so called 10 golden rules for a successful balcony garden! As you can imagine, care, patience and quality biological farming products are essential. Not enough said, perfect planning (seasonal) and the ideal spot for your plants with enough daylight is crucial to make your little green babies grow and flourish.

Interested to know more about how to you initiate your own urban gardening project?

Get your knowledge and starting motivation @Veg an the city. Begin with their basic course and see where it brings you! A class costs 95 CHF for 3 hours of full knowledge transfer and hands-on gardening.

About Veg and the city

Experience a young team of nature-loving people that set themselves the goal to restore the lost connection to the food and to preserve the knowledge of self-vegetable farming for the next generations.
Find gardening courses for every level. Visit their shop at Europaallee (Lagerstrasse 36-38), at Freilagerstrasse 71 or in Winterthur. They also offer floral wedding decorations. Just ask for what you need!
In the mood to know more about my other Zurich Blog Stories? Get a glimpse on Lovefoodish Stories here.
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Grande Café Zurich

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My personal highlight: Can clattering dishes support creativity? Yes, but only combined with delicious specialty coffee and a lovely smiling staff

Grande Café bar is the spot you find me when I decide to work out of home. I have a perfect functioning WIFI and best specialty coffee from the roast BEANS served with love and a glass of water! Grande is located practically 2 minutes from Central at the Limmat river.

It’s the first address to choose when you are heading to the city centre and don’t want to be disappointed when it comes to coffee or cocktails or good mood atmosphere.

My favorite non alcoholic drink is their homemade Milonade made of lemon juice lovely decorated with mint leafs and fresh fruits!

The interior is simple and stylish, same the music that comes out of the loudspeaker. Other members of the family are: LE RAYMONDBOVELLI and DANTE.

Address: Limmatquai 118, 8001 Zurich, Kreis 1

Opening hours: MON-WED 07:30-00:00 -THU 07:30-01:00 FRI 07:30-02:00, SAT 9:00-02:00, SUN 10:00-19:00

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

www.grande-zurich.ch

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Badrutt’s Palace Hotel St. Moritz

My personal highlight: Admiring the wooden wall shelves with books from 120 years of Badrutt’s Palace-history & the unique Sistine Madonna from the easel of the famous Raphael took my breath away!

Badrutt’s Palace is located in the beautiful upper Engadine. Experience an authentic and calming vibe from the moment you enter the Hotel. Dive into a space where you get surrounded by high quality service and an ambience that relaxes your senses. The kindness of the staff is the first thing I noticed and appreciated every moment of my stay. They read every wish from your lips and make a guest feel comfortable in every situation.

 

The authentic and historical heritage goes back to 1856 when the family Badrutt started this project. Johannes Badrutt bought a small guesthouse in St. Moritz and gave birth to that fairytale that is still alive today. During my stay I had the pleasure to be guided through the house and understand much about the values and thoughts that the family Badrutt put into this pearl. It’s the perfect hideaway for families and couples that appreciate high luxury and aim to discover the upper Engadine Alps in Winter or autumn for skiing, hiking or simply enjoy time off.

The view to the lake of St. Moritz is the cherry on the top. 

The dedicated staff lead by Richard Leuenberger makes Badrutt’s Palace Hotel be part of the „Swiss Deluxe Hotels“. The label stands for premium quality and extraordinary service lead on a heritage of tradition and experience.

Accommodation

Badrutt’s Palace has 157 rooms including 37 suites with a view of the alps. The rooms offer elegance,  class and high comfort. Experience a symbiosis of luxury furnishings, timeless elegance and modern technology.
The popular 280 m² large Hans Badrutt suite completed in 2003 together with the 250 m² large Helen Badrutt suite have a marble bathroom. The Helene Badrutt’s Suite reflects very nice how elegant and classy they have been thought already back in time. It is decorated with unique pieces of art that belong to the family. For the interior sophisticated premium textiles are chosen added with modern technical equipment. The hotel is carefully refurbished in keeping the historical foundations.
Get more information on all activities of the winter and summer destination of St. Moritz here. If you are a food lover it’s an absolute must to visit St. Moritz during the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival in January! Read more about my personal experience here.

Gourmet Highlights at Badrutt’s Palace – Kitchen Party & more

I had the great chance to experience their excellent cuisine during the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. An absolute highlight offers the kitchen party. Get to feel from very close, how the Chefs prepare any food variation live and make you feel part of the team. You smell, taste and feel real food passion here.

Explore different restaurant that belong to the Hotel: The “Le Restaurant” serves French and international cuisine, the restaurant “La Diala” offers a light Mediterranean cuisine, the Le Coupole – Matsuhisa Japanese-Peruvian cuisine by celebrity chef Nobu in the former first tennis hall in Europe, The Patrizier Stuben offers Swiss specialities in the oldest farmhouse in St. Moritz,  The Pizzeria Heuboden is one of the most popular restaurants in St. Moritz you should absolutely try!  Grill Chadafö is known for its fine grill specialties. The Le Relais is the Noon counterpart to Le Restaurant.

IGNIV by Andreas Caminada

CIGNIV by Andreas Caminada at Badrutt’s Palace is the place where your valuable time gets enriched by enjoyment and culinary temptations.. Get surprised and seduced by the charm of the new IGNIV.
kitchen chef is Marcel Skibba. He was Sous-Chef at the Schauenstein Schlossrestaurant Hotel and will be in charge of IGNIV at Badrutt’s Palace during the winter months.

Chocolate Cult at Badrutt’s Palace with Confiserie Spruengli

If your heart beats faster when you’re surrounded by delicate Swiss Chocolate and creative dessert a must book during your stay at Badrutt’s Palace is the Chocolate Cult event taking place during the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. Find pure chocolate art paired with experience and passion from Chef-Patissier Stefan Gerber and his staff. Delicious fresh made pralines, tarts, creams and pastries. Only tasting can explain!

Wellness & Beauty

Explore the wellness area at Badrutt’s Palace with endless time. Find a multifaceted centre to enhance the state of wellbeing. You enjoy a high class service from a lovely staff that feels what you need. Overlooking the snowy landscape while swimming in the heated outdoor pool (Winter 38 °C / Summer 37°C) is absolute relaxation.

Find an Aroma Steam Room 45°C / 100%, a Salt Steam Room with Himalayan salt 40°C / 100% f

My personal highlights

The kitchen party at Badrutt’s Palace is legendary. The explosion of different flavors and sounds around the stoves is a memorable moment I take home.

Get fascinated by the history at Badrutt’s. The warm infrastructure including lot of wood and sooting colors reminds me a bit to a sacrosanct place. It’s a place I recommend to escape to feel complete tranquility with high class service.

 

www.badruttspalace.com

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Yu-An Japanese Restaurant, Zurich

My personal highlight: Sitting 3 hours at the counter at Yu-An Zurich observing the owner Ken creating finger licking inside out rolls

Being a food blogger doesn’t mean you have to try every place in town. In my case I try to focus on selected quality food only and on the authenticity of a place. A further criteria for me is the experience which includes the kindness of the staff and a comfortable surrounding. My good nose brought me to Stauffacher this month at the Japanese Restaurant Yu-An located at Werdstrasse 66, Zurich.

Feel the Izakaya Style at Yu-An

In the 1600ies Japanese sake shops started to serve customers skewers and other light bites. This was the beginning of izakayas – literally meaning “sitting in a sake shop”. Nowadays you find these places all over Japan as after-work watering holes that offer an inexpensive and kind of informal dining. This is a philosophy that I guess you truly feel at Yu-An and Kokoro in Zurich.

I knew about the very successfully, Gault-Milliau awarded Japanese Restaurant Kokoro, located in a side street of Langstrasse (since 2015) managed by the same owner Ken Groh and his partner Mioh Suguro. Why not discovering the second project Yu-An run through my mind.

The traditional Izakaya Food Philosophy is a main component of both restaurants. That is what I understand and feel there. You share different warm and cold dishes from seafood to beef and sushi rolls or sashimi.

What to point out at Yu-An ?

The ambience

Dining here throws you back to Japan not only because of the traditional food but also because of the originality of the interior. Some of the picture that hang at the wall contain original rarities of Japanese magazines that belonged to Ken’s grandfather. Sitting at the counter observing the inside out rolls being prepared is something you have to experience. Hearing a Japanese conversation and the pleasant sound of the language makes my ears happy. ( I do no understand a word though).

The food

You have a great selection of warm and cold dishes, all prepared fresh with premium quality products by Chef Tatsunori and the staff. I suggest to try a degustation menu and share plates. You find weekly specials for meat lovers and vegetarians.

My absolute favorites: Their inside out rolls! Choose the Tiger roll that comes with a tempura fried tender shrimp, cucumber inside and outside a spicy tuna avocado. The Salmon Aburi roll has some salmon, ginger, cucumber and shiso, outside a salmon flambé and home made sauce. If you like beef, absolutely choose the Entrecôte Teriyaki roll or the Beef roll flambé! Food porn included.

Guess what makes Yu-An special in town is the really superb choice of rolls!

What else to try beside inside out rolls? Pork and Soft Shell Crab Karage, please!

Go for some seafood! The Soft Shell Karage is a crab marinated and fried. Its taste is very light and spicy.
Add a meat plate: The Buta Kakuni is a slow-coked piece of pork breast with a creamy fat layer melting as butter on the palate. It is spiced up just perfect with a Japanese mustard.

For lunch: Try their Poké bowls, the menu comes with a soup or salad. The one with the onsen egg is a must try! Otherwise get a gourmet lunch menu for CHF 46.5o. It comes with a miso soup, a small salad, sushi & sashimi, beef, salmon or shrimps in a hot pan and Japanese rice.

Opening hours: Tue – Fri  11:30 – 14:30, Tue – Sa  18:30 – 22:30

Address: Werdstrasse 66, 8004 Zürich, Kreis 4

 

www.yu-an.ch

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Behind the scenes of a Swiss Cooking show: Beef Club

My personal highlight: Squeezing myself behind the camera team with my own camera to catch the best move of two young Swiss Chefs cooking live on stage

What happens behind the scenes of a cooking show with the setup of a fight ring?

You see a bunch of cameras focussing on every move of the Chefs. A dedicated fan club cheering at the Chefs and supporting them for every preparation step in the kitchen. Beside that you also smell fabulous odors coming out of the open kitchen! And yes, you even learn how Chefs improvise cooking with little ingredients and time. Welcome to Beef Club.

There are several cooking shows taking place in Switzerland, this one caught my interest due to its special format. It’s not only about preparing high quality dishes, it’s about  how young Chefs react live on the stage being challenged from a jury. That is why I got very curious to understand the concept of the format Beef Club. The TV show is sponsored by Bell (a leading meat and convenience producer in Europe) for Sat.1 and produced by Mediafisch. In the meantime they have reached the 6th season. Season 5 goes live as of march 2018 (5 episodes), Season 6 follows later this year.

3 main ingredients, 2 Youngsters, 60 minutes

Beef Club aims to present two young Swiss Chefs performing a kitchen battle preparing a two course menu of their choice. They get three surprise ingredients at their disposal and 60 minutes. A meat expert from Bell, a host and a jury of three famous Swiss Food Experts are part of the TV format. An active fan club is in the ring to support the two Chefs behind the stove.

Who is in the jury?

The Jury consists of Jacky Donatz, a Master Chef well known from the Restaurant Sonnenberg, a 15 Gault-Millau Restaurant in Zurich, Zoe Torinesi, moderator & food blogger (cookinesi.com) and Andrin C. Willi, Culinary Expert and Chief Editor of the magazine marmite. The host is Kenny Thomson (he usually rings in real boxing matches)

Feeling the audience cheering on the two chefs while they were rushing from one action to the other was one of the most exciting part I experienced.

An essential component that makes the show lively is the interaction of the jury. They are not only judging the final plate, they stand close to the stove and support the young Chefs with (useful) suggestions. Sometimes they try to provoke or distract them, which of course is interesting to snap for the audience. During the shooting of Season 5 (the show I attended), it was amusing to see Elly Rexhepaj (one of the young Chefs on stage) interacting with the jury. She elegantly integrated the jury’s proposal – to use the ham’s fat to aromatize a veggie. A very elegant and fair move of Elly was when she helped out her “rival” Erich! While he was looking for some ingredients far away from the stove, she pushed his pan away from the hot stove to prevent the sauce getting burned!

Erich Lüthi performed with coolness and gave us the right portion of action by using the flambé technique to prepare the beef.

It was a great experience diving into the foodworld of these two young Chefs and feel their passion and emotions.

Some facts about Erich and Elly
Erich Lüthi started his gastronomy career as a baker before getting the diploma as a Cook. He is a sommelier and experienced in wines tastings. He used to work at Caduff’s Wine Loft in Zurich and as Chef de Rang at the Steakhouse Schmitte. One of his passions is the preparing of sauces. Erich pays attention to good quality products as premium olive oil. At this stage he is putting a lot of interest in the topic dry aging. His plan is to open an own restaurant after the actual formation at the Hotel Management School he is attending.
Elly Rexhepaj is a perfect example that dreams can always come true if you believe in them! She is a young mother that started her career in cooking at a later stage. It was very emotional seeing her little daughter cheering her during the show! Elly graduated in a 16 point restaurant. She got further education in diet cooking, too. Her signature dishes are inspired by her mediterranean roots of the balkan. She loves to combine them with thai elements as coriander and limes. A further approach she follows is the«Root to Leaf» concept using as much as possible from a product. A big dream of Elly is to work as a cooking teacher in future to inspire young talents with her gained knowledge.

I absolutely suggest switching on your TV as of March and watch one of the episodes. I enjoyed very much being live at the shooting. Thank you Mediafisch for having me!

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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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Orange blossoms, Neomoorish architecture & smiling faces: welcome to Seville

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My personal highlight: Colorful palaces, blooming orange trees and delicious fresh fried fish smell

Sevilla was one of the last Spanish Cities on my bucket list. I saved the best for the last. As you do it with your the bite of your favorite dish. A 4 da trip is the perfect amount of time you need. For the flight I recommend edelweiss air from Zurich. There was a black Friday special for 120 CHF!

The atmosphere in Seville is unique of its kind. The orange trees filling every alley with life, colorful painted walls of the houses and the serene but lively attitude of the Sevillians made me immediately feel home. People have a smile on her face and are always in a relaxed mood.

I am happy to have chosen my trip end of January, the temperature being 20 degrees and streets not full of tourists made my trip smooth and easy.

Where to sleep in Seville

Seville is small and easy to to by walk. Strolling without plan is my plan! Sometime it’s ok to spy on google maps but that’s it. You can’t get lost. My airbnb was situated in the old town, 5 minutes by walk from the cathedral of Saint Mary. It’s the perfect location to get around.

Why I absolutely recommend to use airbnb and stay at Juan’s place? When entering this house you feel thrown back to an arabic country. The neo-moorish style is adorable. Colorful, floral and so charming. The Moorish architecture is the articulated Berber–Islamic architecture of West North Africa (Morocco and west Algeria), Al-Andalus (Spain), and Al-Garb Al-Andalus (Portugal).  Juan’s place offers all you need. I paid 30 Euro a night. The place is super clean, cozy and as mentioned super centrally located. My host is the best tapas tour guide! If you are lucky you got to try the hand made chocolate, since he is chocolatier. Juan revealed a how Sevillians enjoy their Tapas. I was surprised seeing them standing all the time and seldom sitting for dinner. He mentioned, Tapas you enjoy standing. You crawl from bar to bar. Every Tapas Bar has its home specialty. Since you always walk in between you get to digest perfectly what you eat!

Getting around in Seville – my favorite spots to see

1 – A stylish and architectural pearl: Plaza de España

This neo-moorish style can be found in lots of Sevilian sights. A must visit therefore is the Plaza de España designed by Aníbal González. It’s a magical place with a style that recreates de Arab constructions of 10 centuries ago and emphasizes the regions of Spain and its union with America.

How to get there: access Parque de Maria Luisa from Glorieta de los Marineros, walk inside the park through Avenida Rodriguez de Casso, than you will reach Plaza de España at the end of the road. The architectural achievements and unquestioned charm have converted this place into one of the most important symbols of Seville.

2 – Stroll into one of the most beautiful Universities feel student for a moment

The Real Fabrica de Tabacos de Sevilla was built in the 18th century and used to be the tobacco factory until the 1950s. Today here a part of Seville’s University is located. The factory was the largest industrial building of the world at the time. It took 42 years to finish it. Get your history walk and admire the huge wooden doors and the fountain in the centre of the building. Entrance is free.

The address: Calle San Fernando, 4, entrance is for free.

3 – Discover Triana where back in time Flamenco had its birth

Triana is the former Gypsy area. It sits across the Guadalquivir river away from the city’s main tourist attractions. Here is where influential flamenco artists and bullfighters of the last couple of centuries came from. This area is well-known for its lovely handmade ceramics. The walls here are plastered with old bullfighting posters and photos of flamenco artists.

A most do while you are here is the Mercado de Triana

Mercado de Triana offers the most typical choice of Spanish products. The mercado is built on the site of a medieval castle. Find a colorful cluster of fruits as oranges, local avocados, specialties as saffron or sweet and chilli pepper. Find plenty of meat, fish and cheese stalls. It’s a great place to stop for tapas and a cold beer or get your souvenirs! Here I found my Bellota ham to take back home. This ham is from free-range pigs that roam oak forests (called dehesas) that eat only acorns. The taste is nutty and sweet, earthy and floral. Whatever words you use, its flavor is unique! In Zurich you can order this fabulous ham at Luma Delikatessen.
If you are in the mood of a bocadillo Iberico, absolutely stop by at Seefeld at Casa Teresa for a traditional Iberico Sandwich!

Cooking Traditional Sevillian dishes at Mercado de Triana

Inside the market is the Cooking School Taller Andaluz de Cocina. They offer daily hands-on Spanish and Andalusian cooking classes, food market tours and Sherry wine tasting. If you are up to cooking absolutely try their Cooking class. That is where I learnt about  Sevilla’s cuisine. We cooked two traditional Seville Tapas: Spinach with chickpeas, the Salmorejo tomato soup and the Paella Valenciana, that is the most traditional Spanish Paella.

Course costs: 55 Euro for 3 courses incl. Market tour (total 3 hours)

The address: Mercado de Triana, 6 Calle San Jorge, Seville, Spain

My favorite dish: Spanish spinach and chickpeas (espinacas con garbanzos)

After having tried them in the oldest Tapas Bar in Seville (since 1670) called El Rinconcillo  I was absolutely motivated to learn how to prepare them by myself! It’s the must-try Andalusian dish and so easy to make at home, too.

This is what you need: (For 6 people)
900g (30 oz) fresh spinach, 150 g (5-6 oz.) chickpeas, 1 medium size onion, 2-3 garlic cloves, 5-6 spoons tomato puree, cumin, salt, sherry vinegar, olive oil and 1-2 slices stale white bread.

How to prepare it

  1. Boil the spinach for ca. 15 min
  2. Roast the garlic until it is golden – on low heat to caramelize it
  3. Roast the bread by using the same oil, it will taste fantastically garlic-icious
  4. Use a mortar to mash the bread, add the garlic, a pinch of cumin and salt
  5. fry the chopped onion with a pinch of salt until it is caramelized.
  6. Add 5-6 tablespoons crushed tomatoes/tomato puree and cook for 2 minutes
  7. Add the boiled spinach with some of the spinach water
  8. Add the bread paste, a pinch of salt, cumin to taste and a teaspoon of sherry vinegar
  9. Stir in the chickpeas, mix well and cook until the liquid reduces
  10. Taste and add salt or more cumin if you like

What else to discover…

Alameda de Hercules district – much history and bit Boheamian

This area is where on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon you find all locals having a coffee, beer or wine talking to each other or dancing on the street. It’s a lovely and lively neighborhood to discover. The alley was originally fully surrounded by Alamo trees, that give the place part of its name “Alameda“. On the center-side of the Alameda you find two giant Roman pillars. One of which bears a statue of Hércules, who according to the legends, was the founder of Seville! Who else can be on the pillar than Jiulius Ceesar. The district has a certain Bohemian air, which cannot be found in other areas of Seville.

My secret hint for tapas here is Antigua abaceria de San Lorenzo. Get the probably most tender and aromatic artichokes of Seville spiced up with some tasty Iberico ham pieces. I ended up drinking the super delicious broth in the bowl. I also had best Tempranillo wine.

The address: Calle Teodosio, 53, 41002 Sevilla, Spanien 

Plaza major – Metropol Parasol – Admire the city from above

If you are in the mood to get the whole picture of Seville you need to get up here. The Parasol is a wooden building that was completed 2011 from a German architect Jürgen Mayer.  It has dimensions of 150 by 70 metres and an approximate height of 26 metres. It has the shape of a giant mushroom. Some say it is the largest wooden structure in the world. The building is popularly known as Las Setas de la Encarnación (Incarnation’s mushrooms). Get to the top with an elevator from Plaza Major for 3 Euro entrance and enjoy the spectacular view over the city. That is where you recognize how many beautiful church towers Seville has.

The address: Pl. de la Encarnación, s/n, 41003 Sevilla open 10am – 10.30pm Sun – Thu, to 11pm Fri & Sat

Where to go for a healthy breakfast all hand made

The coffee shop called Filo offers great fresh salads, bagels and excellent bread and croissants. I had a bowl of müesli with delicious dried and fresh fruits and home made granola. The shop is cozy , be lucky to gather  your spot since it is always very full. I recommend to stop here!

The address: Calle Hernando Colon, 19, Sevilla

Where to get specialty coffee in Seville

Stop at Torch Coffee! I found this spot through a online coffee guide. It’s located  right by the Guadalquivir river on your way to the Triana Market. Torch Coffee Roasters are part of a cooperative that has its roots in the US and puts great emphasis on connecting people and building a community in the coffee business. The coffee shop offers great space to relax after your city tour or perfect start to zip on your flat white before any tourist program.

The address: aseo de las Delicias, 3 , 41001, Sevilla open Mon to Fri 9am – 8pm, Sat & Sun 10 am – 8 pm

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