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Top 6 Things I Love About Living in Switzerland

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

We’ve been busy enjoying the summer in Zürich (despite frequent returns to autumn weather), with bike rides, picnics and picking berries at local farms.  While the month of July cruises by, it’s time to add another year to the ongoing love affair … two love affairs, actually.  Twelve years for me and my husband.  And six for me and Zürich.

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Chocolates with the Pure Taste of Switzerland

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

It’s been several years that I have been tasting, sharing and praising Max Chocolatier.  It was about time I made the pilgrimage to Lucerne to get a closer look.  And to taste some more.

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Chocolate Roundup #11: USA & Switzerland

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Over the course of a year (and even just a month), my chocolate stash fills up, empties, fills up again and re-empties itself many times.  There are always new bars to taste and brands to discover near and far.

I’ll start with the one bar that impressed me the most this year, so far. And… it’s from an American chocolate maker, which may surprise some. More and more American artisans are showing their talents in the chocolate world, many going from bean to bar; Patric and Askinosie both in Missouri, Dandelion and Theo in California, Taza in Boston and my latest find, Xocolatl by David in Portland, Oregon. A bar made with olive oil was certainly intriguing, and when I saw fleur de sel on the ingredients list too, I knew that was for me (my favorite way to eat dark chocolate – with salt).  A light bar at just over 60g, it was also extremely light on the palate, an incredibly smooth bar, with a great snap despite the oil. To me, it was the perfect balance of sensations – creamy, dark, thin, sweet, salty – if a tad too addicting.

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Switzerland’s 1st Salon du Chocolat

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

I’m still smiling from all the excitement of Switzerland’s first Salon du Chocolat (could also be the sugar).  Well over 15,000 people visited this chocolate extravaganza in Zürich during the last weekend in March.  They gazed with open mouths and cameras in hand at dresses made of real chocolate; they tasted exotic flavored ganaches and strawberries dipped in a chocolate fountain; they watched pastry chefs plate sophisticated desserts before their eyes – that ended up in their stomachs thereafter; they listened to experts explain the subtleties of pairing chocolate with wine, whisky or even just water; and they discovered chocolate companies from around the country that they may not have heard of before.  For three days, it was a treat for all the senses.

Salon du Chocolat Zürich 2012Salon du Chocolat Zürich 2012

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The Salon du Chocolat is Coming to Switzerland !

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

It’s all just too exciting, so I’ll simply come out and say it: the Salon du Chocolat, the world’s largest event dedicated to chocolate, will be taking place in Switzerland for the first time !  Better yet, it will be here in Zürich (at Messe Zürich) from March 30 to April 1, 2012.  Mark your calendars for a sweet event not to be missed !

Salon du Chocolat, Zürich, Switzerland ~ March 30 - April 1, 2012
And guess what else… I’m helping organize it !!  I’m thrilled to be working again with Salon du Chocolat founders Sylvie Douce and François Jeantet and their team in Paris.  (I worked with them on the New York Chocolate Show when living there several years ago.)  Read the rest of this story >>

La Dolce Vita… in Switzerland

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

My recent travels found me eating pasta, risotto, polenta and gelato, and listening to the musical sounds of the Italian language.

While your minds may be full of romantic images, like crossing the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, strolling through the Borghese Gardens in Rome, perhaps shopping in Milan or simply eating pasta all day long in Bologna,… I’m not even talking about Italy.  I’m talking about Switzerland.  Yes, Switzerland, the country with a distinctive Italian speaking canton in the South, called Ticino (or Tessin in German), where you often forget you’re actually not in Italy.

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Chocolate Roundup #9: Switzerland, UK, USA, Poland

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Not a day goes by that I don’t have at least a few squares of dark chocolate.  It’s often one of my old standbys, like Felchlin 65%, Ballenberg with salted pistachios or Lindt with fleur de sel.   But most of the time, I am tasting new brands from Switzerland and all over the world.  With a recent birthday and lots of chocolatey care packages coming my way, my chocolate stash was overflowing – even more so than usual.  That means one thing… time for a new roundup ! Don’t forget to let me know what you’ve been tasting too.

Let’s start with my favorite new find, chocolate bars from Hausammann bakery in Zürich.  They may be known for having the city’s best zopf (arguable, of course), but it’s now my go-to address for chocolate.  Standing on line for bread one day, I noticed a whole array of chocolate bars in the corner with Felchlin’s signature Grand Cru emblem.  I quickly gave up my spot to check it out, and I’m so glad I did.  Using Felchlin’s couverture, Hausammann puts their personal touch on it thereafter – several varieties of milk chocolate with wild berries, caramel or hazelnuts and a few dark bars as well. I of course grabbed the latter, one of which was dark chocolate with vanilla and nougat. A very thick bar, no where near stingy on the nuts and a real homemade feel to it.  Perfect for a sweet afternoon snack.

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Chocolate Roundup #8: Switzerland, Italy, USA

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

It’s time for another chocolate roundup !  Way too much chocolate tasted in the past few months (weeks even) not to share a few highlights…

Reichmuth Von Reding SchokoladeKöniglich Kaiserliche Schokolade

No place to start other than here in Switzerland.  And with the very best.

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Happy Birthday, Switzerland!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

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In the USA, it’s the 4th of July. And in France, the fireworks go off on July 14th. It was just our turn to celebrate here in Switzerland, the national day being August 1st. Happy 719th Birthday, Switzerland!

I love birthdays. I really, really do. Birthdays, anniversaries, the planning of surprises, cake, candles, cards and presents.  What’s not to love? Read the rest of this story >>

Chocolate Roundup #5: France, Belgium, Switzerland, USA

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Rain, sun, winter, summer, all in one day even… the weather isn’t something we can all depend on right now.  So in these times of uncertainty, you need to look to something that is a constant, that will always be there, that will never let you down.  What’s that, you ask? Chocolate, of course.

Seems like many of you have a sweet tooth like I do.  Time for another chocolate roundup! Below are just a few of the many chocolates I have tasted lately.  Don’t forget to let me know what you’ve been tasting too!

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