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May the Potence Be With You

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Al fresco dining is one of the many reasons why we love living in Switzerland so, when summer kicks off, we begin anew our search for the best outdoor terraces around. One that certainly qualifies is the Restaurant La Croix Verte in the heart of the village of Vich (VD). Opened in 2012, this cool little bistro boasts not only a lovely outside space with a fenced play area (very safe even for young toddlers) but […]

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Tartares & Co.

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Originally a French dish, steak tartare is now such a firm staple of traditional Swiss cuisine that you can’t leave the country without having tried it at least once (unless you’re vegetarian, of course). Yes, it is true you will find tartare de boeuf featured on most restaurants’ menus, but if you’re looking for a modern, buzzy restaurant for a fun night out with friends then Tartares & Co. in Geneva is the place for […]

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Pizza for Two?

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You know the exhilarating feeling you get when a family member/trusted friend offers to look after your little rascals for the evening, so that you can enjoy a night out with your better half? Well, for me, that felling is always accompanied by a panicked frenzy. As used as I am to thinking of the little buttons first and choosing restaurants accordingly (“Do they have highchairs? What about a play […]

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Valentine’s Giveaway

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We have a fantastic Valentine’s giveaway for our readers so book a baby-sitter for Saturday night and make sure you take part in our online competition! A huge thank you goes out to Allison Bryan for offering two tickets to her upcoming show “Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?” at Simply Theatre in Versoix. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** What better way to enjoy a fun […]

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A Midsummer Night at the Bains

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A local treasure with a long history dating back to 1872, the Bains des Pâquis hold a special place in the hearts of those who have lived here all their lives or just for a few years. The Bains des Pâquis are the place to go for a delicious fondue au crémant, a relaxing hammam or a long day at the beach. Not only that, Expat Husband and I love to come to the Terrasse Bar […]

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See Annie the Musical in Geneva

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Don’t miss Annie the musical in Geneva if you love nothing more than an all-time theatre classic, which is fun, adorable and perfect for the whole family. Annie the musical is coming at the Casino Theatre (42, rue De Carouge) from Saturday 2nd of March to Sunday 10th of March 2o13, so book your tickets now to make sure you won’t miss it. Performed in English by the Simply Theatre Academy, this heart-warming […]

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Le Carlina – Any Excuse For a Visit

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A trip to Chamonix is not complete for us without a meal at Le Carlina. The menu is comprehensive enough to allow an enjoyable ponder whilst you sip an apéritif, but not too long so as to make you think that they can’t possibly cook everything well, can they? Well, they can and they do.   We have eaten here throughout the seasons. This time we went for lunch to celebrate Himself’s […]

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Discover Plainpalais

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You might have guessed by now that we have a very soft spot for Plainpalais, one of Geneva’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Around ‘la plaine’ of Plainpalais you will find some great museums, Europe’s largest skatepark, a host of hip restaurants, bars and boutiques, as well as all the art galleries of Le Quartier des Bains. However, our absolute favourite at the moment is the Neon Parallax series of light installations that you can see on the rooftops of […]

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L’Artichaut Bistrot Gourmand

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Young chef Florian Le Bouech is at the helm of one of our favourite bistrots in Carouge: L’Artichaut, a cozy (it only seats 26) and modern foodie retreat overlooking the river Arve on the quai du Cheval Blanc.     With fresh local ingredients, a menu that changes daily according to what’s in season and a 3-course lunch for just 34CHF, what’s not to like ? We were there recently with friends visiting from the UK […]

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Le Verre a Monique

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If you’d like to kick-off the festive season in style, book your little muffin’s favourite babysitter for the evening and head to one of Geneva’s best cocktail bars: Le Verre à Monique in the Quartier des Bains. On Wednesday 19th of December 2012, Le Verre à Monique will be celebrating with a very glam Tea Punch Xmas party, starting from 6.30pm. I can assure you from personal experience that the bar’s special alcoholic concoction […]

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Gourmands in Geneva

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With more (Michelin) stars than the Milky Way and an array of delicious auberges, the area around Geneva is a delight and temptation for all expat foodies. Unfortunately for us (but not our bank account!) we can’t manage to dine out à deux as much as we’d like so our favourite restaurants list is still quite short, but thanks to the advice of gourmande-in-chief Linda we know where to book when we […]

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A Bit of Downton, Swiss Style

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I confess I do have a soft spot for costume drama and, yes, I did look forward to my Sunday nights in the company of Downton, so when I drove past the Botanical Gardens last week and saw a billboard for “Rousseau, une promenade”, I was lured.   The show is in French, so I might need to bring my pocket dictionary with me, but the idea of strolling through the Geneva’s Botanical Gardens […]

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The Geneva Music Scene

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Expats often complain that Geneva is “too quiet” and doesn’t offer much in terms of night-life or music gigs. If you’ve heard this a million times before and would like to hear a different drummer, take a look at our interview with Paolo H. – one third of DJ & music events team Indie Nation. Their vision is simple and quite clear: bring glamorous Indie Rock’n’Roll back in town – can’t say fairer than that, […]

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Table for Two?

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With so many expensive restaurants in Geneva, it’s not always easy to find those that are really worth the hefty bill. What we soon learnt is that the best way to go about it is through word of mouth from local people, colleagues or expats who’ve lived here for a long time. Here’s some of our favourites in and around town, what are yours ? Buffet de la Gare Eaux Vives, Av. […]

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Dinner & the Movies

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If you’re planning a romantic, kids-free night-out in Geneva I have some fabulous places to recommend. My idea of a great night out is dinner and the movies so I was absolutely blown away last week because the Best Colleagues in the World directed us to Little Buddha for dinner and to the Astor Film Lounge in rue de la Corraterie for our cinematic fix. What a phenomenal combination for […]

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CinéTransat is Back!

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Spring and Summer are definitely the best seasons to enjoy Geneva to the full. Gorgeous weather, longer days stretching into breezy summer nights and a host of fantastic outdoor festivals uncover the city’s cool and laid back charm. One of Geneva’s best summer festivals is, without a doubt, the open-air cinema organised by CinéTransat. The event is not just an outdoor screening of some of the best-loved movies in film history but, most […]

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