Zurich: Babu's Bakery & Coffeehouse

I found myself with 90 minutes to spare on Saturday (June 4), after an appointment at Xing Lin TCM and before my pedi with the lovely Sabina at Summer Beauty Cosmetic. Both appointments were conveniently on either side of Löwenstrasse, so I decided to visit a bakery I knew near the top of the street for a coffee and croissant. Much to my surprise the bakery was no longer there and I walked in on the opening of the new Babu’s Coffeeshop and Bakery. I was a bit confused as I walked in but was greeted by friendly wait-staff who explained the menu of fresh salads, breads, quiche and homemade ice tea’s that I was quickly at ease and waiting on a freshly made chicken salad with “house-sauce” and berry ice tea.

The food was fresh, made to order and yummy!(They were very accommodating with my food allergies, adjusting the salad to my needs.) I particularly enjoyed the vegetable bread and the delicious coffee to finish off the meal (the are 25 coffee variations to choose from!)  The decor, crockery and the finishing touches like newspapers and coffee table books makes you feel like you’re relaxing at home (albeit with better coffee), making Babu’s one of my new favourite lunch spots and a places to meet up with friends.

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Babu’s Bakery & Coffeehouse
Löwenstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich
Tel 0041 44 212 87 45

Opening hours:
365 Days a year
Monday to Saturday from 07.00 till 20.00
Sundays von 09.00 till 17.00

Mercatino Rimini 2011

Last Monday I tagged along with Elisa to the official opening of Rimini Bar’s Monday market. Every Monday in Summer, from May 23, the bar-come-bathing-area (for men only) opens its doors to the vintage- and kitsch-hunters and gorgeous fashionistas of Zurich. I’ve been a member of the Facebook group* since last Summer but not had the opportunity to go, so when E invited me to join her I made sure I was available.P1020905 (1024x768)

As one can imagine, there were a variety of stalls to be had with enough to make you lust after, rub your hands in excitement and of course to just drool over. Like these yummy looking cupcakes, unfortunately far too sweet for my taste, though the cake was quite nice. P1020912 (768x1024) I was really pleased to find the stall of Jo Brauer who’s blog I’ve been reading since it started a few months ago, and even more pleased when I got to meet the beautiful and friendly Jo herself. She sells the cutest and quaintest of vintage wares – her blog and online shop is well worth a visit. P1020930 (1024x768) P1020926 (768x1024)

There were lots of other gorgeous things to see and buy…
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If you’re on the hunt for something vintage, something different and something special – RIMINI’s Monday market is definitely the place to go!

*For some reason I can’t post the hyperlink to the FB group – if you’re interested in joining it search for Montagsmarkt presents: Mercatino RIMINI 2011

Showcase new favourites: Jo Brauer Vintage

For about 2 months now I’ve been following the blog of Jo Brauer, who recently started her blog and opened an online vintage store. I love her wares, not to mention the cute photos in which everything is modelled. I recently went to the opening of the Mercatino Montagsmarkt at Rimini bar where I got to meet her! Unfortunately, I was totally unprepared for this (why???) and didn’t get to speak to her much except to tell her I’m a fan of her blog and shop and complimented her on the lovely goods she had on sale there.

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Go check out the online store for more lovely goodies like this:

Blue Check Maxilong Skirt

**forgive me as I experiment on this here blog

Zurich: The Script in concert

I’m off to see The Script tonight. It’s their 3rd concert in Zürich and the 3rd time I’ll be seeing them!!
I love them.. their music, the lyrics, the sexy band members!

So if you’re in now-sunny-where-is-my-Winter-Zürich come on over to Komplex 457 at 8pm to sing along with me!

I love…

oh my.. where to start?!?!?!! The past few days have been amazing, exciting, and so much more, there’s very few words to describe it.

… Fashion… As I’d mentioned previously, I got tickets to the opening night of the first ever Zurich Fashion Days as well as to the Up and Coming Swiss Designers show; it was amazing. Let me tell you, I’m quite addicted now, I can’t wait to attend my next fashion show! Once I’m home and organised (if ever!) I’ll do a proper blog post about both shows with lots of photos!

On Thursday after the morning show and VIP luncheon, I raced to Zürich airport to catch our flight to Berlin. On rushing to the airport – MAJOR TIP – do NOT take Tram 10!! Unless you have lots of time to waste. I did have time but the ride was so long, I got bored!! At least I can say I took the tram to the airport, but never again, that’s for sure.

… Berlin… The last four days in brief:
So Thursday evening we landed in a rather cold and rainy Berlin and after unpacking and settling into the hotel we made a beeline for Alexanderplatz for dinner. Now don’t judge me too harshly but it was SO worth it! KFC Rocks! IMG_1361

Friday morning I was up early and headed to the hotel pool – seriously people, nothing beats a swim in the mornings! IMG_1367After a yummy full American breakfast we made out way on our ‘shopping day’. IMG_1371 They have these mobile sausage stands all over Berlin, one guy had it attached to his wheelchair and others generally strapped to them, so strange to see – I wouldn’t dare buy from them though.

While walking past Deutsche Bank we saw a huge Harrods sign and display, Kismet!IMG_1374 I’d just mentioned at work how I would love another Harrods Christmas Bear (they bring out a new one each year) and look what I got! My cute new teddy IMG_1378 (along with some fudge and English shortbread, hee hee).

Friday night we decided to get a quick bite and found ourselves at some Aussie restaurant – by far the worst meal I’ve had in a long long long time!! IMG_1387 After dinner we went to see Dirty Dancing live on stage, I had SO much fun singing along and dancing in my seat. I must admit it was weird that all the talking was in German and even some of the songs but the dancing was spectacular!IMG_1389

Saturday was a slow and lazy day with a bit of browsing at KaDeWe and a bar lunch of beer and flammküchen (French pizza type thing) IMG_1415     IMG_1410 and in the evening we met with a friend and his son at a restaurant that boasts 100 different beers on the menu and I had a Castle lager!!!

Sunday we decided to do one of those hop-on hop-off bus tours, though we did little hopping off! mainly due to the cold weather and that we’d seen quite a bit already. I took so many photos of buildings around Berlin, I find the old and modern architecture so fascinating! We ended our bus tour with a visit to the Berlin Aqua Dom . Anyone who knows me, knows how I love animals and even more so sea creatures, I can spend hours / days in zoos and at aquariums; and this one didn’t fail to impress and inspire

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Sunday, being my last night, we went to the hotel’s fabulous and famous restaurant for some delicious steak. I love how at the end of the meal you get to roast your own marshmallows!!IMG_1492

Then it was a 5am wake up call and off to the airport. It was great heading home last night to get cuddles from my furbabies, I missed them so much!

Now all rested and ready to face the rest of the busy week ahead! Tonight I’m meeting a dear friend going through a break up, tomorrow night I have a facial and Thursday night I’ll be preparing for our next girls dinner party I’m hosting on Friday which I’m really, really looking forward to!! Happy week everyone!!

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