Vacationing in Malta

Our first visit to Malta turned out to be so much more than we expected!! While we were planning on lazy days at the seaside with perhaps the odd tour here and there, we quickly became engrossed in the country’s rich and colourful history and the many beautiful sites that Malta and its islands have to offer. It was so lovely, I just had to share a few photos and tips. Enjoy! Read More

Zurich: Loft Five Bakery

I’d been to Loft Five (the bar) recently and liked it so much I promised myself I’d be back again… it took a few weeks, but this morning I made my way back. This time, sitting in the bakery section of the business, literally around the corner from the bar (same building space, but a different entrance) IMG_1144

The atmosphere is lovely, very relaxed with soft jazzy music in the background. They have a very limited menu for a proper breakfast just offering the usual gipfli, sandwiches and light nibbles but I can see this as being the ideal place for meeting up for lunch with friends.  The cappuccino is delicious (I had 2!) IMG_1143

I definitely want to try the bakery for an afternoon of cake and tea as there’s cheesecake, cremeschnitte (custard slices) and more, along with a large variety of teas.

Oh, did I mention the decor? I love it, very ‘lofty’, haha!, with a collection of cute and different pieces that all fit together to make this the ideal hangout!

 

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Zurich: Cafe Felix am Bellevue

One thing I love about the coffee group that I’ve joined is that I am getting a chance to visit cafes and restaurants I hadn’t been to yet. This week we met at Cafe Felix am Bellevue. I’ve heard about Felix but for some reason never got round to going there even though I’m in the area weekly.

My first impression was one of delight, it is bright, with high ceilings and the first thing that catches your eyes is the massive displays of roses trailing down the walls! At first its aesthetically pleasing but as you realise the roses are plastic and that they’re just about everywhere it does start to feel a bit OTT.

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The atmosphere is pleasant, if a bit noisy due to the huge room, but they gladly accommodated our group of 11, rearranging tables and chairs for us.

Their afternoon, apero menu is vast with almost too much to choose from! I loved the menu page dedicated to champagnes and prosecco which I could definitely have indulged in! Most of the ladies ordered coffee or tea with one or two having from the fresh juice selection and a variety of cakes and snacks were ordered. I tried two of the crostini on offer – one with brie and the other with smoked salmon. IMG_1001While the crostini were quite small the generous toppings made up for it and I enjoyed it.

The cafe is huge with a large outside seating area (as usual, mostly used by smokers) as well as having an upstairs dining area overlooking the rest of the cafe. IMG_0996

At Sfr24.60 for a cappuccino, the 2 crostini and a cola, it was value for money and definitely worth another visit.

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Zurich: Breakfast at Bohemia!

As a creature of habit, I always order the same food from restaurants I visit regularly – I have this theory that if its good, why have anything else? Yes, I know its a limiting and rather silly dining policy. So when I went to Bohemia with the ‘Coffee Girls’, I already knew I’d be ordering plain flapjacks with maple syrup and a side of bacon.

Instead, this time I chose the 3 cheese, egg white omelette and Oh My Goodness! It was delicious! While this means that my new standard order at Bohemia may have changed, I am really chuffed I tried something new. So go on, try that omelette – you’ll thank me later.

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Oasis in the city

I’ve known there was a botanical garden in Zurich for a while now, but until now I’d never visited it. On the way back from an appointment the bus I was taking just happened to be going that way, so I hopped off and decided to have my lunch there.

If I’d known just how beautiful it was, I would not have waited 7 years to go and visit it! The gardens are magnificent and of course, so peaceful!

IMG_5717IMG_5716IMG_5724 Such pretty flowers!IMG_5679IMG_5691IMG_5729 And I made a friend while there too! He seems to be the resident cat and it so friendly and affectionate, At one stage he even sat on my lap! IMG_5711 There are lots of places all around the garden to sit and enjoy the calming surroundings. IMG_5692IMG_5725IMG_5690