28 July 2017

Vote for Switzerland's Most Beautiful Village

In Switzerland's famous "direct democracy," voters frequently are called on to vote on a host of candidates and initiatives -- and now, a beauty contest for the country's most beautiful village.

10 June 2017

How to Hack Swiss Street Food Fests

Another mouth-watering street food festival in Geneva this weekend. 

Food from Brazil, Japan, Portugal, India, Italy, the U.S., the U.K., Thailand, France, China, Mexico, Greece, the Maghreb, and on and on.

The sprawl of delish dishes includes everything from fried meat pastries, raw salads, lamb stew, and skewers of chicken satay, to ramen, fish and chips, fresh cold oysters and lobster sandwiches, plus gelati, Swiss sweets, fresh fruit and veggie juices, mojitos, champagne cocktails, wines, beers, and more and more and more.

And always, the amazingly creative trucks and trailers ...

So much to taste. But our tummies are only so big, so where to put it all? This year we got smart and brought containers for laters.

22 April 2017

March for Science, Geneva Switzerland

Empirical analysis has repeatedly shown that scientists are both adorable and funny. This was reproven on this gorgeous Saturday in Geneva's Jardin Anglais during the March for Science, one of many such marches taking place on March 22, Earth Day, around the planet.

At a rally before the march, several scientists spoke in English, French or German to the crowd of 2000-plus on topics including sub-atomic particle physics and Legos (re building blocks: "Everyone knows the electron, but you should find out about neutrinos!").  Each blatantly highly-educated speaker explained in detail only a colleague could love why science matters not only to them but to our generations yet unborn. So sweet, their heart-felt over-sharing.

You can't throw a rock in Geneva without hitting a scientist. They come to study and work here from all over the world in many fine institutions, including CERN, the World Health Organization, the World Wildlife Fund, UNESCO, the World Meteorological Organization, and on and on.

After several speakers, everyone embarked on a march along the lakeside. Actually it was more of a stroll on this cool, sunny day, people of all ages, mostly speaking English, waving signs and chanting slogans.

"Science not silence!"

"What do we want? Science-based policy! When do we want it? After peer review!"

"Got polio? Me neither. Thanks, science"

Quick vid:

The name of the global poster child for science ignorance, also known as the President of the United States, was excruciatingly avoided.

19 February 2017

Romantic Swiss Getaways for Spring

Here in Switzerland, we're feeling it already, the soft white goodbye of winter, the warming sun, the loamy aroma of spring, with all our blossoms about to burst and our juices flowing for romantic Swiss getaways.

07 December 2016

Zürich Honors Headless Bro and Sis

Do you think brother and sister Felix and Regula thought it was worth it to lose their heads to become the patron saints of Zürich? Not to mention their loyal-to-a-fault servant, Exuperantius, who also got relieved of his head, but received no sainthood.

02 December 2016

Weaponized Soup Soon to Defeat Savoyard Raiders (Again) at Geneva City Walls

'Twas a cold December night in 1602 when a woman carrying a cauldron of dangerously steaming soup spied Savoyard soldiers attempting to storm the city walls. The rest is scalding history and legend, and is the reason for Geneva's proudest, most colorful annual festival, coming up Dec. 9th.

20 November 2016

New Fave Burger Joint

Today in Pâquis, Geneva's intriguing neighborhood full of immigrants and Swiss who run cafés, restaurants, and other, ahem, businesses, I had the luck of the flâneur. Flâneurs are people who simply wander to see what they may discover. Today this flâneur found The Hamburger Foundation, his new fave burger joint.

The menu consists of exactly three items:
Bacon cheeseburger
(CHF 19, 20, 21)

Vegetarians can order from the menu in some other resto.

Each delicious juicy burger (all Swiss meat, cooked medium pink unless otherwise ordered) comes with a green salad, frites and coleslaw. Squirt bottles of ketchup, mayo and American-style mustard are on the table.

Wines are listed under three non-snob categories, one red and one white in each:
Cheap CHF 5
Good CHF 7
Great CHF 8

There are two beers too. And yet, when it comes to spirits, choices suddenly blossom. (That's another story.)

Plus, there's, believe it or not, an oyster bar in the back. (Also another story.)

The Hamburger Foundation started with a pop-up truck, then came the Pâquis restaurant a couple years ago, and now a second truck, and soon two more locations in Geneva. This fun, friendly place is owned by three guys who've been friends since high school in Geneva. They have roots in New York, France and the U.K. They always said that one day they'd open a business together. I'm glad they did.