Munchkin et moi – A Paris weekend

Munchkin et moi - Paris weekend trip

 

Last weekend Munchkin and I went on an adventure together. DM had a work conference thingy in Budapest and so was away for the week. Munchkin and I decided that it was only fair we had some fun too.

It was the first time I’d travelled with just Munchkin and I. And so after wrapping ourselves in coats, hats, gloves etc that are required in Europe at this time of year, loading myself up with a backpack full of books, pencils, colouring-in books and toys, Munchkin in her MiaMilly Hipster on my front, suitcase in one hand and folded Maclaren stroller in the other, we got onto the TGV Lyria at Lausanne and took ourselves off to Paris!

 

Munchkin et moi - Paris weekend trip

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High Tea at Miyuko in Zurich

miyuko-zurich-(by-christine-syrad)

Image via http://www.spottedbylocals.com/zurich/miyuko/

 
I found out about Miyuko a few weeks ago and immediately made plans to get to Zurich! Booking in for High Tea with a few other Lausannois ladies and crossing my fingers that my pregnancy induced illness would abate in time for me to enjoy the train trip and fabulous food. Thankfully it seems to be getting much better. We had a splendid day. I’m absolutely exhausted, but it was well and truly worth it.
 

Miyuko Zurich

 
Miyuko is the creation of a graphic designer, chocolatier, cake decorator and fan of all things Japanese called Sara Hochuli. It’s located just 10 minutes easy walk from Zürich Hauptbahnhof.

I immediately fell in lust with the place. And not just because they do a gluten-free High Tea (they also cater to vegans and the lactose intolerant), but also because it was a fabulous mix of a traditional European cafe with a hefty dose of all things kawaii and the attention to detail is fabulous!
 

Miyuko Zurich

 
Everything from the lampshades to the crochet coasters has been ‘Miyuko-ised’. The ribbons, cushions and even menus have all received care and attention. And not in a slap, dash, ‘just whack our logo on it’ style. Each item in the café has been crafted and curated with an eye to detail. It made the perfectionist in me do a happy dance! The food is no different, the presentation is impeccable and creative.
 

Miyuko Zurich

 
We spent three and a half hours there in total and struggled to finish the food. The High Tea includes 3 different types of tea. I started with a Darjeeling, then moved on to a chinese tea ball and finally finished with a delicious ginger and lemon tea.
 

Miyuko Zurich

 
And the High Tea menu contains no less than a small quiche, sandwiches, antipasti, chutney, fresh fruit, plain and chocolate chip scones with jams and cream, cake and macarons arranged artfully on a gorgeous three-tiered cake stand (I suggest you don’t eat lunch beforehand, you won’t need it!).

They also make glorious cake creations. I’m already dreaming about my next birthday cake and plotting so that I won’t have to make it myself!
 

Miyuko Zurich

 
The café is not large and was full the entire time we were there (mid afternoon, mid week) so make sure you make a reservation. They’re completely booked out on weekends weeks in advance and have a cancellation policy in place. English for placing reservations via email was not a problem and the waitress we had was fluent in English, lovely and patient with us (none of us spoke any more than rudimentary German).
 

Miyuko Zurich

 
For more information find the Miyuko website here
 

Eating Gluten Free in San Francisco & Palo Alto

 

I’ve just returned from 10 days wandering around San Francisco and Palo Alto. My husband had to go for a week of work so we tacked the two weekends on either side, booked me a ticket and voilà!

Food-wise, trips to America always make me nervous. Uncertainty about sauces, if certain foods contain hidden gluten etc. makes eating out a little more stressful. But some of the places we ate made eating out a breeze! They marked their menu’s, or were entirely gluten-free! So I thought I’d share them with you  just in case you’re in SF or Palo Alto and don’t or can’t eat gluten.
 

The Plant Cafe- Embarcadero

www.theplantcafe.com

Plant cafe embacadero

With a lovely patio area (and those lovely radiant heaters for the slightly chillier days), The Plant Cafe was a fabulous find by my friend Phaedra. Their menu very clearly states what meals are gluten free and there is an option for a gluten-free pizza base. The huevos rancheros are fabulous! Read more

Sham el Sheikh, I love you

We’re back from our vacation to Egypt. We had an amazing time!

My husband and I both adore the heat and so the consistent 37 degrees each day was blissful. It helped of course that we didn’t have to do much!

We spent 8 days eating the fabulous food on offer, drinking (you must ensure you’re sufficiently hydrated!), reclining by the beach and pool, swimming in the Red Sea and looking at the glorious coral and stunning fish whilst snorkelling.

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Schilthorn

The Sunday before our trip to Australia. Our lovely friend Sandra took us to Schilthorn. It was AMAZING!

Husband and I are not overly active types. I detest the cold (two knee reconstructions when I was 16 have left me with an ache that lasts most of the winter months) and I have had firm words from my current doctor about not throwing myself down mountains attached to pieces of wood. And Husband has had two broken ankles. So we’re not really poster children for the whole winter sports thing. We’re much more ‘lets go cycling or doing laps in a pool’ kind of people. Or as it’s seemed since we arrived in Switzerland; ‘let’s hibernate and pretend the cold outside doesn’t exist’ kind of people.

I did look at heading into the mountains for an ogle. But when looking at the timetables and seeing 1 bus, 3 trains and a couple of cable cars to go one way, I freaked and stuck my nose back in my book whilst munching on cake. Or promptly planned a trip to Paris.

It didn’t help that everyone kept talking about ‘Hiking’ which immediately brought to mind special equipment, frostbite, having to eat the sled dogs and Mount Everest. My husband and I love ‘walking’ but ‘hiking’ sounded sadistic! This is where fabulous friends come in, Sandra persisted and took us to Schilthorn and on a light hike. And we’re hooked. Check out the pictures and you’ll see why.

Who knew it?! Hiking IS walking! ;)

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