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Traditional Farming in the Swiss Alps

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As a traveler hiking through the Swiss Alps, you soon discover the many small farms dotting little meadows high in the mountains. Semi-vertical fields step up the hillsides toward centuries-old huts and barns. Small groups of cows graze and farming families collect hay. It’s not uncommon to see three or four generations stretched along a   Continue Reading →

How to Make Casunziei: an Unexpected Pasta Delight from the Dolomites

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While hiking the Alps in the summer months, I’ve often found myself in what feels like an unending walk uphill, where – as much as I love hiking – the more I pick up my feet, the taller the mountain seems to get. Although my logical brain is happy enough to take a breath, look   Continue Reading →

The Best Bread in the World is Swiss – Recipe Included

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Switzerland has the best bread in the World.  There, I’ve said it.  Switzerland gets credit for doing a lot of things well, like chocolate, cheese, watches, and efficient transportation.  But they don’t get enough credit for their bread. As a former baker, and long-time admirer of Swiss bread, I think it’s time we drew some   Continue Reading →

Hotel Schwarzwaldalp: Home is Where the Heart Is

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There are many elements of a hotel that make it a good one, and there are certainly plenty of good ones to be found in the Alps.  It might be the gourmet restaurant, the superb wine selection, the panoramic view, etc… Whatever it is, combine a few of these elements in the same place and   Continue Reading →

Strangolapreti, hard to say delicious to eat!

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 Strangolapreti or “Priest stranglers”  are a delicious dumpling native to the Trentino Dolomites.

Running with Julia: the best burger (veggie too) joint in Chamonix — Moo

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The best part of hiking Chamonix’s legendary vertical kilometer to the top of Planpraz is the stunning view of Mount Blanc from the top.  The second best part is building up an appetite big enough to fully enjoy the delicious spread of burgers, fries, drinks and sides offered at Moo – Chamonix’s best burger joint.   Continue Reading →

Running with Julia: lunch at Chalet la Floria

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Chalet Floria is a charming old stone building brimming with flowers that is nestled into the hillside near Chamonix’s famous Petit Balcon Sud.  It’s open mid-morning to late-afternoon from June to November and offers a small menu of light lunch options, deserts, coffees, juices, beer and wine.  With sweeping views of Mont Blanc, the Mer   Continue Reading →

Gostner Schwaige: A Foodie’s Paradise in the Val Gardena

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Traveling to the Dolomites? A stop at Gostner Schwaige is a must! If you find yourself trekking through the majestic peaks of the Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites, say on our self-guided Great Dolomites Traverse, we’ve got a must do suggestion for you. Go to a foodie’s hidden heaven, located just above Ortisei on   Continue Reading →

The National Swiss Dish: Rösti

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It turns out the American fried potato craze is not unique, in fact it’s a global phenomenon. People everywhere love fried potatoes and Switzerland is no exception. Let me introduce to you… Rösti. Originally from the Canton of Bern, Rösti (almost rhymes with PUSH-tea, but with an R) was first recognized as a farmer’s breakfast   Continue Reading →

Trip Report 1 | Arrival

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I could tell you all about the food, and the trains, and the fantastic hiking…  And I will.  But first, I have to share a little bit of the pure magic I experienced in Switzerland.  As I expected, there was a transformative power in being away from familiar routines, and languages, and customs.  But I   Continue Reading →