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We decided to go to my best friends house last night for dinner. Everybody was gonna bring something. I ordered my beef from Fresh Direct ( I believe it is the freshest products in the city) so I could marinate them for the bbq at night.

While my meat was resting in their savory juice, I met up with friends at “Serafina”. There are several Serafina’s all around the city, but the only one that i know and i go is the one located on 61st street between Manana (Mexican), and Geisha (Japanese) restaurants. They all have the same owner.

I like it a lot , but the problem is if you are a small group, they don’t let you book a table. So you have to go there and wait. But they don’t even take your name if you are not all there… As our friend was stuck in traffic, we had to wait 20 minutes, until she makes it and a next table opens… I seriously think it is a ridiculous system in the states.

And the hostesses were everything but sweet… What is it with all these wanna be models and actresses with their non smiling faces? Is it my fault if they didn’t make it? They should have simply slept with more people or I don’t know be more beautiful and talented…

I understand they have a power trip on tables… but come on!!! smile a little more so you might even get a tip.
Thanks god the service stuff was much better.

It is known for its brick oven pizzas and pastas, but I took my usual plate, “Beef Carpaccio with Warm Black Truffle Sauce and Boiled Potatoes”. What do you know, truffle again;) We ordered an artichoke salad for the middle, and while one friend took the goat cheese salad, the other took the salmon. The food was really good. We behaved and didn’t have any bubbles or wine…

The crowd was a bit of everything; lots of shoppers in their retail therapy break, some families, and some cuties… without forgetting the Madison Avenue ladies with lots of makeup and jewelry…

So if I sum it up, good food, ok service and good crowd… and most importantly one block away from Barneys….what a girl can want more???

In Geneva, when you say “Auberge de Dully” everybody starts salivating thinking about the chicken, and the rostis and the yummy warm shortcrust cream pie….
Dully opened its wine house in 1840 and housed a lounge with only five tables and fifteen stools. It is only in 1964 that the chicken and lamb legs started to be served. So over 40 years, this Auberge owned by the Charriere family, situated between Geneva and Lausanne serves their customers. Growing up in Geneva, I used to go there a lot; first with my parents, then with my friends, and now with my friends and their kids…
It is not the first choice spot for the evenings, because it is 20 – 30 minutes from Geneva, and you need to take the highway. In a city small like Geneva when you stay in your car more than 10 minutes to arrive to a restaurant, it is considered far, and with all the police controls, you have to be careful with your alcohol intake…
This week-end we decided with a friend to go there and enjoy the chicken, and I honestly was craving more about the pie ;) As usual the place was packed, and as usual the place was too hot. I had the feeling to sit near the sun… The décor is very rustic and full of pictures of formula one and especially Ferrari as they are big fans. Normally we could park just in the front, and it was always a big chaos as everyone would leave there car at any empty spot. Now they have closed it, so you have to be creative and park along the road or use the open air parking a bit further away.
The chicken was juicy and the rosti crispy. I don’t even talk about the pie, because I finished it almost by myself… The service was as usual quick and efficient. The crowd was composed of few people that I knew, few families, few couples, and few groups. There was one woman whom I was happy not to sit in front, she had so many surgeries that she reminded me of a mild version of Jocelyn Wildenstein (you know the socialite in NY who did so many plastic surgeries that she looks like a cat… although that would insult the poor cats). Thanks god the person that I was sitting looked good, therefore my appetite was intact, lol
So a great night after all, great food, good vibe, funny people to watch, great company and the good point was that while I was eating, due to the heat I was in a mini sauna; so instantly losing weight ;) the negative point, when I left, I smelled like a roasted chicken myself… could be dangerous when you walk by a dog….