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Hello everyone, I know I know it has been a while that I didn’t give you news. And believe me there are lots of news to give. First of all thank you to all my friends for their wonderful messages for my birthday!!! You know it is really good to be me ;)

Now let me tell you what I have done the last few weeks. I enjoyed the sunny weather and went out a lot in Geneva. I did a crazy week-end in Milan, and I had an amazing week in Sardinia.
I will talk about my trips later; but for now let me talk to you about my birthday, and what I did …
Last year I did a big thing in Istanbul, so this year wanted to go mellower and I wasn’t really in the mood of organizing a big party. This year my sister, who kept asking me what I wanted to do, decided to stop waiting on me and called some friends and organize a small dinner at the Hotel President Wilson.

Hotel President Wilson is situated by the lake on the rive droite, and has a great lounge/terrace around the pool, and a restaurant called “Bayview”. This summer they do every Thursday night happy hour and they bring little canapés from their Lebanese restaurant, “Arabesque”. I never managed to go to any and I really wanted to try it, so I could talk about it.

The place is really beautiful; you have a great view of the lake. The only inconvenient; and this is more for the hotel guests, the “pool” view is actually “room” view. The pool is built in the middle of the building, so one side of it has the rooms with no tinted windows. This basically means when you ask a room with lake view, you have the pool and the restaurant view as well. And you have the opportunity to offer a peep show to the diners ;) Joke aside I think it is a pity to have a beautiful view, but never enjoy it because you keep your curtains closed as you are scared people might see you in your room’s intimacy…

At my table I was sitting pool/room view side as I know how the Leman Lake looks like and I am more curious what happens in the rooms…
You can chose between two menus and a la carte dishes; as we like to be complicated, my mother asked the Maitre d’ to talk to the Lebanese restaurant and that we wanted some food from them as well. Yes yes I know, the apple never falls to far from the tree, why do you think I became whom I am :)
What I like about the restaurant is that instead of giving us the typical answer “oh we cannot do that, house rules”, they right away called someone from the other restaurant so we can be happy. Believe me, it might seem so what to some of you, but in Geneva, it is a big plus.

We ended up sharing few appetizers from the Bayview restaurant, and few dishes from the Arabesque restaurant. The food was quite decent, we had bubbles to celebrate. I think the only thing that I can criticize would be the service. They are all lovely but they should come and check on us more often. We ended up doing our own Champagne service, as we would have died of thirst waiting for them to pay us attention. I am happy that they were not like my water filler waiter (the one from La Finestra) but come on, find the middle. Especially when you consider that the income of a restaurant is based more on the drinks than on food….

Oh well, I had a good evening, great company and the most important great gifts ;) and if you are still curious, no peep show from a hot guest, just someone who was very into dental hygiene (he brushed his teeth for at least 6 minutes)…

Thank you sis to organize, thanks mom to invite and thanks guys to be there!!!!

Yesterday, there was the bikini, beach towel and jewelry sale of friends, and a percentage of the profit would be going to an association called “Act In Kind”. So I went to see them and check out the beautiful stuff.
After the sale, my friends and I went to have a drink at “Le Soleil Rouge”, do you remember the wine and tapas place? Well if in winter it is a good spot, in summer not that much. As the weather was warm, everybody was outside, but different crowd this time. It seemed people who saw the crowd on the side walk… stopped. The wine was still good though, and the tapas … as long as you stick to the basics, fine. I would not advise any fish related tapas there (personal experience talking).
So after a while we wanted to go to a place where we could sit and nibble, as these tapas weren’t exactly what we were looking for. So we decided to go to “the Cottage” café. It is a restaurant on rive droite, just across the Richmond Hotel (actually it used to be their restaurant). The menu is composed of Mediterranean tapas, and they have a great terrace. The only thing I reproach them is the service. The owner keeps hiring these students, they are lovely but every time I go, either they forget to bring something or disappear on me. The restaurant lost a lot of lunch clienteles, simply because people had enough of waiting, and had limited time.
So last night before going there, I told to my friends, the food is great but don’t expect much about the service. And I wasn’t wrong, beside the fact that they missed one order, our pulpo didn’t seem very fresh. I didn’t even try it but the smell of it was unbearable. And they literally forgot us, no one came to see us for at least half an hour, at a point that we were about to leave without paying… even then not sure they would have noticed. The service crew is lovely but has no idea about service, or even the product they are selling. They brought this “artisanal” drink that was supposed to be with berries… The color was beautiful, but the taste was all chemical, and when you read the label, beside chemical formulas you couldn’t read anything else. So you start to ask questions about their “artisanal” teas and ice creams as well.
Thanks god most of the food is yummy, and makes you forget a little about the quality of service :)

Last night I went with a friend to the terrace opening of Hotel Le Richemond in Geneva. At the beginning I thought they were opening a new terrace and was really wondering where it could be, as although the hotel is beautiful, it doesn’t have that kind of space.
And off course with my luck it was pouring outside….The hotel has a valet parking, but only for expensive cars. And as they refused my little Fiat Panda last year, they lost me as a client, and normally I never go there.
Last night wanted to give another chance, and also was quite curious to see the opening of a terrace under the rain.
After struggling for a parking spot we arrived at the hotel. The Terrace opening was obviously happening indoors, and the “Terrace” is actually the little patio of the restaurant where they put normally 3 tables. They just organize this drink, to announce the summer, and the BIG opening of their terrace, which is between us smaller than my terrace at home.
The minute that we entered two people asked us if we would like to coat check and a third one offered us a drink, then we started to circulate sipping our bubbles, tasted few appetizers walking around. For me the hit was “the filet de boeuf” bite with Bearnaise sauce (unfortunately saw it only once).
The crowd was different than usual Geneva crowd, I actually believe that these people were there because they were the hotel clients, and wanted to make connections and not the usual crowd who enters because they see the light and they want free booze and food.
When we finally decided to leave, two ladies who were behind a flower stand, gave us a little bag with red and white paeonies, which was a nice touch.
I really liked the welcome and the good bye, made few connections, so it was a good night after all. I guess Le Richemond really wanted to announce the summer; it is just the Geneva forecast which was against it…

Today I met a friend at “Senso” restaurant in Geneva. I have chosen the location, because been at their lobby several times for drinks and really liked it. I had dinner once in winter, the restaurant was empty. I know that they have a terrace and wanted to try it, so I could add a new restaurant with terrace in my city center list.

The city of Geneva, tries to discourage drivers to take their cars. All the outside parking spots (that are always full or closed for construction) can be used between 30 and 90 minutes. And believe me the city uses so many people to control it that if you are late 10 minutes, you can find yourself with a minimum fine of 40 USD, up to 160 USD. Sometimes I am thinking that those people are either bitter from life and it is their way of revenge, or they are like sales assistants, they work on commission. So unless you find an outside parking and/or you have a quick errand to do, you park in the closed parking. In the city Center, we have “Parking of Mont Blanc” and “Parking of Rive”. They are almost more expensive than the fines that you collect outside, so don’t know what the cheapest option is. And to top that Parking of Mont Blanc, is on construction to make our lives easy. What they do is they keep one side open, while they redo the other side.
It has been months that it started, and I don’t see any difference, the parking spots are so small that if you have a big car, it is a challenge to fit it. And on top of that, the parking is full of noise and dust, so make sure to wash your car when you leave….
I guess there is no way to get fresh air right now in Geneva; we have the ashes of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull outside, and the dust and smoke of the construction in the parking.
Anyway, finally I parked my car to join my friend at Senso. It is a located in place du Molard, and if you don’t know exactly where it is, you have big chances to miss it. Because it is hidden inside “the Passage du Rhone”. The decor is really nice, and the garden is cozy. It has a bar where you could imagine sipping your wine at night while waiting for your table. They have a great list of wine; the food menu is ok as well. So we sat and the hostess came to tell us the specials and left. The restaurant wasn’t that full, and she kept passing around and looking at our table but never came back. After 25 minutes, I lost my patience (and you know for me it is a record), and asked her if she mind taking our order finally. When I asked again about the specials, she answered me with arrogance, don’t bother we don’t have any left. Oh well I guess they made only 2 plates of that special, and off course it would be finished after 25 minutes wait.
We finally placed our order, the food came in 15 – 20 minutes, but they forgot to bring the drinks… My dish was ok, but my friend who ordered a fish suffered. Already it looked like a hospital food, and she said the fish was cold, and between us I don’t think it was cooked enough.
We finished our dishes and they got collected quickly, but had to wait another 10 min before the hostess decided to come and see us, and ask us if we wanted to see the desert menu…
Seriously, I think we should have left after waiting that much to place our order. The service used to be good, but today it was a disaster. I wished, I have seen the manager, because I would have few words to tell him about the service…

My friend told me that when they opened few years ago, you had to book 3 days in advance, no need to say that it is not the case today, and we all know why….

Every Wednesday and Saturday at specific places in Geneva you have the market. All the farmers around Geneva bring their fresh products, and it is full of fruits, vegetables, flowers and other products.
You can be sure to have big traffic, because the biggest one is in city center at Rive, where normally there is a big circulation.
The place is packed with who’s who…. from restaurant owners, to housewives, passing by families who do their Saturday outing. Everybody has a fancy bag, (it is Geneva after all) so they can put their purchases. Again you have to be dressed correctly, because you are sure to see someone you know, and in Geneva it is a crime to leave the house without a decent outfit and make up. You risk being outcasted…
The nice thing is that you have several coffees around, where after your shopping you can sit and enjoy the day.
Normally my mom and sister go together to the market on Saturdays, as she is stuck in New York because of the Volcano ashes, I went with my mom. Once our shopping done, we decided to go to a nice terrace for lunch.
We went to Le Cottage, it is on the other side of the bridge, but has such a nice terrace and food that it is worth it. At nights their menu is composed with Mediterranean tapas or mezzes or antipasti… While you eat the delicious food, you can taste different wines.
At lunch they have a smaller menu, no tapas to share, just few appetizers and few main courses, but a huge desert list with artisanal ice creams.
One of the biggest complaints about that restaurant is the service; it is known to be very slow… I found the stuff nice and not that slow.
After all, I had a great lunch under the sun with my mom, who even tried the ice cream with orange and saffron…
But next time, maybe I will go there for dinner instead of lunch, cause I prefer from far the menu; and if I want to enjoy their terrace during the day, would have coffee or tea…