My Great Taste in 2013

Good food takes time and love. It’s an art. Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.
– Important Food Lessons From Julia Child

My utmost desire to unleash my inner Julia Child brought Great Taste to life in 2011. Two years after, the Great Taste series has never been this good. In fact, 2013 has even been a more delightful year.

Thanks to my travel sprees, I was able to explore a lot more of new, interesting cuisines and drinks. I savored morsels of European dishes – Swiss, Lyonnaise, Burgundian, Belgian, Danish, Italian, Portuguese – to my utmost content, while I took my first sips of delectable wines – Bourgogne, Valpolicella, Amarone, Porto. Read more

So Swiss: The Malakoff

The name sounds Russian, but malakoff is authentically Swiss. A classic cheese beignet that can be most likely found in the canton of Vaud, it is believed that the recipe was brought by the Swiss mercenaries who joined the Crimean War under the French-British forces fighting against Russia. This Swiss cheese bread was particularly named after the major battle of Malakoff that resulted in the fall of Sevastopol, thus ending the battle.

Hardly it reminds of the past war nowadays, the malakoff is typically served as a first course, and enjoyed with served cornichons (guerkins in English), pickled onions and mustard. As always, this Swiss cheese ball pairs well with a glass of Chasselas wine. Read more

So Swiss: My Top Pick of Restaurants in Swiss Romandy

My top 10 list of restaurants in Swiss Romandy got published first at the Travel section in

In case you found yourself in Swiss Romandy or the French-speaking western side of Switzerland and have no clue on where to go for a lovely dinner, here are ten restaurants that are worth a try. A quick note, I know they’re all in Switzerland where dining out is not exactly affordable, but not all of them are that pricey. This list has a combination of restaurants in different price ranges. Read more

So Swiss: Eat Fondue & Raclette

La fondue crée la bonne humeur.
Fondue isch guet und git e gueti Luune (figugegl).
‘fondue creates a good mood’
– a promotional slogan created for Swiss cheese fondue

Cheese fondue is more popular as a national dish of Switzerland. I’ve been here for more than a year so I would commit a crime only if I haven’t had a taste of it.  Yet fortunately enough, it’s also at this month last year when I enjoyed not only cheese fondue but also raclette, for the first time. Read more

10 Things I’m Loving Now – soup-ah!

Soup is liquid comfort.  ~Author Unknown

Especially at this time of the year, when the weather gets chilly and the skies dark, I crave for something hot to keep me warm. For the past days I’ve been eating noodle soup for lunch. Last weekend I had cheese fondue for dinner. On special request, I had goto  (a Filipino version of rice porridge) last Tuesday night. It’s just very appropriate to enjoy all these during the cold seasons in Switzerland. But even under the tropical heat in Pinas I don’t give it up. I remember I celebrated my birthday two years ago (in the summer month of April) in a Japanese restaurant, serving myself an extra large bowl of ramen. Prior to that, I had been hopping from one ramen resto to another because I was terribly craving for it. Read more

Friends at Gelatone

Galaera Diaries: My Birthday Ice Cream at Gelatone

After having dinner at a quaint Japanese resto, my friends and I decided to take a long walk not only to burn off the calories, but also to relish a delicious dessert. Yes, we’re just taking the calories back into our systems.

Without the blatant talking to each other (again), we  went straight all the way up to the second floor of Greenbelt 2 and stopped by at Gelatone. Apparently, this was our first time being together in this yummy store. I do drop by once in awhile for my sweet tooth.

No one raised their hands and contested. Instead, we ran towards the large ice cream bin and pointed our fingers at delectable targets. Read more