A “gorge”ous day trip in France

By Katy Orell I am what francophones call a frontalier; I live in France and cross the line often between la vie raffinée of Geneva and veritable life on a French dairy farm. But what my rural side of France lacks in food, shopping, museums and general cultural variety it largely makes up for in…

On marche!

November 9th 2016 marked the ballot drop heard round the world. For Americans living abroad, homesick took on a whole new meaning as a President who fought for justice, dignity and unity was replaced by a fear-mongering, divisive, truth-denying plutocrat. But on the heels of Brexit and other displays of nationalistic protectionism across Europe, the…

Indulge Your Inner Food Critic: The Geneva Restaurant Alphabet Challenge

Are you a gourmand? Do you love trying out new and exciting restaurants? Have you ever fantasized about being a food critic? Well, have I got something to share with you! Brace yourselves people: The Geneva Restaurant Alphabet Challenge 2017 has commenced and places are filling up faster than expected. This group is EXCELLENT for…

Finding Friendship in a Transient Town

Geneva may be full of bankers, but “investment” can take on an entirely different meaning here. If you’re new in town and have been to the various newcomer apéros, Thursday night afterworks, or Glocals events, you know what I’m talking about. The first couple of questions are of the standard stock variety, the “Where are you…

The Wait Is Over — Real Mexican Food Has Arrived

By now the secret’s out. You’ve probably already heard about them from your Mexican friend or come across their fantastic TripAdvisor reviews. So just to make it official: Real Mexican food has finally arrived in Geneva! And it’s good. Not just Geneva-good. Really good. I’m lucky enough to have already visited El Catrín twice to eat tacos, and…

Sex(pat) in the City

There are a few reasons why dating in Geneva is a bit different from some other places (keep in mind this is the so-called “expat” variation on the theme. Expat. Not expert. Far from. But I digress): Language. The fact that most online dating profiles in Geneva include a list of languages spoken has little to…

LODGE N4

I was going for a stroll on Swiss National Day in the Hôpital area, when I ran across a shop with THE MOST fabulous pair of sunglasses in the window. They stopped me dead in my tracks. I leaned in closer and lifted up my own shades to ogle at the deliciously fine pair of…

The Ultimate Summer Round-Up

Yes, we know, it’s awful Swiss of us to recommend busting out your calendars and scheduling in summer fun (UGH), but that’s just how excited we are about all the programmes that have recently been released!! We’ve compiled them all for you in this one, handy-dandy post. Here’s the breakdown of what to expect this summer in Geneva….

The Secret Market

Are you Coop-ed and Migros-ed out? Does the word “supermarket” leave you lusting for fresh eats? Then boy do I have a delicious little surprise for you. Nestled in between a few random shops (because, who cares) you’ll find Geneva’s indoor food market: La Halle de Rive. A long hall with food-stalls galore! You’ll have…

The Cocktail Club for Bon Vivants

So it was Saturday night and we were just winding down from a particularly yummy dinner at La Crise (we’ll talk about this later), when we decided that we weren’t exactly ready to end the night on that high note. *insert grinning devil emoji here* “Oh, I know a place! Let’s go to Bottle Brothers,…

The Hidden Pearl of Pâquis

Geneva doesn’t reveal itself to just anyone but rather rewards the faithful, those patient and curious enough to peel back its layers. Take Chez Henri for example. You won’t see any street signs for it, so you would never pass it by chance and think, oh, that place looks cute, maybe I should give it a try one day. Instead,…