Part I: Fondue
Step 1: Go to Gruyères, Switzerland.
Step 2: Make a visit to Le Chalet de Gruyères.
Step 3: Order the Gruyère Fondue. Enjoy.
(N.B. this entire melting pot of cheesy goodness was only considered as one portion).
Step 5: Experience an AOC cheese-making experience.
Part II: Swiss Chocolate
Step 1: Go to Broc, Switzerland.
Step 2: Make a visit to Maison Cailler Chocolaterie. The recipe here is even more top secret than Coca-Cola, so don’t get your hopes up!
Step 3: Take a tour of the most interactive museum I’ve ever been to, and to reward yourself, stuff your face with 20+ kinds of Cailler chocolate in the tasting room. Once again, enjoy.
- Gruyère fondue: a melting, oozing pot of moitié-moitié (half-and-half, though it’s not necessarily 50/50) of Gruyère and Vacherin cheese, as well as white wine and garlic. To be had with cubes of bread, potatoes, pickles, and pearl onions.
- Cailler chocolate: my personal favourites include Cremant (64%) and Frigor Noir (50% with a creamy hazelnut and almond filling).
Why do we always have friends that we genuinely mean to meet up with, but never get around to actually doing it?
A dear childhood friend of mine and I are finally getting together nearly after two years of making brunch plans – and in the oddest of situations, meeting in Zurich and then spending the week travelling around Switzerland (Zermatt, Bern, Gruyere, Geneva…).
For my dedicated readers, you’ll know that I mainly travel in the US and never overseas. I decided to change things up a bit and hence, have been MIA for the last little bit. I took a short 3-week vacay half way across the world travelling in Asia bouncing back and forth from Hong Kong with mini-trips to Taiwan and Bali (featured in the next posts) in between.
To paint a picture, it’s like a combination of the following:
A) population density of Times Square EVERYWHERE
B) NYC’s constantly buzzing cabs, except switching the yellow out for red and minus the honking
C) San Francisco’s constant low-hanging fog
D) Miami’s humidity hitting at least 40 degrees
E) Seattle’s showers