While I wait for film to be developed I thought I'd start a little something new on the blog, an out and about in Zürich section. Slowly, as I've settled in and become more accustomed to life abroad what I blog about (mostly food) could be done from anywhere, from New Haven or New Zealand or New Dehli. Unlike an expat living in Paris, eager to grasp the techniques of French cooking, I have no real desire to conquer Swiss cuisine. It's too rich and too creamy. I know, maybe that sounds good, but imagine alternating between fondue and schnitzel every night, and then perhaps you'd change your mind.
Anyway what I'm trying to get at is that I want a Zürich-specific section. I want you to be able to visit the blog and if you live here or travel here be able to find a few spots to hang out on a rainy day. I also want to do it as a reminder of places I've been and places I like to go.
so here we go....
Sisu Café und Bar
Sisu won me over with the iittala owl cups, but the big brown leather couch that I sunk into and could barely get out off didn't hurt either. The owl 'taika' (meaning magic) reflect that fact that Sisu is a Finish café. They also serve sweet pulla, a Finish cardamon-cinnamon spiced sweet bread, and Karhu, a Finish beer. And they serve it all in a very relaxed, low-key, atmosphere, where you could comfortably hunker with your computer and a coffee for a few hours (they have free wi-fi).
I discovered Sisu because was noted in a New York Times travel article about the gentrification of a previously seedy area of town.
It's taken me awhile to get the hang of European coffee. Drip American coffee has no place outside your own kitchen, the exception being Starbucks, so it's important to get comfortable with the coffee menu. My current favorite is café crème, a long espresso or americano with cream on the side.
I hope you like this new installment. And if you live in Zürich and have any favorite spots, I'd love to hear about them.