Friday, May 22, 2015

Bon Weekend!

The view from our apéro last night at Domaine Wannaz

Let's hear it for three-day weekends!!! We've scheduled some lazy hours and some wine tasting at Caves Ouvertes. We're already predicting a reluctant return to work on Tuesday morning...

A big congrats to Nikolaos Alexandros Theodorou and Jack for winning two sets of tickets for the Iris Garden at Vullierens! Send us an email at to claim them.

And without further's your Friday dose of procrastination worthy links from around the web:

Apparently flat shoes are too gauche for the French film elite. We'd love to see them walk up the Petit-Chêne ;).

These cross-stitched kits are too funny.

Oh man, we could seriously lose some summer hours reading and napping here...

All of these sculptures are made from porcelain shards.

Men's leather loafers for strolls through Italian cities... #summerdreaming...

Ernest epicerie is now making sandwiches!

We're sprucing up our apartment and just bought this new rug!

If you are looking forward to swimming the Lake this summer, you might want to avoid a couple of places.

Stop it. This is so frickin' cute.

We've been looking for summer sandals like these for so long--and the price is right!

Fantastic Swiss music duo "Boy" has released a new album.

Fairy doors


Scrabble adds some ridic new words to their dictionary.

Bon weekend, friends!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

60th Floralies de Vullierens

It's that time of year to venture out and watch as spring boasts its ever-changing palette, and we've found our favorite way to do so. The Château de Vullierens is a gorgeously lush property just above Morges, which opens its gates every year for nature enthusiasts (or anyone who enjoys a peaceful stroll throughout blooming and manicured gardens for that matter) to come and admire the scenery.

We went last year and fell in love with the property--the luscious landscapes, the panoramic view of the lake and vineyards below, the hundreds of varieties of flowers, and the darling café set under a canopy of trees. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Floralies de Vullierens, and they have chosen to dedicate this year to women. Amongst the gardens are monumental sculptures, one entitled Paradigme which resembles a wooden labyrinth created by Mireille Fulpius, and another called My Twist, a corten steel sculpture that stands five meters tall by Beverly Pepper.  There's also a new addition this year called Muni's Garden which hosts over 2,000 tulips--now that's a sight to see! 

But one of the most exciting parts of this year's 60th anniversary celebration is a chance to discover the gardens under the stars. The Château de Vullierens is organizing two special evenings on June 4th and June 11th that begin with a dinner concocted by Guillaume Trouillot at the Café des Jardins made with local ingredients right from Vullierens. Before the meal, everyone will be asked to solve a puzzle that will reveal your passage into the gardens (we love this!). After you enjoy your meal, the real fun begins--with a flashlight and underneath the light of the stars, you will make your way to five stops throughout the garden; stories will be told, artists will present their pieces, and in the end you may have a few tales to tell too. And to close the evening, you get to head back to the café for dessert and coffee.

If you're interested in discovering the gardens under the stars, make sure to RSVP as space is limited. The price is 65 CHF and includes a three course meal, aperitif, entrance into the garden and the organized activity. Also, for each booking 10 CHF will be donated to the Association Conteurs Sans Frontières! We can't think of a better date night!

Make a reservation: 021 869 88 80 or

If you just want to visit the gardens, they are open for visitors until June 13 and tickets can be purchased on site. There is also a Sunday brunch which you can read more about here.

Visit the website for more information:


We want you to discover these gardens for yourself, so we are giving away two pairs of tickets! To enter to win, leave a comment below telling us what your favorite flower is. Two winners will be randomly chosen and announced tomorrow. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TEDxLausanneWomen - May 28, 2015

Since 2006 when their short-format, quasi-theatrical and highly-engaging talks became available for streaming online, TED has been blowing our minds by bringing attention to the work of experts who although they have “ideas worth sharing” might otherwise labor in silence in the silos of the hyper-specialized modern workplace.

Also widely celebrated is TED’s local franchise model TEDx, which allows communities across the world to plan and host their own events by recruiting leaders, geeks, artists, and academics whose contribution to their area could be inspiring to a local audience. Last year we had the great pleasure of attending TEDx Lausanne at UNIL. Can we just say that there are so many talented and courageous people doing great work here in our city?!

So when a friend of ours on the planning committee of the TEDxLausanne event asked that we share information with you about the upcoming TEDxLausanneWomen on May 28, we gladly obliged. Although the format is slightly different – the event will actually blend live local talks with a streamed feed of the official TEDWomen event taking place that day in California – we think it will be a great opportunity to connect again with a dynamic group of day dreamers around a topic that is near and dear to our hearts: the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers. #fistpump!

Will you join us?! TEDxLausanneWomen will be hosted at the beautiful Casino de Montbenon on May 28 from 18:30-21:30 and will include inspiring talks, a buffet for brain food, and plenty of lively discussion with fellow event goers. It’s important to say that this is not a women only event! So fellas, we hope to see many of you there. Event registration is available online.

In addition to our love for the inspiring and thought-provoking sessions TEDx offers, there’s a small (ok kinda big) part of us totally geeking out about one speaker in particular. Any Orange is The New Black fans out there? If you've watched the number one hit series on Netflix, you'll certainly recognize Jackie Cruz (who plays the feisty Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales) amongst the incredible line-up for TEDxLausanneWomen. 

We've asked her a few questions as she prepares to visit Lausanne:

1. What is your strategy for approaching new cities when you travel? 
When I travel to a new place, I always have an idea of the destinations that I would like to visit, but never a set schedule. I like to talk to the locals to get recommendations for restaurants, bars, and destinations in the area. That way I can experience the city as a local, but I can also do the tourist-y things as well. I feel more connected to the place and the people when I use their recommendations, and I also believe that I get the most of the trip this way as well.

2. Be honest, have you ever heard of Lausanne? What are you excited to do during your short stay here? 
I actually have never heard Lausanne, but I'm so excited to get the opportunity to visit. Being a part of TEDx and hearing other women convey their empowering stories makes this trip even more exciting!

3. What is the one product you would never travel without?
My lipstick! Hehe! It makes me feel like a woman.

4. We say a word, you say the first thing that comes to mind: Switzerland.

5. Where is your favorite place in the world?

My hometown Santiago in the Dominican Republic, because I get to see my family

Thanks Jackie! We look forward to hearing from you and all of the other speakers at TEDxLausanneWomen on May 28!

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18 - 24, 2015

The Lausanne Guide Event Calendar is a little quiet this week, which is all the better knowing that this weekend is the once-yearly Open Cellar Weekend for the Canton of Vaud. For newbies out there, this is a two day event where for a mere 15 chf you can purchase a wine glass that gives you access to over 300 wine cellars across the state! Just take the train to your favorite area (or decide to explore a new location using this handy interactive map) and then cellar hop with ease using the free navettes. Tickets are available at each cellar, so no need to plan ahead.

We'll be hitting up the wine villages in Lavaux - hope to see some of you there!

Open Saturday and Sunday (May 23-24) from 10:00-18:00.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Bon Weekend

Have you already started your weekend? We left yesterday for Paris and are staying in our favorite neighborhood Le Marais. Whatever it is you're doing (especially if you're at work today!), we hope you have a wonderful weekend and feel refreshed and rejuvenated! Here are some interesting links from around the web:

Why you need to add coffee to your daily routine.

Speaking of coffee, the most beautiful (and expensive) French press.


This installation is pretty cool.

A cute way to stay organized.

For anyone looking to "spice up" their look--why not try dying your armpit hair? Yes, it's a "thing".

Wes Anderson helped design a bar/cafe in Milan--and it's exactly as you would expect it to be.

In case you ever wondered what the bathrooms look like at the International Space Station.

RIP American Idol.

This beautiful custom made map of Lausanne (or any city for that matter) would be a perfect bienvenue or au revoir gift.

We've heard this stuff is the best foundation...have you tried it?

A huge water slide is being built in Geneva!

We can think of a few people who would totally wear this.

This Korean illustrators portrayal of love is so beautiful.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Breakfast At Home

Don't get us wrong, we love breakfast & brunch out in town. There's something about meeting friends in the city on a Saturday morning and sharing your first coffee of the day with a stack of pancakes and your favorite cheerful waiter (hi Max!). But on bank holidays (and Sundays) your options are limited here in Lausanne--because let's be realistic, sometimes we can't wait until 11am to eat breakfast (no one likes being hangry). This is why one of our favorite little traditions has been to ease into our morning and make a real breakfast at home; fry up some eggs (& bacon because why not?), sprinkle with sea salt, ground pepper, and roquette, toast some bread, and enjoy with our new favorite strawberry and ginger confiture (thanks Liberty Shop!).

It's the little things that make a great start to the day--and this breakfast right here is simple perfection. Paired with a double cappuccino and sunlight pouring into your windows, there's just not much that can beat it!

Hope all of you have a wonderful Ascension holiday, whether you're traveling or kickin' it right here in Lausanne.

What about you? Do you have any favorite breakfast recipes or traditions? We'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blackbird Social Club

When Rich & Max told us their plans about sowing the Blackbird seeds in a different part of town, we couldn't help but feel giddy. We were already devout customers of Blackbird Coffee & Breakfast Club (how many times a week is too often? We genuinely want to know), and the thought of them expanding in any capacity made us revel in the thought that Lausanne was going up [another] notch in our books. But then as more details were revealed, we realized that this new establishment wasn't just going to be a nice pub with exceptional craft beer, mouth-watering gourmet toasties, and an amiably social atmosphere, it was going to be the start of something much bigger: reclaiming a part of our city that had been forgotten and making it the heart again.

The Nimbin Toastie (Chicken, camembert, avocado & pepper)--are you salivating?

When we first moved to Lausanne almost six years ago, our relocation agent drove us through Riponne and told us to avoid this area at all costs. There's nothing for you here unless you go to the outdoor markets on select days, she said. It's dangerous and it's dirty, she added, quickly shifting into gear to make a getaway. We remember our perception of Riponne having a permanent stain after that encounter--which felt odd as it really seemed to be the heart of our city.

But then La Grenette opened its "doors" last year, and what was once a grungy and forgotten square started to feel more lively and accessible; families with young children sought out Riponne, friends and students made a point to meet there. And Rich & Max and the whole Blackbird team recognized the need to continue to reclaim and revive this part of our city and decided to open up Blackbird Social Club right on Riponne Square.

Adorning their windows is a message that says it all: I [heart] La Riponne. It's not just "re-branding" it's repurposing; it's changing the perception of a once-forgotten area and giving it new life...a chance to remove the stain. And we love it.

The Chicken Masala Dosa; the goodness of an Indian curry, wrapped up in a neat burrito

The aim of Blackbird Social Club is reflected in their name: to be a place where friends [old and new] can congregate, drink some of Lausanne's finest beer, and eat unpretentiously delicious food right in the heart of our city. The round shaped interior contributes to the social atmosphere, and the exterior family style picnic benches encourages interaction with strangers--which we love!

Their menu consists of simple and savory bar food--even though Rich will claim he isn't into "gourmet" his toasties and dosas certainly give a different impression. They've also collaborated with our dear friends over at Docteur Gab's to bring us the Blackbird Bomber Blanche, Blonde, & Stout--we are huge fans of the blonde beer, which was made exclusively for Blackbird Social Club (warning: it's really easy to drink).

One of the best parts, however, is their lunchtime special: Monday through Friday from 11am-2pm you can get yourself a toastie, a salad, a beer, and a coffee all for 17.50. Seriously

So go give the Blackbird guys & gals a visit at Riponne. Grab yourself a beer, settle in with a toastie, say hi to a stranger, and realize that you're not just becoming a part of a social club--but a movement. And the one requirement for entry? You've got to heart La Riponne too.

Blackbird Social Club
10 Place de la Riponne, Lausanne, 1005

Monday – 11:30 – 24:00 
Tuesday – 11:30-24.00
Wednesday – 8.30-24.00
Thursday – 11:30-01.00
Friday – 11:30-02.00
Saturday – 8:30-02.00
Sunday – 16.00-24.00

Sunday, May 10, 2015

May 11-17, 2015

What a gorgeous weekend we had! We hope everyone was able to get outside and enjoy the incredible weather--and the sun continues to shine, taking the edge off of our Monday morning. Here are a few events taking place in Lausanne this week (let us know if we're missing anything noteworthy!):

1. Want to see a chocolate reproduction of Geneva's iconic Jet D'Eau?  Famous chocolatier Favarger is opening their workshop doors in Geneva during the Geneva Gourmet Festival 
2. Take a stroll through the iris gardens in Vuillierens. We thoroughly enjoyed our time last year and look forward to returning again! 
3. If you want to spice things up, Ouchy Latino promises to deliver with free concerts along the boardwalk. 
4. A sure sign that summer is coming: Luna Park will open this Wednesday (which means more traffic for you Ouchy commuters).

If you are hosting any other great events taking place in town, please head over to the event calendar and submit the information. We'll review and publish in the shortest possible delay. Have a wonderful week friends!
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