Monday, December 5, 2016

December 5 - 11

Photo by Gabriel

Let the holiday festivities continue! Here are a few fun events happening in and around Lausanne to add to your social calendar this week...have a good one!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Bon Weekend

Photo by Joanna Kosinska

Wow! We had such a blast last night at our Christmas cocktail & dinner party! It was so fun to meet so many new faces, eat incredible food, drink some festive cocktails, and dance the night away (we are paying for it today, though...). What are you up to this weekend? We want to continue in the Christmas spirit and spend some time downtown perusing the chalets. Also don't forget Chouquette's pop-up Christmas boutique starts tonight and lasts the whole weekend (a great chance to start some Christmas shopping!). Here are some links we found interesting from around the web:

What a career! This woman delivered 4000 babies, many of them in Lausanne, before deciding to retire at the end of the year.

The playground in Sauvabelin is finally open for business!

This puzzle would drive us crazy.

Phrases from around the world illustrated--these are fun!

Café Saint Pierre is kicking off the advent season with their own take on the advent calendar--one lucky person will get a free lunch every day from the 1st to the 24th of December!

Now this makes storing a bike so much easier.

What a gorgeous bowl.

Yes, blooming marshmallows are a thing.

Haha, Spotify...this is pretty funny.

Gotta give credit to German design--these lamps are stunning!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shepherd's pie with sweet potato

Something about this time of year has us craving sweet potatoes in all their creamy glory. Perhaps it's a Thanksgiving meal reflex or perhaps it's the colder weather sending us in search of hearty meals, but whatever the case may be, this sweet potato shepherd's pie is a winner. Of course, if sweet potatoes aren't your thing, you can swap them out with the classic variety for a equally satisfying traditional version.

Pair the dish with a salad of dark greens and you've got yourself a perfect winter dinner!

Below is a list of everything you'll need. For the last few months, we've been ordering our groceries from coop@home, and we haven't looked back once. If you're a coop@home customer or want to give it a try, add everything you need for this recipe to your shopping cart at once.

Here's what you'll need (Serves 2):
  • 2-3 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 carrots, cubed
  • 2-3 table spoon of ginger
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 3 tbsp parsley, fresh
  • 1/2 cup of milk (you can replace it with soy milk, if that's how you roll)
  • 400 grams of organic ground beef
  • 1 cup peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup prunes

Here's what you'll do:
  • Boil cubed sweet potatoes in salted water for about 15 minutes
  • Drain the cooked sweet potato, add milk, season with nutmeg and mash 
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  • Peel and finely dice the onions, 1 clove of garlic and ginger
  • Heat half the oil in a pan and fry meat for 5 minutes, remove from the pan and set aside
  • Heat oil in the pan and sauté onion for 3 minutes, add garlic and ginger and let it cook for another minute
  • Add the cubed carrot and cook for 4 minutes
  • Add cooked meat to the pan, season with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder
  • Add tomatoes, chicken broth and prunes and smash tomatoes with spatula and let simmer for about 5 minutes
  • Place meat sauce in the baking dish, top with sweet potato mash and bake for about 15 minutes
  • Wash, shake dry and chop parsley
  • Sprinkle pie with parsley and serve warm
  • Dig in!
Optional: Add a little cinnamon to the meat sauce to give it a special kick

This recipe freezes well too, so consider doubling or tripling the recipe and stocking it away!

Monday, November 28, 2016

November 28 - December 4

Photo by Adam Jaime

We hate to toot our own horn, but THE event this week is our Christmas Cocktail Party! If you haven't snagged your tickets yet, there is still space available, so get in contact with us ASAP and we'll make sure you'll kick off this season right!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Bon Weekend

 From a winter hike in Chalet-à-Gobet, Gabriel Garcia Marengo

Good job, everyone! You made it to the weekend. What are you planning to do with your glorious personal days? We're working on the final details for our Christmas cocktail and dinner party next week, which means we'll be foraging for branches and pine cones and anything that we can use to turn Le Lacustre into a Christmas wonderland! If you aren't already planning to join us, there are still tickets available, so shoot us an email:

Everything at La Redoute is -40% until Monday night! We're thinking about finally joining the overall trend and picking up this sweet little winter coat.

So, basically, the dinosaurs didn't stand a chance.

We're giving this pie a try tonight for Thanksgiving dinner (yes, we're a day late...).

Make the most of November in Switzerland.

Kusmi Tea is opening a shop in Lausanne next week - just in time for Christmas Tea!

Would you ever buy your groceries without packaging? A new grocery store in Lausanne is proposing just that...

An unlikely place for a political debate.

...and on that note, we're thankful for her too.

Could you ever live on a boat?

A poem we often turn to when peace is needed.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Everything You Need to Know to Celebrate Christmas in Lausanne: 2016 Edition

Christmas hits Lausanne at the perfect moment. November can be a heavy month; the days are short and the clouds hang low in the sky. Snow may already be gracing the mountainsides, but in the city, November means we’re just wet.

And then all of the sudden the streets are filled with twinkle lights and the scent of roasting chestnuts tickles the nose. The city transforms into the living, breathing cliché of everything the storybooks tell us Christmas ought to be. The best part is that as much as the tourism office would like Lausanne to become a destination, the vibrancy of our town is still really for the people who call it home.

We hope that this list of activities will help you make the most of the season. Merry Christmas, friends!

NOTE: We will update this list as new events are announced. If your business is hosting a Christmas celebration that you want to share with our readers, send us an email to

City-wide Christmas Markets

Nov 24 – December 24: Bô Noël. The Lausanne Christmas market scene has exploded in recent years. On Thursday, November 24 the month-long festivities kick off with activities stretching from Flon to Riponne to St. Francois.

Dec 2 – Dec 11: The Morges Christmas Market. Our neighbors in Morges like Christmas markets too!

Nov 24 – Dec 24: The Montreux Christmas Market. We call this Christmas on crack. It’s intense but a regular fixture on the local Christmas calendar. Consider taking the train because looking for a parking spot will zap your Christmas cheer real fast.

Nov 26 – Dec 31: The Vevey Christmas village.

Christmas boutiques and shopping events

Nov 26: Toy Market at the Casino de Montbenon. Used toys for sale and plenty of activities for kids all day.

Nov 26: Shopping and Christmas refreshments at 1906 Angeloz.

Dec 2 – Dec 4: Our friends over at the blog La Chouquette à Lausanne are hosting a Christmas market with local products at Bref Café.

Dec 4: Christmas market at L’Imprimerie

Dec 8: Christmas Night Market in Carouge (Geneva)

Dec 10: Christmas Market at A la Bossette

Dec 17: The Little Green Christmas Market

Dec 17: The Places We Love Christmas Market

Special Events

Nov 24: Silent Disco. Dress as Santa and get free refreshments!

Nov 26: Portes Ouvertes at Dr. Gab’s brewery.

Nov 26: Oysters and wine in Aran-Villette.

Dec 1: The Lausanne Guide and Street Kitchen Christmas Cocktail. The only Christmas party you really need this year ;)

Dec 10: Portes Ouvertes de la Cité.

Dec 10: Christmas Midnight Run. Holiday costumes strongly encouraged!

Dec 21 & 23: Nocturnes. Shops will stay open until 22:00 but even if you've got your presents covered, the city is bustling with activity. We always make a point to stroll around downtown and enjoy the ambiance!

Dec 31: New Year's Eve at Eat Me. Ring in the New Year in roaring 20’s style.


Dec 11: English Christmas Carols at St. François church.

Dec 21: Lausanne Children's Choir Christmas concert at St. François church.

Dec 22 & 23: Christmas concert by candlelight at St. François church.

Useful Info

Christmas Trees: Looking to buy a Christmas tree? We buy ours at the market in Chailly each year, but for more options, we defer to Christmas tree guru Lausanne Mom whose collected all the info you need.

Santa Claus: Want to see the man himself? Lausanne Mom has again done a great job of telling you where you can visit Santa this year.

Ice Skating Rinks: You can risk a broken neck in several locations across Lausanne ;) – The Flon, The Beau Rivage Hotel and the Royal Savoy Hotel.

Monday, November 21, 2016

November 21 - 27

If you were out and about town this weekend, you would have noticed that the first signs of the season are upon us! The lights are going up, the chalets have been installed and the Palace Hotel is wearing her giant bow. Christmas is almost here!

On December 1, we are teaming up with Street Kitchen to kick off the month with a Christmas dinner and cocktail party. We'd love to see you there! Send us an email to reserve your spot:

Thursday night marks the official start of the Bô Noël celebration in Lausanne. Expect the streets to be filled with twinkle lights and a jolly good time until Christmas!

And while you're out admiring the Christmas decorations on Thursday night, duck into Dubner Moderne for an exhibit opening featuring small works perfect for holiday gifts.

Are you a fan of Chasselas? The Artisans Vignerons d'Yvorne will host an open cellar day this Saturday!

Vintage furniture lovers will want to stop by the boutique inauguration on Thursday.

Lausanne's Slam Poetry Festival sounds amazing!

The Beau Rivage ice skating rink will open for the season this Saturday.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Bon Weekend

What are you doing this weekend? We are continuing our planning for our Christmas party on December 1st--we've still got spots for you to join us, so send us a note if you want to kick off the holiday season with a bang! As usual, here are some interesting links we found around the web this week:

For the literature & wine lovers out there.

See Barack and Michelle Obama's love story in a series of pictures (all the feels).

Shoes you can feel a bit less guilty about buying.

Any other Gilmore Girls fans out there getting ready for the Thanksgiving special?!

What gorgeous wrapping paper.

How would you open this cupboard?

Tiny houses for tiny birds.

Because this is what Thanksgiving is about.

Can you find Waldo in this 360 degree illustration?

This Instagram account is everything. HA!

Are you a fan of soft pots for plants?

We love grandmas...

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