Friday, February 27, 2015

Bon Weekend!

Bon weekend friends! How are you spending this snowy and rainy weekend? We plan to take things slow, make some comfort food, and check out a few new (to us) spots in the city. We know this week has been a bit slow on our site, but we can't wait to share some exciting news with you next week! Have a wonderful weekend, and stay warm!

The perfect pancake recipe.

We want this on our wrists for spring.

Or a cheaper alternative...


Is it white and gold or black and blue? The dress that broke the internet (and we say white and gold).

How adorable are these doo-doos?

Did you hear about the new garderie opening up in the Flon?

This is cute and would make a great hostess gift.

We were big fans of this show, and sad to see it end. What did you think of the finale?

Speaking of TV series, we are gearing up to watch the season 3 premiere of this one tonight!

Check out the size of this catch! Incredible (and scary!).

These posts never cease to make us laugh.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

LG Happy Hour Recap

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to our Lausanne Guide Happy Hour last Thursday night. We had an amazing time meeting some of the loveliest people, sipping on wine and cocktails and enjoying the delicious small plates from Eat Me. We hope you had fun too! It’s a funny thing, this digital world that we live in, and we were so happy to finally have the chance to put faces with the names of friends we’ve made online. 

Thank you also to Eat Me for hosting this fabulous gathering in their gorgeous bar space. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it is such a highlight in the Lausanne drinking and dining universe. In case you didn’t make it last week, you can still hit up Eat Me anytime for their new apéro specials – from 5-7pm Tuesday-Friday, you can enjoy beer or house wine for 6 chf and a featured cocktail for 12 chf, accompanied by a plate of their delicious nibbles. It’s a perfect stop on your way home from the office.

Should we do it again? We’d love to! We want 2015 to be the year that we transition this virtual Lausanne Guide community to a real-world one because there are some awesome people reading this site and we think you should all meet each other ;).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Where to shop in Lausanne: Aēsop

Reminiscent of an old apothecary, the relatively new Aēsop counter in Globus has shelves of brown glass bottles that are guaranteed to provide satisfaction to even the most particular of customers.  Started by native Australian hair stylist Dennis Phaphitis in 1987, this brand has excelled even in the most economically challenging times because of its originality as well as its intentional quality and integrity. All Aēsop products are a perfect marriage of nature and science, putting efficacy at the forefront--ensuring that each customer's need will be met regardless of who you are, where you come from, or where you're going.

We were already big fans of Aēsop; you'll find the Resurrection hand wash in our bathroom, and Rejuvenate body balm and Ginger Flight Therapy in our purse, and we've had our eye on this adorable travel size kit for our next adventure away. But we were excited to learn more about their other products, particularly their skin line.

We were so impressed by the employees at the Aēsop counter--their ability to ask the right questions, then explain so thoroughly the products; each ingredient, each function, each effect. The counter itself is interactive--you can try all of the products, smell them, feel them, really get your hands dirty clean. We settled on the Amazing Face cleaner, the B & Tea Toner (which honestly, we've never tried a more gentle toner!), and the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum (which was so hydrating and so light at the same time). Besides the intoxicatingly gorgeous aromas all of these products boast, it is wonderful being able to use something on your skin that use plant-based ingredients and essential oils  that have been proven effective over generations. We are firm believers in this brand, and are aware that the price tag can be a bit daunting, but with this quality we're going to go ahead and say, we're worth it, and SO ARE YOU! ;-)

We have some fun ideas and look forward to future collaborations with Aēsop, where we hope you can encounter their products and learn more about which ones best suit you.

You can find the friendly and oh-so-knowledgable Aēsop team in Globus, between the Bobbi Brown counter and the La Duree kiosk. They also have boutiques in Zurich, Basel, Geneva, and Bern.

Aēsop Lausanne (in Globus)
Monday-Friday 9:00am-7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of meeting some of the creative minds behind the skin, hair, and body line Aēsop, and learned a little bit more about them as a brand, as well as what they can offer us here in Lausanne. This is a line of products that we already love and use in our home, and though the skin products were a gift, all of these thoughts are our own.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bon Weekend!

Happy Friday friends! What a wonderful evening we had last night, meeting some of you at our first LG Happy Hour. We left with feet sore, voices hoarse, and smiles on our faces--all signs of a successful social evening! We look forward to sharing a few highlights of the evening with you all next week. In the meantime, check out what we found interesting on the web this week, and have a wonderful weekend!

Google is trying to change the way that we do healthcare.

Valentines is over, so now the truth about diamond engagement rings.

Nespresso to open two tearooms (in Vienna and London) in 2015.

Dreaming of warmer days, and thinking we might need this hat.

An Italian woman, just across the Swiss border, is the oldest person in Europe at 115 years. (She lives in Verbania - read our review and travel suggestions for this area).

Shoot. We missed our chance to die on Mars. (Is it weird that our first thought was hope they'll make a reality TV show...?)

Making this pizza this weekend.

A beautiful story of looking for home in a foreign city.

Some pretty looks from New York Fashion Week.

Two kisses? Three? Five? A kiss-map of France that tells you how many depending on the region.

Major apartment envy up in here.

Digging up the dirt: how often does the rest of the world shower?

Love these prints for a nursery.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The LG Hot Toddy

Ah, the flu and cold season is upon us! And we don't know about you, but we have been hit hard by illness this winter. So, we have just the remedy to keep the bug at bay...and it involves bourbon and a zing of fresh ginger, so what's not to love? We present to you, The Hot Toddy.

Here's what you'll need:

And here's what you'll do:
  • Grate a bit of ginger into your mug, then add the chunk (which will infuse with the hot water)
  • Bring water to a boil, steep your choice of tea for 3-5 minutes then remove bag (we like to use Yogi Tea's Ginger and Black Pepper)
  • Squeeze in half a lemon (you use the lemon peel later as garnish if you want to get fancy)
  • Add honey (to your taste)
  • Then add the bourbon
  • Stir it all together, grab a blanket & a book and enjoy!

Do you have any tricks or remedies during the cold weather season? We'd love you to share them with us!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's Oscar Time! Where to see the nominees in Lausanne

The Oscars are this weekend! And in case all the hype around 50 Shades of Grey made you want to avoid the movie theatre completely in the month of February (we know we’re not the only ones…), we are happy to report that there are several of this year’s award nominees playing in Lausanne. 

Click on the photo or the title to see the schedule of showings in Lausanne this week.

There’s still time to get your fill of quality cinema before the winners are announced…we’re hoping to see at least two of the Best Picture nominees. If you have any recommendations, please let us know so we can prioritize! 

*Nominated for Best Picture*

*Nominated for Best Picture*

*Nominated for Best Picture*

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Student Guide to Lausanne

Welcome back students! In honor of the start of the new semester, we asked our friend Kristen Gehrman, a master's student at UNIL, to put together a list of her favorite bars and restaurants that won't break the bank.


We got it. Lausanne is full of swanky bars, cozy cafés, and charming restos, and oh how we would love to patron them all! But what about for students? Those 20 chf cocktails are pretty much out of the question. It seems that a good, affordable night on the town is just a matter of knowing where to go. Here are a few places with just enough space, just enough noise, and just the right crowd to appeal to our young, poor, and restless selves. Whether you are currently in school or wishing that you still were, check out these favorite student hotspots:

La Brasserie Artisanale du Château

La Brasserie’s menu is straightforward: really good pizza and really good beer. All of their artisanale beers are made in-house and they don’t skimp on the pizza toppings. Even if you think you don’t like flavored ales, just try their Ginger beer! Or go for the Brune, a homemade twist on an Irish stout. If you just want a little snack to go with your chope, their garlic bread stacked with fresh herbes (only 6 chf!) is just right. Downstairs is for the old people, the real party is upstairs.

Place du Tunnel 1
1005 Lausanne

KingSize Pub

As the name suggests, King Size is a much bigger bar than you usually find in Lausanne and a great place to go with a group. Despite its square meters, it still has that English pub coziness with dark wood tables, warm light and servers in kilts. They have international beers on tap like Erdinger, Grimbergen, Newcastle and Murphys and accept group reservations. Go on a night when there is live music—usually somekind of Celtic-rock fusion, though occasionnally jazz, folk or even American bluegrass!

Rue du Port-Franc 16
1003 Lausanne

The Great Escape

Even though we have already lauded the greatness of The Great, we can’t write a student guide without mentioning it. Their terrace overlooking the Place de la Riponne is hands-down the place to be on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. If you arrive before the evening crowd, you can relax with a super-good burger and fries inside before the house fills up. Otherwise, you will have to take your beer in a plastic cup and join the happy ranks huddled outside. Cold weather or warm weather, it’s where it’s at.

Rue Madeleine 18
1003 Lausanne

 Zeligat UNIL

Run by a non-profit student organization at the University of Lausanne (aka a friendly crew of inexperienced beer-pourers), Zelig is the place where students meet after school over a cheap beer--we’re talking 3 to 6 chf max!. On most  days, the bar is a mismatch of couches and baby-foot tables with a good playlist and board games, the kind of place you deserve after a long day in “La Banane.” But be sure to check the special programme online for Zelig’s best parties. They are known for bringing in great bands and DJs and of course, M1-clogging crowds. Though Zelig is clearly a student hangout with an alternative vibe, it is also open to the public.

Rue de la Mouline
1022 Chavannes-près-Renens
M1 stop: UNIL Mouline

Satelliteat EPFL

Satellite is the Zelig of the EPFL, or some would say that Zelig is the Satellite of the UNIL. It’s a delicate subject. Whichever way you look at it, Sat is the other cool, laid-back campus bar with cheap beer, deep couches and good music. They host open jam sessions the first Monday evening of the month and occasionnally empty out all of the tables and chairs and transform the house into a theatre. Like Zelig, it closes quite early, but it is a great place to gather the group before heading into the city.

Avenue Picard
1015 Lausanne
M1 stop: EPFL

Jagger’s (No website)

Let’s face it—Lausanne is not exactly the club capital of the world. But if you really want to dance the night away and can’t take any more techno music, head over to Jagger’s. They play all of that Michael Jackson pop and retro rock n’roll that you (admit it or not) really want to dance to. There is usually a small cover charge on weekends, but we’ve never regretted going in.

Rue Etraz 1
1003 Lausanne

Ciné Club Pully

And then there are some nights when you just want to go see a movie. How about a really good movie that you can’t see anywhere else? Ciné Club Pully shows art films and documentaries from all over the world and often hosts live music events and film premieres. In addition to a homey little bar, the big red velvet arm chairs give the place a luxurious, old-world feel. Did we mention that student tickets are only 10 chf?

Avenue de Lavaux 36
1009 Pully

Thanks Kristen for the great addresses! What about you? Anything you would add to this list?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Bon Weekend!

How are you spending this Valentine's weekend? We are headed to Leukerbad with some friends and their kids, and plan to soak all this sickness away in the baths (all of us have been hit pretty hard with this bug). We hope you have an incredible weekend, and here are some interesting links from around the web...enjoy!

While in Verbier last week, we bought ourselves a pair of these and now they're not coming off.

Stunning photos of Grammy winners backstage.

Speaking of the Grammys, Kanye did what?!

This goes on our face every morning, and we love it.

Barack Obama covers Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. ;)

Switched at birth only to realize 20 years later.

Classical ballet meets pop music. And the result is stunning.

A cute idea this week for you crafty types out there.

We are sad to see him go, but glad to have had 16 years with him.

We think Violet needs to have one of these.

French Kiss: A Love Letter to Paris.

This anthropologie Valentine's brunch is everything...who knew you could brûlée grapefruit?!

We plan to watch this this weekend...have you seen it yet?

Accessing your inner-child: can someone do this in Lausanne?

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