Thursday, 22 October 2009

What I bought in Geneva!

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The recent trip to visit Lillian and her family was a bitter sweet event for me. So much happened, but the one that affected me most was finding out that my mum broke her pelvic bone from a fall last week. Although its a low risk operation to get it replace and she just got it done two days ago, her being diabetic with weak heart / lung etc makes it extremely difficult and sensative. Anyway, I will be flying back to Malaysia coming Monday to be with her for the next three weeks. Thanks Lou Kung for the tickets, again :-) And for those of you whom I have promised to meet up during Chinese New Year ... well, I am doing that too! Only thing is, poor hubby is not coming with me due to work, and working hard he did ... to sent his wife off to her family twice in less than 3 months.

I did quite a bit of shopping before receiving the news. Now that mum is recovering ... I am finally in peace to post this up. Here´s what I did on the third day of the trip. I went hunting for an autumn/winter jacket in Geneva alone and look what I found :-)

Tried this one on .... loveee the colour but the cut felt retrain. It was way above my budget too. I think it was around SF 280 SF / MYR 940.

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I´ve always been a fan of Trenchcoat. Better still when the material is waterproof and one can easily dust off whatever dust that falls on it. The price was good at SF99 / MYR333 but hummmm ... don´t I look fat in it???!!!
NEXT ....

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This one is off 70% wool material and felt sooo good against my skin. The colour, although light grey and would usually pile on the pounds to my already heavy frame, the cut was simply amazing! It was going for SF159 / MYR535.

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And so, it was not difficult to guess which one came home with me. Apart from the jacket, I picked up two Swiss Made watches from Manor. They were gorrrrgeoussss! Well, I am not going to reveal the price here because one of them happen to be hubby´s early Christmas present and he reads my blog .. so ...

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Hubby chose the one with silver lining while I kept the other one.

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My other shopping list includes ... French Pastry Silicone Mold! I can now bake stuffs like Caneles, Madeleines, Tartlettes, Petit Fours and French Tarts with this easy to remove Silicone Mold. I hope. One of my other reason visiting Geneva was also to go check out some english cookbooks too. As the result, a copy of Swiss Cookbook in English Language came home with me. Not cheap though. It was around SF45 / MYR 151. Heartache.

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I love picking up food item when travelling hence these came home with me too. Dark Swiss Chocolates with Orange, Earl Grey and Thyme flavour. Also bought back Goose Fat, Foie Gras, White and Dark Chocolate Fondue, Madeira Sauce, Artichoke/Olive/Fig spread, Chestnut spread, and .. and .. the yummiest bottle of Balsamic Vinegar (the one with 3 stars) from Globus Gourmet floor! Though the same brand came with 3 varieties, the one with 3 star is the yummiest and most expensive as it was syrupy like, and taste sweet! Good stuff! I think a bottle was going for SF25 / MYR 84

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I have also added 3 french cookbooks to my collection, with one being Molecule type which came with some gadgets, a silicone mold and recipe book, of course. When not looking, Andrew sneaked in another cookbook into my collection too. Thanks! But eerrrr ... someone´s gotta help me translate those recipes!

I carted home french butter all the way from France to Germany with my 8 hours train ride, and thank god, its Autumn weather hence it was all in good shape. I also smuggled in Alpage and Doux Gruyere and lovely, loveeeelyyy Comte.

And Cailler Chocolates! All I can say it, it is so much more better than Lindt! And the best part is getting the Gruyere and Cailler straigh tfrom the source in Gruyere :-)

My only hope is, I hope there are leftovers for me to enjoy when I return from Malaysia in a month´s time.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

One Week in Geneva

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Passport (Checked)
Camera (Checked)
Luggage (Checked)
Souvenir (Checked)
Ipod to kill 8 hours ride in Cisalpino Fast Train (Checked!)


Though I will be leaving only tomorrow morning, I guess I will not be blogging till I get back on 20th October as there are still tonnes of things that I need to do. There´s a lot that I want to do this time round in Geneva too, like visiting the vineyard around this area, United Nations Building in Geneva, or Red Cross to donate blood perhaps???, and shopping (of course!) so ... so, gotta surf, surf and surf to get those info in place.

So, here´s wishing you all a nice week ahead and see you back here next week!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Our Three New Coffeetable Books and ...

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Online shopping can be sooo dangerous! A few clicks here and there and Voila!!!
50 Euro damage for the following ...

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There´s one more book I am desiring .... :-) But I really should go check out the content first when I am in Geneva next week. Just heard sooo much about it but not sure if it is an easy book to follow. What do you think?

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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Welcoming Autumn with Federwasser (Young Wine) and Zweibelkuchen (Onion Cake)

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For three (3 weeks) only in a year, we get to enjoy these super yummy and delicious
white or red Federwasser wine, imported all the way from Italy, bottled
in Germany to usher Autumn before they turn into REAL wine.

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These, my friend ... contains no more than 10% alcohol. It hits you faster than a bullet train, but thankfully also leaves fast so ... its kinda addictive and fun to drink. Niceeeee :-) And what I really love about this Federwasser is, one can´t taste the alcohol so much. It is akin to drinking very, VERY fresh, grape juice but cabornated. I simply loveee the freshness, sweetish and gassy combo that got me scrambling to the store ASAP. If you happen to spot them, I would urge you to try!


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And soooo .. we finished the white bottle and there´s another red left in the fridge ... probably for tonight. I am definately going to stock up more before the season´s over and who knows, if I keep them long enough, it might turn into wine???!!!

Have them with a traditional Zweibelkuchen, or Onion Cake. Its delicious.