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Surprise! Day Four

Unfortunately all good things end soon and this was the last day of our trip.

As a Foodie I could not resist going into a Supermarket, which was next door to the hotel.

I had visited it the very first day of our visit and spotted a few things I wanted to bring along.

So on Tuesday, early in the morning we went again to the supermarket and bought a lot of things which were new to me such as: red potatoes, chorizo, framboize preserves, lots of Swiss chocolates, Gruyere cheese, fruit syrup, wines, harissa pepper, a French salad dressing with herbs, cakes and biscuits and a couple of other things which were not to eat. My only regret was that on the first day there was lot of fresh coriander and that morning I found only the last package which was only 11 gr.

After our shopping we took the bus to Geneva.

We had planned to visit the Historical Museum but asking for instructions we were sent to the Museum of Natural History, on the same street but before the other museum we wanted to visit.

It would be a paradise for children but we had a quick look at the exhibitions and we did not have time to visit the other museum as we still had a lot of shopping to do. We went to a place we saw in the map called Rue de la Market, so I secretly wished that we could find a lovely flea market but instead of that we were in the most “or I think the most” expensive fashion street of Geneva with all the expensive Designer shops such as GUCCI, VALENTINO, ARMANI, etc.

We finally ended in a shop which was quite “cheap” and bought some presents to bring along.

I had fun trying lots of hats on!!

After shopping we went for lunch and after that we had an appointment to meet “SOMEONE” at 14:00 hours, so we went to a place, nearby to where we thought we would meet our friend.

We had plenty of time and we had a lovely lunch again and some lovely wine.

At 13:45 we leisurely walked to our rendez-vous point of meeting, which was near a Shoe shop, next to McDonald’s. We were there at 13:55 and I saw a lady standing there and waiting and I looked at her waiting for a reaction but unfortunately there was no reaction. I looked for the shoe shop and I could not see any such shop there so I asked a man if there wan another McDonald’s nearby. He said that there was one on the other side of the river and he gave us directions. It was already 14:00 hours and we had a lot of walking to do to reach to the other side, plus we had to look for our rendez-vous point. We were running like mad, stopping and asking for directions again. A man was going towards that direction so he said “just follow me” and said “that is not a very good choice of restaurant to eat in” and I had to explain that we were just meeting a friend there and he went on asking me a lot of questions trying to find out more about me… while I was worrying that my friend might have left by now.


And there she was… I recognized her immediately. Tall, with very long hair and beautiful.

We hugged and kissed and she was so kind to be so patient and wait for us, as we were already 15 minutes late.

She said that she would wait until 14:30, not to mention that it was also raining.

I am sure that you all recognize Rosa, of Rosa’s Yum, Yums. There she is holding a bag full of gifts for me. Homemade blondies, homemade pumpkin jam and a Swiss chocolate.

We found a cafe nearby and talked for a couple of hours. What could two Foodies be talking about? I think you know the answer.

I wanted to find out about some local things to eat and Rosa asked us if we wanted to visit a supermarket where she could show us a few things.

We visited this store and one floor was all with chocolates. If we were alone we wouldn’t know what to chose. No way that I would chose Cinnamon and Coriander chocolate that Rosa suggested, but it was fantastic, one of the best I ever tried. We chose a few other different kinds of chocolates and then went to the food store, below. Rosa showed us different kinds of Swiss sausages and I bought a Saucisson Vaudois and a local kind of pasta called spätzlis.

I shall leave you with the recipe I made with the sausage and pasta, directions given by Rosa:

For the Saucisson Vaudois, you have to put it in a pan, cover it with cold water and bring it to the boil, then turn the temperature down and let it simmer (lowest temperature) for about 30-40 minutes. Drain the water and then cut the sausage in slices…

(What I did is that I added some frozen vegetables together with the saucisson. What I forgot to ask Rosa was if I had to remove the skin of the sausage, which I did).

For the spätzlis, you either put them in a frying pan with butter and let them cook until heated through or boil some water, add them to the boiling water and cook for no longer than 2-3 minutes, then drain the water and add a little butter.

(and I boiled the pasta for 2 minutes in the water I had cooked the saucisson in, then I drained them and put them in the frying pan with butter).

In the evening we made some omelet with onion, mushrooms and bell peppers and harissa pepper and put some saucisson in and both recipes were delicious.


Pity we did not have more time to get to know each other better, or even cook together, but who knows, maybe Rosa will come to Athens and visit us.

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38 Responses

  1. Love the photos of you trying on hats and with Rosa. I am so glad that you had wonderful holiday with many terasured memories.

  2. Cinnamon and Coriander chocolate..I read it twice, rubbed my eyes and read it again. This is a new combination and in Chocolate how would it have tasted ummm….since you say it was the best, I will take it that way 🙂 Two foodies in Supermarket :)..what a nice place to be in isn’t it?

  3. I really had a lot of pleasure on Tuesday afternoon! Thanks ever so much for everything and for the kind words!

    A great post! I enjoyed reading it…


    Rosa xoxo

  4. Oh Wow, you are on a holiday.. in one of the best places.. So happy to see that you met Rosa n u gals had some gud fun…


  5. Sounds like a fitting end to your holiday sis. So happy that you were able to meet Rosa…that would have been a highlight:D

  6. how fun and exciting for you guys to have finally met… 🙂

  7. Ivy it looks like you had a fabulous time and ofcourse it is always wonderful tp meet a fellow fooddie

  8. I can see you had a most enjoyable holiday. And yes, there is nothing quite like meeting a fellow food blogger. I’m happy for you.
    I remember flying over the Alps when our daughter was little and she was so excited she told quite a few people about the “Alipps”!

  9. Oooh, when you said Geneva, I was wondering if you’d get to meet Rosa 🙂 That’s so exciting!

  10. Ivy, thank you so much for buying the ecookbook. You are the sweetest person ever. I am so jealous of your wonderful trip. How lovely to meet with Rosa and share some wonderful moments together. I’m so happy for you. Maybe someday we can all get together somewhere, somehow. A foodie convention or something. You are a sweetheart. Big hugs to you my friend.

  11. Ivy

    Thanks everybody for your lovely comments.

    Cake, I don’t wear hats exceptwhen it’s very cold but maybe I should start wearing.

    Lakshmi, if it wasn’t for Rosa I would never have bought a chocolate with coriander and cinnamon but as I said it was the best.

    Rosa, I am waiting for you to come to Greece (and any other friend is welcome).

    Swati, if only I knew you when you had visited Greece. Next time.

    Val, that goes for you as well but who knows?

    Mikky, it was really exciting.

    Happy Cook, we had a great time.

    Aparna, the Alipps were breath taking.

    Hopie, I didn’t want to mention it from the beginning as it would spoil the surprise.

    Teresa, you are always welcome and I do hope that one day we may all meet one way or the other.

  12. Thanks for the invitation! We’d love to come ;-P…


    Rosa xxx

  13. PG

    I read your wonderfully written travelogue of the four days and it sounds like a wonderful vacation that you had. The pictures were lovely too! And wow! You met Rosa!

  14. I adored the Swiss Alps… I had the chance to fly with a family friend several years ago in Winter. I saw the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. The view made me speechless and I felt so timid at such wonders of Mother Earth – it’s magical. Given me the chance I will do the flying again and again. What a beautiful picts you took! Did you drink the RIvella?? It’s my favourite and only fizzi drink I took 😀 It’s great in crepes 😀

  15. Oh did you get also the Swiss Viande de Grison??? It’s yummmmy with Cheese Fondue and Raclette.

    Btw, I’m tagging you… I hope you have some fun 🙂

  16. Ivy, you did have a great time, didn’t you? And meeting a fellow blogger must have been the icing on the cake 🙂

  17. Ivy

    PG, Thanks.

    Pixen, Unfortunately I didn’t drink Rivella nor Viande de Grison as I didn’t know about it. Maybe next time. When you go again, I’ll give you my son’s contact. I’ll check your blog tomorrow as it’s nearly midnight now.

    Sunita, meeting a fellow blogger gave another meaning to traveling.

  18. Yay, I always like when bloggers meet and have a wonderful time. I too follow Rosa’s blog and glad both of you got along swell.

    Your “vacances” look really good and glad you had a great time!

  19. How great that you got to meet Rosa! I think she would be so much fun to meet and hang out with – you too though Ivy…I think you both should come and soak up some rays in sunny Florida! 😉

    That cinnamon and coriander chocolate sounds awesome. I can totally see those flavors working!

    Glad you had such a great trip!

  20. Hey Ivy! Great to see you caught up with Rosa…I’m very envious of all your food purchases and I love the dishes you made out of it! A very successful holiday overall I would say and it was fun reading about it!

  21. How nice meeting another fellow blogger! I bet you hit it off just nicely! Great pics and by the way, both the hats look good on you!

  22. Ivy

    Peter, welcome back or are you catching up from New York? Yes, it is great.

    Jenn, I can’t say no to your offer as it is one of my dreams to come to the States and especially to the part you are living in. Who knows?

    Peter G, thanks a lot, more recipes will follow.

    Anudivya, thanks. Maybe I should start wearing hats ;D

  23. I recognized her immediately :D. So glad you guys met and enjoyed the time spent together! The chocolate sounds very interesting too.

  24. Thats a nice post Ivy.It was pleasure reading it and riviving m memories of visting Geneva long time back.

    Glad to know that u met a foodie. It feels nice

  25. Oh wow it is really fun and enthusiam to meet the people whome we know from so long and not even seen them. Hope you had a rememberable trip.

  26. PS I have left something for you over at my blog. You can cherish it close to your heart or pass it along whichever you wish…just know that you are appreciated and a true friend:D

  27. Sounds like a great trip and its always a great experience to meet other food bloggers in real life.

  28. giz

    What a terrific holiday. I just don’t know how you could have left me at home to make “Home Alone …whatever the current number is”. Coming to a theatre near you.

  29. Ivy,

    looks like you had a great trip. This sausage and pasta recipe sounds very delicious.

  30. Am glad to hear you had a great time! I think the best part of travelling is to sample the various food offers and meet familiar people. 🙂

  31. I enjoyed my armchair travel to Switzerland with you and especially your photos. You and Rosa look like you are having a lot of fun.

    I just submitted an entry to your Time to be Thankful event by email, so let me know if it gets lost on the way to you. Looking forward to more of your blog posts!

  32. Wow Ivy, what a wonderful trip. My aunt lives in Morges, close Laussane and Geneva. I love , Switzerland is like a postcard.Isn´t it? And I , as you, I dont resist a supermarket too.

  33. Ivy

    Thanks a lot everybody for your lovely comments. I am sorry I haven’t been around but there is a reason why I have been away. You will see soon.

  34. Wonderful pics of 2 foodies together.Its nice to know the trip turned to be a very memorable one:)

  35. Oh, it looks like you had such a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing! Also, I have an award waiting for you today on my blog. 😀

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  36. How lovely Ivy to meet Rosa and pleased you had a wonderful holiday sweetie 😀

    Rosie x

  37. And a great surprise! How nice to meet a friendly face in a foreign land… especially when they know where all the good foodie shops are! 🙂 Thanks Ivy, for an entertaining series of posts about your travels in Switzerland and France and meeting up with Rosa.

  38. Fun! I love reading about blogger meet-ups. Thanks for the great review of your trip!