Thursday, January 13, 2011


The most striking thing about Zurich is how expensive and rare the restaurants are. There are few restaurants, and almost none open before 10am. A bottle of water cost about $7. A slice of bread and some cheese would cost $12. We were torn between hunger and sticker shock.

A church next to the train station. We walked along this path every day.

The fruit is actually made of some other substance. The oranges seem to be really oranges that were scooped out and filled with cream.

View from our hotel room. We were very jetlagged and slept from 2pm to 8pm every day, then went to forage for dinner. We woke up at 4am every morning and waited for the sun to rise.

Fondue! We ate cheese fondue, meats with oil fondue, and meats with broth fondue. It was as tasty as I dreamed it would be.

My brother photographing the dessert at the fondue restaurant.

We went into Sprüngli, a chocolate shop. My brother drank hot chocolate and ate chocolate cake. My parents drank nothing and ate nothing, because the shop was so shockingly expensive.

A champagne-flavored ... I forget the name of this type of pastry. It's very small. This single-bite pastry cost about $3.

A fountain which has frozen over.

My parents on the train to Luxembourg. There are a lot of little towns in the European countryside. I thought it would be a beautiful view of snowy mountains, but instead it seemed to be one beige-colored town after another.

Me and Tom on the train.


miss nina said...

i love the food presentation.
simply alluring :)

Jean said...

macaroon! you can get some pretty good ones in san fran, too. for about half the price a piece. the passion fruit and raspberry flavored ones from La Boulange are worth try.

crumbs said...

Lovely pictures, thank you. The fruit was likely made from (or filled with) marzipan, a confection made from ground almonds and sugar. When I was stationed in Germany, I frequently laughed at how it tended to show up in everything--cakes, cookies, chocolate bars, etc. I suppose the Europeans are rather fond of the stuff. There is a traditional Norwegion cake (shaped like a Christmas tree) made from 16 concentric rings of cookie-like almond paste called Kransekake that you might want to try making, if you enjoy the flavor of marzipan.

olive said...

They are called macaroons (macarons in French, Luxemburgerli in Sprüngli in Zürich for some reason)

Anonymous said...

Those pastries are called "Macarons". :)

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Ah, yes - Zurich is pretty expensive. But lovely too - especially in the late spring and early summer. Winter is not my fave time to see the city.

I was very surprised that you said restaurants are rare in Zurich - that is definitely not the case! Though if you limit yourself to the Bahnhofstrasse, there will be less restaurants because that is a mostly a commercial area. But all around Zurich, in the old town, around the lake, and on the hills, there are LOTS of restaurants.

Not to mention that you can find gourmet sandwiches, salads and the like also at cafes and grocery stores, so no reason to go hungry!

The macarons sold by Spruengli are called Luxemburgerli :-)

microtherion said...

Nice pictures!

That "church" is the Swiss National Museum. The pastry is called a "Luxemburgerli".

Yishan said...

Your parents look like very content people!

Niniane said...

re: crumbs. 16 concentric rings of marzipan sounds good!

re: microtherion. Haha thanks for the correction!

Duke Budfester said...

You look so adorable in that hat!