Street Food Festival; Part I

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Good morning loves! It’s been a while and I do fully apologize for that – I’ve been kept busy the whole past week, trying to catch up with work after the London trip, going to further conferences and meetings, started my studies again (so sad, vacation is over!) and was out all weekend. I hadn’t planned to do much this weekend, but as it always is: when you don’t plan anything really, you end up everywhere! :-) Or at least that is what happens to me almost every time..

Saturday I went to the Street Food Festival up at the Dolder (Hotel in Zurich) with one of my friends – though we didn’t stay too long. We walked down (big hill right there!) and enjoyed the amazing weather here in Zurich. After a lovely talk at the lake I raced home to quickly change and go out to dinner with two lovely friends that came all the way from Hamburg. We went to Razzia, which supposedly is the new IT restaurant everyone goes to lately. I honestly haven’t been before but I must say the food was amazing – yet, quite pricey as the portions really weren’t too big.

Sunday I went to the Food Festival again with another friend, who came specially for me from Basel to go and get some inspiration at the festival. I must say some of the stuff is great and I surely did get a few inspirations here and there (red burgers!), though I was also a bit disappointed when it comes to the trendy part of it. I always thought that Food Festivals are supposed to show the latest trend? I guess not, or at least, I did not really find any. I did see great burgers, lots and lots of BBQ stuff, quite a bit of vegan and vegetarian foods, yet barely anything that was gluten free and sadly the ice creams presented weren’t lactose free (same with the milkshakes!). Yet, I don’t want to talk it bad, because in the end it does have some delicious food if you can eat gluten :-)

Now off I jump, my first meeting starts at 9am and I still need to make breakfast – blueberry milkshake it shall be! xo

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Cate & Coco’s Kitchen: Zürich

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This post goes out to Cate & Coco’s Küche, which I discoverd last week at the Street Food Festival in Zurich! Why so special for one small booth? Simple: Cate & Coco make clever cookies. But let’s rewind for a second. While walking around the Street Food Festival last sunday I tried looking at all the delightful deliciousness coming my way. Toward the end of my circle I walked past Cate & Coco’s kitchen stand. This is when I ran into my first problem: I saw the sign, but no food. Not because there was nothing, no, simple because right at that second the booth was being majorly stormed by good- and healthy-looking women. All trying to get at whatever was being offered. Obviously, I had to know what it was. Once I was able to edge through the crowd I found myself infront of a cookie-stand (yes, that should have been obvious after reading “clever cookies”.

What’s so special about Cate & Coco’s cookies is the clever baking, without baking. Now chew on that for a while. No-bake cookies, can they be real? I looked at their website and also talked to the lovely lady, which explained to me what this whole stand was about: a healthy lifestyle. With “healthy” she already had me hooked – as you all know, I am fan of baking, favourable healthy if possible. Their “Code of Cookie ” is quite simple if you think about it:

a) they only use organic and wholesome ingredients – not to forget, fully natural and unprocessed
b) these little lovers are vegan, meaning: they are free of gluten, soy, refined sugar, dairy and everything unhealthy
c) they are never heated over 42°C, meaning that all natural enzymes and (more importantly) vitamins are kept!

Unfortunately there is no store in Zurich yet supplying these flavourful pieces of goodness – however (!), they do have an online shop and even deliver straight to your home (in Switzerland). I believe I have found a piece of heaven – oh, and some great inspiration for my next baking adventures!

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Street Food Festival: ZÜRICH

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Currently in town: the Street Food Festival! With myself being a little obsessive about food, this was an event I was not able to simply ignore. Easy said, easy done: Yesterday I jumped on my bike and rode down to Adliswil. For all those that are still intersted in going, today is your last chance! I was amazed by some of the creations I saw at this festival. Some foods are well known, others I have heard of though not tasted and further others, I have never seen in my life. Cultureal influences were seen everywhere, food innovations were presented to the crowd and the music playing in the background was amazing. Whatever direction I looked, people were happy, smiling and moving to the beats in the background – obviously; there is probably nothing more satisfying than food (atleast, in this scenario!). Luckily I have decided to take my camera with me to this amazing event, which is why I want to share some of my impressions with you!

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My first stop (above) was at a huge, silver, shiny caravan trailer. Not only was it huge, shiny and silver – but it was filled with deliciousness in forms of waffles on a stick! The company behind this cute idea is barliner.ch, and they actually rent out their services. How cool is that? My next party might need to involve a shiny caravan with waffles on a stick – so exciting!

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These delicious Bao Burgers caught my eyes in an instant second. I have never seen such burgers before and was fascinated by the smell of the spices that hit me with delightfullness. Not only did they smell amazing and look great – but they looked extremely healthy – the fact still being, they are burgers!

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When I saw this young lad (above) with his uber-cool orange sunglasses, the berlin-style-beard and amazing hipster look, I almost (for an instant second) forgot about the amazing, innovative food behind him: Ice-cream. Although SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR does not have their own shop in Zurich yet, I am convinced they will be famous in every other restaurant serving their ice-creams. The secret behind the icre-cream? Well, it’s not just the ordinary vanilla or chocolate flavour we are more than used to seeing. They have created amazing flavours such as basil-balsamico, cucumber on yoghurt-with-pumkin-oil or even more exotic: saffron with champagne. How amazing (seriously!), do these combinations sound? I heard the basil-balsamico is the new insider! One thing is for sure – I cannot wait to find these delicious flavours all over Zurich. Good luck to this amazing start-up!

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Let’s be honest with ourselves, are you getting as hungry as I am right now? Luckily, it’s almost that time again: Breakfast! With that, I wish you all a great sunday!