Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lugano is home

"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

I know I'm home when I spot il Corriere del Ticino

View from Villa Sassa

Lungo Lago

Riva Caccia

New Cultural Center of Lugano

Sunday Brunch at the Lido di Lugano 

Expat with Kids is always on a mission

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eataly is only one hour away!

Feeling adventurous? Pop cross the border to Milano...

Destination: Eatlay, Piazza XXV Aprile, 10, 20124 Milano

I have been hearing from my friends across the globe about this a high-end Italian food market/mall chain comprising a variety of restaurants, food and beverage stations, bakery, and retail items. Driving into the city trying hard to remember (after having left the city 14 years ago) which road to take, I recognised the site where once the old Teatro Smeraldo stood. Honestly, I actually preferred the theatre.

However, as a tribute to this historic Milanese location, Eataly hosts a huge stage and offers a totally free season of music, which includes all the genres, from pop to rock to opera, as well as hosting recitals, readings, cabaret, theatre, ballet, meetings and art shows and naturally gastronomic ones.

My description would be: much todo about nothing. Eataly might make sense in New York, Dubai, Istanbul or Tokyo but in Milano? Admittedly, it is a treat and fun to browse around the 5000 m2 devoted to food and the best, locally sourced products spread out over 4 floors but most delicacies can be found around the corner... if you know where to find them! Or just walk down the road to the open markets of San Marco or Piazzale Lagosta!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn impressions in Lugano

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Meet me at Lugano's Lido

Since September Lugano's institutional brunch place is back: the Lido di Lugano! If you have never been there NOW it the time to try it! The buffet is scrumptious and offers an impressive array of sweet and savoury dishes.

You can either start at 11:00 with a cold breakfast buffet (appetisers and salads) or wait until 12:00 for the hot buffet with a choice of first and second courses. But leave some space for the dessert buffet!

Cost per person:
Adults CHF 42.00 (Brunch Classic)
Children up to 12 years CHF 2 per year of age (ie: 5 years = 10 CHF)
The formula includes, in addition to the buffet, hot drinks, water and juices in bulk. Of course, extra food, wine and Champagne can be ordered à la carte.

Reservation highly recommended, please call or leave a message on 091 971 55 00.
For more info, click here:

I'll be there on Sunday with family and friends. Come join us!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The parts of speech

Sitting here on a Sunday night with Expat daughter trying to explain the beauty of grammar, I am at a loss myself. Trying no to lose my cool, I googled and came across this is a little poem which I promptly fell in love with. What a fun way to better understand and remember the parts of speech? I wish they had used these kind of tools when I was a little girl.

Parts of Speech

by David B. Tower and Benjamin F. Tweed

A noun's the name of anything;
As: school or garden, hoop or swing.

Adjectives tell the kind of noun;
As: great, small, pretty, white, or brown.

Three of these words we often see,
Called articles - a, an, and the.

Instead of nouns the pronouns stand;
John's head, his face, my arm, your hand.

A pronoun replaces any noun
he, she, it, and you are found.

Verbs tell of something being done;
As: read, write, spell, sing, jump, or run.

How things are done the adverbs tell;
As, slowly, quickly, ill, or well.

They also tell us where and when;
As: here, and there, and now, and then.

A preposition stands before
A noun as: in, or through, a door.

Conjunctions sentences unite;
As: kittens scratch and puppies bite.

Conjunctions join the words together,
As: men and women, wind or weather.

The interjection shows surprise;
As: Oh, how pretty! Ah, how wise!

The whole are called the PARTS of SPEECH,
Which reading, writing and speaking teach.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Chestnut muffin recipe

A typical Ticino product is the chestnut. The local custom has the children collecting chestnuts in the woods this time of year to roast or to create decorations. Chestnuts are used as flour, bread, cakes, pasta, jam, oatmeal and even schnapps. It is also used in recipes for marron glacé or to accompany a delicious platter of game. Throughout the streets of Lugano the flavour of roasted chestnuts accompanies these autumn days.

My favourite Chestnut muffin recipe:

250gr melted butter
250gr sugar
200gr ground almonds
300gr of chestnut purée
4 eggs

1.) Mix egg yolks with sugar
2.) Add melted butter, ground almonds and the chestnut purée
3.) Mix well
4.) Whisk egg whites until peaked
5.) Add egg whites delicately to the chestnut mixture
6.) Pour into muffin mold filled with muffin cases
7.) Bake in preheated oven at 200°C for about 30 minutes.

Bon Appetito!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chestnut festival in Ticino

If you live in Ticino, you know, October is one of the most beautiful months of the year. Not only does all the foliage turn into hues of red and orange but it is also chestnut season. Chestnuts are an integral part of the Ticinese tradition. Just take a look at this poem dedicated to the chestnut.


La castagna cicciottella
si lamenta che sta stretta
dentro al riccio poverella
e di uscire ha una gran fretta

Quando è autunno inoltrato
con compagne e le sorelle
fa un bel salto giù nel prato
divertentendosi a crepapelle

Fra le foglie si nasconde
e le altre stanno all'erta
cade il riccio dalle fronde
ride e resta a.. bocca aperta

Ma per poco durò il giochino
le raccolsero in un cestino
e la castagna cicciottella
si trovò in una padella.

Every year around mid-October the most famous Chestnut Festival is held in a different village in the Muggio Valley. The theme of the festival revolves around a single product, in all its variations: the chestnut.

This fruit was an important source of nutrition for the civil population during the difficult years of war and it has been rediscovered in recent times, not only in form of roasted chestnuts but also in many other variations such as a cake, preserves and even beer too.

Venue: Sagra della Castagna
Where: Valle Muggio
When: Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Time 13:30

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lugano's English Film Club is back!

The ENGLISH FILM CLUB is back and the next show is October 17th, 2014! If you enjoy movies it's a great bargain and even better way of meeting other English speakers.

Despite the uncertainty over the future of the Cittadella, the English Film Club are back again for their 35th season but have no guarantees as to the future. Last season saw a healthy average of over 230 for each performance which is impressive for Lugano. This year there is an even balance between recent British and American films with the usual mixture of serious and more light-hearted topics.

Admission is by season ticket only. You pay a set price for 10 films. Adults CHF 60.-, Students: CHF 40.-. The minimum age for a ticket is fifteen. All movies are shown in English with English sub-titles. Screenings are on Friday evenings at 6:15 pm. People bring snacks, dinner, drinks, etc.

Find the dates and the films that will be shown here.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Want to 'share' a picture? PostCard Creator app is free.

If you live in Switzerland, you know and experience the efficiency of the Swiss postal service every day.

Did you know Die Post have an app that allows you to take a photo, upload and send it as a postcard to any recipient in Switzerland. Best of all you get to send one per day for free.

Whatever the time, wherever you are: with the PostCard Creator app, you can take or choose a photo, add text, specify the recipient and send the order, and Swiss Post will take care of printing and mailing the postcard in A6 format. Free of charge and postage paid by A Mail.

To use the app, users must be resident in Switzerland or Liechtenstein, own a smartphone, download the free app from the App Store or Google Play and register free of charge. If you already have a PostCard Creator account online, you can log in to the app with your existing login data and vice versa.

Now there's a deal you cannot resist. Who will you send your first postcard to?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Taste of America at your service

Look what I found in my inbox this morning just in time for Thanksgiving?!

We are happy to announce you that is back in business. Take a look at the redesigned online shop with new payment possibilities and an easy product search function for your preferred AMERICAN groceries.

Register now and … Enjoy the taste of AMERICA!

Jell-o as of CHF 1.50! Kraft's Macaroni & Cheese only CHF 3.20. Arm&Hammer Baking Soda 1lb for CHF 4.-. These are only a few offers they have in store for you!

Cruise over to their site and take a look at their breakfast assortment, your kids will love you for it! ;)

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