swiss cuisine: fondue + raclette


if you’re going to switzerland, you better like cheese.

i love swiss cuisine because some of the main staple
meals are basically all cheese. when your dinner plate
contains 90% cheese and 10% foods to dip in that
cheese, you know you’re doing something right.
IMG_3641with it being chase’s first time in switzerland, i was
set on taking him to an amazing meal of fondue and
of course raclette (more on that below if you don’t
know what it is). switzerland is expensive, and so is
dining…so if you’re going to splurge on dinner
here, make sure you find a good place to do it!
swiss fondue + raclette2i had looked up some of the best spots online, so we went straight
from the train in zürich once we arrived and beelined it straight
to raclette stube in old town. i knew from the second we walked up
to it on the sidewalk that this place was legit with their handmade signs.
IMG_3640i was even more sure when i walked in and saw
the darling wooden booths and checkered tablecloths.
swiss fondue + raclette3we started off with rivella, a swiss soda that is my favorite.
i don’t like soda at all, but this stuff is the best. i don’t even
know how to explain the taste, maybe like ginger ale meets
a really light taste of coca cola, and less carbonation? yum. 
IMG_3632we started with raclette, which is less known than fondue
but it needs to be known. it’s actually a huge wheel of cheese
that is warmed up, and once the top layer is melted (just before
it burns)..they scrape off the layer and put it right on your plate
to eat just like that. it is HEAVENLY. i love when food is browned +
carmelized (almost burned), so this meal is like my dream come true.
swiss fondue + raclette4the fondue came out next, which is one of my very

favorite things. the gruyere blend used in switzerland
cannot be beat. luckily for me, my mom has made fondue
growing up and uses the swiss recipe, so i’ve been spoiled
having it my whole life…including every new years eve!
it is amazing, but fondue will always taste best in switzerland.

IMG_3638 a table full of goodness ^^ (mostly cheese!)
IMG_3646take note: in zurich, head straight to raclette stube.
(it translates to raclette room :) 
IMG_3648we definitely needed to walk off our heavy meal afterwards –
luckily gorgeous zurich awaited. we strolled the river at twilight
in the perfect end-of-summer air and took in the beauty. ^^

IMG_3649 IMG_3659we crossed back over the river and explored old town
a little bit more. by this time chase was in search of
chocolate fondue, but that is kind of an american
thing. the true swiss fondue places probably won’t
have chocolate fondue, even though it’s amazing!

IMG_3422we settled on some swiss lindt chocolate.
this noisettes flavor is basically like nutella in a
chocolate bar form, so definitely pick one of these up.
IMG_3664we stumbled our way to our cozy hotel near old town,
entering a food coma (and tired from our day of train travel).
it’s a boutique hotel called hotel helmhaus with some of the
nicest staff we’ve ever encountered. and, there are
fresh brownies in the lobby. need i say any more?!
IMG_3614we stayed in this darling attic-roofed room,
and slept so deeply after our warm & comforting meal.
(ps ..chase CANNOT get over how 99% of hotel beds are twin beds
pushed together! haha, he always ends up laying right in the crack
through the night and wakes up with a sore back. gotta love it!)
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetgoodnight, zurich! thanks for filling our bellies with
delicious cheese and being so picturesque. we’ll
be back with more from you tomorrow!

xo


'swiss cuisine: fondue + raclette' has 5 comments

  1. September 10, 2015 @ 3:43 pm Lauren

    You had me at “90% cheese!” That’s my kind of place!

    Also, I encountered the twin beds pushed together phenomenon in Belgium! It’s so odd – although good if you like your own space, like me :)

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    • emi

      September 11, 2015 @ 6:49 am emi

      hahah – so true! some nights it can be nice to have your own little bed. i also think it’s smart of them because then they are easier to move around!

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  2. September 10, 2015 @ 4:29 pm Rachel

    That restaurant looks right up my alley – I love cheese! I think the beds in Europe are the funniest thing too. They should just invest in one big bed or keep them apart instead of pushing them together!

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    • emi

      September 11, 2015 @ 6:50 am emi

      hahah right? i have no idea how this tradition started over here — also, we can’t understand the tiny showers with no enclosure! water goes everywhere haha! oh, europe.

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  3. September 11, 2015 @ 10:37 am Natalie M.

    The raclette looks so amazing! Dinner is a plate of melty/burnt cheese? *checks flights to Zurich*

    One of my favorite things while traveling is finding a locally made drink! I love Irn Bru from Scotland, I’ll have to give Rivella a try!

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