Zum in Zug, Suiza

If you leave Zurich and take the train to a small cow filled town called Zug, you will find yourself in a place with buildings dated back to the 1300s and a gorgeous lake front view with a sweeping mountain range in the backdrop. Switzerland is indeed grandiose from its lakes, to its mountains and most importantly to its food. One evening I found myself in a gorgeous Austrian restaurant, Zum Kaiser Franz im Rossl, in the heart of old town Zug, a few feet away from Lake Zug with an owner eager to please and some delicious Swiss-Austrian food. 

Amuse bouche- beet, pistachios, ginger

Amuse bouche- beet, pistachios, ginger

Special appetizer of the day- burrata, salsa verde, heirloom tomatoes, cilantro.

Special appetizer of the day- burrata, salsa verde, heirloom tomatoes, cilantro.

Grilled perch from the Lake of Zug sautéed in butter with  spinach and boiled potatoes (not shown)

Grilled perch from the Lake of Zug sautéed in butter with  spinach and boiled potatoes (not shown)

Homemade viennese apple strudel with vanilla sauce and whipped cream (Riesenradl & Stephansdom) and shredded pancake like cake with a plum compote (Kaiserschmarnn)

Homemade viennese apple strudel with vanilla sauce and whipped cream (Riesenradl & Stephansdom) and shredded pancake like cake with a plum compote (Kaiserschmarnn)

Favorites

Burrata with heirloom tomatoes- The acidity of the heirloom tomatoes and the hints of spice in the salsa verde is perfectly paired with the burrata. 

Local perch from Lake Zug- The perch grilled in butter was delicious and the fish itself was fresh. I enjoyed the sautéed spinach and appreciated that it was cooked simply and did not overpower the fish. Although I am missing the potatoes in this post, the potatoes were boiled and tossed with salt, pepper, butter, some cilantro and made the perfect accompaniment to the fish and spinach!

Stay fueled, my friends.

I did not want to like coffee. While others debated over where the best coffee grounds came from and how dark they like their brew, I would always much rather sip on good old fashioned tea. Then something called getting a job happened and by 2pm everyday since, my productivity levels would skyrocket down or worse...I'd almost fall asleep at my desk. I had no option but to turn to the dark side (literally) and so I gave in. Like most New Yorkers I am now a coffee drinker. I have come to appreciate and notice what good coffee tastes like and I can tell you that the free coffee at my job is intolerable compared to the variety of coffees out in the city.  Therefore, I frequently venture into the world of midtown in pursuit of quality coffee. Here are some  of the coffee gems I've found thus far. 

1. Culture Espresso- I loved the vibe of this place. You can sit at the communal table, or lounge in the sofas or people watch on the bar stools. The coffee is rich  and Culture also offers a good selection of pastries.

2. Hole in the Wall- Hole in the Wall is pretty much like a hole in the wall (or inside of the building). They offer yummy lattes, lunch options like soup and they have donuts from Dough! Although there is no seating available, it is the best spot to grab your afternoon cup of coffee and keep grinding (haha get it?). 

3.Gregory's Coffee- Gregory's has a couple of locations but I frequent the one on East 40th street which is on a quieter block, offers ample seating and of course great coffee. The macchiatos are delicious and their speciality brews are quite popular. 

Credit source- instagram: @w.hound 

Credit source- instagram: @w.hound 

4. Blue Bottle- Oh Blue Bottle is my favorite so of course I want to give it all the praise in the world. I will say their cappuccinos, lattes and drip coffees are delicious but, nothing will compare to their NOLA cold brew. I could drink that everyday if it didn't break my budget. Blue Bottle is the perfect place for Friday treat yoself.

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Credit source- instagram: @motaso_taso