Hey there Beauties!
I decided to make several posts about Milano and start with the last day or more precisely the last evening evening. Living in Zurich makes it kind of impossible for me to eat Sushi at the restaurant
because they’re all pretty expensive
. And buying many different fishs (as at the sushi bar), shrimps and other sea food for just one sushi evening is rather time consuming.
So every time we’re in an other big city we love going to Japanese restaurants
. Since we stayed at my grandmother’s place, and ate delicious home made food
, the only chance to eat Sushi in Milan was on the last evening at our departure back to Zurich.
Edamame and Sapporo beer – love that city! The sushi in Hokkaido is the best!
We decided to go to a simple but friendly place
located near the Porta Romana
. When we arrived, the restaurant was actually still closed but they were nice enough to let us in and take the orders almost immeditaley. Silvankun and I were totally surprised and happy about it because we were still having a long ride back home ahead of us
and driving during night is not definitely not a lot of fun.
Doesn’t this sashimi almost look like a fatty, glossy salmon steak?!
The tableware was rustic and cute
and so were the dishes and the whole interior. I know that going to a sushi bar could encourage one to take the fancy and daring things but I love the authentic taste of things
and want to taste the same as when I’m eating home made food in Japan. Of course not always but that’s what I usually prefer
Nigiri zushi … so yummy!
Maki zushi – always nice for in between
The fish was delicious and so fresh
the pieces though could have been slightly larger and thicker but the sashimi, on the other hand, was perfect! The only thing I could complain about is the Wasabi – it wasn’t strong enough and far too little.
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I’m back already!
My last exam (art) was on monday in Basel, the third most populous city in Switzerland. Basel is known for its chemical industry but also for its hilarious carnival that takes place annually between February and March. This year the date of the Carnival of Basel which lasts three days, coincided with the last day of my exams
so I took it as an opportunity to attend this colorful and impressive event. Although it’s quite famous also in foreign countries and it takes less than an hour to go from Zurich to Basel by train, I’ve never been to the Basler Fasnacht!
But first Silvankun and I went to a Kaiten Sushi
place! I wasn’t thrilled the first time I ate at one of these restaurant in Zurich but I was pleasantly surprised this time! Everything tasted fresh
and the consistency of the fish was more than acceptable.
Ususally I’m too embarrassed to take pictures in a restaurant but this time I did it!
I didn’t had my cam with me so I had to use my phone.. I couldn’t bring myself to upload blurred mobile-pics so I added a filter! I know it’s kind of weird but I think you’ll get a good impression of the event nevertheless!
My favourite Nigiri zushi are Salmon, Maguro (but only the real fatty one! ), Hamachi, Sanma and Saba. Unfortunately they had only two of my favourites!
The two days in Lausanne at the laboratory of the CHUV (Le Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois) were very fascinating and informative! I learned how the PCR (polymerase Chain Reaction) works and had a lot of fun with the pipetting! I sequenced my first gene and the really nice woman I worked with gave me tons of informations I absolutely needed for my matriculation project. I’m really glad I was able to obtain a chance like this! In between the different steps of the process (sometimes the samples had to stay for over two hours in certain machines) we used this free time to stroll around the city of Lausanne. Monday evening we even went to Montreux to peek at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Although we didn’t see any main acts we ejoyed the beautiful lakeside and some delicious food
The second day we got the chance to check out one of the few Japanese (and only Japanese and not Chinese or Korean etc.) shops in Switzerland: UCHITOMI
. Actually they have two branches but we’ve only got to see the one in Lausanne (the other one is in Geneva). As mentioned above, there are not many purely Japanese grocery stores in Switzerland so I was kind of eager to know whether this shop stocked different and /or more goods as the Japanese shop in Zurich called Nishi
After asking for directions in french we found it quite easily thanks to its typical red logo with the maneki neko and the lettering UCHITOMI. My first impression was satifying. They actually carried only authentical Japanese goods and the shop smelled good because they also selled a small variety of Take Away Sushi, salads etc. Unfortunately the time we arrived there wasn’t the most convenient one since soonly many “hungry-for-Japanese-food” people stormed the little shop and it got quite crowded..
Also their stock indeed differs from the one of the Nishi’s shop in Zurich. Uchitomi offers a quite large range of tableware and cooking tools while the Nishi’s shop in return has real Japanese rice cookers and Shichirin (clayey charcoal grill) but not so much tableware. Uchitomi has a few beauty care things while the Nishi’s shop carries nothing of that kind. The size of the shops is pretty much the same!
All in all I have to say I luckily like the Japanese grocery store in Zurich better than the Uchitomi in Lausanne mainly because the Nishi’s shop
has quite a lot more (even if frozen or pickled) typical vegetables and fish. Nevertheless I couldn’t resist buying a beautiful, crazed, blue plate, a small Onigiri shaper, a Gyōza (dumpling) folder, short-grained brown rice (mmmh
) and Aonori (finely chopped seaweed you use to for example sprinkle over Okonomiyaki
). Unfortunately I didn’t had my camera with me and my mobilephone was dead so I couldn’t take any pictures of the shop
. But here is a photo of my humble UCHITOMI
This is the dinner we prepared last week as a delayed birthday dinner for my sister: Ramen