Month: February 2016

Mafalda brings the authentic flavours of Sicilian home cooking to Geneva

When Mafalda Tavola Calda opened its welcoming doors at 7 rue des Etuves, between Manor and Bel Air on the city’s West Bank, a refreshing breeze of Mediterranean warmth and hospitality as well as the delicious scents of Southern Italian specialities epitomizing the best of Sicilian home cooking blew through Geneva. From its conical-shaped arancini to its deep and delicious coffee from Bannafranca, a city in the Sicilian province of Enna, as well as everything in between — handmade pizza, grilled vegetables, cured meats, delicate biscuits, scented pastries and creamy ricotta-based cheesecake, everything about Mafalda is authentically Sicilian, which is why its a favorite haunt of in-the-know Italian customers and a growing number of Swiss (and expat) ones, too. Fast food in service terms only Although Mafalda labels itself a ‘fast food’ restaurant (arancini are a favourite takeout item in Calabria) that description speaks more of the courteous haste with which food is served as opposed to its obvious quality and the care with which it is prepared. Mafalda has been a labor of love as well as no small amount of moxie from the very beginning when its proprietor, Fabrizio …

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Bienvenue chez Jazz & Co.’s 2016 lineup at the Château de Coppet

Next up: Jazz & Blues singer Sydney Ellis, Friday, 18 November 2016. There’s no better antidote to the February blues (I write this as wet snow pellets hit my office window) than to indulge in some music of the same variety to lift your spirits and ease your mind. So the timing couldn’t be better for Jazz & Co., organizers of the annual series of jazz and blues concerts in the caves of the Château de Coppet, to launch their new line-up of performers for 2016, starting this weekend. Immerse yourself in African rhythms to jazz classics Friday, February 12, 2016 – Roland Tchakounte Singing in bamiléké (the Cameroonian mother tongue), Roland Tchakounte‘s deep, rich voice takes you on a trip to the roots of his music, full of magic and authenticity, offering haunting and original blues melodies that are a mixture of African rhythms and the “music of the devil”. Friday, 11 March, 2016 – Mellow Baku Mellow Baku has memories of the music her mother played her since her birth…and possibly before. The trademark sound of this young singer/songwriter is a unique blend of contemporary jazz laced with reggae melodies. She’s a virtuoso …

Vintage wintersport posters put you in the thick of the fun and games

Of all the ways in which artists portray Switzerland, by far my favorite interpretation is through poster art, and my heart really belongs to vintage depictions of Swiss winter pastimes in all their 20th-century glory. Again this year (as last) I’ll be taking in the sales exhibition of vintage wintersport poster art that opens today, Wednesday, 3 February at noon at Galerie Un Deux Trois, located in Geneva’s Eaux Vives suburb. The public is also invited to the vernissage tonight at 5pm. Early gems of poster art The Galerie is the only dealer in Switzerland and — after 38 years in business — the oldest in Europe, to trade in the collection, restoration and sale of vintage poster art. There are over 15,000 posters in the collection of owner and renowned vintage-poster expert Jean-Daniel Clerc, some of which date back to the late 1880s and include gems by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. Winter Delights During its exhibition, entitled “Winter Delights”, the Galerie will display some outstanding examples from its collection of over 200 vintage wintersport posters that depict Alpine sports (skiing, bobsledding, skating), associated pastimes (eating, drinking, photography), and affiliated products and …