Dreams Make Life Interesting

As a child we are taught to be creative, imaginative and to dream. Things like Disney movies only enhanced this tendency, and in a way instilling in us that dreams can and do come true. Unfortunately as we get older and grow up, life shows us something different. Things aren’t as easy as just being able to dreaming things up and having them happen.  It will take a lot of hard work and dedication, as well as a lot of disappointment. And for many people their dreams will never come true no matter what they do, due to so many different reasons.  However, there are people for which their dreams do come true and this is the key thing to remember.

Dreams Make Life InterestingIt is still so important to continue dreaming and having dreams in your adult life, because as the quote says, it’s the possibility of these dreams coming true that keeps life interesting and exciting.  And because you don’t know when, if or how, it leaves you an exciting state with optimism for what the future could hold.

Plus by continuing to have dreams, it means that you will be more motivated to do what you can to archive them and work hard to fulfil that dream.  Obviously you have to think about which dreams are realistic and which aren’t, for example not everyone can be a F1 racing driver and not every girl can marry a prince. But more realistic dreams like starting your own business, achieving a certain position in a company or gaining a specific certification are much more possible.  All will require time and effort but it’s the dream of getting there that will keep you going!

You never know what will happen in the future but the excitement of the possibility of your dream coming true really does make life that much more interesting! So don’t stop dreaming! There’s still to many possibilities still out there!

Zurich Restaurants

At the moment in my life a new week means more traveling and another country. Don’t get me wrong I am definitely not complaining and am actually having a lot of fun exploring different cities even more. Last week’s destination was one I have been to at the beginning of the year, Zurich in Switzerland.

Zurich Centre

In my last post about Zurich (found here) I talked about the city in general and the about how beautiful the city was.  And let me tell you, now that it’s starting to warm up it is becoming even better and more beautiful. It is one of those special cities that just gets better in the Spring and Summer, kind of like Paris (although Paris will always have a special place in my heart that cannot be taken).

On this trip however I was able to go to some really cool restaurants that I can highly recommend and want to share with you. Here they are:

Terrace at The Dolder Grand

The Dolder Grand

View of Zurich

View over Zurich

The Dolder Grand Hotel is the nicest hotel in Zurich, and it’s the beautiful 5-star hotel sitting high on the hill overlooking the whole city and the lake. It was a beautiful warm sunny afternoon and my friend and I enjoyed a relaxing champagne lunch with that stunning view next to us.

The Dolder Terrace Restaurant

The Dolder Terrace Restaurant

My friend had a upscale caeser salad with these amazing coconut coated shrimps (instead of breadcrumbs), and I had a salad with elderberry vinaigrette, red radishes, avocado, sunflower seeds.  Both were absolutely delicious and were enjoyed with a refreshing glass of champagne. Definitely a place worth a visit while in Zurich!

View from the Dolder

View from the Dolder of Zurich

Address: Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland

Rive Gauche Terrasse at Baur au Lac

Another place I went was the Terrace at Baur au Lac, which is another luxury 5-star hotel located in the center of the city, a 5 min walk from the lake and the shopping street Bahnhofstrasse. It was actually the first day the terrace was open this year for the spring/summer season.

Baur au Lac Terrace

Baur au Lac Terrace

I didn’t actually have a full meal here, but I am sure if I had it would have been spectacular.  The food menu had some very mouth watering items, however I was just there for coffee and a snack while soaking up the warm sun and doing a bit of reading.

Bowl of Fruit

I ordered my coffee and the waiter asked if I wanted something sweet with it.  The problem is that at these kinds of places, while delicious, the sweet snacks tend not to be super healthy and are a luxury in themselves.  However, the waiter suggested the bowl of fresh berries, which sounded good to me.  And oh my goodness it was amazing!  It was a bowl full of the most delicious and fresh tasting blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.  You could tell that they had taken great care in selecting the very best berries from the bunch. It was a perfect snack to have in the sun that was not only filling but very healthy too, which is always an added bonus!

I finished off my little visit with what I think is the best-tasting Bellini I have ever had.  I know they use the fresh peach puree but something about the ingredients they use and how they prepare it elevates this classic drink to the next level.

Bellini

What I like about this place is that it was almost like a little garden oasis in the middle of the city.  It was so green and felt like you were just sitting in a large backyard at home, which was really comforting. Definitely somewhere I will go back to, and maybe next time I’ll actually have a meal there!

Address: Talstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Sprüngli Cafe

I mentioned Sprüngli in my previous posts on Zurich because of the mini-macarons they sell called Luxemburgerlis (previous post found here).  This time I went there for another one of my coffee breaks.  It’s a Zurich institution and in the flagship store on the Bahnhofstrasse they have a café and restaurant so that you can enjoy a break and some of the yummy treats.

Sprungli

This time I decided to forgo my normal latte and rather try their classic hot chocolate.  I thought that since it’s a place that is known for its high quality chocolate, that the hot chocolate drink would be a proper one made with real dark chocolate.  It was of course delicious and was the perfect blend of sweet and bitter, which was good as it therefore wasn’t too sickly.

And of course, on my way out I couldn’t help but pick up a couple of the little Luxemburgerli’s for on the go.

Address: Bahnhofstrasse 21, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Ladurée

When I saw that Ladurée had a location in Zurich, it was an absolute must that I pay a little visit and pick up some of these delectable treats. My favourite flavours they sell are Orange Blossom, Strawberry Marshmallow, Marie Antoinette and Vanilla.  So I picked up these plus two new flavors for Spring/Easter, which are Lemon with Verbena and Chocolate Coconut.

Laduree Box

L-R: Orange Blossom, Marie Antoinette, Lemon, Vanilla, Chocolate Coconut, and Strawberry Marshmallow

It also gave me a chance to buy one of their baby blue boxes with the multi-colored gems on it.  It’s one I have wanted to get since I saw it released.  It’s a great little pretty box for storing things like jewelry, etc.

Address: Kuttelgasse 17, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Restaurant Bäerengasse

The final restaurant that I highly recommend is Restaurant Bäerengasse, which is this fancy American steakhouse type restaurant in the heart of Zurich.  This place is found on one of the side streets intersecting with Bahnofstrasse.  Its one of those places frequented by businessmen and women, and where they can easily have meetings over delicious food in a relaxed and comfortable environment for lunch and that turns becomes a great place for a nice relaxed night on the town for dinner.

restaurant-barengasse

Even though it was a steakhouse, I still had this craving for salad and therefore indulged in a Goats Cheese au Gratin on a bed of leaves with walnuts, honey, raspberries, and raspberry-dressing, with a side of these amazing mini thin fries called “Pommes Allumettes”. I was in food heaven and was loving every bite! While I went for the salad, my friend had a beautifully cooked piece of beef tenderloin with peppercorn sauce. It too looked delicious and might be something I will try next time, since of course there will be a next time!

Overall a great restaurant for lunch or dinner, with excellent food that is also reasonably priced.

Address: Bahnhofstrasse 25, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Zurich Airport at Sunset

Zurich Airport at Sunset

There are so many places left to still visit in Zurich but for now its time to head back home again and await my next adventure!

Easter Day Outfit

Happy Easter Everyone!Side View

In our family, Easter is an important event, thus we have always had to dress up smartly, our “Sunday Best” as they would say.  And what better time of year than Easter to bring out all the pretty pastel colors in your wardrobe, since in a way this holiday marks the beginning of Spring.  Plus the colors associated with Easter are these pretty pastel pinks, blues, purples, yellows and greens, so might as well get in the festive spirit by wearing them.

3One of the first Easter dresses I remember wearing was when I was like 4 or 5 years old and it was this beautiful multicolored pastel floral dress with the traditional smocking effect at the top.  I loved it so much that it is the one piece of clothing that I have saved from when I was a child.  The colors were just so pretty and colorful that it made me so happy.

For this Easter I found the most beautiful and perfect dress from French Connection a couple weeks ago.  In fact it was the second time I had seen the dress, but the first time I didn’t see the use, as it had been the middle of winter and this dress would not have been appropriate then. When I tried it on I knew it would be perfect for this occasion though.

Front View

It’s a really light and airy dress that fits me like a glove and is very flattering.  I love how it’s this light pastel teal color since it fits perfectly with the Easter color scheme I mentioned above.   I definitely feel like Spring is here when I wear this dress. My favorite thing about the dress is that it is really flowy and feminine.  There’s no doubt about it, it’s a very girly dress but that’s part of the fun as it’s nice to dress up really feminine, yet still sophisticated and elegant.  Its simple yet makes a big statement.

Twirl

My favorite thing about the dress is that it is really flowy and feminine.  There’s no doubt about it, it’s a very girly dress but that’s part of the fun as it’s nice to dress up really feminine, yet still sophisticated and elegant.  Its simple yet makes a big statement.

Dress

Fabric

I paired the dress with a pair of dark teal LK Bennett court shoes, the same as the famous beige ones that the Duchess of Cambridge wears all the time, just in a different color.  As I have said before, LK Bennett court shoes are one of the most comfortable shoes I own, which is probably why I have them in 3 colors!

Shoes

Now time to hunt for and indulge in some chocolate!

Easter Bark

As it is Easter on Sunday and I will be spending it at my Aunt and Uncles house with the rest of my family, I was trying to think of something festive that I could bring as a gift.  Since I have to travel via airplane, I had to think of something that travels well and will make it there in tact.  Thus I turned to the tried and tested chocolate bark again!Easter Bark

I made chocolate bark previously as a gift for my grandmother’s birthday and you can find the detailed post on how to make it here. However for Easter I have tweaked the recipe and decided to use white chocolate instead of dark. I also switched out the nuts and dried fruit for jellybeans, Smarties and mini marshmallows.

candy

I think it has turned out really well and looks very colorful and bright which is perfect for Easter and spring.  I have already tried a little, and wow does it taste good!  And what I love is the mix of textures you get from the melt in your mouth chocolate, the light marshmallows, the chewy jellybeans and the crunch from the Smarties

Bark in Tray

Trust me, these chocolate barks are the easiest and most effective gifts.  And as I said in the previous post, have fun playing around with different toppings and flavor combinations!

Broken Bark

Happy Easter! 

One Day At A Time

In today’s world we sometimes find ourselves rushing through life and moments, as well as focusing too much on the future. We all find ourselves forward thinking (which is good to some extent), planning, setting goals, and worrying about the future and the things we want to achieve. Whilst doing that we forget to live in the moment, and appreciate what we have now, today, in this moment. I for one often find myself stressing out and worrying about things in the future, especially things that I have no control over. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in ones own thoughts that we forget to just breathe, and return the the here and now.

That’s why I love the quote this week, it helps me to remember to just take every day, one day at a time, and to not worry about what’s to come, since life is unpredictable and you will never know for certain what’s going to happen.

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Thus, take every day one day at a time; enjoy the roller coaster that life is! It’s all part of the journey to becoming the person you are meant to be and the life your meant to live. It’s not always going to be easy necessarily, since there are going to be low periods, anxious periods, fearful periods, etc., but if you spend your time dwelling on those negative times in the future and worrying about the things that have not yet happened, then you are going to have a miserable time now.

I am working hard to stop endlessly worrying and living in fear of things that could possibly happen, and instead focus on the positives of today. I am really starting to trust that everything happens for a reason and so whether it’s good or bad I believe that it fits into a bigger plan for my life, one day at a time!