Friday, September 16, 2016

Travel guide: Lake Annecy - Part I: Annecy

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Hi peeps,

Like I shared in my previous post, I went on a holiday to Lake Annecy in France last week.
Since it's so beautiful there, I decided to make a 'travel guide'. In the next few blog posts, I'll be sharing every must-see and must-do you need to know!

First up, I'll share something about the place itself.


Annecy is a city in the east of France, near Switzerland. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, a long, odd-shaped lake with perfect blue water. The lake is known for being the cleanest lake of Europe! So perfect for swimming and water sports. 



The first thing we do when we arrive (it's a 10 hour drive from Antwerp!) is stop by the lake. Just to soak in all its beauty. The lake is surrounded by mountains. A perfect micro climate. Around the lake are multiple small villages. We stayed at Doussard. A little village with a supermarket, a bar and some small shops.

Annecy however is the place to be. The town consists of two parts: a modern part and a medieval one. The old town of Annecy is gorgeous. 
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After doing some shopping and enjoying the town, you'll want to stop at Beer O'Clock for a drink. This unique bar had a selection of beers from all over the world. And the fun part is: you get to tap the beer yourself! First, you buy a card, similar to a credit card and load some money onto it. The bar has a wall full of taps. Place the card next to the beer you wish to taste and you can fill up your glass. Such a fun concept.

  • Beer O'Clock
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After all those beers, you might want to get something to eat. The perfect little restaurant in Annecy is L'Estaminet. The food is great and the view even better. Don't go too late and try to get one of the tables in the back. There's a hidden terrace that looks over the water. Gorgeous place to eat.

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Enjoy your day in Annecy and stay tuned for part two of this travel guide!

Love, 
Laetitia

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cocktail maison

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Hi everyone!

It's been a while, way to long. It's been a crazy busy year. I bought a house, moved in with my love, graduated law school and got a job!

Last week, I finally had the time to go on a highly anticipated and earned holiday. A week at one of the most beautiful places of France, it could be worse. Like every year, at the end of summer, we went to Lake Annecy. We always rent an apartment in a little town called Doussard. I'll be blogging all the must-go places very soon.

Today I want to share a delicious cocktail recipe. On vacation, we went to a great restaurant called L'Abri-CĂ´tier. The tables are placed right near the lake, it's magical. Pretty lights everywhere, swans that swim right next tot you... More about it in another post soon!

So, back to the cocktail. The waiter suggested we tried the 'cocktail maison', a drink based on Aperol mixed with a special red wine called 'Fragolino'. It was wonderful. Deep red color, perfect mix of fresh and sweet...



Back home, we couldn't wait to recreate this cocktail with ingredients we could find at home. We experimented until we found the perfect recipe for our interpretation of the cocktail we loved so much back there.

So here it is!

Ingredients: Aperol, red lambrusco wine and an orange.
For those who don't know lambrusco, it's a red or white Italian wine that is a bit sweeter and has a light sparkle. Delicious!



This cocktail is so easy peasy. Just mix roughly 1 part Aperol with 1 part lambrusco. Cut the orange in half and use the juice from one of those halves in your drink. The other half is perfect for decoration: cut it up and use one piece on the side of the glass and the rest in the drink.



And there you have it!
A delicious cocktail, made in a few moments. Enjoy! Close your eyes and you'll feel like you're in France in no time.

Cheers!

Laetitia