New Years Eve at BARacca

31 12 2012
The ladies in red lit up the dance floor until 6am! This traditional German bar was pumping with fake snow and loud music.

The ladies in red lit up the dance floor until 6am! This traditional German bar was pumping with fake snow and loud music.





From the Cows to the Plate

30 12 2012

This is all about Swiss CHEESE! And not the holey stuff you might think of… real mountain cheese from Brown Swiss cows!

 

Some Brown Swiss cows in the barn for the winter. The milk used for cheese comes from cows that spend the summer up on the Alps. Alp Cheese does not refer to a single uniform product, but to a whole range of regional Alpine cheeses. Each cheese has at least as much individual character as the Alpine cheesemaker that produces it and varies by region depending on the grasses and alpine herbs on which the cows graze.

Some Brown Swiss cows in the barn for the winter. The milk used for cheese comes from cows that spend the summer up on the Alps. Alp Cheese does not refer to a single uniform product, but to a whole range of regional Alpine cheeses. Each cheese has at least as much individual character as the Alpine cheesemaker that produces it and varies by region depending on the grasses and alpine herbs on which the cows graze.

Getting a slice of cheese from the market in .

Getting a slice of Alp cheese from the market in Morrisen.

Raclette is also a dish indigenous to parts of Switzerland. The Raclette cheese round is heated, either in front of a fire or by a special machine, then scraped onto toast. The term raclette derives from the French word racler, meaning "to scrape," a reference to the fact that the melted cheese must be scraped from the unmelted part of the cheese onto the plate.

Raclette is also a dish indigenous to parts of Switzerland. The Raclette cheese round is heated, either in front of a fire or by a special machine, then scraped onto toast. The term raclette derives from the French word racler, meaning “to scrape,” a reference to the fact that the melted cheese must be scraped from the unmelted part of the cheese onto the plate.

Cheese fondue is a traditional Swiss dish that originated in the Alps, mainly in and around the canton of Valais (French) / Wallis (German). Contrary to popular view outside of Switzerland, it did not originate as an après-ski snack; it’s a hearty peasant dish, using ingredients that were available in the winter: cheese, wine, coarse peasant bread. Sue`s Swiss fondue, she has a secret recipie which is the best!

Sue`s Swiss fondue, she has a secret recipie which is the best! Cheese fondue is a traditional Swiss dish that originated in the Alps, mainly in and around the canton of Valais (French) / Wallis (German). Contrary to popular view outside of Switzerland, it did not originate as an après-ski snack; it’s a hearty peasant dish, using ingredients that were available in the winter: cheese, wine, coarse peasant bread.





Ski the Alps!

30 12 2012

Vella is the capital of the Val Lumnezia and is located at 1240 m above sea level in the outer third of the valley to the southeast on a gently sloping terrace. Vella has a chairlift with direct access to the ski area Obersaxen-Mundaun Val Lumnezia. The ski area has 4-peaks, and 120 km of ski slopes: Fascinating mountain landscapes, unique panoramic views, fantastic slopes for experts and varied trails for beginners (like me).  And not less than twenty (!) bars and restaurants along the ski runs.

At the end of the run, looking down into the town of Vella. Since it is vacation season, the ques were long but that did not stop our fun!

At the end of the run, looking down into the town of Vella. Since it is vacation season, the ques were long but that did not stop our fun! We only stayed on the sunny side of the mountain and did a variety of red and blue runs.

Along the way, you can stop and have a beer and pretzel! The Tegia bar is one of the sunniest in the Surselva and lies directly on the slopes on the descent from the middle station Hitzeggen Triel.

Along the way, you can stop and have a beer and pretzel! The Tegia bar is one of the sunniest in the Surselva and lies directly on the slopes on the descent from the middle station Hitzeggen Triel.

This is the life. Look at the beautiful views from 1800m above sea level.

This is the life. Look at the beautiful views from 1800m above sea level.





Finally…

29 12 2012
A proper sausage and good beer!

A proper sausage and good beer!





A walk to Narnia?

28 12 2012

Caumasee (Romansh: Lag la Cauma or Lai da Cauma) is a lake near Flims, in the Grisons, Switzerland. Caumasee is a spring-fed, iridescent-blue-water lake. It is one of the lakes on the Flims Rockslide deposits. There is a fantastic trail or tram ride to the lake where visitors and locals alike swim.

Totally mystical! At this time of year it is mostly covered in ice, but a bit of the blue water was still visible.

Totally mystical! At this time of year it is mostly covered in ice, but a bit of the blue water was still visible.

 

The scenery on the trail to the Caumasee Lake look just like the Narnia movie, complete with the lamp post.

The scenery on the trail to the Caumasee Lake look just like the Narnia movie, complete with the lamp post.





The Iglu

27 12 2012
Located at the bottom of the gondala in Flims, this is one of the hottest bars in town.

Located at the bottom of the gondola ski lift in Flims, this is one of the hottest bars in town.

Obviously the popular spot with the snowboard and skiing crowd!

Obviously the popular spot with the snowboard (and skiing) crowd!





Take a Hike…

26 12 2012
Into the clouds at the top of a mountain.

Into the clouds at the top of a mountain.