• Cheese,  events,  Swiss

    Very Fondue You – Swiss Week at Grand Hyatt Doha

    Some people know the way to my heart is cheese (and flowers but that’s another post), so one event I do look forward to each year is the Swiss Week at the Grand Hyatt Doha. I had a chance to check out the selection at the launch last night. But to be frank, we didn’t make it past the luxurious cheese selection. It runs from 2-7 May from 6:30pm until midnight and includes Swiss music and dishes including fondue, raclette and rösti prepared by Chef Sebastian Wirsching from Park Hyatt Zurich. I promise I will go this week to try the other dishes (including a fantastic array of seafood and a hot…

  • Accompaniments,  Cheese,  Cheese in Cooking,  Doha,  European Cheese,  events,  Fondue,  Food,  Food Trends,  Hotels,  Promotions,  Qatar,  Swiss,  wine

    Damned if Fondue – Swiss Food Festival Returns to Doha

    Nothing melts my heart (OK that was a cheap pun – even cheaper than the headline for this post) more than a proper Swiss fondue. The Grand Hyatt Doha is bringing back its’ popular Swiss Gastronomic Festival for another year. Running from 8 -16 May from 6:30pm until midnight. Enjoy live folk Swiss music and most importantly fondue, raclette and rösti prepared by Chef Heinz Ruifbach. Call 77982400 for bookings and more information. Melted cheese, potatoes, alcohol and sticks to stab things with. What’s not to love?

  • European Cheese,  Fondue,  Food,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review,  Restaurant Reviews,  Swiss,  Travel,  wine

    Bubbling Over – A Fondue Review

    There are three things that come to mind when I think about Belgium – mussels, the mussels from Brussels (aka Van Damme) and beer. Fondue? Nope, that’s Swiss. Except…in Doha at Belgian Cafe at the Intercontinental Doha Lured by a special promotion this month of fondue served with beer, I could’t say no. The belgian is perhaps the single most popular bar/restaurant in Doha. On any given night, it’s packed with a mixed crowd having a beer or sharing a pot of mussels. I have to admit I don’t go there often, but this visit changed. What I didn’t know is that the menu was all about cheese, not just…

  • American Cheese,  Blue Cheese,  brie,  British,  Cheddar,  Cheese,  Cyprus,  European Cheese,  Feta,  Food,  France,  Goat Cheese,  Gouda,  Greece,  Italy,  Ricotta,  Sheep Milk,  Swiss,  Travel,  Unusual Cheeses,  Washed Rind,  White Cheese

    Honor Roll – Huff Post Lists Best Cheeses

    Every day I say a small prayer to a higher power for not being born lactose intolerant. I mean, it would have been difficult to do this blog in the first place. More importantly, what would I talk about at parties? I get asked a lot what I think the best cheese in the world is. The beauty is, there are thousands. The Huffington Post has a similar view to me, in that there is no such thing as a bad cheese. but they have also compiled a list of the 20 best cheeses (in their humble opinion). I agree with all the listed ones, maybe not the order. Check…

  • American Cheese,  Cheddar,  Cheese,  Swiss,  Travel

    When is a Cheese Not a Cheese? When it’s a “Cheese Food”

    My lack of pretension about food and in particular, cheese is well known. I have always been in the “if it tastes good…don’t ask questions” school. But while researching something food-related for my real day job (which is in PR by the way), I came across this interesting piece about the facts and the science behind processed cheese. 10 Things to Know About Processed Cheese When I say “processed cheese”, apparently what I really mean is “cheese food”. As it can’t actually be classified as “cheese”. “Cheese food” is a food product made from normal cheese and sometimes other unfermented dairy ingredients, plus emulsifiers, extra salt, food colorings, or whey.…

  • Cheese,  Swiss,  Travel

    What a Raclette…But I am Still Fondue of You

    When I was a youngster living in Sydney’s west, it wasn’t the culinary melting pot that it is now. On my last visit home, the main drag of Merrylands’ restaurant count included Vietnamese, Turkish, Lebanese, Chinese, Thai and a couple of others. Nearby Parramatta is even more diverse. But in the 1980s in Parramatta, there was a restaurant called inexplicably Pinkys (the only name more inexplicable was the Foo Doo Chinese up on Sherwood Road, but that’s another story). And at Pinkys, the only thing on the menu was fondue and lots of it. Melted cheese in all its glory. I never actually went to Pinkys and it is long…

  • Cheese,  European Cheese,  Swiss,  Travel

    Melting Moments – Fondue and Raclette Festival Hits Doha

    Who doesn’t love melted cheese? In all it’s ooziness… For those cheese lovers living in and visiting Doha, head to the Grand Hyatt Doha later this month for a Swiss Gastronomy Festival – ie lots of melted things, sticks and a Swiss band. What’s not to love? For more information on the Swiss Food Festival click here: Swiss Gastronomic Week

  • Cheese,  France,  French,  Swiss,  Travel

    It’s Emmental My Dear Watson…

    A friend reminded me this week that I had better get a wriggle on if I am going to try 365 cheeses in 365 days. This inspired two desperation buys this week. The first, Emmental aka the old favorite Swiss cheese. And just like the Swiss, it is mild, non offensive and just a little bit boring. Apparently three types of bacteria are used to produce this cheese, you would think that at least one of them would leave an impression? This one had already been massacred by the industrial cheese slicer at Carrefour and something may have been lost in translation.  I tend to like my cheeses to be…