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Blaast Places

Blaast Places are a collection of restaurants, cafés or boutiques where I love to go to in my hometown, Lausanne, and also I discover in my travels.

  Instagram is great for finding new places. That’s how I discovered  The Blooming Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand (while browsing hashtaghs #BangkokFood and #BangkokFoodie).  I immediately high-listed the misleadingly-named café when I saw that “Matcha Cheesecake” picture and its raving caption. Nestled in the Eight Thonglor shopping mall, the café is set like a glasshouse… Read More »

  Blaast Places Prepare to be tempted – the “toasts” of The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough simply delicious. You will be asking for seconds.  Located near the Botanical Gardens subway station, this is a boutique café which does the baking onsite in a small kitchen and you can sit out on the terrace.  They offer a signature selection of freshly-baked sourdough bread, and also pastries like banana… Read More »

  Sorry donut fans – I find it hard to get excited over donuts.  To me, they are just a sugary dough often topped with more sweetness.  That was my impression until I tried the donuts with a twist at Brother Bird on Bali Lane in Singapore.  This is a small restaurant-cafe with a dark… Read More »

Haakon, Singapore

  I connected with Vickii, a food, travel and lifestyle blogger based in Singapore and she suggested meeting at Haakon in Holland Village – “They have good Açai and coffee”. The place is small, but the big windows, high ceiling and clean simple lines of Scandinavian-style décor make it look spacious. I chose the small “Haakon’s Classic Açai… Read More »

Café Mood, Lausanne

  For the size of the town, Lausanne’s restaurant scene is upbeat and also not immune to the bobo vibe. By this we mean: an interior that mixes old and trendy with mismatching chairs, tables, cups or sofas, and obligatory wooden elements (furniture, wall and some other structure).  The menu or “Today’s Specials” are preferably… Read More »

Chez Alain Miam Miam, Paris

Hidden in the intriguingly-named Marché des Enfants Rouges (Red Children Market) in Le Marais area is Chez Alain Miam Miam.  Alain claims to make the best sandwiches/“sandwich-galettes“ (not crêpes he insists).  So popular is he that my friend Marie and I waited for an hour in the cold to be served.  His outsized personality did… Read More »

Eat Me, Lausanne

  Lausanne may be a small provincial town but boasts of an international outward-looking spirit.  The Eat Me restaurant is testament to this spirit, serving the “world on small plates” dim-sum or taco-style.  I would often walk by the restaurant and see it crowded.  It was only recently that I went in and tried their 8-course… Read More »

Juicery 21, Zurich

Healthy food options in Switzerland are still few and far between.  Juicery 21 is one of them in Zurich. It is a small place with a studied industrial interior look. There is also a charming small terrace (too bad it was cold when I went). As its name suggests, Juicery 21 is essentially a juice bar best known for their cold-pressed juices… Read More »

Romain C, Lausanne

  If you have a soft spot for pastries like me, you must absolutely drop in at Romain C. in Lausanne.  I discovered the place  thanks to a friend, Emilie, who invited me for lunch not saying much except “tu ne le connais pas, tu vas l’adorer“ (you don’t know it but you are going to love… Read More »

Mango Deck, Lausanne

If you enjoy eating healthy food like I do, there are regrettably only a few eating-out options in Switzerland. One in Lausanne and Geneva is Mango Deck.  They offer only healthy and well-balanced food following traditional recipes with quality fresh ingredients.  Their speciality is to steam almost every dish and hence has no added-fat. Mango… Read More »