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Falaque's Thali: a tasting menu with a choice of samosa, any two meat dishes, a vegetable dish & lentils served with Pilaf rice, cucumber raita & special tomato chutney for Fr. 32.-

Can you believe it has been 10 years since we wrote an article about Falaque Indian and Bengali Cuisine? We were in touch recently with Sharin who gave us some more personal background into her business. She is giving our readers 10% discount through the end of June. Please read on to know how to take advantage of this delicious offer.

Why did you start? What has been the inspiration?

I moved here with my husband and 3 year-old daughter as a trailing spouse from New York some 16 years ago (seems like a long time ago). I got pregnant with my son soon after, and was craving all the delights that New York had to offer. Although now you can find a decent variety of restaurants, the takeaway concept and homestyle traditional cuisine did not exist much back then. Like many, I am also passionate about food and I have had the great fortune to live in Bangladesh (my origin), Sierra Leone, Uganda, Miami, New York and now Nyon, and have been able to develop a very diverse palet. Thus the concept of Falaque was born. Homestyle cuisine, small menu but healthy, hearty and unctuous dishes. Proper soul food!

Have you been working on this idea forever, or was it something that came to you recently?
I have always wanted to open a restaurant, but being a chef isn’t really considered an actual career, so I graduated with a degree in Computer Science. But I have always been intrigued by the technical side of cooking, the temperatures, timing, the chemistry of ingredients and also the Ayurvedic and wholistic nature of spices. I have countless professional books on these matters, and would love to further my education in this field. I started working on the concept in 2011, with a small catering business and Friday night meal delivery service. To my delight it picked up very quickly and I was able to build quite a high demand and good client base. In 2014, I opened Falaque in Nyon as a take-away and in 2018, I went and got my license to expand the place and now we are a restaurant, and recently we just made an outdoor terrace.

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What is La FARCE?
The association La FARCE is a free grocery store, based in the canton of Geneva, for HES-SO and UNIGE students. It offers free food distributions for a student public who claims the need for it, unconditionally and without financial justification. The objective is to act against precariousness and food waste, to create solidarity and promote social ties, with a view to sustainability.

Volunteers
Would you like to help out at La FARCE?

  • Collecting unsold food at our partners in the canton of Geneva with the cargo bike
  • Installing food in the grocery store
  • Manage food distributions
  • Welcoming students

The grocery store members commit to respect the grocery store charter. 

When?
Wednesday and Thursday according to your availability.

Duration ?
The time you can give!

How long?
Each grocery member receives a link to sign up for the time slots for the following month.

Make a food donation
La Farce welcomes your food donations. "We would be grateful if you would give preference to dry products and hygiene products: pasta, rice, pellati, lentils, quinoa, dried beans, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. Donations can be brought directly to our office, rue Prévost-Martin 28, building A in the basement. You can drop them off on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. or by appointment by calling 078 210 52 17. These food donations will allow us to fill the food parcels distributed each week."

myveganlife

Are you a current, future, or former vegan? We were contacted by the Alimentarium Museum in Vevey. They have asked for you to share your story!

This year, the Alimentarium is focusing on veganism, a consumer trend that is on the rise but that has yet to be extensively studied in Switzerland. A new temporary exhibition, events, workshops and presentations all dedicated to this topic, and a bespoke participative platform are all on the menu at this museum in Vevey. In order to better understand the individual motives and challenges behind this dietary and lifestyle choice, the Alimentarium is giving the floor to the public. Vegans, future vegans and former vegans are invited to share their stories on myveganlife.org, the platform created specifically for the exhibition.

Why focus on veganism?

In addition to being a biological necessity, our diet is a sociocultural and identity marker that can also have a significant impact on the environment. In fact, in light of the climate crisis, some food choices are now under scrutiny. Others become cultural movements and ways of life that question the perception of the world as a source of commodities. This particularly applies to veganism since it raises the issue of animal rights. The Alimentarium is calling on the public at large to share their experiences to then explore these diverse stances further.

The Fish Club

It is very appropriate to write an article about a couple with Valentine's Day coming up. And when Lois Vitry -Trapman, Royal Bloom, contacted us about her latest venture, we had to find out more. Lois and her husband, Lorenzo Wiskerke, are one dynamic couple... not even Covid-19 could stop their enthusiasm for supplying the best quality products to their clients. So much so, that The Fish Club Lausanne was born in June 2020. The couple's first venture in 2012, Royal Fish, is a wholesale supplier for restaurants and hotels with fresh seafood. Now, private clients can buy the same at The Fish Club. Even with Covid-19 in full swing, the shop has been successful and has already developed a loyal clientele.

"But why stop there?", Lois and Lorenzo asked themselves. "The Fish Club Geneva is coming this Spring near Rive!" We can't wait to be able to stroll over to pick up a lobster roll, a king crab roll, or a salmon platter for take-out! The prices are not over the top so you will be super happy to sink your teeth into any of their very fresh products.

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What does The Fish Club offer?
When you walk into The Fish Club, you will be pleasantly surprised by the decor, layout, and lack of fishy smells! The fresh counter has an amazing array of fresh fish, shrimp, and shellfish. You will also find a range of champagnes, Caviar House & Prunier caviar, sauces and condiments, and even a range of frozen items.

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What is your favorite local wine? Do you think it it listed on this new online platform? When Martine Klay told knowitall.ch about a great regional wine site, Winemaker.com, with pre-selected packs, we couldn't resist sharing with others. "We would like to encourage people to visit our platform to discover amazing vineyards, winemakers and wines. While referencing nearly 150 vineyards, we discovered passionate people with amazing know-how. Their wines reflect their craft as well as their personality and, most of all, their terroir. We found this fascinating!"

Winemaker.com has also kindly offered a 12% discount on all orders through the month of February 2021. With lockdown, this might be a clever way of wine-tasting without driving! And when lockdown is over, you can invite your friends around to discover these new wines you ordered. The tasting sets with names such as Verbier Set, Arosa Set, Apéro Set, and Prestige Set certainly are very inviting. We asked Martine a few questions about Winemaker.com here:

Why did you start? What has been the inspiration?
After some personal experiences and research, we realized that most winemakers rely on very regional audiences to market their products - and that their order & payment processes on their decentralized web shops are rather limited.

Winemaker wants to support winemakers with a state-of-the art web platform and marketing offering in 4 languages. We take care of the full payment process and administration as well as the logistics organization. Our logistic partner is directly informed when an order is placed on our platform. The vineyard just has to prepare the order and have it ready for the transporter, that's all!