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To celebrate the launch of its new brandname and logo, “le Cercle du Thé” tea shop in Nyon is offering knowitall.ch readers the chance to win afternoon tea for two!

With more than 200 different teas to choose from, plus the serving of home-made scones, real clotted cream and strawberry jam, as well as fresh sandwiches and sweet delicacies, this is one prize that you will certainly want to win!

About “le Cercle du Thé”

Le Cercle du Thé is the new name that owner, Anne von Erlach, has decided to give to her popular tea shop in Nyon. First launched four years ago under the name La Boite à Thé, the shop is a haven of tranquillity in the bustling centre of Nyon, close to the Place Perdtemps car park.   

Selling “all things tea-related”, the shop includes a beautiful display of multi-colored tea sets and tea pots, canisters, thermos flasks, spices, syrups, chocolates, and biscuits, as well as a vast array of honey and jams.  To create the perfect environment for your tea drinking, the shop also sells a wide variety of candles and mini-statuettes, plus additional items such as jewelry, scarves, and wraps.

In the summer, guests have the option of taking their tea outside in a beautiful, small terrace, sheltered from the noise of the streets outside.

Why the new name?

Asked why she wanted to rebrand her tea shop, Anne told knowitall.ch, “I wanted to give the shop a bit of a boost, and create a new “spirit”, with additional services that I felt our customers would appreciate. In Asia a circle is a concept strongly associated with Zen. A circle symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void.  Le Cercle du Thé is a natural outcome of this.”

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Enter our competition to win one of three special entry packages up for grabs, including a souvenir glass and free beer tastings!

With all the food and drink festivals that take place in Geneva each year, it’s hard to believe that the city has never had it’s own open air beer festival.

So you can imagine how excited we were when we heard about Festibière de Genève – Geneva’s first open air beer festival, scheduled to take place between the 15th and 18th June at the Place de la Sardaigne in Carouge!

Developed in partnership with the Association des Brasseurs Artisans de Genève, this unique 4-day festival will provide visitors with the opportunity to taste some of the region’s best, locally produced “craft” beer, while listening to up-and-coming bands from the region and enjoying a relaxing night out with friends and colleagues.

Lots of beer and food!
Blonde, ambrée, dark, fruity, or bitter - there will be more than 25 brewers offering a selection of over 150 of the finest artisanale beers at the inaugural edition of the Festibière de Genève!

Wherever you look, food trucks and local food stands will also be on hand to meet the culinary needs of festival goers!

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The 6th edition of the popular food festival, Lausanne à Table, kicked off last month with a heart-warming fondue event that took place on the streets of Lausanne.

To mark the opening of this special gourmet festival, 13 restaurant owners installed tables in the streets, parks, squares, and water’s edge of Lausanne, and offered “pop-up” fondues to the first diners lucky enough to find a place.

With more than 80 events taking place this year over an 8-month period running from March to October, there is clearly something to suit everyone’s tastes! A quick glance down the event programme reveals a mouth-watering array of gastronomic occasions, many with a special accent on “le terroir”, and traditional home-made dishes created using local produce.

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Domino’s Pizza, a long-time partner of the Genève-Servette Hockey Club, wants to make Friday the 13th your lucky day!  One lucky winner will win 13 tickets to the Genève-Servette Hockey game against HC Fribourg-Gotteron this Friday, 13 January!  Additionally, the winner and their guests will receive 13 pizzas and 13 drinks!  This is a wonderful opportunity to get a group of friends or your own sports team together for a great night out at the hockey game, and change your luck on Friday the 13th!

To participate in the draw, just stop by any of the 4 Domino’s Pizza restaurants in Geneva to pick up an entry form, which you need to fill out and hand straight back in! No purchase is necessary, although who can resist a delicious Domino’s Pizza?

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Here are a few ideas for quick and easy apéritifs, with ingredients sourced from local supermarkets. The common feature of all recipes featured in this list is simplicity – none of us wants to spend hours creating gourmet dishes at this time of year.  So read on… and if you have a few ideas of your own, please send them in to us and we will add them to this year's list.

If you still need further inspiration, then why not try out one of the "festive" cookery lessons in the area! Many of the local cookery schools offer classes in the run up to Christmas. Check out the new chapter, Cook like a Local, in the new 10th edition of Know-it-all passport to find a local school near you! (Cooking courses are on pages 162 to 164).

And don't forget to check out the recipes in "Healthy Sweet + Spicy Christmas Recipes", the amazing eBook from knowitall.ch guest blogger, Hiba Giacoletto.