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In light of what this pandemic has imposed on us, one of the first things folks are pinning for (apart from the hairdresser) is a good meal out to celebrate, enjoy the beautiful weather, and socialize with friends and family again. But in the meantime, restaurants are really struggling financially and could do with some pre-paid meals on your behalf. You are going to spend the money at that restaurant anyways, so why not do it now? You can have solidarity with restaurant owners and know that you will be supporting them throughout the shutdown period.

Who started this initiative and why?
#AidonsNosRestaurants is a campaign launched by LaFourchette and Tripadvisor to support the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 crisis. 

How can I prepay for a meal at one of my favorite restaurants?
You can "buy a prepaid voucher" on the restaurant page, and choose an amount between Fr. 10.- and Fr. 250.-; all gestures count — from the smallest to the largest.

Is the payment secure?
LaFourchette and Tripadvisor have chosen Stripe, a payment system recognized for supporting secure transactions.

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Les Pierogi Restaurant Geneva. Photo credit: Instagram @MichalGrupa

Have you ever eaten a pierogi? This Polish dumpling is the vessel to carry a variety of meats, vegetables, or cheeses! Every country has a version it seems: The Italians have ravioli, the Indians have samosas, the Spanish have empanadas, the Portuguese have papas rellena, the Brazilians have coxinha, the Germans have Knödel, the Chinese have wontons, and the Greek have Koulakli Manti. I could go on and on with a list but my mouth is watering thinking about all these delicious stuffed dumplings!

In broad terms, dumplings consist of dough wrapped around a filling or just made one dimensional with plain dough. The dough is usually made from bread, flour, or potatoes, and can be filled with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits, or sweets. Dumplings can be baked, boiled, fried, or steamed. Don't get them mixed up when the exterior is made of rice or meat and stuffed with a contrasting food, as this is not classified as a dumpling (refering to the Italian arancini di riso or the Turkish kibbeh).

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A new crowdfunding project has been launched with the aim of reopening a beautiful old café in the heart of Lausanne.

Following its closure in 2016, Le Barbare has been sorely missed by the residents and tourists of Lausanne, who used to meet regularly there during the day for one of its famous hot chocolates, or later in the evening for an aperitif.

Situated on the well-known “Escaliers du Marché” leading down from the cathedral, the café first opened its doors to guests back in 1951.  With such a historic location for its address, fans of Le Barbare are keen to retain the café’s link with its traditional and geographic past, rather than see it reopen as office space or other commercial entity with less of a community spirit to it.

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To do this, they need to raise money. The café requires renovation if it is to conform with current standards for safety and hygiene, especially in the kitchen area.  So three friends and former “regulars” of Le Barbare – a historian, a geographer and an entrepreneur - have come together to form an association to raise the funds, not just for the immediate restoration, but also for start-up capital to get the business up-and-running as a café again.

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Since we reported on the launch of Geneva’s new gastronomic restaurant, Le Chef, a couple of years ago, the neo-industrial style restaurant has established a strong reputation for producing high quality, authentic dishes with a global twist. Situated on on the third floor of the public zone of Geneva Airport, with spectacular views over the airport runways and Jura mountains, the restaurant has continued to use local produce from the Romand region to create an exciting and varied menu that changes with the passage of seasons.

The first dining experience of its kind in Switzerland….

Never one to rest on his laurels, Benjamin Luzuy and his team have now decided to embark on a new culinary journey – the first of its kind in Switzerland - with the help of a diminutive animated chef, called “Le Petit Chef”.

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A traditional Mongolian yurt has recently been installed in the park of the Hôtel du Léman in Jongny, Vaud.

The new yurt will offer guests a unique gastronomic experience, in a tranquil setting at the gates of Lavaux, overlooking Lake Geneva.  

With its luxurious array of shimmering colors, and perfect “cocoon-like” sound proofing, the yurt makes an ideal location for anyone looking to celebrate a birthday with family or friends, organize an aperitif with colleagues, or run a motivational evening for their sports team!  Measuring up to 50m2, the yurt can accommodate up to 35 people at a time.

On the menu is a special 3-course dinner, proposed by chef Laurent Omphalius and priced at Fr. 85.- per person, which includes chestnut soup (served in the cauldron outside, weather permitting), a meat or fish-based Mongolian fondue, with rice noodles and julienne vegetables. The homemade dessert is a mouth-watering combination of pineapple and coconut rolls with lychee sorbet.