Do Try: Trucker Rösti in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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First, a fun fact: I’m only about a month away from my four-year anniversary of leaving my permanent address in Denver behind for a life of full-time travel.

In those nearly four years, I’ve taken my dog to 16 countries, learned to love myselfdropped two dress sizes, written seven travel guides, and spent two years as an official expat in Switzerland.

Switzerland captured my heart for a lot of reasons, mostly having to do with nature (the valley I lived in had 72 waterfalls…enough said, right?).

And when it comes to food, I had a few distinct favorites there, including the Trucker Rösti at the Hotel Oberland in Lauterbrunnen.

Drenched in cheese and tomato sauce and ham, this twist on the classic Swiss rösti (which is essentially hash browns) is one of the top three things I ate during my years in Switzerland. I usually had mine with a glass of Merlot and since Swiss restaurants are rather pricey, this was a special occasion treat (usually eaten after an epic hike).


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Travel & Foodie Gems From Around the World—In Your Mailbox

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So, you know those subscription boxes that have been getting so popular? The ones where every month or every quarter a package arrives full of cute stuff for your dog or your kitchen or your bookshelf? Stuff you probably wouldn’t have found on your own, but that delights the dog-lover or gourmet chef or avid reader in you?

Well, there’s a new box in town.

This one for lovers of world travel.

Curated by yours truly and only open to a handful of subscribers.

That’s right, for the rest of 2016, I’ll be putting together three quarterly boxes full of little gems I find during my travels, as well as a personal letter explaining why I chose those things and maybe a few coupons or freebies for experiences—like food tours, hotel stays, zip lines, cooking classes—around the world.

What kinds of things will you find in the boxes?

Every box will be custom-curated based on where I’m traveling and what I find along the way that quarter (and thus every quarter will be very, very different). That said, some things that I’ve found and gifted to people in the past include:

:: Chocolate-covered spices from Paris
:: Local postcards, both stunning and quirky
:: Handmade soaps from Croatian, Parisian, or Spanish markets
:: Specialty jams made with flowers in France
:: Quirky journals from Toledo, Spain
:: Excellent airplane books
:: Good bottles of French wine
:: Real Swiss chocolates

PLUS, every box will contain:

:: A letter from me about how I stumbled upon its contents and why I chose them
:: Bonuses like coupons for discounted hotel stays, food tours, or restaurants around the world

And perhaps a monkey named Justin Bieber.

Monkey time

Okay. Just kidding about the monkey part.

As you can see, the boxes aren’t 100% foodie delights, but it’s my plan to include some along the way.

So, now, the boxes themselves. You’ve got two options:

The Basic Travel Box

Every quarter, I’ll send you a small box of hand-picked local gems for travel-lovers from wherever I’m traveling. Think of it as a quarterly care package from your crazy always-traveling friend.

Quarterly cost: $55 (that’s only about $19 per month)

2016 (three box) cost: $165

Sign up now for 2016

The Bigger Better Travel Box

Filled to the brim, the Bigger Better Travel Box is twice the spices, wines, postcards, and travel goodies every quarter.

Quarterly cost: $99 (that’s $33 per month)

2016 (three box) cost: $297

Sign up now for 2016

I’m only taking 10 people and registration for the first quarterly box ends on April 30. Currently, this is only open to residents of the US and Canada (though I may expand if things go well, so stay tuned if you’re outside North America). The first set of packages will ship out this June.

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Ready to sign up and get a quarterly box from your world-traveling friend?

Again, I’m only taking on 10 boxes this year and registration for the first quarter ends April 30. So, click the pink buttons below to sign up now and get in early!



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2016 Basic Travel Box         2016 Bigger Better Travel Box



Not ready to commit to all three 2016 boxes? Sign up for just the first quarter and give it a test run:

One-Time Basic Travel Box         One-Time Bigger Better Travel Box


Questions? Special requests? Trouble signing up? Leave a comment on the original post at gigigriffis.com or here and I’ll get back to you asap.

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Tomato, Basil, & Mozzarella Open-Faced Sandwiches

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My summer lunches are often simple. Avocado and lemon juice spread on toast. Giant fruit smoothies. Cheese and crackers. And, often, tomato, basil, and mozzarella on toast.

In Switzerland last year, this is something I often made since there was fresh basil growing on our windowsill and the local farmer’s market carried some really epic tomatoes. It’s quick, simple, and delicious and the key to it is really ripe tomatoes. If you have really ripe tomatoes, it’ll taste amazing. If you don’t, it will be mediocre at best. So I suggest making this during tomato season and grabbing some tomatoes from your local farmer’s market.

Once you have those, just toast some fresh bread, add a couple tomato slices (enough to cover the open-faced sandwich), slip some fresh basil leaves on top, and then top with slices of fresh mozzarella. Enjoy in the sunshine.

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Swiss Cheese Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

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It’s no secret that the Swiss are known for their cheeses.

But what you might not know is that real Swiss cheese tastes nothing like the deli version that they call Swiss. Instead, in Switzerland, you’ll find creamy Gruyère and bold Alpkäse. And quite a few other lesser-known varieties, including my all-time favorite: a cheese made with pine needles, which you can find at the fresh market in Bern, Switzerland.

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The man who sells the pine needle cheese also happens to know just about everything there is to know about Swiss cheese in general…down to which cow produced which of his products. Make sure to ask him about everything he’s selling that day.

And do have a bite of the pine needle cheese for me.


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