Lausanne, Switzerland
Sabrina, 40
Educational ninja & unrepentant gourmet
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I teach to kids and teenagers. But mostly to 9-10. I love this job because I like the idea of transmission and because adults never ask you what your third favorite dinosaur is.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Saved by the Bell, 90210, Murder She Wrote, Six Feet Under, Dowton Abbey, Bored to Death, Rome, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The L Word, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale,...

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Mostly second-hand, i also love basics from Uniqlo and i collect t-shirts

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Mad Club

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Going to the market on Saturday morning to buy flowers, fresh vegetables and amazing cheese...but i'm not exactly a morning person, so it doesn't happen.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Lausanne and where did you get it?

A whole beef (!) slowly cooked outside by the lake, it fed 350 people, the event was organized by Lausanne à Table, a foodies association who regularly provides really nice events.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Lausanne that you particularly like?

La Clef, it's a tiny bar owned by a grumpy at first sight but adorable lady, you'll have good belgian beers, amazing cocktails and rock'n'roll tunes.

What restaurant in Lausanne looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Dalat, a vietnamese restaurant. It's in a "chalet" and the toilets are outside...but the "bó bùn royal" is really good.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

I love "rebibes". They are very thin slices of cheese made with a special cheese plane or a peeling knife. Also air-dried beef grison style, coppa, raw ham and smoked bacon garnished with pearl onions and pickled cucumbers.

What are the Lausanne spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

La Cité, the old part of town. Make sure to climb up the Cathedral to catch the breathtaking sight!

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