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Alright. Fondue doesn't seem to be a warm weather dish. In winter it's nice and cozy to have the pot of cheese on your table heating up the room and filling everything with the smell of cheese. However, eating hot sticky cheese on bread may not seem very appealing if its hot outside. At least, that's what you probably think...

There is a small and friendly restaurant in Zurich that might be able to convince you otherwise. The Chäsalp is located on a hill outside of Zurich and its guests sit outside at large wooden tables with a great view of the surrounding hills (and the Mazoala hall of Zurich Zoo amongst other things). Pillows and woolen blankets assure comfort in this rustic Swiss atmospehere. With cowbells sounding in the background one generally has the impression of being near a cottage somewhere in the Alps rather than being 15 minutes outside of Zurich. :)

In consistence with the restaurants name, cheese is the main ingredient used in dishes at the Chäsalp (lit. cheese alp). Almost 20 different kinds of cheese fondue, several kinds of Raclette and many other Swiss specialities appear on the Chäsalp menu. Dining out is not a requisite at Chäsalp. It is also a great location to simply enjoy a fine glass of wine and watch the sunset over the nearby hills.

I'll definitely visit the Chäsalp again this summer - and so should you! Prost!



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