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Sad News? Good News!

What a pitty indeed. On 24th June 2008 we launched the Recession Wine, an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon Unwooded by Hildenbrand from South Africa. Our stock got finally depleted. Well, the recession is formally over so this means that we are on the way of recovery. Hence we are taking great pride and proudly present the RECOVERY […]

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Quiz: Ticino’s Serial Number?

In the 50’s the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) started to name their locomotives following a British traditon who named their  engines ever since they started operating. To your left you see the AE6/6 TICINO electric engine  prior to its maiden voyage on September 4th, 1952. It’s original livery was dark green and lateron was given […]

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No Coffee Cream from Ticino

The last quiz question asked for the Italian name of a village which connects the Canton of Ticino with the northern European hemisphere. The correct answer is neither Göschenen, Erstfeld nor Bristen (= a mountain of 10’082 ft height in the Canton of Uri) but AIROLO; the Southern portal of the Gotthard tunnel linking Ticino with […]

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Quiz: Coffee Cream from Ticino?

Today’s quiz asks for the Italian name of a village which connects the Canton of Ticino with the northern European hemisphere. Back in 1890 already there were electric street lights and was the first community with a water treatment plant in 1969. Some 1’600 people live there and call their village in their own dialect […]

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Why is there an Olive in a Martini?

That was the last quiz question for 2009. It is speculative, that the oil – contained in an olive; latter being chewed before enjoying the liquid part of the transaction – prevents imbibers to get too drunk too quickly. The “olivian saltiness”, as suggested, does regretfully (or gratefully) not alter the taste of the drink. […]

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Last quiz in 2009

Another Cocktail emerged from the Torino trio being Alessandro Martini, Luigi Rossi and Teofilo Sola in 1863. in 1879 the Sola family sold their interests to the remaining two which branded their “aperitivo” into Martini & Rossi and it is still called like that today. It comes shaken and not stirred in some movies and […]

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Mona Lisa – Coffee Art!

Well, interesting indeed. Among the answers were flower pots, pasta, salt and chalk. The correct answer is coffee with different milk content; a total of 3’604 cups. “Only” three winners this time, so Eric, Hardy2808 and Ruedi (presently meditating in a temple in Phitsanuloke – presumably over missing coffee) – congratulations!

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How the Italians do business

Overheard at the VespaBar…….  Luigi (the father) says to his son. . . ‘I want you to marry a girl of my choice.’ The son says, ‘I will choose my own bride!!!’ 
 Luigi says, ‘But the girl is Bill Gates’ daughter.’ 
 Son answers, ‘Well, in that case . . . ok.’ 
 Next […]

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Mona Lisa – Street Art

Possibly the most-often copied classic by Leonardo da Vinci ist shown here as street art to your left.  The artist did not use chalk but another (water-soluble) material to make his piece of art lasting longer. What kind of material, which you can also find in Ticino restaurant, was used for this interesting reproduction of […]

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Taxi, Italy, Song? CAMPARI !

GASPARE CAMPARI invented the stuff in 1860 and his son DAVIDE started exporting the secret-formulated drink to the country of absinthe – France – in 1904. “Taxi” was the Swiss band who, in the 70s, performed a song called “Now I take a Campari Soda” or in its original “Ich nimme no en Campari Soda” […]

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