swiss national day

swiss flagThis time last week, I really didn’t know too much about Switzerland or the Swiss culture other than the K-Swiss sneakers I had to have in Middle School and my admiration for the hot and talented Roger Federer.  The closest I came to traveling there, was my layover in the Zurich airport (the landscape that I flew over was gorgeous!) on my way to Finland.  Celebrating Swiss National Day in the Central Park Zoo, I learned that the Swiss culture as an entirety embodies the cultures of its bordering countries – Germany, Italy and France – with these other countries having influence over their food, their wine and their language – no wonder Roger can speak 5 languages!

foodAt Swiss National Day, many came out to bask in their Swiss pride sporting many variations of red attire.  I was in my glory not having to go too far from home (just another borough) to feel like I was abroad in Europe.  Individuals with Swiss accents were queuing up for a dish (or 2) of their favorite native food from the food tasting prepared by Reto Mathis of MATHIS FOOD AFFAIRS.  Non-English speaking natives flocked to the wine tasting tables to sample wines that were similar to Rieslings, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noirs.  A few of the many dishes they had that we tasted were the Veal Zurichoise w. Rosti {a mushroom sauce and potato latke}, a pretzel, and a cheese tartlet {above}.  parfaitSince recently

beginning to train for the Marine Corps Marathon, my body has been craving yogurt so I was really drawn to this “parfait” (as I incorrectly continued to called it) which was amazing.  AND to add to the list of things I learned that night it isn’t really a parfait but a Switzerland invented Muesli!

KIDS!A NYC event wouldn’t be complete without the adorable children’s activities {above} and some activities for the grown ups – opportunities to play dress up Swiss style clothing and contribute to the Swiss economy here in the States through their silent auction {below}.

adult activities

AND of course a trip to the Zoo wouldn’t be complete without a Sea Lion show.  Children and adults alike enjoyed watching their cute antics of jumping, clapping and splashing around in the water.

sea lionIt was a fun, cultural and learning experience and fabulous way to spend a beautiful Summer evening. Thank you Swiss Benevolent Society for sharing your world with us.

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About cara protzko

A wanderlust at heart, I believe there is no better city to explore than NYC. With so much culture to experience, both old and new, my mission is to share my under the radar findings to enhance the experiences of the locals and the full-time NYC wanderers. I want my experiences and this blog be your go-to place for insider tips as you travel and explore this great city.
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