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August 22, 2018

Jucker Farm, Zurich…honestly fascinating & relaxing

There is one thing that will catch your attention the moment you make your way to Jucker Farm: The magnificent view over the turquoise lake and the rolling hills. In the background, you might even see the snowy Alps.

The food in the canteen style restaurant is not fancy but quite tasty. There are piles of cake, waffles, pancakes… fresh salads, müesli, smoothies… and also, hearty meals like rösti with fried eggs, quiches and on the nostalgic black stove simmer two different types of soup. There are amusement areas for kids – a dwarf goat petting zoo, a rabbit pen (including baby bunnies), and old tractors for the children to explore – including an apple garden – an accessible labyrinth made up of 5,900 apple trees that provide apples for the table and for producing cider.

Juckerhof in Seegraben, located on the picturesque Pfäffikersee is about a 30 minutes drive from Zurich.

Nothing spells relaxation more than having lunch on a table overlooking the tranquil Lake Pfäffikon. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 16, 2011

The Mindcafe, Singapore…play board games over a drink or meal. We could sit there for hours

What I love about Mindcafe is that at most cafes, you finish your coffee and cake you leave after a few minutes but at Mindcafe you can play board games and stay longer.  It’s such a fun place where you can just hang with your friends for hours playing board games or chat over a drink and cake – a healthy and more social pastime instead of an internet cafe.

Mindcafe is a tiny establishment with comfy couches, lines of tables and multiple shelves stocking hundreds of games to cater to every taste everything from Taboo and Monopoly to obscure titles such as I’m the Boss, Labyrinth and Ubongo.

I went there a few times with my family (and once we brought my son’s friend along), ordered our mandatory drinks and also played a few board games. There were 3 of us sitting in a couple of long sofas.  The wait staff double up as well-informed instructors to explain the rules as many games are hard to understand. And when we couldn’t decide on which game to play first he took the initiative to recommend us a game which is suitable for our group

This is my son’s favourite hang-out in the city! The food is alright, the drinks are great and the staff are always friendly and enthusiastic. I’d give this place a 8 for ambience, except there are some times it’s loud and rowdy (in the excitement of their game) which is annoying. Not too heavy on the wallet, huge selection of board games , we could sit here for hours. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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