The first time I popped into this cute little shop I was expecting to see Welsh laver cakes.
“Wow, how niche is this place?!” I thought to myself as I stepped in. Then the penny dropped. In Switzerland Welsch is used to denote non-German speaking parts of the country – the Romance-language-speaking areas.
Once I’d absorbed this snippet of new cultural information, I took a look around and realised I’d walked into a veritable Züri Narnia. Staring back at me were pine nut salamis, divinely ripe Gruyère and a plethora of craft beers and ciders.
There are a few things that make my heart flutter when it comes to food and none of them relate to trends:
– seasonal produce
– local produce
– unusual produce that embody the place’s culture
– anti-food waste sentiments
Welschland covers them all.
How do they do the last one? They offer you free pieces of fruit/veg when they’ve passed their peak ripeness. Don’t think you have a use for a few slightly overripe bananas? Peel them, put them in a ziploc bag and freeze them, ready for your next smoothie. The last place they belong is in the bin.
In my books they also get bonus points for staying open until 21:00. That’s a rarity here for small, independent shops and has saved me many a time on my way to parties and dinners. A Seri baguette as an apero offering? Don’t mind if I do!