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15 Sep An Eventful EXPOerience




This year was the second year that I chose to take part in the Expat Expo in Zurich, the expo that’s by, for and about English-speaking Switzerland. Last year at the same time, I introduced Miso Cute to the Expat community. I went crazy that year, bringing different experiments for the children, snacks for both kids and adults, and WAY too many flyers. This year, I was a lot more relaxed about it. Yes, there was still plenty of preparation beforehand, but I kept my energy for one to one communication rather then making a big mess with the kids 🙂

Throughout the week I was preparing everything for the big day. Flyers (not too many this time), business cards, one fun experiment for the kids, raffle sign-up sheets, hardly any sleep, and of course, nutrilicious snacks. One snack I decided to make again this year was my Energy Lemon Balls. They were such a big hit last year, that I just had to make them again. You can find the recipe at the bottom of this post!

I arrived at the Kongresshaus in the heart of Zurich, nice and early that day to set up my table. I tossed a bright orange tablecloth on it, took my time deciding where to place my flyers and food, and there I was, pumped and ready to chitchat for the rest of the day.

12023118_10156884103953125_976446300_nOne thing you’re advised to not to at the expo, is sit down. I have to say, that even if I wanted to sit down (which I kind of did about one hour towards the end), there was just no time at all. It was so awesome and busy constantly, that it took me an amazing three hours to eat my lunch! From the moment the doors opened, and until the very last minute, there was a constant flow of people of all shapes and sized, coming to check out the 110 exhibitors, me included.

During the rare moments that it was slightly less busy, the exhibitors were walking around checking out their neighbors and exchanging business cards. I got to meet some really awesome business owners such as Tanja of Ochner Balloons, Rose of Füürwärch (a.k.a fire-works), the lovely Tania of Eat Well Be Well, and saw lots of friendly faces I’ve been lucky enough to know beforehand such as Michelle of SheBirths, Winter of ArTzilLaZ, Covera ,The WAC, American Women’s Club of Zurich, Make it Special, and who can forget the awesome Girlfriend Guide to Zurich who was also one of the gold sponsors of the event.

But the best and most exciting part of the day, was talking to YOU! So many people came up showing genuine interest in the kids classes, adult classes, birthday parties and corporate events I offer. They were all happy to hear about my basic rule: healthy cooking – healthy eating. I had people who were interested in learning how to cook healthier for their families, people who needed help with their picky eaters, those who had special dietary requirement or food allergy and were really happy to hear that I adjust my menus accordingly, and those who are as crazy as I am, and were happy to know they’re not alone 🙂

So to sum it all up, this year’s Expat Expo was above and beyond what I expected, and I’m really looking forward to take part in the upcoming Zug one. I promise I’ll make the lemon energy balls again, but until then, here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

 

Lemon Energy Balls

  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 3 tbsp oat flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • Zest of one lemon + some of it’s juice
  • a pinch of salt

All you have to do it toss everything in the food processor, and wiz up until it’s all combined. Only add about a teaspoon of lemon juice at a time, so that it doesn’t get too sticky. You want the juice to help bring everything together, but not to be soaked. When it’s all ground up and well combined, just roll into little balls, and refrigerate. A great snack for both young and old!

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