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New to Switzerland and tacos

Hi All,

My wife and I moved here from Australia just last week. She is working at a university and I will be a house cat for now, learning French and then working (hopefully on a B Permit).

So far it has been fascinating to see just how differently the Swiss do almost everything. We laughed when the bank offered us an option for our joint account which would make divorce easier. The recycling/rubbish is of course very different but we love this system.

I am not going to be boring and predictable by complaining about the cost of living. We of course researched and prepared for this before coming. I can see that the quality of life is very high here and we look forward to experiencing (and learning from) a new system.

My biggest question is about tacos. I have seen so many taco places here. Not just the franchise Giga Tacos but also little ones. Do people really love tacos that much??? I mean I love tacos but I cannot imagine the demand is that great to warrant so many outlets.

I am living in Lausanne, maybe this is an anomaly and not everywhere in Switzerland is obsessed with tacos.
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

Hi, Iím an American whoís been living here for two years. Having grown up surrounded by Mexican and South and Central American immigrants, I find there arenít enough taco/etc places here I suppose itís all relative to where youíve come from.
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

Taco restaurants are a new development, before it was Chinese restaurants and tomorrow it will be something else.


These places are small, follow the trends and morph into something different very quickly
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

Welcome to the forum Euphrasia!

Come to think of it, the kebap/falafel shop next to my workplace in Bern morphed into a taco joint recently, with the exact same kitchen crew. Unlike your view, this is the only one selling tacos (if you leave the big Tex-Mex franchise chains) in quite a significant radius. So your observation must be a Lausanne specific thing.
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

While my American DNA rejoices at the recent uptick in taco options, could someone please tell the Schweizerische Tacoverband that it is not mandatory to include carrot slices in every taco?

Vielen Dank im Voraus.




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Where are my manners? In my excitement over taco proliferation I forgot the most important part of my reply: Welcome to Switzerland!

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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

Welcome to the forum and to Switzerland.

May also depend on where you are in Switzerland. Don't think there are many taco places around Fribourg.
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

Hello, and welcome.
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

Interestingly enough I figured this thread was about certain foods here that are called tacos but are not in fact Mexican tacos.



Still not sure what those things being touted as tacos are
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

The "taco" craze in Lausanne is because the doner kebab shops all started making their version of a taco. They have nothing whatsoever to do with Mexican food. The meat inside is kebab meat.



If you really want to test them, order pico de gallo on the side and watch them stutter.
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

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Hi, Iím an American whoís been living here for two years. Having grown up surrounded by Mexican and South and Central American immigrants, I find there arenít enough taco/etc places here I suppose itís all relative to where youíve come from.
Dito. Mission-style burritos are near the top of my list of what I miss about living in the US.
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

Where are these magical "taco" places? Hardly any in Basel and this Homesick Texan would do anything for some proper ones not cooked by herself...
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While my American DNA rejoices at the recent uptick in taco options, could someone please tell the Schweizerische Tacoverband that it is not mandatory to include carrot slices in every taco?

Vielen Dank im Voraus.




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Where are my manners? In my excitement over taco proliferation I forgot the most important part of my reply: Welcome to Switzerland!
Me too Welcome!!

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Welcome to the forum and to Switzerland.

May also depend on where you are in Switzerland. Don't think there are many taco places around Fribourg.
Sadly...Iíve seen one in the Matran/Avry area but I looked up the menu and I probably canít eat there anyway. Having celiac disease here is a real pain. So I stick to homemade, really and truly homemade since the sauces and wraps in store are also all dangerous
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Where are these magical "taco" places? Hardly any in Basel and this Homesick Texan would do anything for some proper ones not cooked by herself...
Yeah, sorry but even if a dozen shops opened near you they still wouldn't be quite what you remember as TexMex. Some places do a suitable replacement but it costs an arm and a leg anyway, and what you and I make at home is simply going to be better and less expensive.
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The "taco" craze in Lausanne is because the doner kebab shops all started making their version of a taco. They have nothing whatsoever to do with Mexican food. The meat inside is kebab meat.

If you really want to test them, order pico de gallo on the side and watch them stutter.
These are not in fact tacos! This bizarre phenomenon started in France. So it's not strange that we got it in Romandie before The rest of the country.
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

Euphrasia - welcome- and what a lovely name.

That little flower is currently growing all over the Jura just above you - you need to really look for it, but it is so cute, white and purple, and a lovely shape. But I suppose you know that if you have chosen the name.
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Dito. Mission-style burritos are near the top of my list of what I miss about living in the US.

Burrito Brothers in Lausanne is pretty good for those cravings, IMHO. They are a couple of Mexican-American guys who have done a good job with Mission-style burritos - even carnitas!


However, I recently tried the Geneva franchise of this resto and have to say I was underwhelmed, hope it's just the learning curve and not a general dip in the overall quality of the place
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

Hi and welcome to Switzerland and to the EF!

What you've seen aren't tacos, but DŁrŁm Kebabs.

Here in Switzerland you get them everywhere. Opening a Taco/Burrito shop would actually be revolutationy here
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So your observation must be a Lausanne specific thing.
It is. And apparently it's a new thug food here, as I've been told, got it on good authority. And then it's a uni food truck non-thug food, too.

I also think it has grown as it is easy to eat and maneuvre street food, just like kebab. No sticks/forks necessary. It is fun to see uni folks getting tacos and "a lot of beer because it's so hot". Right.

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My wife and I moved here from Australia just last week.
Hiya, house cat and welcome to both of you.

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Interestingly enough I figured this thread was about certain foods here that are called tacos but are not in fact Mexican tacos.
They aren't at all. I wish they were, but whatevs. There aren't enough Latino enterprisers here to push the real deal.

But to kinda whine about not getting real Mexican food in Switzerland...yawn. It is awesome to make your own, the makings easy to find. I still haven't seen real goulash here, or one decent bagel, skyr is overprocessed and sauerkraut too sweet. Next.
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Re: New to Switzerland and tacos

Here you go, yet another one !!


"A mythical place re-opens" - GaultMillau
Just Re-opened: Afterwork Tapas & Cocktails at La Grappe d'Or
One of Lausanne's most loved bar-restos just reopened by new management, and the reviews on Tripadvisor / Facebook / Google / GaultMillau are amazing




This place used to be fine dining in Lausanne, just off Rue de Bourg
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Burrito Brothers in Lausanne is pretty good for those cravings, IMHO. They are a couple of Mexican-American guys who have done a good job with Mission-style burritos - even carnitas!


However, I recently tried the Geneva franchise of this resto and have to say I was underwhelmed, hope it's just the learning curve and not a general dip in the overall quality of the place
Lausanne is better. The EPFL one closed though, turned it into a burger joint - cheaper to produce and cheaper for customers. They still have burritos there, but it's a wrap actually.
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