A couple of weeks ago I was invited to serve as judge in a best British cake contest at a spectacular (and spectacularly wet) Jubilee Garden Party organised by a band of Brits living in southern Alsace. I admit the invitation came as a bit of a suprise – anyone who knows me is probably… Continue reading Vanquishing the Victoria Sponge
It’s always been a surprise to me (and plenty of others) that Alsace has never had a first-class wine salon of its own – the kind of forum that serves as a showcase for the region’s finest. Yesterday, with the first edition of Millésimes Alsace, that changed. The day was titled La Journée du Riesling and featured… Continue reading Riesling has its day – Millésimes 2012
One of the frustrations of eating out in the Basel area is the lack of ‘ethnic’ food that’s a) authentic and b) sensibly priced. In March I reported on Café Tacuba, a new(ish) place on Malzgasse that serves pretty good Mexican food – vanishingly rare round here. I’ve just been to lunch there again and… Continue reading Cafe Tacuba Basel
Last week a group came with a special request for a workshop with a fishy focus. This is the one where we go the day before to the fish counter of the local supermarket, armed with an inventory/list of loads of different seafood (names in English, French and German to cover all local eventualities), so… Continue reading Taking the Fear out of Fish
After a recent weekend down there, I’d venture a hesitant ‘yes’. The first thing that was highly affordable was our B & B, Les Sept Nains near La Rochepot, a real find (not mine but one of our party’s) and a bare 20k +/- southwest of Beaune. It’s run by a young Bourguignon/Brazilian couple, Yvon and… Continue reading Is there such a thing as affordable Burgundy?
When we gravitated to the Upper Rhine region over 30 years ago, most of the sound and fury on the food front was coming from Alsace. Back then there were three triple-Michelin star restaurants (L’Auberge de l’Ill, Le Burehiesel and Au Crocodile) plus a host of young chefs following in their wake. Fine food in… Continue reading Alsace vs Baden: which side of the Rhine has the best food?
Every year since 1993, Paris’s professional organisation for bakers and pastry chefs has staged a competition for the city’s best baguette. In past years the prize has gone to such well known bread luminaries as Lionel Poilâne, Eric Kayser and Dominique Saibron. This week the 2012 winner was announced: Sébastien Mauvieux of the eponymous boulangerie… Continue reading In search of Paris’s best baguette