Lunch at l’Atelier du Peintre, Colmar

Recommending restaurants is a dangerous business (says she, who does more of it than many…). A Basel-based friend who’s thoroughly into his food and a terrific cook recently mailed me for ideas on where to have lunch in Colmar. He’d be meeting up with “food-interested friends” from Sydney – a city not noticeably short of good spots to eat… Continue reading Lunch at l’Atelier du Peintre, Colmar

Comfort Food at the Christmas Markets

If you’re feeling oppressed by tat and tinsel, bothered by obese Santas and fed up with canned Christmas carols, it could be time for a visit to the cross-border triangle formed by Alsace, Basel and the Black Forest. Wooden booths like tiny chalets settle down around cathedrals and town halls, offering goods that privilege the… Continue reading Comfort Food at the Christmas Markets

Riesling has its day – Millésimes 2012

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