"Made here"

Local ingredients and products, traditional or newly minted: wines, cheeses and unique dishes often best sampled in “locavore” mode

Vineyard in Baden, Germany

Straussi time in Baden (DE)

With daylight lingering into the evening, it’s tempting to stay outside as late as possible. A great place to do this is in one...
Fricktaler Chriesiwäg (Frick Valley cherry trail), Switzerland

Along the Frick Valley’s cherry trail

The Fricktaler Chriesiwäg (Frick Valley cherry trail) is a family-friendly introduction to an easygoing landscape. Last week, I sampled its virtues just in the...
Sunset at the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Venice in Basel

Any time of year, I look forward to the newly fresh produce on offer at local markets. I recently learned that all of the...

¡Buen provecho!

What does one do when her best friend leaves town for an exciting year-long adventure in Southeast Asia? Send him off with a Mexican...
Marchers in the annual Fasnacht parade, Basel, Switzerland

Fasnacht for a foodie

Four days ago before dawn, Basel's carnival opened with a bang. More than any other event on the city calendar, Fasnacht, called "the three...
View of the Fez medina, Morocco

Remembering Morocco

I learned to make tagines, bread, and salad at the proverbial knee of several Moroccan home cooks and one very good Berber chef, Lahcen...

Raclette three ways

Legend has it that Raclette, a dish born in the Swiss canton of Valais in the 16th century, resulted from an accidental meltdown of...
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