"Made here"

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

Fit as a fiddle for autumn

Leaves are turning and beginning to fall, darkness comes early now, and the evenings are getting downright chilly. Despite some warm afternoons, autumn really...
A Moveable Feast

Couscous and camaraderie in Morocco

My advance copy of Lonely Planet's forthcoming food anthology arrived a week ago, and it’s an edifying read. The thirty-eight stories are set around...
Pumpkin mania in southern Germany

Southern Germany’s pumpkin mania

In the local markets of southern Germany, pumpkins and their squashy cousins come in myriad shapes and sizes. Each autumn, a family-run farm in...
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...
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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