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...
The David, Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Italy

Fine-tuning Florence

The #12 bus from Santa Maria Novella station rounds the Fortezza da Basso, then turns back and crosses the Arno, before winding its way...
Traditional beam scale and tin bucket, Basel market, Switzerland

Sampling strawberries

A stroll through Basel’s Marktplatz on Saturday just about turned me into a fruitarian. From leafy greens to apricots piled high and yellow 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...
Strawberry-rhubarb tartlettes

Rhubarb–Red, tart and tasty

As spring launches a wave of color into the markets around Basel, the vibrant hue of rhubarb demands my attention. Rhabarba (rhubarb) is onstage...
Nettle terrine, La Couronne d’Or in Leyman, Alsace, France

Nettlesome Spring

‘Annoying’, ‘vexatious’, ‘irritating’, ‘teasing’—Spring this year is all of these things. After a few glorious weeks of forsythia, daffodils and crocuses, came the rains,...
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...

Berlin’s Kaffee Kultur

Sunshine. Coffee. Newspapers. All three were mine, as soon as I stepped through the door of Blaues Band, in Berlin’s Mitte district. I chose...

More Pho Bo in Berlin than Currywurst?

My personal, random survey of Berlin's food scene happily reveals at least as many Vietnamese eateries as Currywurst stands. This may or may not...
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...
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