Giant sunflowers at attention, Hofstetten, Switzerland

August comes to Switzerland

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This drowsy month is one of birthdays (Switzerland’s, mine) and the pinnacle of summer here. It can be cool and rainy, but is generally...
Trust me - Switzerland's honor system

Trust me—Switzerland’s honor system

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Self-service flower gardens represent an aspect of living in Switzerland that still enchants me after twelve years. Ever since I moved here, I’ve been a...
Traditional beam scale and tin bucket, Basel market, Switzerland

Sampling strawberries

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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...
Strawberry-rhubarb tartlettes

Rhubarb–Red, tart and tasty

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As spring launches a wave of color into the markets around Basel, the vibrant hue of rhubarb demands my attention. Rhabarba (rhubarb) is onstage...
Fricktaler Chriesiwäg (Frick Valley cherry trail), Switzerland

Along the Frick Valley’s cherry trail

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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...

¡Buen provecho!

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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

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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...

Raclette three ways

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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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