Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Dutch Baker's Daughter: Oliebollen--A New Year's Eve Tradition

The Dutch Baker's Daughter: Oliebollen--A New Year's Eve Tradition: To be honest, I'm not much into deep frying my food. Don't get me wrong--I like to eat deep fried foods (well, most of them anyway-...



But these are goooood ;)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Lunch or dinner on our Alsace wine tours - maybe in Ammerschwihr?

One of the reasons we ended up in Alsace in 1999 and decided to live there permanently in 2003, is the great choice of good restaurants.
In France a healthy and beautiful plate is always important. And of course the search for matching wines is a pleasure.
In Alsace we find German cuisine, French cuisine and a melting pot between the two. There is a high number of Michelin * restaurants. This probably has to do with several factors, like the European parliament, Germany being close, tourism, etc..

In Ammerschwihr in the heart of the wine area an interesting place opened recently: Restaurant "Julien Binz". Chef is the former cook of "La rendez vous de Chasse" in Colmar. He is also known as the writer and editor of "Le Journal de Julien Binz" (for the dutch: the "Horeca Misset" of Alsace) about culinary news in Alsace.

Maybe it is his reputation, maybe he just has his publicity machine in order, but Binz was on France3 the other day.


Julien Binz opens his own restaurant in Ammerschwihr

We hope to try out this place soon. Passing the village often when wine touring, it might be the beginning of a delicious partnership.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011 is number 1 in the “Enthusiast 100'

Although I am not sure if there is such a thing as "THE worlds best wine" it is great that another wine coming from Tuscany / Italy gets all this attention to the region.

This is another reason for visiting Tuscany in 2016 yourself and getting to know these wines. Visit with us ?! @jolisoleil.

2015 was an outstanding year for Italian wines in the Wine Enthusiast,” Kerin O'Keefe told Wine News. “This is the first time an Italian wine has taken the top spot in the “Top 100 Best Buys” and second place in “Top Cellar Selections”. Now, San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011 is number 1 in the “Enthusiast 100”. Congrats to San Felice !

 
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