Alsace Local Customs

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Alsace Local Customs

  • Christmas market at Strasbourg

    go to the best after been to many over the years in Europe, Strasbourg, France it helps,and need to book fast, by now most will be booked, it is very popular.

  • Gewurtztraminer white wines.

    Gewurtztraminer are somewhat sweet white wines which are excellent to be served with spiced or sweet-sour dishes.The German word "Gewürtz" means spices and these wines combine spicy and floral flavours.The Alsatian Gewurtztraminer "Grand Cru" wines are absolutely delicious. The description by the French of such wine is by itself a poem which I am...

  • "Beerawecka" bread or fruit cake.

    Beerawecka (also berawecka) is fruit cake Alsatian speciality that makes me drive 500 Km to get some! Traditionally prepared starting from the autumnal period, this cake is composed of dates, figs, prunes, dried pears, apricots, dry grapes, nut and almonds, and was always regarded as a very invaluable delicacy. The mixture of these fruits is...

  • Crémant d'Alsace, a best buy.

    Among French sparkling wines the "Crémant d'Alsace" is a best buy.Nearly as good as Champagne at one third of its price.A good Crémant d'Alsace will cost 7 - 9 € in the shops while standard Champagne will cost about 25 €.The Crémant d'Alsace is made using the traditional method (bottle fermentation) as for Champagne.The "cépage" (grape type) is...

  • Flammekueche

    Alsatian "Flammekueche" or "Tarte Flambée" is similar to a pizza as it is baked in an open wood-burning oven.It is a thin-crust pizza made with "fromage blanc" (fresh white cheese), sliced onions and smoked lardoons. As with pizza there are a number of variations. The cheese can also be gruyere, there can be mushrooms added.My favoured one contains...

  • Ode au vin - Ode on wine

    In the wine village of Eguisheim I read this on a monument to the Alsatian wine:Mon Dieu donnez moi la vie pour longtempsde l'Amour de temps en tempsdu Boulot pas trop souventmais du Vin d'Alsace tout le temps.My God give me life for a long timeLove from time to timeWork not too oftenBut Alsatian Wine all the time

  • No more "Tokay" wines in Alsace.

    From April 1st, 2007, the Alsatian wine growers do not use any more the term "Tokay" on the labels stuck on their bottles. This results from a long legal battle between France and Hungary. Following an agreement between the two countries the French will no more use the term Tokay, reserved for Hungarian wines and the Hungarians will banish the...

  • Baeckeoffe aux trois viandes.

    In Alsatian restaurants you will find on the menu that strange name Baeckeoffe which means baker's oven in the Alsatian dialect. You might wonder what it is and try it like we did during a visit of the nice town of Kaysersberg.Baeckeoffe is a mix of sliced potatoes and onions, cubed lamb, beef and pork which have been marinated overnight in...

  • Choucroute garnie.

    Even if you can eat choucroute all over France and Belgium, entering a restaurant in Alsace after visiting a Christmas market on a cold winter day increases the pleasure.You will see that Alsatian restaurants serve various choucroutes garnies. The basis is the choucroute and pommes purée but the variations are found in the type and quantity of meat...

  • "Kougelhopf" cake.

    It is a cake with seedless raisins and almonds. Kougelhopf was made in the past as a cake for feasts: Christmas, Easter, grape harvest, engagement, marriage, birth, etc. Nowadays, it is of everyday consumption. It is appreciated with the breakfast. It's not my preferred cake from Alsace because I find it a bit dry but I like the name Kougelhopf in...

  • Bredele - Christmas cookies.

    The origin of "Winachtsbredele" (Christmas cookies) goes back as far as the 15-16th c.There are multitudes of Alsatian Christmas cookies. Bretele vary by their flavours as for their decorative various cut-out shapes such as hearts, Christmas trees, clovers, diamonds, moons or stars. Some say that they were intended to decorate the Christmas trees.I...

  • Christmas beers.

    Special beers for Christmas can be found in several beer brewing countries and of course in the Alsace which combines wine and beer production. The very large brewery Kronenbourg is located in Obernaï, Alsace (belongs now to Carlsberg).The tradition of special beers for Christmas goes back to the Middle Ages, when monks would make a strong, malty...

  • Glühwein, Vin Chaud, Mulled wine.

    Christmas markets attract most visitors when it gets dark because all the lights of the decoration and the shops add to the Christmas atmosphere. The cold of the winter night is also there so that a glass of Vin Chaud, Mulled wine is welcome. Glühwein (or Gluehwein) in Alsace is usually prepared from red wine, heated with sugar and spiced with...

  • Choucroute

    This sour cabbage is the most famous regional speciality. It is served with potatoes and ham, sausages, bacon and smoked pork. Drink it with a glass of Riesling or Sylvaner (white wine).

  • Cheese

    The most typical cheese of Alsace is Munster cheese, a soft round cheese with an orange skin. Its odour is distinctive and its taste sharp, without being strong. It can be eaten in different ways: simply sprinkled with cumin seeds or with bibelasskäs. Bibelasskäs is a white-cheese dish that is eaten with Munster and hot potatoes.

  • Alsacian dialect

    The Alsace has been a stip of land fought over for centuries and it has belonged to France and Germany back and forth. Knowing this you might understand why you will find both French and German signs and inscriptions throughout this region.Oftentimes you can get along with German, especially with older people. They have a dialect that is similar to...

  • Ville Fleurie

    In the Alsace you will find a road sign next to the village sign, telling you, if you are just visiting a "blooming village". The more flowers you find on the sign (the maximum is 4), the more flowers you will find in the village.

  • Time to eat or not to eat

    As with most places in Europe, there are specific times to eat lunch and dinner. Usually between the hours of 11-2 for lunch and 5:30 or 6:00 for dinner, though most Europeans eat much later for dinner. There are a limited amount of places open between 2 and 6, usually McDonald's or Kebap/fast food stands, so be sure to plan accordingly. The...

  • Another edible symbol : the Flammekueche

    The "flames' cake" (or rather tart) : FlammekuecheThis dish used to be made when a baked had to start his oven (starting it very hot and fast to have it more regular later) – The name comes from the way it was cooked : Oven open, the flames nearly licking the paste.If you have a good oven it is rather easy to prepare and ideal for a party (a bit...

  • An alsacian symbol : the Storks

    The storks are strongly attached to alsacian imagery as the local legends tell that they are those who bring the babies.Some years ago, they had nearly disapeared from the countryside (pollution, no more edible fish in the rivers, collisions with high voltage lines, etc...). After a re-introducing and protection campain, largely conducted in the...

  • Wine

    The Alsace region is well-known for its wine. Vine yards can be seen on almost every slope facing the sun in the south. Every year in fall you can attend wine festivals in almost every little village and every major town. I was in the Alsace region in July - too early for vintage.

  • wines and vines

    The Alsace region is mainly known for its white wines. The grapes that they use for making their wines are: Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat d'Alsace, Tokay Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir. I gladly sampled wines from many of these grapes and found that my favorite was Riesling. The picture of the empty wine bottle on this page is...

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