With only two days, it’s tricky to experience all that Alsace has to offer, but here’s a sampler of some of the things we saw and tasted.
Dinner at Chez Tante Liesel, Strasbourg:
Smoked goose breast
Goose confit with cèpe mushroom sauce (and the duck confit looked very similar)
Great sautéed potatoes (I’m sure they were cooked in goose and/or duck fat)
Tarte aux quetsches (plum tart)
This was so-so, but the sorbets I had — mirabelle et poire (mirabelle plum, and pear) were extraordinary, they were so intensely plum and pear flavoured.
The inside of the restaurant (before the sapeurs pompiers arrived, woo!)
Dining at Restaurant aux Trois Chevaliers, Strasbourg:
Duck foie gras with apple jelly and caramelised apples, was described as “incontournable” on the menu, which I guess translates as something like unmissable or must-have.
I didn’t know what I was ordering (os à moelle), but I find that kind of fun. I ended up with some very good bone marrow. Normally I don’t have a taste for it, but I have to admit these were roasted very very nicely. But boy were they rich.
Choucroute (des “Trois Chevaliers”), and lots of it! French pickled cabbage, like sauerkraut. Accompanied by pork, in a variety of ways.
Julienne fish fillet with mixed vegetables (fennel, zucchini, tomato), and Pastis emulsion.
One of the rare occasions when I had no room for dessert.
Goodies in the shop windows in Obernai.
Bretzel shop and artisanal bakery in Obernai
My smoked duck breast and tomme d’Alsace sandwich
Some pastries for breakfast on the day we drove back to Nijmegen (covering 5 countries!) from a pâtisserie in Strasbourg:
Croissant amandes (filled with almond paste)
Stolle (like a brioche with raisins)
Mini kougelhopf with raisins
Lunettes flan (“glasses” with baked custard)
Most meals (and in between meals) were washed down with excellent Gewurztraminer. We came home with a few bottles too.