May 2, 2008

Head over to St. Jakobspark for the showdown between FC Basel and its heated rival FC Zürich. Munch on the world’s biggest pretzels (unofficial Bâlehoo record) and have some beers while you scream your lungs out for Basel’s most revered hometown heroes this side of tennis ace Roger Federer.

FC Basel v FC Zürich
Friday, 2 May, 19:45 CET
St. Jakobspark
+41 (0)61 375 10 10

ART LOUNGE – May 2 and every Friday
If Basquiat is your idea of beauty and just saying the name Rothko makes you swoon, throw on a black turtleneck and head over to check out the local art scene at the Artstübli Art Lounge. Held every Friday at Nuovo Bar, Binningerstrasse 15, this is your chance to discover some great new art.

What’s in a name? A lot if your name is The Gay Beggars. The local drama group (according to Radio X the name stems from the group’s first production back in the 1940′s, ‘The Beggars Opera’ by John Gay) will perform their production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” in a series of ten performances starting May 2. Check out their site for more information and tickets.


Oh, baby. Swiss Championship Wrestling. Need I say any more? Probably not.

But Jake Dixon from The English Show website has this to say:

“Be there for every bone jarring suplex, muscle stretching submission holds, chair shots, death defying high spots, and other fantastic athletic maneuvers. You will be treated to seven matches including Air 2 Style vs. Benny Montana for the SCW Cruiserweight championship, and semi final matches featuring Murat Bosporous, Absolute Andy, Steve Douglas and a mystery opponent to determine the undisputed SCW Heavyweight champion. Intriguing storylines are also part of the show; one of them will feature Laura Wellings vs. Alpha Female. Wellings lost two prior matches to her upcoming opponent and should she lose again, she will be forced to leave the company. What will happen? Don’t miss it!!”

Read more of Jake’s great Family Event recommendations here.

Swiss Championship Wrestling
Hotel Restaurante Kreuz, Bern (near Hauptbahnhof)
May 3, 8pm
20 CHF at the door

Waffles at the Belfort Flea Market

Don’t forget – this Sunday is my favorite flea marketing the nearby town of Belfort, France, where I – and my friends – have scored some of the most amazing flea market finds ever. And if that isn’t enough incentive, I have two more words for you: Warm. Waffles.

Get more information about the market here.

Join FAWCO (Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas) and the American Women’s Club of Basel on May 14 for International Awareness Night.
This event, which is open to the general public is designed to bring awareness to the philanthropic arm of the American Women’s Clubs worldwide, supporting global issues and providing information on a variety of topics including:
• Awareness of the rising global concerns in North Korea
• How to vote overseas and obtain an absentee ballot
• How to live environmentally ‘green’
• Millenium Goals of the UN
This will be a casual apero social event offered to everyone interested in learning more about FAWCO and what FAWCO can do for you. Please join us for this special event and see how FAWCO is changing lives. RSVP to Janelle Mason at
International Awareness Night
Wednesday, May 14
18:00 – 21:00
Location: Segal Antique Store, located at Aeschengraben 14, 4001 Basel
Closest tram stop – Aeschenplatz
Cost: Free. Donations support FAWCO charities

Pull out your wet suit…er… I mean swim suit! The (thankfully heated) St. Jakob outdoor swimming pool already opened on April 19. Now the regular season will begin for the remaining pools at St. Jakob’s and the Bachgraben on May 3, followed by the Eglisee pool on May 10.

The good news (“there is good news?” you wonder as you shiver your way toward your beach towel)? Big discounts on season passes for families are available through the Family Pass program, which has an annual fee of 30 CHF. Join Family Pass and be eligible to buy seasonal passes for Basel’s outdoors swimming pools for CHF 45 (compared to the normal rate of 85 CHF). Kid’s passes are only 5 CHF (discounted from 35 CHF). Note: Season passes require a passport photograph.

The Family Pass also offers special savings offers for activities such as cooking courses in restaurants, free entrance to the skating rink, discounts at the Autumn and Christmas Festivals and more.

Find more
 info about the season swimming pass and Family Pass at (German only).


Before I go any further I want to state for the record, that I am not a beer person. Sure I’ll enjoy the occasional pint of Guinness or a Corona with lime on a hot summer’s day, but that’s about it. Still, even I could not resist the hoppy, rustic charms of the Fischerstube!

One of two UeliBier microbrewery restaurants located just over the Mittlere bruecke in Kleinbasel, entering the Fischerstube instantly makes you feel like a local (or at least how this expat thinks being a local might feel).

Whether it’s the enormous plates of meat (on one visit we were accosted by what I can only describe as a ham hock that flew over from another table) or the giant and very politely named beer “towers” (3 or 5 liter) that you can order if your crew likes to drink beer in bulk…everything at the “Stube” is larger than life . Everything, that is, except the space itself. Tables are often hard to come by, but the good news in warm weather is that they have a Biergarten, too.

The place is always packed, smokey*, and load of fun….so it’s easy to find yourself suddenly facing the post-Tram 2am walk home. At that hour make sure to partake of the (only somewhat scarey) basement bathroom before you leave or you’ll be on a hunt for the nearest pissoir the minute you’re out the door.

• It scores a breathtakingly (literally) low 2 on the Bâlehoo- Lung-O-Meter.

Restaurant Fischerstube
Rheingasse 45
Phone +41 61 692 66 35

Hamburger Basel

It seems only fitting to end this meaty issue of Bâlehoo newsletter with a link back to Bâlehoo-er extraordinaire Matt Meehan’s roundup of local hamburger joints.

*This juicy photo was taken at my recent trip to Wild Abandon, a fabulous Portland restaurant, which offers up these mighty meaty beauties for just $5 a pop during happy hour.


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