September 1, 2006

DON’T MISS THE DEGUSTHA 2006! – September 1-5

This weekend, for those of us who like French wines, cheese and other specialties, the big news is the Degustha! Held in nearby Hagenthal, France, this interactive expo features hundreds of winemakers from around France, who have their cellar’s best wines available for the tasting and buying.

When you’ve had your fill of wine, you can soak up some of the champagne you just drank by tasting many other French gastronomic specialities including fois gras, rillette and other charcuterie, as well as cheeses, preserves and my favorite – “ravioles”. These ravioli-like pastas stuffed with goat cheese are a specialty from the Lyon area. Yum!

If you prefer not to snack on vendor offerings, there are approximately 30 restaurants and bistros that have set up camp at the Degustha, offering seafood, tarte flambé and everything in between. And don’t forget to browse the spice, fabric, soaps and ceramics stalls to pick up a few nice gift items. (See some great photos of the degustha here.)

There really is something for everyone at the Degustha, so designate a driver, hop in the car, and go!

NOTE: Your admission ticket (I believe it is around 12-15 CHF) is available at the door and is good ALL weekend, so head back over a few times to take in all the fun – or share it with a friend.

HA/DEGUSTHA/MAIRIE
BP 01 HK – F68220 Hagenthal (Haut-Rhin)
Tél : 03 89 68 11 12
www.degustha.fr

BELLY DANCING – Tonight, September 1

If you’re a wanna-be belly dancer (and who isn’t?), don’t miss a Live-Belly-Dancing-Show with Jasmin and Nabila on September 1st starting at 10pm. Get there early for a crash course with Adila from 9-10pm. Entry for the show is 15 CHF and it will take place at the Allegra Club in Basle by the Hilton Hotel at the Bahnhof SBB.

For other great dance happenings in the Basel area, visit the Theater & Dance section of The English Show website.

BELFORT FLEA MARKET – Sunday, September 3
That’s right – its Belfort Market time again! If you love outdoor markets, hop in the car and drive to Belfort, France this Sunday morning. The Belfort Flea Market is billed as “the largest flea market in the east of France.” Held on the first Sunday of every month, from March to December, the market features more than 200 vendors, with offerings that range from antique glassware, mustard pots and linens to furniture and vintage signs and tins – and much, much more. While prices aren’t the cheapest, the quality tends to be excellent and on a sunny morning the atmosphere is great.

The market is held in the center of the “Old Town” (follow yellow signs for the Marché aux Puces.” Things start pretty early and close up by noon, so make sure to head over early.

BASEL CITY MARATHON – September 3

If you’re not into antiques, don’t worry – there’s still a good reason to get out of bed this Sunday morning. Whether you’re running or just watching, head to the Messeplatz at 9am for the Basel City Marathon. Approximately 150 runners are expected to participate in this annual event. Nordic walking, relay races and other events are also being held. For more information, visit the website: www.baselcitymarathon.com (German only).

CALLING ALL BOOKWORMS – September 6

Sponsored by the American Women’s Club (AWC) of Basel, “Bookworms Storytime”, is held every Wednesday at 16:00 at the AWC Library at Centrepoint. This popular event is open to children of all ages in the Basel area, so mark your calendar for this coming Wednesday and help your kids discover the love of reading.

NOTE: While the event is open to everyone, at this time, books may be checked out of the library only by members of Centrepoint or the AWC.

AWC Bookworms Storytime
Wednesday, 4pm
AWC Library at Centrepoint
Im Lohnhof 8
CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland

Tel: +41 (0) 61 261 20 02

FLOWER POWER

If you’re looking for flowers to bring to dinner or to have delivered to that special someone, try Blumen Baumeler in Basel. Located right by the Mittlerebruecke on the cute little street near the Café Spillman (Rheinsprung), I like them because they have unique, stylish vases and a nice selection of flowers. I have often gone in and picked out specific blooms and waited while the friendly staff created a one-of-a-kind arrangement, so don’t hesitate to ask if you’re looking for something specific.

If you’re in a hurry, they also have many attractive pre-made arrangements, although most are in a more modern, spare style than a US or British arrangement might be. You can see a few examples on their website

The cost of delivery is 9 CHF in Basel Stadt. In Basel Land delivery costs depend on where you are located. For example, Riehen is 11 CHF for delivery. FYI, they do speak some English at the shop, but if there are specific flowers you have in mind, you might want to look up their names in German before you call.

Blumen Baumeler
Rheinsprung 1
4051 Basel

Tel: 061 261 36 02
www.blumenbaumeler.ch

NOTE: If anyone else can recommend an excellent florist in Baselstadt or Basel land, please let me know. Also, has anyone tried www.swissflowers.ch? I found it online and was curious if anyone has had experience with it.

CAR FOR SALE

Toyota Corolla Verso Sol Family
Color: Silver
Registered: July 2003
Transmission: 5-Speed
53500 kilometers
Engine: 4 Cylinder 1.8 liter
Power: 134 PS / 99 KW
Seats: 5
Radio / CD Player

Price: 19,000 CHF

For more information, contact: Kim Dreamer, 061 601 0300, Kim.dreamer@hispeed.ch

If you have news or information to share please send it to Karena Meehan.

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