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Jamikins and Bikerscott Go Francing: Cooking in the Alps and Alsace

Jamikins and Bikerscott Go Francing: Cooking in the Alps and Alsace

May 30th, 2014, 12:35 PM
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Riquewihr should be spectacular, but I hope that you will also be able to give us an update on what has been done since the huge fire that destroyed part of the historic centre on January 1st.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPrweK2KVwE
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May 30th, 2014, 01:08 PM
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just found this and have been enjoying reading about your french travels.

looking forward to the Michelin-starred lunch, albeit vicariously.
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May 30th, 2014, 04:27 PM
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We finally had some rain hereabouts and things are greening up nicely (if only temporarily) making a perfect backdrop for my feelings of envy. Of course they are tempered by plenty of admiration, so I am not a total jerk.

You guys save me such a bundle, as your great writing and generosity of spirit provide a marvelous vicarious vacation. Only fair that next time we are in London the first pint is on us!
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May 30th, 2014, 10:03 PM
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Thanks everyone!!

We will be sure to update on the fire....terrible thing to happen!!!

Seamus - it is a date
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May 31st, 2014, 06:40 AM
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Thanks for another wonderful trip.
(Boy… am I hungry…)
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May 31st, 2014, 07:03 AM
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Kids, are you planning to go into the restaurant business? Can't believe the variety of food you've prepared. Great trip report.
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May 31st, 2014, 08:47 AM
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I make it a point to search for your trip reports - vicarious travel with you is a real pleasure.
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May 31st, 2014, 09:16 AM
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Great trip report! What a wonderful trip! You've inspired me to plan a trip to the French Alps for Aug/Sept of 2015.
How did you find Savoie Faire?
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May 31st, 2014, 09:20 AM
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You have no idea how jealous you're making me.... I have done a week long cooking class in the Loire Valley through the International Kitchen and was looking at doing one in Italy in the spring of 2015, but I'm definitely going to check out the Chalet Savoie Faire. Everything looks amazing... love the pics!

Thanks so much for the links too!
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May 31st, 2014, 09:31 AM
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Riquewihr was our favorite of the Alsace towns…looking forward to more.

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May 31st, 2014, 03:05 PM
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Loving this report! Sounds amazing. Thanks for taking the time to share it.
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May 31st, 2014, 11:07 PM
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Thanks for all the kind comments! We made some amazing food!!! Lots of variety and the best thing was that we feel like we can do it all at home! Sometimes you take a cooking lesson and then afterwards it seems like too much trouble...but the recipes we did were all ones that we would use again.

Savoie Faire was amazing. Nikki and Hugh were great hosts...very welcoming and friendly, but also instinctively knew when we needed some alone time and faded into the background. Wonderful. It is high in the mountains in a small hamlet with friendly people that say 'bonjour' whenever you walk by. And the prices are reasonable too, especially since you stay in a luxury chalet with a lovely french breakfast, a 3 course lunch and 3 course dinner that you cook all included!

If anyone wants any further details just let me know!

Yesterday was a travel day. Instead of taking the faster route through Switzerland we took the more leisurely route through Burgundy. We stopped off at a lovely restaurant in the beautiful town of Tournus (these are the first few pics in the Alsace album link below). Then continued on to Riquewihr for the night.

You can see our Alsace pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pug_gi...7644953485474/

Off to get our croissants from the boulangerie! A bientot!
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May 31st, 2014, 11:08 PM
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Oops - forgot the link to the restaurant for lunch:

http://www.meulien.com/#actualites

For two it came to €79 and was excellent!
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May 31st, 2014, 11:12 PM
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Argh! Forgot to comment on the fire in Riquewihr. I included 3 pictures of the damage in the link above.

It destroyed 3 buildings at the very end of the 'high street' across from the Christmas Shop. They are covered in scaffolding and I cant believe how lucky they were not to have more destroyed. They are a bit of an eyesore when in that top square, but luckily they are not in view from 90% of the main shopping road, so shouldn't impact anyone's visit to the town.
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Jun 1st, 2014, 11:45 AM
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OK these pics are THE best food porn I have seen in ages. Wow. Everything looks so beautiful and tasty. Your nighttime pictures of the towns are mesmerizing and capture a sort of eerie but inviting silence. I loved loved loved them. Have a good rest of your trip and a safe trip back to your home. I have loved following you!!
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Jun 1st, 2014, 12:53 PM
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I agree, the pictures are amazing!
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Jun 1st, 2014, 12:53 PM
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Thanks Flame!!! I am just uploading day 2 photos in Alsace...I have to say my favourite ones are the night photos!!

Glad you love the food porn as much as much as we do!!!!
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Jun 1st, 2014, 12:56 PM
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Thanks to you too Ruby!

oh and as for our we found Chalet Savoie Faire - google!

I was looking for cooking lessons so I googled several regions (Normandy, Provence etc) but they were so pricey! Finally googled Cooking courses french alps and found Savoie Faire!
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Jun 1st, 2014, 07:01 PM
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Crème brulee has been my Waterloo, it never works for me. Yours looks perfect! Thanks for sharing you culinary adventure and beautiful pics.
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Jun 2nd, 2014, 12:11 PM
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I always love your trip reports - how nice to find this here after being away from the Forum for a couple weeks. Loving it, and looking forward to more. Your pictures (food, scenery, people, all of it) are stunning!
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