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Spilling the beans on Basel’s gastronomy

Spilling the beans on Basel’s gastronomy

Fondue, rösti, sausages, muesli and Rivella are just a few of the Swiss delicacies found in abundance throughout Basel.  But aside from these classics, there are gourmet establishments with potential to become the toast of the town. A gastronomic selection by Ella Revitt With the Basel food scene on the rise, independent restaurants are introducing a great variety for foodies, both Swiss and foreign. Inexpensive (for Switzerland, at least) and unique culinary adventures are just waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking for: trendy… La Manufacture hasn’t been on Basel’s gastro scene for very long, but it has hit the

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Comments Off   |  13/09/2017 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Islands with their own primal spirit

Islands with their own primal spirit

Basel writer Esther Murbach first visited the Aran Islands in 2011 when researching her novel “The Turtle Woman”. Exclusively for The Basel Journal she describes how the Irish West Coast has become her second home, and how she found a quasi-relative there. My Aran Granny By Esther Murbach She is not really my granny. But she does live in Aran, that is, on one of the Aran Islands in front of Galway Bay. There are three of them. My “granny” lives on Inis Mór, the “Big Island”. The “granny”: her name in the book is Fiona, in real life Deirdre

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Comments Off   |  14/07/2015 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Clubs in Basel become an endangered species

Clubs in Basel become an endangered species

By Benjamin Spencer Nightlife in Basel has enjoyed a heyday in recent years with big local clubs drawing in crowds that would have travelled to Zürich for a night of dancing in earlier times. Now it seems under threat. The announcement that two of the biggest venues in the city, “Nordstern” and “Hinterhof”, would be closing within the next 12 months prompted widespread concern among club-owners and partygoers alike. Both clubs rent their premises from city departments. Similar news followed from “Garage” and “Lady Bar”, while it became clear that unless “Kuppel” could refurbish their premises before 2017 that location

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Comments Off   |  25/05/2015 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Urban, but far from urbane

Urban, but far from urbane

By Dan Jones, photo by Will Atkins As night time retreats into the summer, the best times to see nocturnal urban wildlife are the hours of early mornings and long evenings. Nightingales and nightjars, singing in the fading light of late evening – heard and seen if you look hard enough. The latter will fix you with its hawk-like stare and not ruffle a feather even if you walk right up to it – you will see nightjars in larger parks (or smaller ones if they prefer). Try Solitudepark, sandwiched between the Tinguely museum, the Roche campus and the Rhine,

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1 Comment   |  11/05/2015 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Football displaces religion

Football displaces religion

By Martin Pütter (Photo: hmb / Natascha Jansen) The exhibition “Football – Faith. Love. Hope” at the Historical Museum Basel, mixing traditional and modern exhibition methods, gives an insight into what this sport really means for many fans. “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” Almost every British football fan will know this quote by former Liverpool FC Manager Bill Shankly (1913-1981), whether in this form or in another, abbreviated version. So, what is football really, then?

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Comments Off   |  14/03/2015 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Würth brings art to Arlesheim

Würth brings art to Arlesheim

By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter A world leader in its industry exhibits modern art on the outskirts of a quaint little town just outside Basel. When thinking of Arlesheim, images come to mind of a quiet village and marketplace surrounded by wooded hillsides, some polka-dotted with vineyards, and home to Reichenstein and Birseck, two of the four castles on the Birseck slope. This is all valid: an illusionary or romantic impression of the municipality. Less bucolic and less known is the industrial area nestled in the lower part of the village with the Birs River running along

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Comments Off   |  30/12/2014 Entertainment

«Firewater» at the pyramids

«Firewater» at the pyramids

By Shirley L. Kearney / Stephan Theurich from “Feuerwasser” The video and sound installation project “Firewater”, which took place at the pyramids in back of the Basel Theatre during Art Basel, will be repeated until 31 December. The time is from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm. The visual effects combined with the sound heard through individual earphones, produce moments of complete involvement and rapture. Stephan Theurich studied sculpture in Germany from 1994 to 1998 and Media Arts at HGK Basel from 1998 to 2002. Most of the time, Stephan Theurich is working on a site-specific basis, i.e. he thinks and

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Comments Off   |  16/12/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

A Snow White you never knew

A Snow White you never knew

By Martin Pütter All those familiar with Snow White in the version by the Brothers Grimm or with the famous Disney film will be in for a few surprises if they watch “Snow White & The 7 Dwarvz” as performed by the Basel Pantomime group.  Many Brits, including those in the Basel area, are looking forward to the weeks leading up to Christmas. This has less to do with anticipating presents or Christmas dinner but more with a British tradition: during those weeks just before Christmas many theatres on the British Isles perform plays from the “pantomime” repertoire. And the

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Comments Off   |  26/11/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Permanent fixture in Basel’s calendar: the Autumn Fair

Permanent fixture in Basel’s calendar: the Autumn Fair

By Martin Pütter, Photo: Simon J. Senn Basel’s social season would be empty without its traditional Autumn Fair, the oldest of its kind in Switzerland. For centuries it was always on 27 October, but since 1926 it has usually been the last Saturday of October: the start of the Autumn Fair, as much a part of Basel as Fasnacht and the Minster – and almost as old as the latter. During its 16 days, Basel’s Autumn Fair offers something for everyone, be it the Ferris wheel at the Münsterplatz, ghost trains and go-cart tracks at the Rosentalanlage, candy floss, nougats

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Comments Off   |  25/10/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

That is international cuisine

That is international cuisine

A cooking workshop with Sue Style – savouring Sicily in Alsace as presented by an Englishwoman. By Shirley L. Kearney, Photos: Sue Style In the first 2014 issue (Nr. 13, from page 28) of The Basel Journal, an interview with food and drink writer Sue Style mentioned among other things the workshops that Sue holds at home. My husband Kevin and I recently attended one such programme, which featured the cuisine of Sicily. Sue and her family had just returned from a visit to the island, where they had mainly devoted their time to exploring the food markets with the

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Comments Off   |  24/09/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized
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