Hello Lovelies! It's time to grab your passports and join us as we travel the globe. We're starting a new travel and lifestyle blog series called "Alexa K Travels the Globe". This new blog series will include tips on great restaurants, places to shop, and things to do when visiting the best cities around the world.
Our first trip is to Alexa K Founder's hometown of Basel, Switzerland.
Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland, close to the country’s borders with France and Germany. Its medieval old town centers around Marktplatz, dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall. Its 12th-century Gothic cathedral has city stunning city views.
Where to eat:
Breakfast/Brunch/ Baked Goods
Les Gareçons - The best place for brunch!
Typical express breakfast usually is a croissant and a coffee 😊 we call it: "Kaffi und e Gipfeli"
Restaurant STUCKI - A delight for all taste buds!
Confiserie Schiesser- A place with long-standing tradition. Indulge in delicious cakes and pastries while sipping your tea or coffee.
For delicious home baked bread and cakes head to: www.bio-andreas.ch
Another delicious bakery in the old town: www.gilgenag.ch
Drinks and Dining:
Alexandra's favourite Bar is Bar Rouge. Enjoy a few drinks with stunning view of the city.
Restaurant & Bar Acqua- Industrial cool design to hang out with the Jetset of Basel 😊
Hotel Les Trois Rois - Choose from a romantic dining on the terrace or get cozy on a cold winter day enjoy an afternoon tea with an open fireplace in the hotel bar.
Another of Alexa's favourite places to go and eat : www.volkshaus-basel.ch
Other great eateries:
Restaurant Schlüsselzunft - www.schluesselzunft.ch
Where to Shop:
Head to Boutique Antoinette or Riviera, both shops are quirky boutiques with unique unknown designers.
At Globus you will find all that your heart desires from a lovely food department to known brand names and lovely home accessories
Grieder les Boutiques or PKZ are for the fashionista who loves high-end international brands.
Find lovely flower arrangements at Rhineblumen.
Walk up Spalenberg, a lovely part of the old town to discover more small interesting shops and boutiques.
Sights to see:
River Rhine - Travelers can book barge cruises from a variety of cruise operators to see an intimate glimpse of the river and its surrounding borders.
Fondation Beyeler - A "Must see" with international masterpieces of art and changing exhibitions.
Kunstmuseum Basel - Museum with masterpieces from all around the world. Basel is indeed the city of art known for the most exclusive world fair for art Art Basel.
The famous Christmas Market in Basel. Opens this year on November 23rd and will host many different stalls all over the town.
The holidays are coming and that means it's "baking season."
Here is a special bonus Swiss cookie bar recipe for you to try!
Basler Läckerli Recipes
3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup blanched almonds, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped candied orange peel
1/4 cup finely chopped candied citron peel
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
In a small saucepan, combine the honey with the granulated sugar and salt. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the honey and sugar are melted and beginning to simmer, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large heatproof bowl and let cool slightly, about 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350° and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder. Using a sturdy spatula or wooden spoon, stir the egg into the honey mixture. Stir in the almonds, candied orange and citron peels, orange and lemon zests, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, then stir in the sifted flour.
Scrape the dough onto the prepared baking sheet and, with floured hands, press into a 12-by-9-inch rectangle, about ¼ inch thick. Bake for about 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through, until golden and puffy.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the confectioners’ sugar with 2 tablespoons of water and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Boil the syrup until it begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Keep warm.
As soon as the leckerli is done, brush the surface with the hot glaze. While it’s still hot, carefully slide the parchment onto a work surface. Using a sharp knife, trim the edges of the rectangle and cut the leckerli into 2-by-1-inch bars.
Well, we are at the end of this trip, but we hope you enjoyed learning more about our founder's hometown and some of her favorite spots in Basel! Stay tuned for our next trip to another great city. We will share more great tips for where to eat and what to do. Make sure to join our email list to be the first to know where we will visit on our next Alexa K Travels the Globe trip!