Sunday, February 04, 2007

See, even the NYTimes thinks Strasbourg is cool

Just to give you a little perspective on those last posts about Strasbourg, I suggest you check out this article in the New York Times, "At the Crossroads, Between Red Tape and Red Hot" which claims that Strasbourg will become a hoppin' "fun" weekend destination with the arrival of the TGV. I think it is definitely a great weekend trip, if not more, but I'm not sold on their account of Strasbourg nightlife. It is hilarious that they start out by describing the Salamandre, this shitty club that the boyfriend and his friends used to frequent back in the day when he lived just around the corner from it. But maybe it has changed since I was last there, a few years ago.

They do get one thing right, though, with their mention of Chez Yvonne. I didn't go this time, but I have been before, and I still remember that meal like it was yesterday. Incredible. Cosy, warm, with unbelievable hearty portions that are just perfect during the Strasbourg winter. I would almost compare it to the Alsatian version of l'ami jean, which brings me to another NYTimes reference. Last November or December, my boyfriend was eating at l'ami Jean with some colleagues and was seated next to a NYTimes photographer, who apparently took photos of them and their food, and told them to expect to see everything sometime in January. We have been anticipating this article, and so when we finally read "Bistronomy"
last week, the boyfriend was just a tad disappointed not to see his face in the NYTimes. But it's still a good article about that place, and it should definitely convince you to make reservations if you have not yet been there.


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