Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Star chef Hugh Acheson finds big flavors in a
little country. I found myself in the little country of
Luxembourg recently on my way to Milan. I spent four days there with some fun
commitments to cook at the U. S. Embassy for the State Department. The
embassy seemed to be the most relaxed embassy ever. In fact, the whole
country seemed very mellow. The city of Luxembourg is very beautiful,
surrounded by fortresses and canyons, naturally defended by geography on three
sides. The food scene is rich in Michelin stars, with a nice little
café culture in the City Center. I stayed at the Hotel Parc Belair,
which sits on a beautiful public park that is vibrant, with kids running
around and people doing healthy stuff like running and walking. Where to
Stay Hotel Parc Belair 111 Avenue du 10 Septembre, N5, 2551,
Luxembourg Where to Eat Best Wine and Food Pairs: La Rameaudiere
The restaurant is located just outside of town. The very ebullient chef,
Daniel Remeau, cooks with finesse and a very proud set of Luxembourg
ingredients: terrine de foie gras with plums, local beef in the style of
Wellington, rouget, langoustines and crevettes. It's all served with
particularly great Luxembourg wines that we just don't see in the U. S. The
wine country is on the Mosel River and the whites are the star, with amazing
Pinot Noir rising up the ranks.  10 r. de la Gare, 5690 Ellange,
Luxembourg  Terrific Charcuterie: Am Tiirmschen
It's a hidden little place that opens at 7 p. m. for dinner. Had a
terrific traditional charcuterie plate with ham, boiled beef salad, head
cheese and pâté en croûte. I also liked the smoked ham with roasted
dumplings, broad beans and buttery sauce. All accompanied by a solid
Luxembourg focused wine list.  32, rue de l'eau,  L-1449
Luxembourg-Vill  Best Coffee: Knopes Torrefacteur
An amazing coffee shop inside a beautiful design shop. Meander through and
pick up a sandwich or a quiche, then sit and order a coffee. It's a very
cool spot with nooks and crannies and good people. Best coffee I had in
Luxembourg by far! 70 Route d'Esch, 1470 Luxembourg 
Hugh Acheson Great Food
Truck Scene
There were a number of interesting food trucks in the area. We did a food
truck event in the city of Esch, where American pecans were the featured
ingredient in three different dishes from three different trucks. Great
burgers from Kim at The Food Truck Co.  If he wasn't into food. I
think he would want to be an Elvis Impersonator. He is that into American
culture. He made a burger with plum jam, arugula and pecan remoulade. And
then Joo, which means "yes" in Swedish, is owned by a Swedish woman named
Bea. Her chef is Nepalese. He has a really interesting array of flavors
going on in the food. It's the world's pantry. He made chicken Biryani
with pecans, cucumber raita. Where to Shop Fantastic Wine
Shop: Vinoteca
This shop is staffed with very friendly people and an awesomely curated
selection from around the world. Supercool shelving, too. I geeked out a
little too much.  23 Rue du Nord, L 2229, Luxembourg 
Hugh Acheson Where to
Go Sightseeing Pick
Go to the Parc Ed. J. Klein to look at a very cool old fort. Like way old.
Totally wild landscaping, too.  Boulevard Prince Henri, Luxembourg
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