As foodies and travelers, we’d usually – in a normal, non-apocalyptic year – have been exploring an autumnal destination and tasting different fall foods right now.
Sipping on vin chaud, hunting for truffles, indulging in flammekueche… There are numerous fall foods and drinks that come to mind as the air gets cooler and the leaves start to change color.
At TWISPER, we really miss traveling and getting to enjoy different cuisines around the world. So we’ve written down some of our favorite fall foods and drinks so you can join us in experiencing a taste of autumn wherever you are right now.
Let’s dig in… 🍴
Pig out on Alpine cuisine
If there’s anywhere synonymous with cold-weather cuisine, it’s definitely the European Alps and surrounding area. Swiss, French and German influences mix together in this region, and meals are heavy in game meats, pumpkin and those roasted chestnuts you always see sold piping hot at street stalls.
L’Ancienne Douane in Strasbourg should definitely be on your Try Outs list for their flammekueche, but in the meantime, you could try making it yourself at home! Also known as tarte flambée or flammenkuche depending where you are, this is “France’s pizza”. A thin bread dough base, crème fraîche, onion slices and bacon lardons make this the perfect meal to warm you up on a crisp fall day.
*Fall* in love with hearty soups and stews
There’s nothing like soup and stew to warm you up in autumn. Most countries have their variation on a fall stew with their different seasonal vegetables and meats, and they’re super easy to make at home.
We’ve got our eyes fixed on what’s served with the stew though. And more specifically on the Dutch stamppot. Potato mashed with cabbage or kale or some other seasonal green and served with stewed meat or rookworst (smoked sausage) and gravy 😋. Restaurant Moeders is the place to go for stamppot in Amsterdam. It lives up to its name – which means mother’s restaurant – serving up traditional cuisine from the Netherlands just like your mom would cook it (if she was Dutch).
Forget pumpkin spice, it’s truffle season!
Fall is peak truffle season. These fungi may seem an unlikely component of fine dining, but “Black Diamonds”, as they’ve been called, are quite the delicacy.
France and Italy are home to some of the world’s most famous truffles and their cuisines reflect this. Think truffle risotto or truffle shavings on French omelet. But did you know Croatia also has an impressive truffle harvest? As well as indulging in their truffle-infused menu, at Hotel Restaurant Zigante in Istria you can also go truffle hunting yourself for a full foodie experience! Definitely one for the post-pandemic bucket list 🤩
Want to try cooking with truffles at home? TWISPER Ambassador at Michelin-starred chef Philippe Chevrier shares his expert tips for cooking with black truffles here 🧑🍳
Stay mad for mushrooms
On the subject of fungi, mushrooms are a popular fall ingredient across plenty of other countries. From the western throes of Europe, where typical Spanish tapas are brought up to the season with mushrooms, to the east.
A favorite Russian pastime is mushroom picking, so you know you’ll see them on autumnal menus beside solyanka (cabbage), pickled tomatoes and black tea. Moscow restaurant Selfie is a must-visit for fans of Russian cuisine.
Splash out on seasonal sushi
We love that restaurants are using seasonal ingredients more and more these days. It means food tastes better and fresher, and it’s better for the environment too. Win-win!
Now, the specific seasonal produce available obviously depends on where in the world you are. But you’ll often find root vegetables, mushrooms and other hardy foods that survive the cooling temperatures are on the menu. Grab them from the store and try them out at home if you’re waiting for restaurants to re-open.
For an immersive fall foodie experience of Japan, add Sake no Hana London to your Try Outs list. Its Festive Shojin Menu transforms ingredients like aubergine, wild mushrooms, parsnips and lotus root into a beautiful autumnal tasting menu of sushi and other Japanese delicacies.
Celebrate autumn Chinese-style
The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Mooncake Festival. So what better way to pay homage to one of our favorite cuisines than eating the namesake sweet treat?
Mooncakes are round pastries filled with rich sweet-bean or lotus-seed paste. Traditionally shared between family and friends, they’re usually imprinted with the Chinese characters for “longevity” and “harmony”. Places like Yauatcha sell them online for delivery, meaning you can enjoy this seasonal treat even in lockdown!
Indulge your sweet tooth in autumnal treats
Several holidays take place in autumn that are celebrated with copious amounts of food. November sees the USA celebrating Thanksgiving with turkey, yams and pies from pumpkin to pecan. Not to mention their apple cider donuts, maple sugar cookies and every other sweet treat you could imagine.
Not convinced by making them yourself while in lockdown? Places like the French American Bakery in Paris allows you a little taste of the USA in Europe or you can save pretty much any café in the States to your Try Outs list for your next trip 🍩
Warm up with fall’s finest drinks
Finally, you’re going to need a drink to wash all this fall foodie goodness down. As temperatures get cooler, drinks get warmer. So fans of mulled wine or vin chaud or gluhwein (whether you’re English, French or German-speaking) will be happy! Hot spiced wine is the ideal treat whether you’re trying winter foods in a Christmas market (2021, we’ve got our fingers crossed for you!) or sat at home watching Netflix!
If you’re a chocolate addict, your season is here. Is there any better fall drink than hot chocolate? And not just any hot chocolate. Knoops in London takes it to a new level. Pick your chocolate strength and origin and they’ll expertly craft your hot choc for you ☕
Now, if you prefer sticking with cold drinks (autumn, who?), we’ve also got the beverage for you. Craft ale producers like BrewDog make pumpkin beer, which we’re declaring the new pumpkin spiced latte. Cheers! 🍻
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