Eating Light in Alsace
i know. It sounds silly. But I am spending a week touring the region (based in Colmar) and sometimes I just don't want a heavy meal..Can anyone suggest some strategies for those days we don't want a Michelin lunch or dinner? Thanks.
In fitting with Mangeur's post. Here's 2 cheese places that should not be missed. In Saturdays Colmar market, Monsieur Antony, the best affineur in France has his stand; If you would rather his shop in Vieux Ferrette, about 30 km south of Colmar also has a GREAT selection of wines from Alsace. Another slightly more commercial affineur specifically of Muenster is Haxaire in Lapoutroie. Trreated me like gold , giving us a tour of the place, cheese and even sold me a mold for the product l still use as a pencil stand. As mentioned Riquewihr should not be missed.
It's not at all silly and actually good planning to think ahead to balancing one's meals in areas known for hearty fare.
You will find the main streets of the charming wine route villages such as Kaiserburg or Ribeauville or Riquewihr or Barr lined with little restaurants where you can order an a la carte meal. Remember that some dishes are large, eg tarte flambee aka flammkuchen, and can easily serve two people. Ask your waiter about size and about splitting orders.
If the weather holds, consider picking up some picnic items and eating out in the vines. We found a lovely spot on the main road just outside of Riquewihr with shade trees and marble tables no less.