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CHF 103 per 24 bottles! Four times the price I paid in the US! Ridiculous, don't buy it! No, and a thousand times no!

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Old 21.05.2021, 19:16
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Howdy and welcome to Basel, potken.


One of the few Swiss everybody knows recommends Basel highly as a tourist spot too
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/08/t...s-tourism.html
Though he has decamped since
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Fellow ex-Texan here also! Howdy!

The Mexican shop near Zurich HB is *very* good. They have awesome stock of peppers, both dried and fresh (serranos included, as well as jalapenos, habaneros, and poblanos!). They also have VERY good corn tortillas and tortilla chips -- there's a real legit factory in Zurich that supplies the store: https://www.masamor.ch/about
The store (not the factory) also has fresh tomatillos and lots of yummy Mexican products. Their mezcal and tequila range is excellent. May be worth a trip for you from Basel.

LOL @ your love for Shiner. I'm inclined to agree with your FIL, but it's so nice to have a treat that you love. Good for you!

For BBQ, I would definitely recommend upgrading your outdoor space and getting a grill -- there's not really anything that comes close to brisket here (although in the fall/winter, you should try traditional Swiss game -- obviously very different, but an interesting meat-y delight!). The butchers here are really good, so as long as you have your own fire, you can make/have tasty BBQ treats. (Also Coop sells Frank's Hot and Stubb's, which always make me smile!)

Not sure where in Austin you lived where you felt in physical danger. Seems like a stereotype. Not sure how an AR-15 would make you (or anyone around you) any safer, either.
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For your brisket needs, I haven't used them (or any Metzgerei) in years, but there is this: https://meat4you.ch/de/schweizer-rin...rustspitz.html
As usual, one thing that will make you salivate for sure is the price.
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Welcome to Switzerland!

Just for reference, regular unleaded gas is 3 times more expensive than Texas. The beer at 4x is not that crazy.
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Here's one I miss terribly, common in the US (especially Texas), but rare here: BBQ. I live in an apartment, a lovely one, but with a small balcony. There isn't room for a good, traditional BBQ pit, even a Hibachi, and the smoke from one would rapidly draw the unwelcome attention of the authorities. I'm researching alternatives, but cookin' up a good brisket, one that is so moist and tender it falls apart on your plate, does not yet appear possible in an apartment in CH. Pfau!
Maybe we can work out a deal.... I have a garden plot (schrebergarten) that might be worthy of a brisket
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OK, well you’re welcome - don’t expect to pay Texan prices in Switzerland.
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Howdy and welcome!

Texan here, lived for 10 years in Basel and am now in Bern. Nice to have another Texan in Switzerland!

You can get Shiner here, although it is quite pricey. They sell Lone Star at Beers of the World.

https://www.drink-shop.ch/de/bier/56...hoCLDkQAvD_BwE

You can get a nice cut of brisket at the butcher at Markplatz ... the butcher is South African / speaks English. He’s a bit strange, but at least you get brisket. (Siedfleisch)
Good Granny Grunt! 4X the price! This will take time to get used to!

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Just for reference, regular unleaded gas is 3 times more expensive than Texas. The beer at 4x is not that crazy.
I calculate 4x mon gasohol. Just sayin'. Yup, there be a price for order and peace.

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In Basel? Yes! Now where to get the proper meat ...

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Fellow ex-Texan here also! Howdy!

The Mexican shop near Zurich HB is *very* good. They have awesome stock of peppers, both dried and fresh (serranos included, as well as jalapenos, habaneros, and poblanos!). They also have VERY good corn tortillas and tortilla chips -- there's a real legit factory in Zurich that supplies the store: https://www.masamor.ch/about
The store (not the factory) also has fresh tomatillos and lots of yummy Mexican products. Their mezcal and tequila range is excellent. May be worth a trip for you from Basel.

LOL @ your love for Shiner. I'm inclined to agree with your FIL, but it's so nice to have a treat that you love. Good for you!

For BBQ, I would definitely recommend upgrading your outdoor space and getting a grill -- there's not really anything that comes close to brisket here (although in the fall/winter, you should try traditional Swiss game -- obviously very different, but an interesting meat-y delight!). The butchers here are really good, so as long as you have your own fire, you can make/have tasty BBQ treats. (Also Coop sells Frank's Hot and Stubb's, which always make me smile!)

Not sure where in Austin you lived where you felt in physical danger. Seems like a stereotype. Not sure how an AR-15 would make you (or anyone around you) any safer, either.
I lived in the Rundberg (difficult, dangerous) neighborhood of Austin for 30 years. Dangerous, but I never had a problem. You are quite correct about safety, and yes, guns don't add to the safety, unless survival is the real question (and it was). Now that I'm here, guns are superfluous. Don't need 'em, period. In Texas, yup they were needed, not here.

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I get my dry chiles from another Mexican shop in Zürich in Josefstrasse. I have a pending visit to the shop because they have started to distribute new distillates that got DO (designation of origin) 1 or 2 years ago.
Yup, this is the place to go in Zurich if you need stuff. Would be really surprised if there was room for another Mexican supply store, but am always open for surprises. Since Tres Kilos closed here in Zurich a few years ago, definitely still have withdrawal symptoms
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I don't feel much in the way of physical danger, something that was not true in Austin.
Ah, that'd be all the people carrying guns that makes you feel like that.

You can of course join a gun club here. If you're a good shot and can help them win competitions, you'll be quite popular. Or join a hunting group. A friend of mine has done both of these.

Next time I'm at SBB I'll check out beers of the world and see if they have your recommendation.
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The beer most often encountered here in CH, Feldschlösschen, is a good beer. ... My father in law suspects I am crazy!
Hes correct. It's awful sludge.
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Yeah on the hot. The first time my Swiss (now-)wife visited me, it was 108 F (42 C). Something of a shock for her. I'm glad I'm here now, I don't like the heat, either.

Guns? Naah, that is pretty well covered here. Dunno yet if they have good AR-15s here (I sold mine before I moved, and it hurt, but importing guns to CH is a major hassle), but I may find out. There is a lot less motivation to own guns here than in the Wild, wild west. I don't feel much in the way of physical danger, something that was not true in Austin.

Cowboy boots? Hell, yes! Haven't researched it yet, again, nobody NEEDS them here (purpose: ride horses a lot on a ranch, kill roaches the size of small dogs in the corners of the house, kicker dancin', wadin' through lots of bull/cow****, getting into fights [use your imagination there ...] and lookin' mighty different [heh!]), but I suspect people will LIKE them, and they are very different. Imported boots will be expensive, but they last well and are a pleasure to wear, once you get used to the heels.

Here's one I miss terribly, common in the US (especially Texas), but rare here: BBQ. I live in an apartment, a lovely one, but with a small balcony. There isn't room for a good, traditional BBQ pit, even a Hibachi, and the smoke from one would rapidly draw the unwelcome attention of the authorities. I'm researching alternatives, but cookin' up a good brisket, one that is so moist and tender it falls apart on your plate, does not yet appear possible in an apartment in CH. Pfau!

There is one thing, surprisingly, that Texas does very, very well, and I haven't yet found an equivalent in CH: good, smooth, tasty beer. The king of all Texas beers is Shiner Bock, from the Spötzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. No one does it better, including every German beer I have ever tried. I am very likely to try importing Shiner Bock to CH.

Upshot: Can't get it here? Send me a PM, and I'll see what I can do. Where there is a will, there is a way. In the meantime, happy trails!
Welcome - I'm half Texan, with roots in DFW, Abilene, and growing up in eastern New Mexico (which is practically Texas).

I will be very happy to see Shiner here!

I've yet to find good brisket here. There's a pop-up in Zurich that advertises themselves as authentic Texas brisket: https://www.maximusbbq.ch/ which I will check for myself one day. Don't know what you have in Basel.

One of my best memories was being in Austin for equipment training for my first job, and smelling Salt Lick BBQ before seeing it while trying to find it.
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Feldschlossen is a hangover in a glass. Avoid.
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Re: Texan in Basel

To avoid Feldschlossen enpoisonment, and if you must stick with Swiss, beer, here is a thread as the temperature mounts (well, it snowed again overnight just above my place but you know ): https://www.englishforum.ch/food-dri...r-hot-day.html
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I tasted this, it was quite ok?

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In Basel? Yes!
Well, technically it is in France, but it is administered by Basel-Stadt

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Now where to get the proper meat ...
This is not something I can help with. Good luck!
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Now where to get the proper meat ...
Generally speaking, you can get most cuts (as well as non-standard parts and organs) from most butchers, whether that's your favourite Metzgerei or Migros/Coop/Globus/etc. Talk to the people behind the meat counter, subject to the details expect a couple days up to a week waiting time.
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Re: Texan in Basel

Try Jenzer, maybe drop into the shop in Arlesheim on a quiet morning and describe what you need. Or give them a ring or drop them an email.
Zieren was able to get me all the cuts I needed when I told him more or less where in the animal it was located and what I intended to do with it.
Henz in Laufen/Riehen is also very good, but I never bought anything "unusual" from them.
Quite a few farms that sell direct to consumer, maybe someone there can help.
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