After many years chowhounding in NYC and vicinity, I have taken on a 2 year assignment for my company in Basel, Switzerland, which is just across the border from the Alsace region of France.
When I moved here, I certainly expected to find new foods that were at least a bit unfamiliar -- more authentic variations on the themes found in New York French restaurants -- but I never expected to be taken completely by surprise.
But so I was by the Tarte Flambe, also known by its Alsatian/German name of Flammenkuchen. It is essentially a French pizza -- no sauce, gruyere cheese, lardons and onions. And a very thin crust -- closer to matzah than to even a thin NY crust. That's it. Heavenly. The aroma alone will make you drool.
It is available all over the Alsace, in all the little winemaking towns, and in Colmar and Strasbourg. There are even some good ones available in the French supermarkets. But I don't recall ever running into it in NYC. Did I just miss something? Or is it NY that's missing out? If you know where to find it, let me know. We'll be moving back soon and I would hate to give this new habit up. --Barry