The best "sauerkraut" i.e. "choucroute" is ... French by the way.<quoted text>Many white Americans have an ambivalent attitude toward Europe. In FACT, they are mainly descendants of Europeans as Blacks are mainly descendants of West Africans. But at times some white Americans look upon Europe--the Old World--as corrupt, effete, immoral, decadent, etc. But there's also the tendency to laud Western (often code for "white") civilization as the apex of human achievement. In this context, one may hear paens to the glories of Greece, Rome, the Renaissance, the Enlgihtement, Mozart, Tolstoy, Shakespeare and Descartess. At that point, obviously, the same Europe is being glorified for its brilliance.
I think there is an ambivalence in American-=-mainly white American--attitudes toward Europe which can be a bit unhealthy./
I tried to explore some of this a few years ago in a thread entitled: "HATING EUROPE: Do White Americans Despise their Ancestral Homeland." But keep in mind that some of the flavor of my comments was in reply to widespread American reactions Europe's refusal to support America's war in Iraq. There were even people talking about boycotting French wines, renaming French fries (which aren't even French) "freedom fries." Or returning to the old WWI practice of calling sauerkraut "liberty cabbage."
I don't like sauerkraut much anyway. But I made a point of purchasing extra bottles of French wines, and asking friends for French wines for my birthday when they asked me what I'd like.
Naw, I wasn't joining the parade of goosestepping behind the leader and the flag.
Not for Summer time indeed but excellent in Winter.
For your next visit, I'll try to have you taste a good choucroute.
Alsatian white wines are perfect with it like Riesling or Pinot blanc or Pinot gris.
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