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Where do you find the best raclette east of Geneva? In Bhutan, naturally. Operated by longtime Swiss resident Fritz Maurer, the Swiss Guesthouse, tel: (975-3) 631 145, overlooks the small town of Jakar in the Bumthang valley, Bhutan's cultural heartland. With its grazing cows, mountain scenery and orchards, the property looks beautifully reminiscent of Heidi, and generous plates of the house special, raclette, assist the illusion. But how does the traditional Swiss favorite of melted cheese, gherkins and potatoes manage to taste so good here?

The answer lies in Maurer's background. An agriculturist by training, he came...

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