Saturday, October 30, 2010

Gastronomic Highlights of Prgaue

My class and I spent a week in Prague at the beginning of October. Sure we visited 13th century castles and cathedrals, but I really enjoyed exploring the food culture. In no particular order, here are my 10 favourite gastronomic treats I tried while Prague.

1. Potato Pancakes
The Czech version of a hash brown are even better than the ones I buy frozen from the supermarket. Firstly because their not frozen nor do they come from the supermarket. Secondly because they are served with wilted red cabbage. They go down excellently with a glass of Budweiser.

Potato Pancakes

2. Budweiser
The Czech Republic is the orginal home to the now very American Busweiser. At $2 a pint, it is sure to be your friend while in Prague.


3. Czech Pastries
These strange dough things pictured below are known as "Trdelnik". They are wound around a heavy metal pin, rolled in sugar and cinnamon, then spit roasted over gas flame. Another pastry highlight was the fresh jam doughnuts at the local corner supermarket. 20 cents. WORD.


4. Mulled wine
Czech country is probably home of mulled wine. There are mulled wine kiosks set up at many street corners, you can grab one on the way to the tram.

5. Roast duck with sauerkraut and dumplings
Very typical Czech dish. Very delicious. Czech dumplings are like the steamed buns you get at yum cha, except you dip them in the gravy and sauerkraut and there is no bbq pork inside.

Roast Duck

6. Maitrea Vegetarian Restaurant
The most amazing vegetarian restaurant I have visted. The rooms are Feng Shui, which means that they are set up in a way which promotes harmony with nature. Whatever that means! The food is amazing, make sure you save room for desert! They also make fresh juices, I recommend the pear juice with extra ginger.


7. Golash 
A soupy beef stew usually served with traditional Czech dumplings, available everywhere, always tasty, usually cheap.

8. Becherovka 
Makes a great souvenir for visitors to the Czech Republic to take home. This bitter herb liqueur is used for its "curative properties" apparently it is supposed to aid with digestion. Any excuse will do! It is flavoured with 34 herbs including anise and cinnamon, I thought it was rather delicious.


9. Starbucks
It is a really lame/sad of me advertise a rich American company in my gastronomic top ten. However... having a caramel frappacino after 4 months of frappacino free life was a like eating freshly baked bread, having a hot shower or sleeping in clean sheets. It was heaven.

10. Ureleneho Cafe
It was so cosy to visit in this small cafe, that we visited it twice. They have an amazing selection of teas, and it is tucked away on a cobbelstone street only 5 minutes from the Charles Bridge. We drank data masala; a yogi tea, similar to chai and I would highly recommend it.

Ureleneho Cafe

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