Thursday, May 17, 2018

They call me Rummy

“Why is the Rum gone.” -Jack Sparrow

Yeah, I feel like that sometimes often. Don't judge.

Before reading on... make sure this plays in the background Ah Gallon ah rum

Good thing RumFest is a mere day away.  Rum cocktails, rum on the rocks, rum neat, rum-from-the-bottle, rum shots (ok, perhaps not shots), but an adundance of rum in my glass whilst at a great locale on the waterfront?  I say run, run, run to drink rum.  

Rum what!?:  A magical beverage that turns one into a pirate 

Rum when!? May 19th

Rum where!?   Žluté lázně (translates to Yellow Spa.  Literally).

Rum how?! Buy your tickets here

Rum why?!  Because it is rum.  No further explanation necessary.

I am quite the fan of Mount Gay Extra Old, and recently I have discovered indulged over-indulged in a Hawaiian rum called Ko Hana (well, sugarcane was introduced to Hawaii in 1841... and they do make a mean Mai Tai) so it makes sense there would be a rum worth indulging over-indulging in.

And then there is Don Papa.  I like anything called Don Papa.  I just want to say Don Papa over and over and over again. Don Papa Don Papa Don Papa small batch rum from the Philippines.  "Now available in New York!"   Good to know cause I just schlepped my ass to Asia for this stuff.

Let me know if you drink either at RumFest....

Monday, March 5, 2018

"If you have no Honey in your Pot, have some in your Mouth." - Ben Franklin

A wise man once said, "If you have no Honey in your Pot, have some in your Mouth." 

Well, ok then...I shall do just as you advise, Mr. Franklin.  And my honey of choice is this one by KH Bees.  Simply put, it is DELICIOUS.  All of their honey products are, but this one made me dance a jig when I tasted it.

Did you know that honey is healthy?  Sweet, delicious AND good for me?  Bring it on, KH Bees, bring it on.

What are you waiting for?  Place your orders here and do as the wise man once said.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Pivo, YES!

I don't live in Mishawaka, IN, but if I did, it would always be Pivo Time!

Why of why can't the Evil Czech be in my hometown.   I found an article from when they first opened in the South Bend Tribune.  Proud of you George, and now branch out cause we need you in Hawaii.  This Czech gal needs some solid Czech brew flowing through her.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

You Go, Girl!

I know I am a tad late with this, but what can I say... I was celebrating.  My heart is with both the US and CZ competitors, and I am thrilled for Ledecká . She killed it on that slope and her humble response to her win makes her, in my opinion, extremely likable.  So I say, "You Go, Girl!" Bring home some more gold (we won't frown at silver or bronze either, just sayin').

Snowboard star Ester Ledecka's "bonus" gold medal in last weekend's Olympic super-G ruffled feathers in the world of alpine skiing, her ski coach said Tuesday (AFP Photo/JAVIER SORIANO)

Read more about her victory at REUTERS and YAHOO!SPORTS

Watch her amazing run here - this is what the Olympics is all about!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Czech Apps, Cookies, Carp...and The Golden Pig

Thank you, Tres Bohemes, for your post about what us Czechs eat at Christmas.  As my mouth waters and I wipe drool off my chin, I compose my grocery list.  Chlebíčky are on my Christmas Eve dinner table yearly.  

Now if only they'd sell carp curbside where I live....

Veselé Vánoce everyone!

PS, don't forget to take a walk after Christmas Eve dinner in search of The Golden Pig (zlaté prasátko).  Custom dictates that those who are able to fast all day and hold off on all of the deliciousness until evening will see The Golden Pig in the evening.

I say those folk have just indulged in the egg nog a wee bit...

Photo from Tres Bohemes

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Food Coma in Prague

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 

I was in the midst of researching where I can send those of you in CZ for an All-American Thanksgiving dinner when I stumbled upon a post on Prague.TV.  They saved me the I can start prepping for tomorrow's feast.  And by "prepping" I mean:

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Here are the suggestions on where to put yourself into a food coma...


Roasted turkey, gravy and stuffing: Thanksgiving in Prague
This year the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving falls on Thursday 23rd November. For those hoping to celebrate it but who are ‘stuck’ in Prague (definitely not a bad thing) don’t despair, as there a number of places putting on special Thanksgiving dinners. It may not be a Czech holiday but with many mixed Czech and American couples and expatriates now living in the country, the demand for Thanksgiving meals has risen from almost zero to nearly 30 years ago to numerous places now putting them on. For all of the places mentioned below, it is advised to book in advance in order to avoid disappointment.

Thanksgiving day in California Republic – 23.11.2017 from 19:00

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular American traditions. It's about family, friends, great traditional food (and football!) We are making a classic menu, consisting of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cinnamon apple and cranberry bake, stuffing, green bean casserole, and saving the best for last - pumpkin pie with whipped cream! Join us at California Republic on November 23rd, give thanks, and feast with us! The price of our Thanksgiving dinner is 595 Kč and it includes a glass of beer or wine. Pre-payment of 100 Kč and reservation is necessary! Reservation at - Facebook event

Thanksgiving Day at TGI Fridays – 23.11.2017 from 11:00 / 26.11.2017 brunch

Thanksgiving Day Facebook Event - 23.11.2017
Thanksgiving brunch Facebook Event - 26.11.2017

Thanksgiving Dinner @ Bohemia Bagel – 23.11.2017 from 17:00

We are serving a buffet style all you can eat Thanksgiving Dinner. Dishes include roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, roasted root vegetables, corn, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, roasted chestnuts, pumpkin pie, apple pie & pumpkin cheesecake. 590 Kč (up to 12 yrs - 250 Kč - 3 yrs and under free) Seatings at 17:00 & 20:00 (Reservations Recommended at or Tel. +420 220 806 541)

Thanksgiving // Den díkůvzdání @ Jáma Restaurace - 23.11.2017 from 18:00

You are warmly invited to come to the Hollow Restaurant (Jáma) to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Booking accepted between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and the second wave starts at 9 p.m. Upon booking, CZK 100 advance payment per person shall be paid. Facebook Event

Thanksgiving Dinner With Brix Bar & Hostel – 23.11.2017 from 19:00

Hey All O' Y'all!! It's Thanksgiving Time!!! One of Our Favorited and Biggest Food Holidays of The Yearrrrrrrrr... We'd like you to Come and celebrate in being Thankful for Life, Family, Friendship, Happiness & Health with Us. Dinner will be 200czk Per Person, as We will be creating a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast, Served in Brix Bar, starting at 19:00. Facebook Event

Thanksgiving 2017 / Den díkůvzdání 2017 @ Hard Rock Café – 23.11.2017 starting from 11:30

Celebrate with us the best of the American traditions, Thanksgiving Day at Hard Rock Cafe Prague! 600czk per person. Kids portion 165czk. Secure your booking: +420 224229529 Facebook Event 

Thanksgiving Lunch & Dinner @ Chickin - 23.11.2017 from 11:30

FREE-RANGE Roasted Turkey with traditional stuffing and gravy Mashed Potatoes Sweet Potato-And-Cauliflower Salad Southern-Style Green Beans With Bacon Cranberry Sauce Pumpkin Cheesecake ADULT 249 CZK VEGETARIAN 199 CZK KIDS PORTION (up to 6 years) 129 CZK Prosecco 0,15l 55 CZK (with menu) Reserve your table at Tel.: +420 222 969 689 Facebook Event

Thanksgiving Feast-Ival Dinner @ U Kurelů - 23.11.2017 from 18:00

Dear Friends, please join us for a very special Thanksgiving dinner, Thursday 23.11.17! "Early"(6pm- until 8pm) and "Late" (8pm-on) seatings available, RESERVE NOW, SPACE IS LIMITED! Facebook event

For an intimate Thanksgiving at home or with friends, Culinaria’s Gourmet-to-Go catering in Prague offers takeaway, delivery and full-service catering for Thanksgiving meals from November 23-25. This year, Culinaria and Dirty Dog Street Food are coming together to bring you an authentic Thanksgiving dinner straight to your kitchen. For more visit

Robertson’s Deli is a British deli that sells fresh whole turkeys and already roasted turkeys to Prague residents who want to create their family’s Thanksgiving meals at home. A 7kg fresh turkey at Robertson’s costs 833 CZK while turkey crown sells for 657 CZK. The deli also stocks turkey breast, turkey rolls, American bacon and sausages in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday. Order their meat and cheese products online. They also prepare cheese and ham party platters. Since the deli’s products and services are in high-demand around the holidays, place your order in advance to avoid disappointment.

Whether you spend Thanksgiving at home or in one of Prague’s restaurants, remember to show your appreciation for family, friends and your adopted city this year.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Beer Me... over and over again

That being said, it was as if this post by JetSetting Fools spoke to me.  I love me some beer, and now I have a new list of places I must try.  One of the spots on this list is like an old comforting blanket to me, and that is U Medvidku.  It is where I had my first Budvar, and where they brew X-Beer 33, which is a story for another day (#debauchery).

Continuing on...

Check out their article, 16 Places to Drink Craft Beer in Prague - it'll make your mouth water for some sweet nectar that is beer.  Or maybe that just happens to me.

Either way, Na Zdraví!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Magical Christmas

Well I certainly don't disagree....

Prague.TV had an article recently that made me yearn to be in Prague for Christmas, or as we say, Vánoce.  Being in Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square) and amongst the market along Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square) is just magical.  There is no other word I can use to describe it.  It is simply magical.  

Here is the piece...decide for yourself whether Christmas in Prague is in order.

Two news outlets have already but Prague among top holiday destinations
01.11.2017 16:41

Prague was ranked as the number one place for a Christmas vacation by news magazine U.S. News & World Report. Earlier, news server CNN ranked the Christmas markets at Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square together as among the top 10 in the world.

The rankings are no surprise, as Prague typically appears on similar lists at this time of year.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked Prague highly in other areas. It is third for a winter vacation in Europe and fourth for an affordable vacation in Europe, fifth for both an affordable European honeymoon and a European family vacation, sixth-best place to visit in Europe and the eighth-best place to visit in the world.

“For the month of December, the capital of the Czech Republic turns into a winter wonderland you've got to see to believe. Its medieval architecture is blanketed in twinkling lights and the Christmas markets are some of the best in the world. Plus, many of Prague's attractions are free, so you won't have to spend a fortune to sightsee,” U.S. News & World Report stated.

It did not list what it considered free attractions, but places such as the courtyards of Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, some churches and the streets of Old Town and Malá Strana can be seen for free. The interiors of buildings in Prague Castle, viewing towers, and most museums and galleries have an admission.

As for the city in general, the magazine described it as “a prosperous and bustling city.”

“Prague now attracts more tourists than ever. But its picturesque downtown veils both a dark legacy and a resilient past. Dating back to about A.D. 870, Prague has withstood numerous overthrows, invasions, fires and floods. It's this reputation for survival and perseverance that has made the Czech capital so fascinating. Today, its storied churches, narrow streets, daunting hilltop castle and statue-lined bridges create the scene of an urban fairy tale. Even the most jaded traveler would have trouble resisting this city's charms.”

Other cities on the U.S. News & World Report list for Christmas vacations were Vienna, Taos, London, New York, Zurich, Munich, Quebec, Edinburgh and Amsterdam.

Most of the choices aside from third-placed Taos seem to be obvious picks. Regarding Taos, the magazine said: “For a twist on the traditional Christmas, consider spending the holidays in this small town 70 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Snow-covered adobe buildings dot the historic downtown and handmade gifts are available at the Taos Folk pop-up store. The roster of unique events includes bonfires on Bent Street, which features traditional Aztec dancers.”

The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions. Destination rankings are updated once per year on a rolling basis.

CNN did not provide an explanation of the criteria for choosing the best Christmas markets. Prague appears fifth on the list, though it is not clear if that means fifth place or it is just random as the list is not numbered. CNN recommends the markets as an alternative to “joylessly battling through department store crowds or trawling the Internet for bargains.”

Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Germany, was first on the CNN list, followed markets in by Strasbourg, Vienna, and Montreal. The cities coming in after Prague are Florence, Krakow, Birmingham, Copenhagen, and Brussels.

Prague won high praise from CNN: “No city lends itself to Christmas better than Prague. The city's two main Christmas markets, in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, are only five minutes' walk from each other, so can both easily be explored in one day,” CNN said.

“Each one has the usual wooden huts found in similar markets across Europe, but the Czech treats are what really set them apart. Visitors can grab a klobása (Czech sausage) and wash it down with a Pilsner Urquell in the afternoon, then hang around for the main tree to be lit up on Old Town Square,” CNN stated.

The two Christmas markets start relatively late this year, on Dec. 2, due to the late start of Advent, and run until Jan. 6, when Christmas is celebrated on the Orthodox calendar. The start of Advent changes every year and is the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The markets traditionally open the day before.

For the past few years, there has been no single tree lighting ceremony for security and safety concerns. The crowds had been reaching such a size that there was the potential for accidents. The details of this year's opening day have not been disclosed yet but most likely will follow the same pattern, with the tree going dark and relighting several times during the first day.

There should also be a program of daily entertainment on the square for the duration of the market. Carp soup should be served for free Dec. 24 during the day.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sing It, Kid!

For those of you in NYC...

Organizácia +421 Foundation so sídlom v New Yorku vyhlasuje 3. ročník speváckej súťaže  detí v interpretácii českej a slovenskej ľudovej piesne AMERICKÝ  SLÁVIK, ktorý nadväzujena 30 úspešných ročníkov slovenskej verzie tejto súťaže SLÁVIK SLOVENSKA.
Súťaž sa koná pod záštitou Generálnych konzulátov Českej a Slovenskej republiky v New Yorku a garantmi podujatia sú hviezdy hudobného neba Karel Gott a Peter Dvorský.
Súťažiacich bude sprevádzať ľudová hudba PAJTÁŠI. SpoluúčinkujeAriana Lem Joy a konferujú Pavlína Horáková a Richard Štilicha.
Americky Slavik 2017
Ak máte záujem prihlásiť dieťa do súťaže, prihlášku treba poslať do 5. novembra 2017!
Ďalšie informácie vrátane prihlášky do súťaže a nôt povinných piesní sú na stránke

Monday, September 11, 2017

Improve Your Quality of Life...Move to CZ

As much as I heart the Czech Republic, its ranking on this list surprised me.  Not in a bad way.  I'm thrilled to pieces to see it ranking so high.  I just want it to stay my little secret...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Rare photos from the 1968 invasion

Will make you stop and think...

Radio CZ has a post of rare photos from the 1968 Russian-led invasion of then Czechoslovakia.  

The piece, written by Daniela Lazarova, states, "Czech Radio has brought readers rare, as yet unpublished photographs of the 1968 Russian-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The photos were taken by Polish geologist Leszek Sawicki who was attending a conference in Prague at the time and was trapped in the capital city for several days after the invasion. Mr. Sawicki died earlier this year and the photos have come to Czech Radio courtesy of his wife who discovered them among his belongings."

See the photos here

Monday, August 21, 2017

"A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us." - Franz Kafka

This certainly tempts me to call myself a writer...

Prague may offer luxurious flat in centre to guest writers

ČTK | 
21 AUGUST 2017
Prague, Aug 20 (CTK) - Prague plans to offer one or two luxurious flats in the reconstructed house in the centre where Jewish German writer Franz Kafka was born to foreign writers who would not pay rent, but write a book in which the Czech capital would play the main role, Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) has reported.
The house situated near Old Town Square, which was used by the City Hall in the past, is now empty. Luxurious apartments are to be built there during an overall reconstruction for more than 100 million crowns, MfD wrote in its Saturday issue.
"One or two would be designated for foreign writers. They would come to Prague for several months and write a book there that might make the city famous all over the world," Eliska Kaplicky Fuchsova (ANO), head of the City Hall's culture and tourism committee, told MfD.
Prague would like to invite Nobel Prize laureates and other awarded writers as well as the authors of bestsellers whose books set in Prague might attract more tourists to the city, MfD writes.
The paper also points to other bestsellers that attracted people to European cities, such as U.S. Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code set in Paris and London. It readers wanted to see the localities that the book's characters visited.
The Prague City Hall has not mapped yet whether famous writers would be interested in its offer of creative stays, MfD adds.
The Prague councillors are to debate the idea of Kaplicky Fuchsova in October.
However, even if she failed to push it through, it would not mean that foreign writers cannot stay in Prague now and use its motives in their novels and poems, MfD writes.
Two years ago, the Prague Municipal Library launched a project of residential stays for foreign writers, who had at least one book published. The interest in the programme is high, the paper writes.
"Every year, we receive more than 100 applications of which we select six writers whom spend two months in Prague each," Katerina Bajo, coordinator of the Prague - City of Literature project, said.
Eleven writers have already stayed in Prague and are writing books in which they mention the city within the project.
These writers cannot count with a luxurious apartment in the centre, but they are accommodated in ground-floor flat in a prefab building at a housing estate in the Barrandov neighbourhood.
Along with accommodation, Prague covers their travel costs and pays them a scholarship of 600 euros a month. The stay of one foreign writer costs from 50,000 to 70,000 crowns, including the costs of the promotion of the events in which the invited writers take part. In return, they are expected to create a literary work connected with Prague.
"If the author does not meet our conditions, we may terminate the contract and they will leave," Bajo said.
The guest writers should present part of the book featuring Prague before the end of their two-month stay. However, the contract does nor specify the deadline for completing the book.
"Naturally, it may happen that the writer will never complete the book since Prague does not suit him, but such is life," Municipal Library spokeswoman Lenka Hanzlikova told MfD.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Let the whippings commence

The moment we've all been waiting for...

.Get your Pomlázka out, boys!  There aren't many days in the year when ladies want a whipping gentle whipping.

So get out your Pomlázka and make your way through the village, neighborhood, apartment building, what have you.  But don't forget to start with the females in your home.  Some may not like it, some may like it more than they will admit, but these whippings gentle whippings chase away illnesses and bad spirits, and bring health and youth for the rest of the year.  Ladies, you know we are forever chasing that damn fountain of youth, so take it on the legs and be glad you didn't get doused with water (that's an alternative...).

Boys, recite “Hody, hody doprovody, dejte vejce malovaný, nedáte-li malovaný, dejte aspoň bílý, slepička vám snese jiný…”

Essentially, you're asking for eggs, an egg will do.  Preferably painted, but white will do just as well.

But these days who wants eggs?  These days you get money, or most likely shots of Slivovice (plum brandy) instead.  YES!

So all in all, when you break it down, Easter Monday is a day when 
ladies take a whipping gentle whipping to stay young & beautiful and the men get drunk.

Na zdraví!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beranek SUCCESS!

Eggs & Whips

Happy Easter, Sunday!

If you haven't done so yet, dye those eggs and prepare your pomlázka for tomorrow's whippings gentle whippings.

In the Czech culture, today is a day to prepare for Easter Monday festivities, for Easter Monday trumps Easter Sunday.  

So I tried to be all Martha Stewart last night and dyed my eggs in a manner I have never even seen before, and it was SO. MUCH. *$@#*&%. FUN.  Not only that, it was super fast (cause who wants to be dying eggs for hours) and the color took way better than dipping an egg in a cup of dye and staring at it for minutes.  I highly suggest it to all of you who have yet to dye those eggs.  I may find myself dying eggs at random times throughout the year now simply because I want to shove my hands in shaving cream and slosh them around. Don't judge.

And don't even think about not dying eggs...or you will die.

Here is the video I somehow stumbled upon...

So good.  So, so good. 

Here are my eggs.  I recommend you watch the entire video, unlike myself.  I didn't leave the dyed shaving cream on my eggs for a while, just wiped them off straight away.  What can I say, I'm like a 6-year-old on Christmas morning tearing through presents.  Bur nevertheless, I like the pastel-color look they got.

And I won't die.

My next attempt, this guy:

I did't bake a Mazanec (gasp!), so am hoping that if I bake a Beránek, that all will be forgiven by the Superstitious Gods.

Here's a recipe in case you want to try your hand at Beranek

Men & boys... get your pomlázka ready for tomorrow!  Traditionally made from braided pussy willow, but if said pussy willow is not available, be creative.  And, go!

Happy Name Day, Irena! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Irena.  Happy name day, Irena!
The name Irena is a variant of Irene, which is of Greek origin and means "peace".

Best start baking!

I didn't realize that Mazanec needs to be baked on White Saturday! Omg I need to get on it....or I will die!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Name Day, Anastázie! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Anastázie.  Happy name day, Anastázie!
The name Anastázie is the Czech form of Anastasia, which is of Greek origin and means "resurrection".

Anastasia Tremaine is who comes to mind when I hear the name Anastasia... from my beloved Cinderella

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Markets in Prague

If in Prague, don't forget to stroll through the Easter markets.

April 1st - 23rd, the markets are open daily in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square.  Lots of Easter traditional crafts for purchase, as well as food and drink.

One VERY important item to purchase while at the market is a pomlázka (braided whip with a ribbon tied to the end).  More info to come, but you'll be glad to own one. Or more...

To read more about the Easter Markers and see additional photos, click here

Photo from

If you go, send me your photos!  I wish I could be there so will live vicariously through you.