Thursday, August 18, 2016

"People who love to eat are always the best people." - Julia Child



The 6th annual Foodparade is coming up - on Sept. 3 & 4, more than 20 of Prague's restaurants and chefs will offer their wares...so come hungry!

There is, of course, beer & wine.  We are Czechs after all.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at http://foodparade.cz/vstupenky/ OR http://www.ticketstream.cz/

Or even better yet, you can try to win tickets by answering the following question and emailing your answer to info@prague.tv by August 21st:

What's the value in CZK of the festivals currency "1 CHEF"?

Pssst...I'll give you a hint.  1 CHEF is 20 CZK.  Shhhh, don't tell anyone! And good luck.

Oh, and did I mention... this event is being held at Troja Chateau ...a stunning Baroque structure located in the city's suburbs.  Stunning views, vineyards, and the Prague Zoo is located right next door, thus you can make a day of your visit to Troja.








Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Romance is a Knight in Shining Armor

I am so bummed that I won't be able to attend this event.  Then again, how would I choose just one castle or chateau?

On August 27th, several castles and chateaus throughout the Czech Republic will open their doors at night for Hradozámecká noc.  AT NIGHT.  Meaning candlelight and classical music and knights in shining armor.  

One of the chataeus participating is Duchcov, where the stud Giacomo Casanova worked as a librarian in the late 1700's.  Perhaps, on this night his spirit will roam the building flirting with women as they pass by.  Will you be so lucky?


Duchcov Chateau

Read about the event here

Duchcov Chateau

Another participant is the baroque castle Žleby, which is particularly romantic in appearance.  

Zámek Žleby

Zámek Žleby

Zámek Žleby

I can picture it... candle lit rooms, music playing softly in the background, the click-clap of horse hooves as they pass by on the cobble-stoned paths, and the knights.  Oh, the knights...


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Mozart in Prague

Why not taking a walking tour of Prague and follow in the footsteps of Wolfgang.  With its majestic charm, the city will surely take you back to days long ago...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Here's a piece by the famous composer that made its debut in Prague in 1787:
Symphony No. 38 in D

Prague TV had a good article which will surely inspire you to explore Prague and visit the places that Mozart once did.

One of my favorite places associated with Mozart is the Estates Theatre.  It holds a special place in my heart because it is where my father introduced me to opera by taking me to see Le nozze de Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), which just happens to be composed by Mozart.


  Buy Tickets for Le nozze de Figaro at the Estates Theatre

The Estates Theatre 


The Estates Theatre, better known for the premiere of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which was performed here on October 29, 1787  






Monday, April 25, 2016

Versatile Beer

Sometimes a girl just wants things.  
This time, this girl needs this:




Now that we have that out of the way...

I just read a great article on Prague.TV's website entitled, "BEER COUNTRY EATS, SLEEPS, BREATHES (AND BATHES) BEER"

Ahem... yes. Is true.

The article is genius!  Who knew that I can clean with beer, thus giving me even more reason to drink it throughout the day. 

(PS...I have highlighted parts that spoke to me)

The construction of the Charles Bridge started in the 14th century under Charles the IV. There are many different rumors about what was used instead of cement – and it wasn't just eggs. According to one website the secret ingredients that helped hold the bridge together include various organic products such as milk, blood, cottage cheese, wine and last but not least: beer.

Beer isn't just great for drinking and bridge-building; it has many amazing uses including beauty. Beer shampoo for one has many benefits that you can't find in your regular Head and Shoulders: it contains proteins and it guarantees a long-lasting shine. The only down side is the unappealing smell of beer that may linger after a wash.

Another way to reap the benefits but risk the smell is taking a beer bubble bath. Alternative of investing lots of money into a
spa trip where your beer-soaking time is limited, buy a few bottles and enjoy the bubbles. The beer will soften your skin and give you a unique glow.

You can also use beer to make yourself beautiful from the inside out. Beer can be used to marinate meat because of it's acidic nature which makes the meat nice and tender. Unlike wine, beer won't alter the taste of the meat but will make leaner cuts less tough and more delicious. The marinated meat has to be left in the fridge ideally overnight – but keep in mind that you can NOT drink the marinade.

There are several other ways that you can use beer in the kitchen and not all of them require eating. The pots and pans won't clean themselves but luckily for you, just a few drops of beer will put a nice shine on anything metal. Don't forget to let it soak or sit before you start scrubbing!

Accidents can happen – it's not uncommon for beer to end up on the floor. If you're enjoying a beer outside, it may end up in the dirt. Apparently this has it's benefits too! Beer can not only help fix any brown spots in the grass but it can also eliminate various pests. The sugar in beer will help grass grow strong and you can use it to drown unwanted slugs who like beer almost as much as you do.

Spilling beer indoors isn't an issue either, especially when it comes to wooden floors. Not only does beer remove stains but it can also work to polish floors. Just make sure to dry it well and maybe use some soda or liquid cleaner after. This will keep your flat from reeking of stale beer.

Everyone knows that drinking alcohol can warm you up on a cold night. But there are other ways that beer can keep you stay warm without raising your alcohol level. If your heating system revolves around the temperature on a thermostat then all you need to do to heat things up is place a chilled beer on top of the box. This will trick an automatic thermostat into making things a little more toasty.

Next time you have an extra beer, don't let it just sit in your fridge: splash it in your hair, in your cooking pot and all over your household.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Czech Republic No More

Welcome to the Czech Republic

Welcome to Czechia

I don't like it.  What are your thoughts on the proposed new name change?

Actually, the more I say it and hear it, the more I absolutely loathe it. You?  

I am not opposed to change, not at all, but Czechia?  And using the excuse that Czechia is better for marketing is just ridiculous.  We are the Czech Republic... leave it be. Move on.  Focus on more important issues.








Monday, November 23, 2015

ACK! Only 36 hours?!

36 hours in Prague would make me a very sad girl....the city has so much to see and do that I can't even begin to imagine only having 36 hours.  But, alas, if this were the case, here is what The New York Times suggest one do:


I myself am not familiar with all of these places he suggests, except I do know the bar Zlý Časy quite well...and even posted about it a while back:

Bad Times Call for Great Beer

Must try these places suggested by Michael.  Must post my own version of what to do with only 36 hours.  Yeah, now there's an idea!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Off the Beaten Path in Prague



Karlin is a great neighborhood in Prague... one that many tourists probably don't get to see unless they're curious and like to explore.   I, for one, prefer to head off the beaten path and venture into neighborhoods that aren't filled with souvenir shops and folks shoving pamphlets into my face of tours they offer.  If you don't venture out, you miss experiencing what life is like for those who live in the city... what the residential neighborhoods consist of... and what makes them special.

The New York Times had a good article on Karlin... a neighborhood in Prague 8


Another great article that will tell make you want to visit Karlin is



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What's your favorite street in Prague?

I wouldn't say that this is my favorite street in Prague, but nevertheless I have to share with you.  I quite prefer a stroll down Hroznová or Loretánská or Kozi, but that's just me.  I DO love the Vršovice neighborhood as it's off the beaten path and has a certain cool grittiness that I love to find in cities.  I haven't been to any of the places in the article, but maybe you can visit and let me know what you think.

Read the NY Times article entitled Favorite Streets in 12 European Cities and see why they picked Krymská ulice as one of their faves


Photo by Milan Bures for The New York Times 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Check out Little Czech Republic

So I'm flipping through the pages of the March issue of Food Network Magazine and I get to an article entitled Small World..."You can eat like a globe-trotter without leaving the States:  Check out Little Denmark, Little Ethiopia and more." Now I love me some "little" village à la Epcot Center (does Epcot even still have European pavilions!?).

Anyway, I turn the page to read on and BAM!  Little Czech Republic jumps off the page and smacks me in the face.

I was giddy.

So this Little Czech Republic is in West, Texas.
It is so rare to see Czech restaurants outside of the Czech Republic that it was like staring into the face of a long lost cousin.  Something about this photo stirs up feelings of nostalgia for me... memories of homemade Czech meals prepared by Babicka.

I love how the sign out front says "BEER" and that it's larger than the other sign.  So Czech!  I mean, we love out beer so it makes perfect sense.



Thank you Picha's Facebook page... I am stealing this photo so I have something to share
with my readers.  Please forgive a fellow Czech.

The article reads:

"Czech immigrants settled in Texas in 1880, and more than a century later, many of the restaurants and residents of West, TX, are still Czech." (Why couldn't they settle in a place like, oh I don't know, HAWAII!?!).  Anyway, moving on... "The city sits between Dallas and Austin, and road-trippers love stopping at Czech Stop (104 South George Kacir Dr.) for a kolache, a traditional stuffed yeast roll.  The 24-7 spot is known for its classic flavors, like fruit or poppy seed, while Gerik's Ole Czech Bakery (511 West Oak St.) is famous for its klobasnek, a savory take on the same pastry.  You can find recipes for kolache and other Czech favorites in the rows and rows of cookbooks at Olde Czech Corner Antiques (130 North Main St.).  At the end of the day, you should head to Picha's Czech-American Restaurant (220 North Main St.), an Eastern Europe-meets-West diner where you can get pierogi - or chicken-fried steak.


Again... BEER.  Warms my heart.


No BEER, but I'll take Meat Market. Also warms my heart.


I am intrigued by Olde Czech Corner Antiques.  Was all ready to virtually browse the shop but...NO WEBSITE!  Argh.  I may be taking a trip to West, TX.  I go to the real thing all the time so why am I so intrigued by this Little Czech village in TX? 

Found this pic on the town's website...Discover West 






Saturday, March 14, 2015

Get in my belly!

Aside from Mini-Me at the end, this is my relationship with Czech food...



Dumplings with wild mushroom sauce


A variation of the traditional dumpling


Gotta have sauerkraut if you're having roast pork 


 And the pièce de résistance...


 No meal is complete without home-made strudel

All of these, courtesy of my Dad's kitchen.  To all of you who have parents or a parent that can cook the hell out of their kitchen, pay attention and learn the recipes.  One day you'll wish you did...




Friday, February 20, 2015

Thank you

Wow, I am overwhelmed and honored by all of the recent Facebook "likes" that Prague, My Love has received recently. I don't know what it is, but I thank you all.  

I have to say, your "likes" and page views got me through a difficult month.  I lost my father (this is my first time announcing it even...sort of like, if I don't say it, it didn't happen) and feel as though this is his way of reaching me and saying, "don't give up on the blog simply because it will remind you of me and make you sad.  Rather, know that I was always your biggest fan... and will always continue reading."  So although many posts will remind me of my loss, I will push through the sadness.  

Thank you to all of my followers... you made an impact you can't even begin to imagine.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Oh, Christmas Tree

I just want to dive right in... straight through my computer screen.  I want to land in the middle of this festive scene, right atop the booth selling svařák.  I want to sip that cup of hot deliciousness whilst strolling around admiring all the wares.  I want to stand at the base of the Christmas tree and look up at the twinkling lights and smile.  To me, this is my idea of the perfect "'Tis the Season."

I have the warm & fuzzies

prague xmas

Monday, December 1, 2014

I unleash my inner Clark Griswold

'Tis the season!  
I don't know about you, but I am getting my Clark Griswold on.




Tree in Old Town Square

Thank you, Iva, for the beautiful photo!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

So where are all of my American expats spending Thanksgiving?

Eating Prague Tours has some suggestions for you if you're not sure yet.  As for me, I'll be hosting this year, which means bring on the feast...and the wine.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy 98th Birthday, DinDin!

Happy 98th Birthday, DinDin!  

I miss you more than you would ever understand...and love you more than you could possibly ever know.
Always by my side, always in my heart...

I light a candle for you, my DinDin

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

According to Radio Praha, there is a unique 64-carat diamond worth 16 million USD currently on display in Prague. 


I had hoped they would have included a photo of said diamond, but alas, they have let me down. Apparently the stone beautiful rock that should be on my finger is on loan Antwerp and was found in Lesotho, South Africa, in 2012.  They claim that it is the biggest diamond ever shown in the Czech Republic. 

The exhibit also has other diamonds on display...some 200 or so.  Since I can't get to this exhibit, I am counting on one of my readers to go and take a photo for me so I can then oggle this beautiful rock that should be on my finger.

Where:
Siroka 15 in Prague (Google tells me this is the home of Diamonds International Corp.)
Hurry!  You only have until November 16th.  Thereafter aforementioned beautiful rock that should will be on my finger.


Here is a map of where to go:
Map of Široká 124/15, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czech Republic

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Tis the Season

As you know, us Czechs love our marionettes.  So for all of you in NYC, here's your chance to get in touch with your Czech or not-so-Czech side.  

'Tis the Season!

The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre  is starting the season with A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa 

DETAILS:
La MaMa Theatre (The Club) 
74A East Fourth Street  
December 4-14 Fridays through Saturdays at 10:00 PM, Saturdays @ 2pm & Sundays at 5:00 PM Box office (212) 475-7710, www.lamama.org