Monday, 29 December 2014

The Food Diaries: Czech Republic

If you're looking for good hearty home-cooked kind of meals, the Czech Republic will make your taste buds sing.  If you're on a gluten free, dairy free or vegetarian diet, you can pretty much stop reading here.  The following will only make you envious of the rest of us.  Sorry.  

On my visit to the small picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov, I stopped to ask some locals for a place where I could have a traditional Czech dinner.  Here I was introduced to my very first dill soup.  It was creamy and fresh and the perfect way to warm up after a stroll in the brisk springtime air.  I followed it up with the "Bohemian Specialty Plate", which consisted of white cabbage, dumplings, potato dumplings, sausage and three kinds of pork.  It was perhaps a little ambitious, but it seemed like the right thing to do.  

Of course I washed that all down with a pint of their local brew and then a chamomile tea and some antacids when I got back to the hostel.  

Once I had recovered from my gluttony, I was ready to give my sweet tooth a little attention.  As it turns out, it's almost impossible to have a bad hot chocolate in the Czech Republic.  Every one I had was rich and velvety - scrumptious.  And if you're looking for something to munch on as you're sipping on your hot cocoa, they have a special treat called a trdelnik (turtle neck).  You can purchase this bready deliciousness from vendors who are baking them right on the street. They are formed and baked around metal cylinders and then coated in cinnamon and sugar... Delicious! 

It's a good thing I did a lot of walking.  This is not a diet for the sedentary. You can have good beer and a sausage just about everywhere and have to search for leafy greens. When you're starting to feel a little deprived/guilty there's a cool vegetarian spot call Radost FX. You should check if you're looking for a meat break.