We had a wonderful way to celebrate Canada Day so many kilometres away from home. We are celebrating and grateful that the maple leaf on our passport allows us to travel the world with ease.
We met Leona and Markéta of Prague Food Tours for a evening of great food, laughter, drinking and lively conversation. These women are truly gems of Prague and gave us insight into not only just the food of the area but many stories to go with them.
A few things you should know about Prague and the Czech Republic
1. A large statue if Stalin was built that was over 30 m high on a hill beside the river. In 1968, eight years after it was built, they blew it up with dynamite. It is said that little pieces of Stalin May still be in the river.
2. If you decide to go to a night club in Prague, it won't be for drinking and dancing but where you go to get a prostitute.
3. Many people in the Czech Republic do not believe in God. Forty years of communism forced people to give up their faith. Parents didn't teach their children about the faith they had in God, and the generations that followed. The Velvet Revolution ended all this in 1989 but by then new generation had no connection to religion.
Tone says I got this all wrong! So I place a disclaimer on any thing related to history or fact. These are all stories told to use by the young women who led our tour. So they are simply retold by me as I heard them, making for a very interesting and fun night for us. True or false, who knows for sure.
4. This Pastry is not Czech but was created four years ago. The tourists don't know that!!
This is a traditional Czech sweet bun that is delicious, containing different fillings.
5. Beer is cheap in Prague which brings many young people to the city. Matt and his buddies would love it here. This beer Dave tried was three layers, light beer, dark beer followed by foam. They will also serve a mug of just foam which is said to be sweeter but to be consumed immediately. I actually preferred Dave's beer.
6. A traditional meal that would be served for your birthday was a slice of beef in carrot soup served with bread dumplings. A spoonful of cranberry sauce to complete the dish.
In the restaurant that served this dish was an unusual tradition. For many years, until their renovation six years ago, people could buy a bowl of left over donuts for 1000 crowns (approx $20). You could have a donut battle while eating. Watch out for the flying donuts!
7. When the local girls take you out, who knows what surprises may happen!
Thank you Markéta and Leona for an amazing evening.