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Post 4

It blows my mind that one week from today will be my last day of my internship in Prague! Where has the time gone.. I figured for this week it’d be fitting to talk about a dish I should have tried during my first week, but saved for my last: goulash! Prior to eating goulash I was warned it was a very hearty dish, but a must eat when in the Czech Republic.

SO, what is goulash? Goulash is a paprika flavored stew served with bread dumplings. Goulash usually contains pork or beef and then is topped with sliced onions. What set’s apart Czech goulash from Hungarian goulash is that it’s made with spicy paprika versus sweet paprika.

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At Mlejnice, their goulash was served in a bread bowl but had no dumplings. It was very delicious though! 10/10 recommend if you plan on trying goulash.

Interestingly enough, a few weeks ago I partook in Prague Museum Night and was able to enter the Museum of Communism for free. At the end of the exhibit there was a portion about goulash. Dating back to the 1970’s in Hungary was a period called “Goulash Communism” which to them, symbolized liberalization. Below I have provided a bit of the exhibit for better understanding:

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Post 3 | Did someone say dessert?

Ahoj! We’re three weeks deep into keeping up with our personal blogs and for those who’ve been keeping up, I’d like to inform you all that today my colleagues and I went to a new restaurant together for lunch! It probably wasn’t new to them, but it was new to me. In fact I was shocked as we were on our way there since, we passed by our usual spot La Torretta. If there’s one thing I noticed when it comes to Czech dishes is that they’ve got a standard selection of meals, so carrying on would you like to have beef, pork or chicken? But like seriously… the restaurant’s lunch menu from today was from those three choices. I went the chicken route:

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It almost reminded me of a curry dish by the way it was arranged, but the sauce was the perfect consistency – not too light but also not thick enough to be a curry.

This week my dish of choice I wanted to highlight is the famous Trdelník! Prior coming to Prague I didn’t know much about the country but for some reason I had already known a lot about Trdelník. I saw Trdelník as the gelato of Prague, and I remember a few days before arriving searching the dessert on Instagram for photo inspiration, and to see the variations the dessert could be served. The dessert is a sweet roll (it reminded me of a Hawaiian malasada) filled with toppings such as ice cream, whipped cream, fruit, nutella and so much more. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even eat it plain.

 

I can guarantee you I probably spent an hour going through #trdelnik on Instagram before I left for Prague. I bet you’re probably thinking “wow this is a pretty awesome Czech dessert. Prague really lucked out!” BUT ACTUALLY, trdelnik didn’t even originate in Prague! The only thing Czech about the food is that trdlo translates to stick. The dessert is said to have been originated from Hungary but today in Prague it is a popular tourist attraction which is interesting to see how much the simple dessert has evolved into something more intricate. I remember my first two days in Prague my roommate and I found a traditional trdelnik cart in the less-touristy part of the city that served with limited toppings (ice cream, whipped cream, strawberries and nutella) only to find out today that theres a cafe in Old Town that serves out of the ordinary trdelnik.

(right) is from my first time trying trdelnik (ice cream, chocolate and strawberries)

(left) is from today featuring chocolate whipped cream, strawberries, almond crusted, decorative cookie

Below is the menu from the cafe along with their specialty pistachio and raspberry flavored cakes. If you look closely into the menu you can see that they have a gin and tonic flavor, a charcoal activated flavor, along with raspberry and pistachio – which I’m pretty sure didn’t exist in the 1800’s!

 

 

Post 2 |What’s for lunch?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Errr wrong… here in Prague lunch is the essential meal of the day. Upon arriving to Prague, I was warned that Czech’s are HUGE lunch people and let me tell ya, they weren’t wrong. On my first day at my internship I went out to lunch at La Torretta with a couple of my colleagues including the company director. The restaurant we went to served very traditional Czech meals for lunch (roast duck with cabbage and dumplings, goulash, chicken steak and fries.) Which I’m familiar with being extremely filling. Given it was the middle of the day, and I didn’t want to go the rest of the day feeling sluggish I went for the chicken, which seemed like the lighter option. Meanwhile, nearly everyone else went for the roast duck, cabbage and dumplings route! I was extremely impressed because 1) they devoured their meals SO quickly and 2) after eating they went on with the day like nothing.. but I did notice the company director leave a bit earlier than everyone else 🤣 If I were them, I probably would have gotten sleepy immediately. As my first week at my internship went by I noticed that my colleagues go to La Torretta nearly every single day. Except today we went to Vietnamese restaurant for pho. At first I thought it was strange that they only ate at La Toretta but after going with them all week it turns out their lunch menu changes daily and to add – their prices are cheap! Not to mention, it’s right next to our building. It’s cool to see that they eat there so often to where you can tell they’ve developed evident friendships with the waiters as they’d crack jokes while ordering.

As I go on about how heavy and filling Czech meals are, let me add that our lunch after our Terezin excursion was surprisingly… not as filling. In fact, the meal portion was perfect despite the fact I devoured half a basket of bread before it was served.

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So why lunch? Historically speaking, they relied on lunch since it would give you fuel for the rest of the day, and would eat dinner just so they wouldn’t go to bed hungry. Due to communism everyone was poor and their food was rationed. Which left you to only being able to afford one large meal in the day. So often your daily meals would look like:

Breakfast

  • Small roll with spread or cheese

Lunch

  • Soup
  • Bread
  • Heavy meat dish with vegetables and dumplings

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Beef boiled in wine sauce.

Dinner

  • Soup – made out of your leftovers from lunch

From my experience so far, I see lunch as the getaway from work responsibilities to relax and hang out with colleagues. No matter how busy the day is there will ALWAYS be a time for lunch. I’m used to seeing people multi-task while eating their lunch in the office back in the US – but here they will drop everything to enjoy their meal.

 

Below I’ve attached La Toretta’s menu for today. Have fun translating 🙂

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