Athens with Friends -part 1. 

Last week in Athens has left me with so many mixed feelings. As I earlier mentioned in my last post that my friends are visiting me. And they have finally arrived here yesterday. We set our journey to receive them at the airport on the half empty highways at half past nine with excitement in our hearts.

The room I arranged for both my friends, one named Klara the young blonde energetic woman who is here to enjoy her summer and the other an English teacher in her mid fifties. She has been a dear friend and my only friend when I moved first to Czech Republic. Anyway, the room I found through airbnb had a fantastic authentic Greek feel to it and I loved it. 

The owner being a Greek was pleasant, sweet,and an highly educated woman in her late fourties! She in fact did an fabulous arrangement for her guests to have an comfortable and extravagant stay in the heart of the city of Athens. I must say I was very much pleased and contented. 

When I met my friends the day next day, they were really happy that I arranged such a wonderful stay for them. And like a holiday planned, we set out today to do some heavy sightseeing in almost thirty eight degrees Athens. We had a heart warming breakfast and set out our day by foot to Acropolis! The one monument you cannot miss whilst your stay at Athens.

So now they are out there doing all the study and enjoying the historical monument while I wait at the foothills of the Mighty Acropolis, having the oppurtunity to write a post and share my final week events with my dear friends in Athens. But unfortunately to my awe, I forgot to put in the micro card to my camera hence I promise to share you some pics along with my journey. 

So stay tuned, though the days are few, the journey is long! 🙂 

Savoury food guide to Czech Republic

pizap.com14354026194421In my previous post, I mentioned must try foods, if you are visiting Czech Republic. In this post I would like to share the best savoury foods you can eat from the country. Like I already mentioned in my previous post, a lot of the them think Czech food isn’t vibrant but here are some of the delicious foods I would want you to take pleasure in tasting on your trip to the central part of the Europe.

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Chlebicky

‘Chlebicky’ – similar to a Bruschetta or an open faced sandwich, is usually served as a starter. It comes in wide range of variety, but the czech’s prefer the cold cut chlebicky’s.

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Trdelnik
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Ovocne Knedliky

Mostly popular in the Central European countries. this dish is also known as  ‘Kürtőskalács‘. It is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, and then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut crunch.The name trdelník comes from trdlo, the wooden stake the cake is wrapped around for cooking which gives it its traditional hollow shape

Ovocne Knedliky is a fruit based dumpling, which is made of Potato dough having a filling of variety of fruits. one of the most delicious one is the berries and peaches. it’s a satisfying meal for sweet lovers as it is a sweet dish. Usually eaten for dinner, it can also be served as a desert. The dumpling is served as it is or with sprinkles of sugar powder and whipped cream.

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Kolac

Kolac is a mouth watering delicious pastry filled with types of fillings in the center or inside of the pastry. since the Czech Republic is number one producer of Poppy seeds, the popular kolac comes with the stuffing of poppy seeds and other different varieties, one with tvaroh ‘cream cheese’ , fruit stuffing. For a first timer it may taste different but trust me it is delicious and addictive!

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Palacinky

Often people mistake Pancakes as crepes. Pancakes are the American version of thick flat cake and crepes in Czech known as Palacinky are super thin paper like pancake although the recipe calls for the same ingredients. What distinguishes the Czech Palacinky’s is that they are filled with amazing goodness of fruits served with dollop of ice cream and whipped cream. My most favorite desert of all times. now the new trend has got spicer version of Palacinky with Bacon or spinach stuffings. I will always rate this No:1 must try out food.

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Medovnik

The most popular cake in Czech Republic, the Medovnik is scrumptiously delicious. It’s a 10 layered cake, Medovnik derives from Med meaning Honey, with its unique taste, its nothing like you have ever tasted before. Moist and flavorsome, some say it’s like eating golden sunshine.

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Babovka
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Vanocka

Babovka in transaltion means Grandma’s cake. It’s a typical traditional  bundt marble cake with a combination of vanilla and chocolate mixtures into a swirl mould which looks beautiful when presented. It’s a cake perfect for tea time, and that’s how the czech’s usually have it too, it is placed on the table with sprinkled white sugar as shown in the picture. It reminds of me of Christmas.

 Traditionally made during Christmas, this braided bread is simply yum and can be eaten for breakfast or tea. When making vánočka, it is said that one must think of everyone dear to you. Another custom is to avoid touching silver or metal to the vánočka. Finally, the person who is making the vánočka should jump up and down while the dough rises. 😉 The bread is named after the Vanoce meaning Christmas in Czech.

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Spa Town “Karlovy Vary” famous Oplatky

The super thin wafer from the spa town of Czech are one more authentic add to the food glossary. these delicious wafers are one of a kind with perfectly spread walnut sugar crunch in between the wafer makes it a melt in the mouth. there are also several other flavors such as cinnamon, cocoa, coconut, vanilla, strawberry. The best souvenir you could carry back to your loved ones.

This is it from my side, but do let me know if you would like to add more into the list and enjoy the food from Czech Republic like how I do.

Happy Blogging!

Must try foods from Czech Republic

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I have read a whole lot of awful stuff about how Czech Republic’s food is very bland and how awesome the beverage is. Of course, when we talk about gastronomy, beer takes the first place. Czech’s love their beer, that’s why they proudly boast to be the highest consumer of beer in the world. but today, my post is to introduce a whole new aspect of food that you can enjoy while staying at Czech Republic. I am going to add a new light to the gastronomical world of Czech food.  The tradition of cooking has been carefully sorted out and preserved for centuries together. Czech’s like to keep their food simple but full of bursting flavors the moment it hits your mouth. Therefore, let me introduce to you the most delicious foods from the country without further introductions:

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Knedlo-Vepro-Zelo

1. This is one of the most loved and enjoyed meal by the Czech’s. It combines, three entirely different flavours to make it one dish, it has pork braised and cooked separately with cumin seeds, and homemade most famous dumplings called ‘knedlo’, and saucy sauerkraut that you would have never tried else where. must try!

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Smazeny Syr

2. This dish is another classic meal, you must try without which I wouldn’t recommend you leave from the country! Usually served with french fries, this delicacy is scrumptious and a melt in the mouth. The ‘Gouda‘ cheese is cubed and bread-crumbed and fried for a delicious bite. ‘Smazeny’ means ‘Fried’ which is how it derives it name simply as ‘Fried Cheese’

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Hovezi gulas s knedlikom

3. A sight for the sore eyes. not only does this dish looks good but tastes excellent. the onions on the top makes it a winner. this dish is a classic beef ‘goulash‘ with homemade dumplings. don’t forget to try it out!

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Svickova na Smetane

4. This typical czech dish is called the ‘beef sirloin in cream sauce’ is one of the most popular dishes in the country. usually prepared with marinated beef sirloin and double cream sauce, served with cranberry sauce and whip cream.

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Smazeny Kvetak

5. As mentioned previously ‘Smazeny‘ means fried. This is also a fried based dish but this time it is with cauliflower. boiled and fried, its crunchy to the taste buds. Vegetarians don’t hesitate to look out for this one!

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Smazeny Rizek a Bramborovym Salat

6.  The Salad is a stunning recipe, with bursting flavors of boiled eggs, vinegar and potatoes. Rizek referred to as Steak is served with a typical czech potato salad. you are going to lick your plate clean! 😉

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Bramboracky

7. As you can already notice that the Czech food mainly consists of  Potatoes, this  recipe calls for grated potatoes, mixed with flavored spices with loads of cumin. favored more as a short eat by the Czechs.

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Klobasa a chlebem a horcici

8. Yet another short eat, you can find this on any corner of the country. mostly preferred by the beer lovers on a summer day! Klobasa is classic Czech sausage which is served with traditional Czech Bread and a dollop of Mustard sauce.

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Parek a Rohiliku

9. This is similar to a Hot Dog from America but the Czech version. served with a Czech sausage bun stuffed with a sausage of your choice with some mustard. also a short eat!

In my next post, I am going to take you through the fabulous Czech Savories that you can enjoy. Trust me you will not be disappointed.

Hope you enjoyed the read!