Dan and I have always felt that the best way to explore somewhere new is through its food (or maybe we just like to eat!) and love to book food tours wherever we travel such as when we were in Lisbon, London, and Venice. Much of a city or country’s history and way of life is tied into its food so you also gain cultural know-how as you eat your way around town.
For our first night in the beautiful city of Prague, Dan and I joined Jan and Zuzi from Taste of Prague for a night of culture and cuisine with their guided tour of what they deem to be the best restaurants in Prague. For Jan and Zuzi, the philosophy behind creating what is now one of Prague’s most popular tours is that, “food is an angle that helps us explain Prague and we want to explain the Czechs: who we are, where we come from, and where we are heading.”
During Communist rule following the end of World War II, uniform ration book recipes put an end to individuality and creativity in Czech cuisine and only in recent years has a renewed cuisine scene emerged.
After meeting at the church of St. Haštal, our small group set out on a several hours long food marathon of sampling local delights such as open-faced sandwiches known as chlebicek, the tastiest pork schnitzel, even tastier meatloaf and wiener sausage from a popular butcher, sinfully rich custard donuts, and sipping on regional Czech wine and Pilsner Urquel and Kozel dark lagers at a beer hall. We certainly didn’t have to worry about ending the tour hungry!
During all this eating, Jan shared some personal insight and experiences about growing up under Communism and the changes brought by the Velvet Revolution and the fall of Communism in 1989. Stories best told in person, so I’ll leave you to go on the food tour and hear for yourself!
As a parting gift, we each received a Taste of Prague foodie booklet and map to smartly guide our stomachs for the rest of our time in Prague. Following one of the recommendations in the booklet for creative cocktails, Dan and I headed to Hemingway Bar for a nightcap and weren’t disappointed with our libations- a Blueberry and Black Currant Caipiroska and a Hemingway’s Gasoline that came cheekily presented in a mini gasoline tank next to a glass tumbler. With our bellies full and our whistles wet we called it a good night!
What about you, do you enjoy food tours? What’s your favorite way to explore a new city?
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