A typical Czech meal
Dumplings, potatoes, meat and gravy.
When Ruben was looking through his tourist guide for Prague, he remarked that there was only two pages devoted to gastronomy. We learned why when we there. Czech food is fairly heavy with lots of “dumplings”, potatoes, cabbage, and roasted meat all smothered in gravy. In contrast, Spanish food has more salads, vegetables, fruits and seafood.
Potato soup in a bread bowl
Similar to what you can get at Fisherman´s Wharf in San Francisco.
In this case a darker rye bread is used instead of “French” bread.
Food prices are much lower in Prague than in Barcelona. Tap beer is especially a good bargain. Typically you can get a half liter of draft beer for the equivalent of 1 €. The Czech Republic is famous for two brands of beer: Budweiser and Pilsner Urquell.
The original Budweiser beer is brewed in the Czech Republic. Also known as Czechvar in the US and Canada, Budweiser Budvar in various countries (including the Czech Republic, UK and Germany) and Budějovický Budvar in the rest of the world. The dual name is due to a trademark dispute with the Anheuser-Busch Company, makers of the American Budweiser brand. The Czech brewery is still state-owned.
And then there is Pilsner Urquell produced since 1842 in Pilsen. The beer is today a prominent brand of global brewing empire SABMiller, which also brews Miller beer in the US.
A mug of Pilsner Urquell
Pilsner Urquell is somewhat heavier and more strongly hopped than most pilsener beers. As its name indicates ("Urquell" means "original source"); it is the world's original pilsener, or golden beer. Most popular lagers produced in the rest of the world are based upon this beer. Any beer that calls itself a pilsner, pilsener or pils is referring to its being made in the style of this beer.
Me eating a gingerbread cookie in the shape of a mobile
Many other shapes were available.
All photos taken by Ruben.