Last week, our Czech Life and Culture class took us on a guided food tour to explore the different types of cuisine that are widely eaten in the Czech Republic. First on the tour was a stop at this old ice cream stand that has been popular for many years. From the stand, we had the chance to choose ether an ice cream or a sandwich to try. The typical Czech ice cream that I tried, or Ovocný Světozor, tastes kind of like a sorbet, and it only comes in one flavor, which is strawberry banana. The other option that we had to choose were these open-faced Czech sandwiches called Chlebicky. They reminded me of fancy Hors d’oeuvres that we see served at a dinner party — but these sandwiches are very causal and eaten on daily basis by many Czechs. They have many different types of toppings on theme ranging from pickles to salami to eggs and basically anything in between. The Czech people take these sandwiches very seriously, as many people who attend culinary school in the Czech Republic have to take a test as part of their exam to make sure that they can make these sandwiches properly.
Next on the tour, we made it to a Czech butcher shop where we were able to sample a few types of traditional cheese and meats including Pražská šunka, a type of ham, native to the city of Prague. It tastes like normal ham that we have at home, except much saltier and with a smokey flavor!
After the butcher shop, we were taken to a local Czech bakery where we were invited to try a few different types of homemade pastries. I tried a poppyseed pastry, as well as a raspberry dessert that was delicious. One thing that I have noticed about most Czech desserts is that, for the most part, they are a lot less sweet than most American desserts, but still really enjoyable!
Finally, we ended the food tour off with drinks! We took the local tram to a wine store where we all ordered a type of wine called Burcak, or young wine. This wine is much sweeter than typical wine because it is sold just a few days after the start of fermentation and it only lasts for a few days after that. This type of wine is only sold in the early fall, so we made it just in time to try it!
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