Drinking Czech Beer

Drinking Czech Beer

Our main goal when traveling to the Czech Republic this year, was to explore the Czech wine scene. We wanted to highlight that there’s more to traveling in the Czech Republic than drinking beer and eating meat and potatoes. I think we proved that. But, it was still hard for us to take a week long trip without drinking a little Czech Beer. Just a little. Each time we travel to Prague, though, we learn something new about the beer culture. In the Czech Republic, people take their beer very seriously.  The tips below just scratch the surface of the information needed to travel to the Czech Republic for beer. It’s not meant for beer aficionados, just for people who like beer. What is a Pivovar? Pivo is a beer. A pivovar is a Czech brewery. Generally, these are beer halls or restaurants that brew their own beer. An example is Pivovar Národní in Prague. We drank their unfiltered draft beer, along with beef tartare and an enormous pork knee. That’s the difference between a pivovar and a bar: there is always something to eat. Unlike in the US, there is no significant markup on beer in the Czech Republic. Beer halls make little money on the sale of beer, which is how the price is kept so low. Instead, they make their money on food, or minimally, on beer snacks. What is Tank Beer? At it’s most simple, tank beer is draft beer, served from a tank. Most draft beer is delivered to a pub or bar in a barrel. It is usually pasteurized and has preservatives that helps...
Exploring Unique Brno Cocktail Bars

Exploring Unique Brno Cocktail Bars

It seems that no trip to the Czech Republic is complete without a round of cocktails at one of the many Brno cocktail bars. When in Prague, drink Czech beer. When in Mikulov, drink Czech wine. When in Brno, apparently, drink cocktails. Here’s our suggestion for three fun Brno cocktail bars. We sampled cocktails from three completely different Brno cocktail bars: The Bar That Doesn’t Exist, Super Panda Circus, and Runway Bar. Brno Cocktail Bars – The Classy Place to Drink in Brno In this case, our friend Charlie, and everyone else we met, kept talking about Bar který neexistuje, or the Bar That Doesn’t Exist. I was expecting a speakeasy. Someplace dark and hard to find. Someplace exclusive. Their website even gives the impression of a dark, ancient, mobster style hangout. When we walked up and saw the bright windows displaying row upon row of shiny liquor bottles, I immediately thought, this couldn’t be the place. This bar does, in fact, exist, on a street corner, in the center of town. From what I saw, speakeasy it wasn’t. The Bar That Doesn’t Exist, though, was a classy cocktail joint. Pretty packed on a weekend night, we found a small cocktail table in the heart of the bar. I think Charlie may have called ahead to reserve the table. There was no way it would have magically appeared in the crowds otherwise. High ceilings, fancy VIP style tables along the wall, The Bar That Doesn’t Exist definitely gave off an air of a classy place for drinks, particularly in a country known for beer halls. The cocktail list was...
Episode S02E04: It’s All About the Goats

Episode S02E04: It’s All About the Goats

A Podcast All About the Goats I never thought I would love goats as much as I do. And, this week, we are about goats on the blog. Welcome to Goat Week! On this week’s episode we talk about our first time meeting a goat, with our friend Chef Marc in Catalunya. It was a night of eating and drinking, and ultimately, a run in with a goat in a kitchen. After that experience, I sort of put goats out of my mind, until our last trip to Europe. Over a one month period, traveling in both the Czech Republic, and in France, we had two amazing experiences with goats, that just made me fall in love. It made me start to use the hashtag #GoatLove. It made me want to take one (or more) home with me to our tiny Bangkok apartment. I realize, completely, that is not a smart move. Instead, we’ve dedicated a week on the blog to videos, photos, and yes, even a podcast, to talk about goats! #GoatLove indeed! And, don’t worry, this week we are in love with goats as we learn about making goat cheese in Europe. No goats were harmed in publishing goat week. Check out our post that debunks 5 Cruise Misconceptions. Here is my unsuccessful goat selfie. I am nothing if not glamorous. And, check out our video about French Goats:  Mentions on This Week’s Food Travel Podcast Czech Food – What Czechs Eat – Yes, part of that is goat cheese Viking River Cruises – The cruise that we took in France, from Avignon to Lyon A French River Cruise...
Getting Friendly With Some Czech Goats

Getting Friendly With Some Czech Goats

Most of our blog posts focus on food and culinary travel, with perhaps some posts related to wine travel, or luxury travel thrown in. It’s just the nature of our niche, and how we like to travel. But, sometimes we have an experience that falls just outside our niche that we just have to share. When we spent time in a barn on a farm in Moravia, and hung with some Czech goats, this is just the type of story to share. In this case, we visited Jáňův dvůr, a goat cheese farm and home stay just outside of Mikulov, where we were exploring the Czech wine scene. Yes, goat cheese falls within our culinary travel niche. And, we tasted some extremely fresh goat cheese, less than three days old, along with some local wine. But, much like when we visited a buffalo cheese farm in Langkawi, showing photos of the finished product just did not do the experience justice. As a result, I published a post entirely about cute buffalos. And, trust me, they were cute! Similarly, when we hung out with a goat in a kitchen in Catalunya, we had to share that story as well. Most of these stories are solely driven by a series of animal photos, or in the last case, a single goat photo. Perhaps I have a thing for goats. Enter: The Czech Goats After we tasted the goat cheese, and drank the wine, we got to hang with the Czech goats. We entered the barn, and they all came running towards us. At first, it was a little overwhelming. They swarmed around us,...
Where and What to Eat in Brno

Where and What to Eat in Brno

During our time in Prague, and for the most part in Mikulov as well, we focused on traditional Czech foods. We scratched our itch for hearty Czech meals of meat and potatoes, accompanied by a cold Czech beer. By the time we visited our last Czech city, though, it was all about luxury dining. If looking for a luxury meal in the Czech Republic, a stop to eat in Brno is a must. Where to Eat in Brno – Chef Jan’s Pavillon We met Chef Jan Kaplan a year before during our last visit to Prague. We shared a beer at a quiet beer garden in the old part of town. At the time, he was eager to have us visit his restaurant in Brno, Pavillon. We tried to squeeze it in, but we didn’t have enough time, or the energy, for a two and a half hour train ride to Brno, simply for a meal. Dining at Pavillon in Brno was one of the highlights of our Czech food tour. We don’t pay much attention to styles of architecture, at least not since my art history class during college. Pavillon is set inside a functionalist building, with wine open spaces, high ceilings, and contemporary furnishings. The original functionalist building was opened between the first and second world wars. It was white, with glass walls and red framed windows, which opened the restaurant up to a patio overlooking a park. It was “lost to the inhabitants of Brno” during the Communist reign, but now hosts one of the most elegant dining spots in Brno, complete with an entirely eccentric...
Episode S0202: A Little Taste of Prague

Episode S0202: A Little Taste of Prague

During our recent tour of the Czech Republic, where we spent about a week exploring Czech food and Czech wine, we took a morning Prague food tour. During our tour (yes during it) we sat down and shared some beers with Jans, of Taste of Prague food tours. Over the course of our tour, we learned an amazing amount about the history of Czech food, a lot of which we had never heard before, even on prior trips to Prague. Jans also talked about the trends in Czech cuisine. This food travel podcast episode takes place in an actual Czech pub. Yes, there’s some clinking and bar noise in the back ground. But, isn’t that part of traveling in the Czech Republic? Also, check out our Taste of Prague video on YouTube: The Taste of Prague food tour lasts approximately 4 hours and costs EUR 96 per person. The food tours are purposely kept small, but they can handle groups up to “8 hungry people.” Mentions in this week’s Food Travel Podcast Taste of Prague Lokal Prague Deviled Eggs at Nikki Beach Koh Samui Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe to the With Husband In Tow podcast on iTunes and listen to a new episode every Tuesday! If you like the podcast, leave a review! You can also check out our podcast on Stitcher here. And, we’re now available on GooglePlay! Check Out This Week’s Episode of the Food Travel Podcast http://traffic.libsyn.com/withhusbandintow/2_Ep_02_Taste_of_Prague.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...
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