November 11th, or St. Martin’s Day, has always been associated with the first snow reflected in the popular saying “St. Martin arrives on a white horse”. In recent years the day has come to be known for something else altogether: young wine from the year’s harvest goes on sale in shops and at open air markets around the country to light up the autumn gloom with some summer sun.
Hygiene officers inspecting Prague’s Vietnamese Sapa market uncovered 35 tons of uncertified frozen meat in storage, the ctk news agency reported. According to the inspectors the meat was sold to Vietnamese restaurants around town, presenting a serious health risk. Sapa management faces a million crown fine. The matter is being further investigated. The number of inspections at Sapa increased after an inspection earlier this year found serious shortcomings, including rotting uncertified meat.
In 1988 Tim Simenon earned overnight fame when his first single as Bomb the Bass became an international hit. The dance musician and producer went on to release a host of Bomb the Bass albums, as well as producing the likes of Neneh Cherry and Depeche Mode and remixing tracks by David Bowie, Massive Attack and many more huge names. Today, believe it or not, Simenon is to be found behind the counter of Brixton Balls, a meatballs takeaway that he opened on Prague’s Korunní St. earlier this summer. To learn more about this unlikely sounding change
The number of inhabitants in the Czech Republic rose by around 11,000 in the first half of the year to now stand just short of 10.565 million according to the Czech Statistical Office. One of the main factors in the increase has been immigration, but the numbers of births has also exceeded the number of deaths. Immigration counted for around 10,000 of the increase in population. Around 20,000 people came to the Czech Republic with around half that number leaving.
The Gypsy MaMa fashion brand is the work of a Czech NGO which has been very active in helping to improve the living conditions of several thousand Romanies living in one of the country’s biggest socially excluded areas known as the Brno “Bronx”. Gypsy MaMa was established to help young Romanies get a foothold on the labour market by harnessing their creative potential and giving them work experience. I spoke to the project manager of the NGO Tripitaka, Zdeněk Raiser, about its goals and ambitions.
Czech interest in booking holidays in Tunisia and Egypt has been increasing. According to Czech tour operators, bookings to Egypt for September and October have increased by 50 percent compared with the same period last year, while bookings to Tunisia grew by 14 percent. The interest in Turkey, however, is low due to the security reasons. Greece still remains the most popular destination of Czech tourists. The average prices of last-minute September holiday tours are around 3000 crowns cheaper than in the summer.
The government agency CzechTourism has long promoted the Czech Republic as a Land of Stories for foreign visitors but more and more Czechs themselves are choosing to vacation here rather than going abroad. By current estimates, this summer will see a million more Czechs spending their holidays in their own country.
Forever 21, the American chain of fast fashion retailers, is to open its first store in the Czech Republic this autumn. The chain is expanding to nine more European countries including Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Portugal. Its first store in the Czech Republic should open at the Černy Most shopping centre in Prague.
It’s the peak of the holiday season and thousands of people are packing up to leave the city. For those used to spending summers hiking in the mountains, holidays are forever connected with the taste of instant soups and mashes, which were lightweight and ready to eat but didn’t really have much flavour. Petra Pospěchová, a food journalist and keen mountain hiker, proves that you can climb the summits and eat well at the same time. Her Outdoor Cookbook, which came out just recently, features dozens of easy and tasteful recipes as well as a number
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