This week I challenged myself by eliminating the prime ingredient from the Czech diet — meat. I learned the phrase jsem vegetariánka (I’m vegetarian) in preparation for my endeavor. It seems that in most Czech dishes, meat is the main event, whether it be little bits of smoked pork snuck inside potato pancakes, intestine casing in soup, or just a plain knuckle roasting over an open flame. So how do Czech vegetarians cope here?
In Magazine: a Czech couple caught having sex in public in New Zealand argued that it was perfectly normal in the Czech Republic, the Jablonec Muzeum of Glass is showing figurines of famous politicians, storybook characters and fictional heroes, a third of Czechs try to avoid physical activity, and, the town of Ivančice hosts its annual Asparagus Festival.
The food in Czech hospitals, maternity clinics and homes for senior citizens does not meet the required nutrition and health standards, according to the results of an inspection by the Hygiene Office. The results, presented by the health minister at a press briefing in Prague on Tuesday, show that food served to patients and the elderly is not nutritionally balanced, is deficient in fresh fruit and vegetables and contains too much salt. Inspectors also found a lack of variety in the menus. Inspections were made at 33 hospitals, 25 maternity clinics and 53 old peoples homes around the country. The minister said that the heads of these institutions would receive instructions on how to correct the problem and inspectors would remain vigilant.
A new poll suggests that 52 percent of Czechs exercise at least once a week; 30 percent exercise only occasionally or not at all, according to the survey released by Ipsos. Of the 52 percent, the smallest number, 3.9 percent of respondents, said they exercised five to seven times a week; in terms of sports, running matches cycling in popularity among people between the ages of 18 - 26.
Farmers’ markets have become an inescapable phenomenon for anyone interested in the culinary opportunities on offer in Prague. I’ve discovered that the markets in Anděl, Jiřího z Poděbrad, Holešovice, and Náplavka – on the banks of the Vltava – are somewhat akin to a traveling circus. On one day here, the next there. Familiar faces, familiar stalls, moving from one location to the next.
Czechs are booking their holidays in increased numbers this year in spite of the low level of the crown making some vacations more expensive, according to the Association for Travel Agencies and Tour Operators. Increased booking have also resulted from an ebbing interest in last minute offers, the association added. Many destinations outside Europe are more expensive due to the strength of the dollar against the crown. Some though have seen price cuts with Dubai around a third cheaper than last year and Tunisia around a quarter less expensive.
Tailored tours for relatively small groups with particular interests have become a trend in the tourism industry in recent times. One such excursion available in the Czech capital goes under the banner Eating Prague Tours and sees locals taking visitors to restaurants, cafés and food stores and offering them an “insider’s” insight into Czech cuisine. I discussed its services – and more – with Eating Prague Tours’ operations manager, Mirka Charlotte Kostelková.
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