Monday, August 29, 2011

HOLESOVICE part 1




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When I first came to Prague I used to live with a good friend in Koblisy and one of our favourite areas to visit when we didn't feel like taking the tram into the centre was Holesovice. It has everything in or around its vicinty: parks, galleries, zoo, museums, theme park and the list goes on and it is also cheaper and less touristy. A lot of my friends live in Prague 7, and if you haven't been to Letna, had a cheap Staropramen in a plastic glass and seen the fantastic views of Prague then what are you waiting for. If you visit Letna you can't help but notice how many Non-Czech sounding conversations you can hear. It is a buzz of expat conversations, games of American football and frisbie golf, roller skating, pogo sticking and many other pursuits and if Letna is easy to find just look for the giant metronome swinging from side to side, occasionally still, at the end of Revolucni and there it is. The metronome has been there since 1991 and before that it was the home of a pirate radio station which was housed under the plinth of what used to support the hugely impressive statue of Joseph Stalin, but in 1962, 10 years after Stalin's death, some 800kg of explosives, Semtex I imagine, were used to remove it and till 1991, when the metronome was erected remained clear, and briefly in 1996 there was a 35ft statue of Michael Jackson used to promote his History tour.
Holesovice is largely an industrial area and the train station and the river Vltava were a hive of activity in the earlier part of the last century but now as with most locations situated near transport hubs, businesses found cheaper ways of producing and delivering goods so as with Karlin the areas around the river became derelict, but in recent times and this seems to be a world wide trend new business and residential areas have started popping up and around Holesovice and the area is coming slowly back to life and the residential properties in this area have become a wee bit pricy.


Review no. 1


This place came as a recommendation from one of my students, who also happens to be the editor of Reflex magazine and his office is close by, so knowing how hard it is to impress him, I decided to treat myself to a nice Sunday lunch, well Uruguan Rib eye to be more precise and my experience was a pleasant one, it wasn't quite cooked as I had asked for it but a lot closer that previous requests. My SVG who as the blog has gone on, has suddenly become more difficult to please. I am not sure whether the blame can be put on the blog and the wide variety of places that we have visited or the fact that the baby is due to drop any minute now. She had the creamy risotto with wild mushrooms and it was creamy and the mushrooms were wild man!, she said that it was the first risotto to make her happy, also she had a homemade ice tea which she also enjoyed. So to recap, the service was very good, the menu is very nice and there are a lot of choices. The theme being modern Czech/continental influenced,  plain and simple with relatively good quality produce and quite reasonably priced considering as well. The location is in the middle of a new commercial/residential area of Holesovice's dock area so it has a great catchment area for its clientele and the restaurant is amply sized to cater for this. It is very nicely designed and looks very stylish and my SVG also asked me to add that the hand lotion in the toilets smelt very nice. I don't think she stole it, well I hope she didn't. Living with a pregnant partner they are prone to random acts of the strange and unusual.



 

 
My Life
                                            www.restaurant-mylife.cz

Other places of interest

Restaurant Pet Penez                          Mecca music club
www.restauracepetpenez.cz                 www.mecca.cz



Internet shop                                     Brixton bikers' shop
www.alza.cz                                      www.brixtonbest.cz


Bowling club
www.absolutnibowling.cz


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

KARLIN





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The summer is over, well as far as entertaining my children before school starts and the weather is concerned, it is. This week we visited Karlin and this area is significant to me for several reasons. The first one is that it was the first area of Prague that I visited in 1999 on arriving in Prague to take my TEFL exam, I had a welcoming meal with all my fellow studiers at the Charleston, all of whom have now left but I am happy to say that some of them are still good friends and thanks to Facebook and the internet in general we still keep in touch and if my life is an example there has been plenty of things to talk about. The next reason is more known to everyone and there are visible signs on almost every street corner and that was the floods of 2002 and caused a substantial amount of damage which almost 10 years on is only visible on the plaques on the wall marking the water level at its highest point and the last point because I did say several though in fact there could be many more, is the outdoor cinema and the gardens around the residence of the War veterans which, and I mean the gardens or park, have recently been refurbished or redesigned, anyway it looks bloody good and worth a visit.

Review no. 1

Karlin unlike other districts of Prague is doable in one trip so by the time we reached the Golden Cross we were scorched, parched and hungry and from the outside this place looked a wee bit expensive but as we had a look at the menu we were pleasantly surprised and that was just the beginning. The main reason for going in apart from our physical distress was the sign for the beer. It wasn't Plzen and I had never tried it before so it was game on. As we walked into the restaurant we were a little concerned that it being so nice and also so close to the more expensive hotels in Prague we were going to lose an arm or a head but sometimes you can be wrong with your first impressions and happily today was going to be one of those days. We decided that we would stick to the daily menu from the start so as to get a perspective of the no frills food and I had the chicken saltimbocca and my darling SVG who at 9 month pregnant is still waddling around the streets with her long suffering partner, who constantly complains about how slow she has become and tries to convince her to find me a younger slimmer companion to cover the blog with him but she surprisingly yields to such requests, had the spring onion soup.The saltimbocca if I was being picky was a little overcooked and the cured ham wrapping was a little too strong for the delicate flavour of the chicken breast. The sauce was also a little too salty and not bright and clear. The soup on the other hand was clear and sharp with lots of flavour. The one thing that we were very surprised about after our meal was that everything that was served to us was gluten-free from the bread to the beer, so for that it gets a big thumbs up, I was slightly suspicious that something was a little different but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. To sum up then we were satisfied with what was served to us and thought that it was good value for money and the staff were very friendly with the right amount of attention and they were very professional and not in a snobby way.

Na Zlate Krizovatce
                                                  www.nazlatekrizovatce.cz

Other places of interest


Vietnamese pho                                      Vegetarian restaurant
Sokolovska 48                                         www.mlsnakavka.cz
 

Futurama caffe                                      Wine bar
www.restaurace-bobovka.cz/cs
/73-futurama-caffe.html
                         www.zuckmantel.cz

 

Golf shop                                  Equipment for horses
www.golfprofi.cz                        www.mujkun.cz
 

Maternity and family centre      Ecologic products for babies
www.acentrum.eu                    www.vbavlnce.cz
 

Christian psychological consulting            Shooting range
www.kppp.cz                                           www.avim.cz