Sunday, September 23, 2012

HOLESOVICE part 2




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Hello, and welcome to another post on Prague. Today's entry is a little unique, mainly due to the fact that I haven't written the excerpt and the second fact is that we don't have a review as such because this was the last area that we visited before our son was born and we can't find all the photos. We seem to have lost them somewhere so we hope to add a review plus a few more interesting places soonish.

The post in this part of our journey has been written by my SVG for the reasons that she has a huge love for Letna, she has lived the Letna live since coming to Prague and our son was conceived in Letna, so she deserves to be heard, so enjoy her voice, though not too much as "I will be back", and if you have any suggestions of places to add to this post please let us know, the more obscure the better, so no fraktal suggestions please.

There is a story connected with this part of Holesovice which my dear boyfriend and the author of this blog probably thinks is made up but I have witnesses and even pictures to prove it. In 1980 my dad participated in a spartakiad which was something like a small communistic olympic game for all the countries involved. He took my mum with him so she could see Prague, she was already a few months pregnant with me at that time. They stayed in hotel Belvedere - it is still there and it is in a street where I found my first apartment after moving to Prague from Poland. I didn't know the story then and only after my parents visited me for the first time did they tell me that I spent a few prenatal days right there, and that my mum swayed her belly with me inside enjoying walks in my favourite-to-be park in Letna. To add another funny factor to this story, I told it during my first job interview, and guess what, I got the job!

Another story on the subject 'Letna/destiny/pregnant people/other weird stuff' is that our first date was in Letna's probably most famous expat restaurant Fraktal, that's where David first grabbed my boobie and I thought, 'Oh yeah, he's going to be a father of my child. Who was also conceived in Letna haha.

Review

Thanks to the long weekend we managed to try the delights of Peperoncino in Letna. The restaurant was one that I had passed and thought looked like all of the other Pizzerias in Prague but on the recommendation of a friend we decided to do a review of the food and atmosphere. Beforehand we were advised to make a reservation as it is always very busy and even though we arrived at 14.30 the place was still thriving. The restaurant is non-smoking as nowadays as we have young Samuel in tow, was a welcome sight.
      Another welcome sight was the menu, thankfully no pizzas and there was a lot of seafood which is always something to cheer about in Prague, so I thought that the sternest test would be to try some of the seafood and I would normally go for the seafood but instead I decided on the fresh turbot with a potato with spinach and cream and my sexy vigilant girlfriend (SVG) went not surprisingly for the pasta and had spinach and ricotta ravioli with butter and sage. At this point I feel that I should start with a positive, the feel of the restaurant or the vibe is very cool and the staff are very professional and kind. I was looking forward to a nice chunky piece of turbot from the grill but in fact what I got was plaice, similar fish but a bit like David and Goliath are both humans is the best way to describe it. The fish was cooked well and was fresh though the potatoes were unseasoned but were nicely arranged on the plate as you can see. My SVG enjoyed the pasta which was freshly made but I would guess that it was brought in fresh and made elsewhere, maybe in P1 at their other restaurant. (it was a bit too hard and too salty though and didn't come anywhere near to David's delicious home-made tortellini - SVG) I had a glass of Sicilian red wine with my fish which was light and slightly acidic and reasonably priced and another nice thing was that they gave free water from the tap but served chilled in bottles which are placed on the table.

I would definitely come here again especially when the weather is pleasant and the garden is open, with friends and family on a weekend for lunch or a romantic evening with my SVG for my birthday or just when she wants to remind me how lovely I am, but for my dish, if I have to say if it was value for money then I would have to say no but on the other hand, my SVG would say for sure that her dish was worth the brass. 

 
                                           Peperoncino
                              www.restaurant-peperoncino.cz



Restaurants & cafes

Cafe & milk bar                                       Cross Club
www.kumbal.cz                                       www.crossclub.cz

 
Al Capone's Coffee and Gallery              BoulderBar
Jireckova 15                                         www.boulder.cz


Other places of interest

Home-made dumplings                          Indoor golf

Clothes for cooks                               Riding equipment
www.proficook.cz                             www.danceandjump.cz/praha.html

 
Basketball equipment                                 Party equipment


Thursday, September 13, 2012

NOVE MESTO part 1




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Hello, this week we had a stroll around Nove Mesto, it is the largest of Prague's cadastral districts so we have divided it into 3 parts which we will cover in the following weeks. This week we cover the area along the river from Albertov to Resslova. Starting with Albertov, it was where I went in Nov 17 2009 to follow the students and a wide range of Czech citizenry on the march that students participated in on the same day in 1989 and it was very exciting and the atmosphere was electric especially when we were confronted by a group of neo-Nazis close to the river.

Nove Mesto is also significant to me as it was the first place where I lived when I first came to Prague back in 1999 to start my 1 month TEFL course and an area where I used to hang out and there have been a lot of changes to the area and I have to say for the better, so part of the blog was like a walk down memory lane for me.

One interesting piece of information that my SVG manged to dig out about Nove Mesto was the legend of the St Stephen's bell. During the Hussite war in the 1420's which was also famous for the extensive use of hand held gunpowder weapons which I can only assume means very dangerous guns, well not stating the obvious I mean dangerous for the user, a bell maker made a bell and the bell rang out every time a famous Hussite was executed and when the bell maker was about to be executed for having made the it he put a curse on the bell. Since then the bell has been said to ring out when an appending disaster is about to hit the city, so listen out for the bell if you are in ear's shot of St Stephen's church and also give me a bell on 555 666 999 ;-).

Other places of interest in Nove Mesto and there are a lot, are the botanical gardens, the Charles Hospital and the dock for passenger boats that take people up and down the river. There was a lot of area to cover in Nove Mesto but it was an area which I really enjoyed walking around, well except for Vaclavske Namesti at 7.00am on a Saturday morning with the drunks, pickpockets and hookahs so I hope that you get out there and discover some of the places which are not quite on the usual beaten track in the centre of Prague.



Review

The review this week was done last year so I can't accurately say what was our impression was, though I can only say with all my heart it was not a memorable one which isn't necessarily a bad thing admittedly but I will add a footnote at the end of the blog later in the week if I go back and try the menu for the second time and I am almost certain if i do then I will be trying the noodles, or alternatively i might try somewhere else, well it wasn't my first choice to be fair. It was the suggestion of my SVG who was 8 months pregnant at the time so how could I say no. It was that same thinking that got me into this situation 8 months prior it has to be said, but concerning this decision I have never looked back, well till now not. It might have something to do with the fact that I am awake, again at 4.00am (crying baby) writing this blog entry.

 
The Noodle Bar
                                                       www.noodle.cz



Restaurants & bars


La Galerie
web: www.lagalerie.cz                               
review: www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d2232982-Reviews-LaGALERIE-Prague_Bohemia.html













Starej Vyton
Rašínovo nábreží 34
review: www.lokola.cz/detail/246741/starej-vyton-kavarna-a-cajovna













U Dobre Myslenky
web: www.dobramyslenka.cz
review: www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d1093693-Reviews-Bar_Restaurant_U_dobre_myslenky-Prague_Bohemia.html




                                       









Nota Bene
web: www.notabene-restaurant.cz
review: www.praguepost.com/night-and-day/restaurants/13408-review-nota-bene.html



Cafe Andromeda
web: www.cafeandromeda.cz
review: www.locabees.com/company/andromeda-praha/29009



Cafe Rozmar
web: www.cafe-rozmar.cz
The cafe employs people leaving orphanages.


Cafe Terapie
web: www.cafeterapie.cz
review: www.restaurace.cz/praha-2/cafe-terapie.html










Sabak iskabar
web: www.sabak-iskabar.com
review: www.prazskehospody.com/prazskehospody/index.php?option=com_myexcursions&view=theme&Itemid=26&fileid=1108


U Vorare restaurant
web: www.restauraceuvorare.cz
review: www.houser.cz/lifestyle/restaurace/3639-restaurace-u-vorare.htm


Podskalsky sklipek
Rašínovo nábřeží 388/48
Tel.: 224 921 417
review: www.e-bary.cz/podskalsky-sklipek




V Podskali restaurant
web: www.hospudkavpodskali.cz
review: www.restaurace.cz/praha-2/restaurace-v-podskali.html






Other places of interest

Luxette                                         Oversized clothes
www.sexy-kostymky.cz                  www.biggie.cz
 


Shop with scooters
www.motosalone.cz










Sabores
web: www.edelikatesy.cz/shop

Korean Market
Gorazdova
+420 737479224


Proficocky.cz and Parfemy-levne.cz
cheap on-line contact lenses and perfumes
web: www.proficocky.cz


Use it
Info for young people
web: www.use-it.cz


Heaven
Gay centre
web: www.heaven.cz/praha


Barevny Svet
Alternative medicine
web: www.aura-soma.cz


Kadernictví Na Slupi
Hairdresser/winebar/massage
Na slupi 14
+420 224 911 173

Monday, September 3, 2012

JOSEFOV



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Hello again, after what has been a year's break from my strolls around Prague and my review of what little treasures that I discovered. I never intended for the break to be so long but then I had forgotten just how much time and effort a new born child consumes, so here we are a year on and my little boy Samuel is about to celebrate his first birthday and what an appropriate way to begin by walking around the Jewish Quarter which after all the time that I have been living in Prague, always thought was a part of Old Town but I was wrong, it is in fact its own area and surprisingly dates back to the 10th century.

My SVG spent most of the day trying to dig up some interesting facts about the Jewish quarter apart from the most obvious things such as it has the most exclusive shopping street in Prague and that the longest living resident is a figure modeled by a Rabbi and  whose main purpose was to keep the people of the Jewish quarter safe, she tried to find facts that most people didnt know and the most interesting of these were that the history of this quarter went all the way back to the 10th century and through history the life for the inhabitants of the smallest cadastral district was very turbulent. The Jews in Prague were also the first of the Jewish communities to use the Star of David as a symbol of their community and the last little tit bit that she unearthed was that Parizska was modeled on the Champs Elysee though looking at it today it is very hard to imagine how it would of looked like completed.

 If you want more information on the tourist sights you can go to the website www.jewishmuseum.cz and you should find all the relevant information.

Review

As most of the restaurants in the Jewish quarter were out of our price range we found the James Dean restaurant on the edge of Josefov and the Old Town district and decided to settle for this one and also it is very colourful and pleasing to the eye with all those 50's iconic images leaping up and out the window towards you as you walk past.

When we walked into the restaurant it reminded me of the Frosty Palace in the movie Grease which as a kid I can admit to going to see more than 8 times. We sat down at our table and all around were images from the 50's especially not surprisingly James Dean and even his iconic Porsche Spyder.

The girls were of course dressed for the part and the menu was as you might expect from having watched lots of American movies full of burgers, steaks, shakes and bakes. Being very hungry I went for the James Dean burger which was on special offer but still more expensive than the rest of the burgers and didn't seem to offer much more in the way of ingredients and my SVG had the chicken burger.

The girls were very colourful, sexy, polite and friendly and even though we were too early for the lunch menu they let us eat from it, which was a big plus. Concerning the food, my SVG was very pleased with her chicken burger but I was disappointed with my 200g James Dean burger which turned out to be 2 100g pre-cooked possibly  frozen burgers and not a nice prime beefburger made from quality fresh ingredients into a 200g monster burger that I was expecting, but it all looked good and our general feeling about the place was that it was a lot of fun and for someone who doesn't like going to the toilets, I loved the toilets at The James Dean Restaurant, they are so much fun.

We would go there again for sure but I wouldn't have another burger unless they started cooking real burgers. It is a fun friendly place during the day and at night time I guess it rocks like Hard rocks I imagine.





James Dean

Restaurants & bars

Man-na Sushi Park                                         Korean restaurant
U Milosrdnych 10                                           www.prahakoba.com


Bistro Bohemia                                             Bicycle restaurant
www.bistrobohemia.cz                                  www.kolonialpub.cz



Bilkova 13
web www.bilkova13.cz
review www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d2092426-Reviews-Bilkova_13-Prague_Bohemia.html












Cartouche
web www.cartouche.cz
review www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d1090158-Reviews-Cartouche-Prague_Bohemia.html



La Casa Blu
web www.lacasablu.cz
review www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d795711-Reviews-La_Casa_Blu-Prague_Bohemia.html



Aloha Wave Lounge
web www.alohapraha.cz
review www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d1093644-Reviews-Aloha_Wave_Lounge-Prague_Bohemia.html


Bar Bar
web www.bar-bar.cz
review www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d1063766-Reviews-Bar_Bar-Prague_Bohemia.html


Monarch restaurant
web www.restauracemonarch.cz
review www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d1792413-Reviews-Monarch-Prague_Bohemia.html


Bugsy's cocktail bar
web www.bugsysbar.cz/en/
review www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d694810-Reviews-Bugsy_s_Bar-Prague_Bohemia.html


La Veranda
web www.laveranda.cz
review www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d694813-Reviews-Cafe_La_Veranda-Prague_Bohemia.html


Les Moules
web www.lesmoules.cz
review www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d1173282-Reviews-Les_Moules-Prague_Bohemia.html


Chabad's Shelanu
web www.shelanu.cz
review www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d694880-Reviews-Shelanu_Cafe_Deli-Prague_Bohemia.html
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Restaurace u Vltavy
web www.uvltavy.cz
review www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d1985751-Reviews-Restaurace_U_Vltavy-Prague_Bohemia.html


La Bodeguita de Medio
web www.labodeguitadelmedio.cz
review www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d804198-Reviews-La_Bodeguita_del_Medio-Prague_Bohemia.html




Shops

French delicatessen                                    Kosher Market
Siroka 22                                                   www.astkosher.cz


Old clocks                                                Diamonds International Corporation
Maiselova 16                                             www.dicholding.com


Interesting places

Jan Koula locksmith
Dušní 1
tel no: +420 608745419

Anima tua

Butterfly beauty salon

Modre nebe

Mansson bakery

Divadlo Na Rejdisti
Nana vogue
Maiselova 5
tel +420 777 710130

Mantra thai massage

Galerie Brehova art gallery and cafe

La Femme gallery