Croatian Food - Zagrebačka Kremšnita

Croatian Stories, Part 1: Kremšnita

In my last post, I made my own contribution to Croatia’s culinary heritage by creating a new dessert, the Dalmatian Kremšnita. It’s now time to take a deeper look at the history of this cake. Kremšnita simply means “cream slice” in Croatian, although “custard slice” would have been more appropriate, since every variation contains various layers of […]

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Vienna - Hotel Sacher

Going West: Hotel Sacher, Vienna

Having toured Moravia, Slovakia and Hungary, we’ll now go on a short escapade to the other side of the Iron Curtain. Six years after publishing my Sachertorte recipe, I finally made it to Vienna’s Hotel Sacher to taste this famous dessert in its natural habitat. The story goes something like this. In 1832, Prince Klemens […]

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Sopron - Harrer Chocolate Factory

Hungarian Impressions: Sopron’s Sweets

The Austro-Hungarian Empire had a rich history of coffee houses and pastry shops. In Budapest, the tradition lives on in famous cafés like Ruszwurm (the city’s oldest, beloved for its cremeschnitte), Gerbeaud (birthplace of the Gerbeaud slice — a ground walnut and jam filling between layers of sponge, covered with chocolate), Hauer, New York, or Centrál, which have survived […]

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Sopron - Jégverem Inn

Hungarian Impressions: In Search of Sopron Cuisine

Tucked up in the northwestern corner of Hungary, Sopron is one of the oldest cities in the country. It’s also in a significant wine-producing region, one of the few to make both reds and whites. One would logically expect an abundance of local food, recipes transmitted from one generation to the next, providing the perfect excuse to drink […]

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Czech Republic - Olomouc - Drápal Restaurant

Czech Impressions: Dining in Olomouc

Having learned nearly everything there is to know about Olomouc cheese, we’ll now focus on the city of Olomouc itself. The historical capital of Moravia and the center of the Haná region, Olomouc feels much larger than it actually is (the current population is only around 100,000 inhabitants). The majestic main square and the city […]

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Loštice - Olomouc Cheese Museum

Czech Impressions: Olomouc Cheese, Part 1

Olomoucké tvarůžky, aka Olomouc cheeses, aren’t just any little ripened soft cheeses. With their strong scent, distinctive pungent taste, and yellowish color, they have right of place in the world pantheon of gastronomical stinky cheeses. My first encounter with them was rather gentle: at La Dégustation Bohême Bourgeoise, a mild, young exemplar was crumbled and combined with […]

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Moravia - Valtice - Salon of Czech Republic Wines

Czech Impressions: Moravian Wine

Wait, Czech Republic makes wine, not just beer and neon-green booze? Yes! So let’s start with a quick primer on Czech wine. There are two wine regions in Czech Republic: Bohemia and Moravia (coarsely speaking, the western and eastern halves of the country, respectively). The vast majority of the vineyards are located in southern Moravia, […]

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