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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Absinthe Tasting

Czech Impressions: Absinthe, Part 4

As we’ve previously discussed, there is a long tradition of herbal spirits in Czech Republic, and absinthe has been a subset of that tradition for well over a century. We’ve visited the world’s oldest distillery turned Czech alcohol heavyweight, and the rural beekeeper obsessed with the Green Fairy. Now comes the moment of truth: what are […]

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Czech Republic - Žufánek Distillery

Czech Impressions: Absinthe, Part 3

Let’s continue our visit of Moravian absinthe distilleries and head to Boršice. What, you aren’t familiar with Boršice? Population 2,255, firmly anchored in the middle of nowhere, a one-hour drive from Brno? Brno, which you may know from the cult Czech film, Boredom in Brno? Well, you should be, because it’s the home of the Žufánek […]

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Czech Republic - U Zeleného Stromu Distillery

Czech Impressions: Absinthe, Part 2

Search for lists of the world’s oldest distilleries still in operation, and you’ll see a few names coming back over and over. Of course, several Scottish whiskies go back to the late 18th century. Buffalo Trace in Kentucky, dating from 1775, is America’s oldest. Further south, Jose Cuervo was first granted a permit to produce tequila in Jalisco, Mexico in […]

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Czech Absinth

Czech Impressions: Absinthe, Part 1

Absinthe in Czech Republic, really? Yes! Unbeknownst to most, the country has a substantial and long-standing absinthe tradition. This shouldn’t be all that surprising, considering Central Europe’s taste for funky herbal liqueurs (recall, for example, Becherovka). There is evidence that absinthe was produced in Czech Republic as early as the second half of the 19th century, […]

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Karlovy Vary Wafers

Czech Impressions: Karlovy Vary

This is actually not the first time I’m writing about Karlovy Vary, formerly known as Carlsbad. A few months ago, I wrote an article on MUNCHIES about one of the things the town is famous for: Becherovka, the herbal medication that became a liqueur without loosing its atrocious taste. But there’s more! As a spa town, of course […]

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