I was taking pictures of Alex to document her sunbathing on a 100F day when a grasshopper swooped in.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
No more beer fests or absinthe binges. Just a day of walking around and soaking in the sites – the rainy rainy sites. Today’s highlights include a trip to the National Museum and the Communism Museum which, ironically, is located in the same building as a casino.
And so ends my postings for Walkabout 2013. I hope everyone enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed providing them. But that seems doubtful since this was the greatest vacation/walkabout I’ve ever experienced.
Friday, June 14, 2013
We like to call it “Saturday Night in Prague”
A bar so nice, we went their twice.
So here’s my theory about how absinthe makes you crazy. I’m not buying it. Not because it didn’t make me crazy, but because I genuinely think you have to already be crazy to like this shit. Van Gogh would have cut off his ear if he had been drinking Mike’s Hard Lemonade. So stop blaming the absinthe.
But thanks to our fine Bartendrix, Natalie (aka The Fake Arya Stark), I did grow to appreciate absinthe to a limited extent.
On our second trip to Absinthe Time, three of us ordered unusual drinks. JT accidently ordered a drink that had a bug chaser. So that’s the bug in the pictures people are playing with.
I ordered a Witches Brew that was easily the most horrible drink I’ve ever had. But the presentation was spectacular and I wanted to video it. So I ordered one.
Before drinking, you’re supposed to inhale the vapors produced by the fire for an added buzz. But by this time, I was sufficiently buzzed to not register a difference.
It turned out The Fake Mila Kunis, who made it the night before and not our beloved Natalie, didn’t know what she was doing. This night, the Witches Brew was lovely.
And Jason ordered some shot where you have to snort a line of fine sugar first.
Absinthe Time == Good Times
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Oh, U Fleků, what’s happened to you? Or maybe it’s what’s happened to me. Four years after my first visit you seem so touristy and brightly lit. And please believe us when we say we don’t want any shots. And what are those other shots? In the good old days four years ago there was just one shot, Becherovka. Oh well, the pork knuckle was still great and the beer flowing.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Day 17 was so epic it’s going to take at least three blog postings. So stay tuned.
The first posting will consist of more beer fest hijinks followed by a tram ride back to the hotel where we encountered a band of locals heading to a football game and who led us in cheer. “Let’s go Praha” or some such. Many liters of beer had been poured down my face at this point. So specifics are cloudy to mostly cloudy.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Disgorging is the process of removing yeast sediment from a champagne bottle. It didn’t occur to me to video* one of the many examples of manual disgorging until we were at Champagne Daniel Etienne. Unfortunately, his first attempt failed.
So he tried again.
* My new camera has HD video capabilities that I had forgotten about.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
This was the first of many rainy days in the Czech Republic. On our way to the fest, we stopped off at Bavarian Bagels for a ridiculous bacon, egg and cheese bagel sandwich.
I’m not sure how much beer I drink this day, but it has to have been around five liters, maybe more.
And that thing that looks like a cinnamon roll is really a smoked cheese spiral.
Day 13’s highlight was dinner at an Austrian* restaurant featuring a variety of fine Austrian wines.
Schnitzel with a white asparagus underneath and a like a liter of hollandaise sauce in the background.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
It’s mostly been rainy, cloudy and cold here in the ‘dorf. But finally the sun broke through and I got to walk around the city a bit. And could there be a better way to end a day than with copious amounts of altbier, schweine haxe, some blutwurst and then more altbier?
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Sometimes the food options are too numerous and the only alternative is to have a second dinner. That was quandary presented in Faenza. After having had an amazing lunch at Manueli’s we were presented with the opportunity of eating at both Spinetta and at our hotel. So why not both.
First dinner was at Spinetta and was only a plate of local salumi and cheeses. I forgot my camera so no pix.
Second dinner back at the hotel. It was BBQ night. They fired up the grill and served an assortment of meats. Is there a better phrase in English than “an assortment of meats”?
Bolangese. Seeminly everyone at Manueli’s was getting a big bowl of Bolagnese and it made me want some.
Obviously some kind of stuffed pasta. But I don’t remember much of them except they were delicious and had a strong rosemary flavor.
Homemade sausage, pork belly and pork loin.
Steak, medium rare. At this point I’m about to explode. A glass of grappa helped ease the pain but I could eat no more.
To celebrate winning the day food and wine-wise, the day was finished with a bottle of local sparkling wine.
Practically the whole town was here for lunch in this very large restaurant. They must be doing something right with the whole town there and dish out great dish after great dish.
Veal scaloppini with asparagus.
Zucchini ravioli with stuffed zucchini flowers.
I have no idea why Bill Gates was eating here.
I may have found my new favorite place on Earth. The food and wine here are amazing and amazingly cheap. Wines I could easily see paying $30-40 a bottle for are selling here for 8-10 €.
- Spinetta – fabulous wines. (5 bottles bought)
- Ancarani – they were ok, nothing special.
- Leone Conti – also very good (3 bottles bought)