As the clock struck 1, two Jewish princesses from New York City stared at the Old Town Hall’s astronomical clock and tightly gripped their Nikons as they sped off to the Francouzska Restaurace. Gold chandeliers, sparkling crystal glasses, and fresh flowers embellished the interior of the most beautiful Art Nouveau building in all of Europe. As the piano played in the background, they dined on smoked duck, veal tenderloin carpaccio, roasted scallops, and grilled beef tenderloin. The afternoon ended with warm molten chocolate cake and two white knights a AAA cab, driving the princesses back to their castle the Czech Inn.

Municipal House & Roasted scallop with fine Bourdin noir, caper-raisin jam and sauce of sparkling apple cider

Smoked duck breast

Bridge of Legions

Alfons Mucha painting & Veal tenderloin carpaccio with foie gras shavings and hazelnut oil

Green field salad with smoked duck breast, orange dressing and Comté shavings

Grilled beef tenderloin with potato confit in thyme flavored olive oil and black truffle sauce

Interior of St. Vitus Cathedral

Chocolate cake with melted chocolate, mango coulis and cacao sorbet & Stained glass

I was lucky enough to meet up with my best friend’s boyfriend, Martin, at U Pinkasů restaurant. This traditional Czech pub is just a few steps away from St. Wenceslas Square and serves up some belly filling food. The type of food that warms your soul and gives your love handles some extra love. After eating the biggest meal it was only appropriate to head over to the biggest club in Central Europe, Karlovy Lázněl, also known as Charles’ Bath or the 5 Story Club. We danced the rest of the night away in attempt to sweat off all the potato dumplings and duck fat.

Dancing & Roasted pork ribs, in honey marinade with mustard and horse-radish

Old Bohemian riveted plate – smoked neck, baked pork neck, sausage, a quarter of duck,variety of dumplings, red ´n´ white cabbage

Karlovy Lazne & Cucumber salad with wine dressing

More from Donna D…

Having gone to school in upstate New York and growing up in Massachusetts cold temperatures had always been a way of life for me. So when I saw that it was 23 degrees outside I figured NBD. But after about 15 minutes of being outside without any gloves I quickly remembered how much I disliked winter so I opted to spend the day “site-seeing” from a heated interior, Kampa Park. The restaurant is located on Kampa Island and overlooks Certovka canal, the Vltava River and Charles Bridge. I spent hours staring outside watching the city go by while feasting on Rudolf I mean reindeer, halibut (best I’ve ever had and cooked absolutely perfectly), and chocolate fondant. The food was pricey but nonetheless amazing and the view was magical.

Saddle of reindeer with pumpkin soufflé, topinambur, cranberries and cardamom sauce

Marek Raditsch - Executive Chef of entire Kampa Group

Reindeer

Vltava River

Olive oil poached halibut with black truffles, crispy bacon, potato mash with French mustard, and vegetable foam

Charles Bridge

Pumpkin soufflé

Chocolate fondant with beetroot sorbet, dark bread ice cream, and toffee espuma

More lovely photos from Donna D’s travels..

It has been said that Prague’s lifeblood is not beer, but music, which is why I traveled across the Atlantic to see the Australian Pink Floyd band perform at the Tesla Arena. Well not exactly. Those of you who know me know I’m less of an English Rock and more of a Hip Hop type of gal. But my trip to Prague was all about doing things I wouldn’t normally do like eating foie gras and rocking out to the The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. In order to fully embrace Prague’s music scene I headed over to the music themed Hotel Aria, which I think is the only hotel in the world with a musical director, to dine at Coda. The food was flawless and the service was unreal. I felt like music royalty. My waiter, George, even brought out his camera and a surplus of lenses for me to use. Coda truly delivered on its name as it was the perfect meal to conclude the day.

Smooth Cream of Fennel with Roasted Pancetta and Milk Foam

Tuna Tartar seasoned with Lemon Rind and served with fresh Ginger Salad

Velvety Foie Gras Terrine with home-made Apple & Ginger Chutney

Seared Scallops served with Mango & Thai Basil Salad and home-made Chilli jam

Molten Valrhona Chocolate Cake with Liquid Centre topped with a home-made vanilla bean ice cream and berry coulis

Another feature story from Donna D. Read about her week of travels as she ate her way through Prague…

After 15 years of vegetarianism I decided to relinquish my duties as a plant eater and jump face first into the land of Beer and Meat – Prague. I started my journey at Lokál for some traditional Czech cuisine and made on-site beer. The interior was reminiscent of the 80’s, long wooden cafeteria benches and child-like doodles sketched onto the walls. The food and unpasteurized beer was tasty, filling, and cheap. It was the perfect spot to kick-off my 5 day meat eating and beer drinking gluttonousness adventure in Prague.

Prazdroj Beer

Homemade Bread & Wall Art

Goulash from Beef Cheeks

Prague Ham

Lokál

All You Can Eat Potato Dumplings

Saint Vitus Cathedral

Special "Talián" Sausage by the Dolejší Family, Horseradish, and Mustard

Donna D Goes to Seattle

December 16, 2011

For Donna’s second featured post, she took us to Seattle. Here’s what she has to say…

“I hadn’t been back to Seattle since I was in the fourth grade, so needless to say I jumped at the opportunity to go visit my cousin, her fiance and their oh-so stinkin’ cute daughter. My cousin and I are huge fans of oysters, so naturally our first stop was to Pike’s Place Market to find the freshest, fattiest, most juiciest oyster shooters around. We ended up getting a bit side tracked en route and sampled delicious crepes from Crepe De France, one of Nicki’s favorites. We also hit up Piroshky-Piroshky, a Russian bakery; however, the piéce de résistance of the market (besides the oysters) had to have been Daily Dozen Doughnut Company. Pure heaven. These donuts were warm and fluffy but had a marvelous crunch on the outside. I was eating them like popcorn– by the handful. Maybe that’s why I wore sweatpants on the remainder of my trip?

Spinach, Goat Cheese and Tomato Crepe at Crepe De France

 

Donuts being fried to golden perfection

 

The smell of donuts permeates the air

 

Russian pastries from Piroshky-Piroshky

I’ve decided to do a guest feature post once a month from my photo partner-in-crime, Donna. While she accompanied me in Iceland, and several other adventures around New York, here’s a flashback to summer time and what she has to say about City Island:

“Ever since I saw the movie, City Island, I was dying to make a trip over to this quaint little destination which is often described as a place where Cape Cod meets the Bronx. Being a Masshole expat living in NYC, I was surprised I hadn’t discovered this place sooner. So you can imagine how stoaked I was when my friend, Andrew offered to take me out on the Limerick (R.I.P his trusty Irish sailboat) for a day trip around the Long Island Sound. We enjoyed lobster brioche rolls, fries, salad and mac ‘n cheese from Aggie’s Roll, a trailer serving the best food on the Island, and finished up with chocolate ice cream for dessert from Lickety Split.”

Although the winter months are upon us, we can at least keep it on our list of things to do come Spring 2012!

Lobster brioche rolls and a side of fries from Aggie's Roll

Spinach & mushroom salad with a shallot vinaigrette

Fresh squeezed lemonade with a hint of mint

Lickety Split's chocolate icecream