Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Taste of Prague

Pineapple Dessert at CottoCrudo PragueThe meat and potatoes diet of the locals in Prague is quickly being supplemented with fine dining options from other parts of Europe.  The city's first Michelin-starred restaurant, Allegro, was located at the Four Seasons hotel where I stayed during this visit.  Sadly, Allegro is now closed but its successor, CottoCrudo, turned out to be pretty good.  I particularly remember the pineapple dessert during one lunch here that was especially delightful!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Castle and Vintage Cars

Prague Castle dominates the skyline of this wonderful city.  What began as a walled building in the 9th century became the abode of the Bohemian kings and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.  Prague Castle is also supposed to be the biggest castle in the world!  It took me about 30 minutes to walk up the pretty cobblestones streets from my hotel to the castle gates.  The walk to the castle was actually as much fun as touring the castle itself.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

City of a Thousand Spires

I was excited as my Emirates flight touched down in Prague on a bright and sunny day.  It was a while since I was in a new country.  When I told a few of my friends I was going to be in the Czech Republic, almost all of them referred to the country as Czechoslovakia.  It is endlessly annoying to the locals that people around the world seem to get this wrong even twenty years after the new Czech Republic was formed.


Saturday, September 08, 2012

New Dining Options - Part II

Breads at Cafe Mangii Pune Cafe Mangii advertises itself as Mumbai's most popular Italian restaurant. Not sure if that is true, but I was quite happy with the experience during my first visit to this restaurant within Phoenix Market City. This place has a contemporary casual look with great thin-crust pizzas and cappuccinos. When I returned last weekend, I had difficulty getting a table; apparently it is also getting more popular!