Why do tourists keep getting lost in Prague? A famous chocolate chef visits the Czech capital and the fashion sins that Czechs commit. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarová.
Just a year after it opened the Chocolate Museum in Prague and the Viva Praha specialty chocolate store had their first VIP visitor - the Belgian chocolate chef Dominique Persoone. Mr. Persoone, who makes chocolate specialties for the worlds leading restaurants and is an exclusive supplier for Viva Praha, visited Prague last week to present the latest specialty in his Chocolate Line – a Belgian chocolate praline filled with the famous Czech Becherovka liquer. At a press conference where he presented the Becher Praline, Mr. Persoone said it had been well received both in Brussels and Prague – only there was a slight difference in the composition. While for the Belgian market he used what he described as a standard amount of alcohol the ones destined for the Czech Republic contain more – to suit Czech tastes. Dominique Personne whose chocolate cookbook “Cacao –the Roots of Chocolate” won a prestigious international award, combines chocolate with the most unexpected ingredients red peppers, olives, onions, chicken or oysters. Maybe in due time he’ll teach Czechs to put in on their roast pork, sauerkraut and dumplings.
And just to prove that we are not as conservative as you may think – here’s a glimpse at some novelties on the Czech beer market – there’s cannabis beer, lemon-grass beer, banana beer, fig beer and even a pumpkin-laced brew. And for those who really want to drink to their health there in now a line of so-called medicinal brews which contain herbs used to cure various ailments before the arrival of classical medicine. It all sounds really impressive, but is it still beer?
Fashion boutiques abound in the city centre but fashion gurus still feel Czechs have a long way to go when it comes to developing a sense of style. The general feeling is that after the off-the-rack identical drab wear of the communist days people are afraid to experiment – afraid to stand out in the crowd by wearing bright colours or something provocative. The internet daily IDNES has made a list of the worst fashion offenses on Czech streets. And top of the list are wearing socks and sandals, wearing black shoes with everything and carrying plastic bags. So what? Many Czechs would counter –which according to the daily is another big fashion sin – the fact that many Czechs don’t seem to care what people think about the way they dress. Czechs need to keep in mind that clothes make the man – and dress in a way that reflects who they are, the daily notes.