Prague

“The castle hill was hidden, veiled in mist and darkness, nor was there even a glimmer of light to show that a castle was there”

Those are some of the first lines in Franz Kafka’s novel: The Castle.

On the train here from Berlin everything was sunny and pastoral until we hit the Czech boarder and then, as if on cue, the fog rolled in and the landscape became obscured and when a peak of something did come through it was grim and industrial – a more stunning contrast you couldn’t ask for.  Even the room of my supposed design hotel (The Josef) is kind of stark, all chipped beige lament, cold bare walls  with a grim view of an old Eastern Block housing apartment.  I just got here and already I miss Berlin.

Have a dinner planned on Wednesday that I’m looking forward to at Sansho run by 2 star Michelin Chef Paul day (formerly of Nobu London) and tomorrow wandering the old city certainly will be fascinating.

Lets hope I can figure out how to turn the heat on.   Who knew that all these years later visiting Prague would be so like reading Kafka?

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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