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Emessa – Orient in the Middle of Prague
“A person who is healthy and has a good family does not need more. It’s already rich!” Cozy shop with Syrian and Lebanese specialties. At Emessa, they offer Lebanese wines, coffee and tea sets, Arabic candy and coffee, dates, beverages, spices, soaps with olive oil, etc. Sixty per cent of the things you can find are imported from Syria, and thirty-five from Lebanon. Emessa is a shop on Politických vězňů street, where we can spot Mr. Murhaf, originally from Homs, and on their shop Sweet Palace on Vodičkova Street, his wife, Mrs. Wafau. Initially, Mr. Murhaf may look shy, but once you talk to him, you can look forward to having a pleasant chat over cardamom coffee about various treats, recipes, or Arabic spices. You will learn, for example, that caraway tastes excellent with cheese. And what does Emessa mean? It is an old Greek name for the Syrian city of Homs, which is in the Midwest of Syria. Mr. Murhaf and his family have lived in Prague for thirteen years. He first visited Prague in 1986 when he attended a course of X-ray welding. Two years later, he returned to another course, and since then he traveled to the...
Tonkin Kafé – A Cup of Vietnamese Coffee Please
“In general, I think Vietnamese cafes and Vietnamese coffee are quickly integrating into Czechs minds.” Coffee with condensed milk and ice? Excellent! Come and see for yourself at one of Prague’s Vietnamese cafes, opened in 2017 by two childhood friends from Vietnam, who met in the Czech Republic in a camp for Vietnamese children. “We liked coffee so much that we went for it,” says one of the business owners. Tonkin (Dong Kinh) means “Eastern Capital”, which was one of the administrative territories of French Indochina and included the northern part of Vietnam and part of Laos. The intention of the owners, who come from the north of Vietnam, is not just to sell coffee, but to show customers what this part of the country is all about. The café also works as a shop and bistro. You can buy organic food, ingredients for making Vietnamese dishes or products from local businesses and farmers. They serve coffee with homemade desserts, and visitors can also play games. Once a month, there is an acoustic open mic, where anyone can sing or play their instrument. Tonkin Kafé occasionally holds events or exhibitions to bring Vietnamese culture closer to the Czechs. Do you think...
Polévkárna paní Mančo: Bistro With a Georgian Temperament
“I tell my friends who come here that I integrate differently, with my heart, and I advise them to love and trust people more”. Famous for its delicious and distinct soups, including other specialities of the Georgian cuisine, this bistro Polévkárna paní Mančo established in 2014 it’s a flourishing family business. In the kitchen, cheerful and talkative Manana Toidze, known as Mrs. Mančo. Her son Vasko helps her, and her son Nika is responsible for running the restaurant. The interior is decorated with paintings by Mrs. Mančo’s husband. Although the bistro mainly specializes in soups that are frequently changing, you can also taste khachapuri, a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread or khinkali, dough pastry stuffed with meat. From the soups, we recommend having kharcho, a goulash with beef or chicken and walnuts, or chicken with tarragon, which is Mrs. Mančo’s culinary invention. “It was the first soup I made-up. I’ve always cooked it for kids. Here in Georgia, we use a lot of herbs like coriander, dill and mainly tarragon, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties”. Among other dishes already adapted to Czech clients, she includes sandwiches with spinach and eggplant paste. The whole family comes from Georgia, Tbilisi....
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