A friend of my wife’s once said the good about the Czech Republic is that wherever you go from here, the food is always better. That’s probably no longer true, if it ever was, but Czechs have certainly had a tough time adapting the often appalling communist-era fare into a modern cuisine. But in some ways, such as in the quality of groceries, Czechs are still stuck in the past.
A Czech clothing designer Beata Rajská announced this week that she is going to the African country of Zambia to teach youngsters there how to sew clothing. The highly successful designer will be joining the staff at a vocational school run by a Brno-based organization Njovu. Masha Volynsky spoke to the NGO’s director, Vendula Jičínská, and asked her about the project that Ms Rajská will be helping with, in the next ten days.
The drawn-out Czech-Polish dispute over the quality of food imports this week reached a new level after Polish officials accused the Czech authorities and media of waging a campaign aimed at hurting Polish food sales in the country. Czech officials, meanwhile, complain about poor quality of some Polish foodstuffs, and say inspections prove they fail to meet set standards much more often that Czech products.
The Czech design industry got off to a strong start this year with a number of major events being held in March. The annual Czech Grand Design awards were presented earlier in the month and Prague hosted a special edition of the now popular Designblok and the newest Dyzajn Márket. So what is Czech design like and what are its biggest challenges?
A survey of shopping habits by the KPMG agency published this week suggests that organic food products have lost their initial attraction: shoppers find them too expensive and often question their superior quality. According to the results of the poll only 4 percent of Czechs buy organic food on a regular basis. 37 percent of respondents said they did so occasionally and approximately the same number of people said they had tried organic products in the past but no longer shopped for them. So are Czechs losing interest in organic food and should
In Business News this week: Korean Airlines are to acquire a 44 percent stake in ČSA; Česká Spořitelna planning lay-offs despite high profits; despite efforts to find new markets, the Czech economy remains heavily dependent on export to EU states and two Prague restaurants hold onto their Michelin stars.
Petra Veselá is one of the Czech Republic’s leading experts on coffee. The author of a publication simply entitled Kniha o kávě (Book about Coffee), she is an internationally accredited expert taster and runs courses for baristas in how to prepare the perfect cup. We met for a coffee at one of the handful of cafés in Prague where Veselá considers the brew to be of a genuinely high quality. The first thing I asked: when did her interest in the beverage begin?
Marriage week as a way of celebrating and nurturing the institution of marriage was established in Great Britain in 1996 and has since taken root in ten more countries. At the time of its establishment marriage was the last thing on Czechs minds. The country had recently returned to democracy and young people were on the brink of discovering the world, living a Western life and developing successful careers: everything their parents had been unable to do for four decades. As a result the tradition of marrying at 18 and having a baby within a year
The Czech Republic became the latest country to be hit by the horsemeat scandal on Wednesday, after officials confirmed the presence of horse DNA in frozen lasagne labelled as containing beef. The imported lasagne – sold at a Tesco supermarket in the city of Plzeň – has now been withdrawn as Czech authorities carry out further tests.
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