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Czech Food and Drink

Are you craving some hearty, satisfying Czech style cuisine but you’re nowhere near the Czech Republic? Never fear… here are five inviting, authentic restaurants in America where you can sample the finest Czech style food and drink…

Although there are millions of people of Czech descent in the United States, Czech restaurants aren’t particularly common. We are not sure why, because the cuisine is some of the most satisfying and delicious you’ll ever find at a dinner table.

Pork, beef, dumplings, and home made desserts are key elements of a Czech style dinner. The meat is prepared in a variety of ways, from hearty stews and soups to baked or pan breaded. In several heritage communities across America, you’ll find a few gems, just waiting for you to stop by.

In no particular order, here is a list of five of our favorites:

Milan’s Restaurant: Brooklyn, New York

Milan’s doesn’t look like much from the outside, but once inside you are transported to central Europe. The comfortable and traditional decor melds well with the lovingly prepared meals.

You can also buy authentic packaged goods from Slovakia and the Czech Republic here, including bottled beer, soda, and grocery items.

Our favorites here? Cabbage soup with smoked meat, roast pork with sauerkraut and dumplings, all washed down with one of the four Czech beers on the menu.

Cafe Bohemia: Omaha, Nebraska

Just a mile south of the Old Market district in downtown Omaha is Cafe Bohemia. This cozy restaurant has been serving authentic cuisine since the 1920’s, at very reasonable prices. You won’t go home hungry, that’s for sure!

Cafe Bohemia is a great place to try swieckova, a sauerbraten style dish usually served with dumplings or potato pancakes. But if you’re not sure, don’t worry. The friendly, experienced waitresses will steer you in the right direction.

Klas Restaurant: Cicero, Illinois

The largest Czech restaurant in the United State, Klas has greeted diners since 1922. It is only open Thursdays through Sundays. The large interior room is decorated with original antiques and assorted treasures directly from the Czech Republic.

We like coming here for lunch. Lunches are served Bohemian style, with soup, salad bar, entree, two sides, and dessert. Cicero is a near west suburb of Chicago, about 20 minutes from downtown.

Moldau Restaurant: Brookfield, Illinois

A staple in the thriving west suburban Chicago Czech community, this is another comfort food gem. It is located on Ogden Avenue, about 10 minutes west of Klas Restaurant.

Moldau is a small, quaint place that does brisk business on Sundays. Come here for the roast duck and home made desserts.

Czech-Tex Restaurant: Snook, Texas

Like Chicago, south central Texas also has a large Czech heritage community. The little town of Snook, about ten miles from College Station, boasts Czech-Tex, kind of combination barbecue and old world place that dished up traditional dishes to your hearts content.

Every day, you will find the chicken and dumpling special on the menu. Pot roast, grilled pork chops, and smoked prime rib are other favorites.

Summary

Are you hungry yet? If so, head to one of these authentic Czech style restaurants for traditional central European style food in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Good Food and Drinks When Trying to Conceive

In part 1 of “Good Food and Drinks When Trying to Conceive” we spoke about water, and how much water can have a positive or negative effect on your fertility and your pregnancy efforts. Now it’s time to talk a little bit about food, and how what we put into our bodies can affect us. Also what TO PUT in your body to maximize fertility.

Now just a word on vegetarian diets… If a woman is aware of her basic nutritional needs as discussed in this article, she should do just fine on a well-balanced vegetarian diet. By eating a wide variety of whole grains, legumes, dried fruit, lima beans and wheat germ, a woman should be able to get enough iron, zinc and other trace minerals to have a healthy body and a healthy pregnancy. Those on vegan diets may need to seek the advice of a health professional on taking supplements such as calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12.

What else goes into a healthy pre-conception diet?

Meat, fish, eggs, a variety of fruits and vegetables

Dairy food for calcium

Cereals (preferably non-sweetened), beans, whole grain bread

Limited starches such as potatoes and pasta (whole grain pasta and sweet potatoes provide more fiber and beta-carotene than the white starches)

Foods low in fat and high in fiber are most desirable – they include fruits & vegetables, beans, nuts and whole grain products.

Wine with meals (or without meals, for that matter!

What foods should you limit?

Liver

Un-pasteurized dairy products

Raw eggs

Soft cheeses

Pates

Any foods that contain lots of sugar, partially-hydrogenated oils, lots of salt or fats (again, it’s so important to read food labels…and rinse canned veggies to remove salt!)

ow to Write Articles on Food and Drink

“Live Long and Prosper,” Spock said. This is decent advice, and there is an old saying from the Viking days, it goes something like this; “Be Well, Live Well, and Live Longest,” which is also good advice. But today, I’d like to talk to you about some advice that many people feel very dear to their heart. Most people want to live healthy, drink good wine, and eat great meals.

What more could you ask for?

In the United States of America we have a solid middle-class, and as people reach the top of the middle class and start bumping up against the upper class, their priorities change. They wish to dine at the best restaurants, and enjoy themselves with the best wine. Who can blame them right? Indeed this is all true.

The interesting thing about all this is that provides an excellent opportunity for online article authors who wish to write about this topic. It’s amazing how many people read restaurant reviews, and how many people go online to learn information about their favorite wines, or to learn trivia facts about where the wine was grown, in which vineyard it came from, and in which year it was produced.

If you enjoy such topics, you will be amazed how many readers will flock to your articles. Over the years, I’ve written nearly 70 articles on this topic, and I am always amazed at the amount of traffic they get, and some of the e-mail feedback that comes my way. It’s almost as if the Internet readers can’t get enough of this type of content. If you are going to write articles on food and drink, I have some advice for you.

First, you must consider who your audience is. And you must write it from their perspective. People are interested not only in the food, but the dining experience. When talking about recipes and specialty dishes they are interested in ingredients, the brands, the flavor, the spices, and all the potential substitutes.

When talking about wine, people are interested in every single aspect, of each bottle. Do not spare any details, these readers want it all, and they want it now, so give it to them and enjoy the traffic that it brings your website. Please consider all this.

The Eight Worst Holiday Food and Drink

Holidays are not only a time for family and friends, but one of the times where food plays a big role in the celebrations, with special holiday food and drink that we all like to have. Delicious dinners, rich appetizers and all those yummy deserts are just as much a part of the holidays as the decorations and gifts. And at this time of year we’re all (even those of us who usually eat healthy) in the mood for a little indulgence.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that most of us will gain about a pound between Thanksgiving dinner and the New Year’s celebrations.

Sure that doesn’t sound like a lot, but the research also finds that this extra weight never comes back off.

So to help you keep your calorie intake under control, we’ve pulled together eight healthier options to the traditional holiday treats we all enjoy.

1) Cheese straws are made from a block of cheddar cheese combined with flour and as much as a full cup of butter. You’re better off snacking on pretzels, popcorn or some whole grain chips and salsa.

2) Swedish meatballs are a delicious appetizer but with a whopping 300 calories (just under half from fat) and include white bread, butter, heavy cream and salt laden beef broth. Choose a handful of mixed nuts of shrimp cocktail, or use some of the lighter recipes available.

3) Eggnog has not one redeeming nutritional aspect, and it’s easy to see why with things like sugar, eggs, whipping cream and bourbon. Instead choose beverages like hot chocolate or spiced cider. You might also try lighter versions of this holiday favorite if you simply must indulge, and remember to watch those potion sizes.

4) Stuffed potatoes while rich in vitamin C and fiber, when laden with cheese, sour cream and butter take a good thing to a bad place. To make them healthier use low fat dairy products, add good for you onions or spinach, and try turkey bacon or herbs for added flavor.

5) Creamed spinach is another case where holidays take a healthy veggie and add cream, butter and cheese to create a dish with more than 75% of your saturated fat for the day. Use low fat milk and light cream cheese instead of the cream when making this dish to save on calories.

6) Pot roast a popular and delicious part of the holidays, but even lean versions of this meat contain 7 grams of saturated fat. Add to that the calories from the gravy and you can see how the trouble starts. Consider lean beef tenderloin or the white meat of a turkey as healthier options.

7) Fruitcake does indeed have fruit, but it also includes plenty of butter, sugar and corn syrup, so that you’d actually be better off having a slice of pumpkin pie (about 250 calories/slice) instead. If this is your favorite, consider some lighter recipes and watch your portion sizes.

8) Pecan pie is centered around pecans which are a high calorie nut on their own, and then add sugar, butter and corn syrup to create a dessert where a single slice will deliver more than 500 calories, 20 grams of fat and 30 grams of sugar. Try lighter pies instead – apple, sweet potato or pear-cranberry versions.

And if you can’t resist calorie-laden holiday food and drink favorite, try and control the size of your portion. A single piece of pecan pie or half a loaded baked potato are ways to enjoy a rich taste, without all the calories, and pounds that won’t come off easily afterward.

Get Rid of Bad Foods and Drinks

Being overweight is truly disturbing, especially if we are highly preoccupied with the way we look. It can stop us from fitting into the clothes we like, and make us feel bad and unattractive. Even worse, having more weight than we normally should have can affect our health. That is why, for the sake of our looks and health, we should take care of our eating and drinking habits and change our life style. We will notice the difference after a while and realize all the effort is worth it.

I say effort because it is never easy to follow a diet, work out every day, and stick to the plan. Probably the hardest part of all it is giving up all the food and beverage we are used to. The problem is that some of the food and drinks we really like are harmful to us. Junk food is on top of most people’s preferences, but it is also responsible of them gaining a lot of weight in a short time, that is why, it is the first thing we need to give up when we start a diet. It will be hard to walk on the street and notice people eating a burger when we know we are not allowed to, but we must remember that a strong motivation is the key to success. Along with the harmful food there are the harmful drinks that enlarge our stomach and help the fat deposit in our body. Soda is the first beverage we need to eliminate from our daily routine. Not only it is completely unnatural, but it also contains a lot of sugar and most of the times it has more calories than a healthy meal. It is a well-known fact that soda enlarges our stomach, which is another thing to be concerned about.