Kevin and I got in from vacation last night, and I am sooooo glad I took today off from work. The jet lag is awful! When hotel-to-home takes 24 hours, you neeeeed a day off from your vacation.
I will share a few pics here and there in upcoming posts, but I’ll try and refrain from over-doing it. Holding back is hard since both Prague and Barcelona were so gorgeous. Both cities exceeded my expectations, and we had a blast!
Boqueria Market in Barcelona
Since I’ve been on a foodie kick lately with my posts, I’ll go ahead and highlight some of the new-to-me-foods from vacation.
First off, Prague is beer city. More beer is consumed per capita in the Czech Republic than any other country in the world. You mainly find pilsners and lagers. Most restaurants only have a light and a dark beer from one main brewery, such as Budvar or Pilsner Urquell, but there are tons of brew pubs around town with their own offerings.
Beers at U Tri Ruzi Pub in Prague
Beer itself obviously isn’t new to me, but I was happy to try some new brews, including a couple micros. In the photo below, I learned that women are occasionally served beer with a frothy head like this since it has a lighter taste and mouthfeel. (I learned that on our Taste of Prague tour.)
Pilsner Urquell at Cestr Restaurant in Prague
While in Prague, we ate lots of meat. (Love me some goulash!) I tried beef knuckle, beef short ribs, chlebicek (pictured below), beef tartar mixed with a raw quail egg (never thought I’d eat either of those!), escargot, and even a beer-flavored ice cream (it was awesome!).
Chlebicek (very popular fast meal in Prague)
In Barcelona, I drank cava (sparkling wine), a local San Miguel beer, and plenty of sangria.
Sangria at the Mediterranean
My eats included tapas, paella, iberico ham, bikinis (grilled ham and manchego cheese sandwiches that are served at breakfast), patatas bravas, and a pretty amazing quiche lorraine. Oh… and I had gelato. Lots of gelato!
Paella at Can Majo in Barcelona
This was not a food-focused trip, but I clearly enjoyed and embraced it. Now it’s time for lots of green smoothies and water!
Do you eat outside the box on vacation?