For Calan's birthday we went to Plzen, Czech Republic. For me, Plzen is about a 4 hour train ride away. It takes about 1.45 minutes to get to Prague, where Calan and I met up, and then took a 2 hour train ride to Plzen. We got there around 11 in the morning. The sun was shinning and it was going to be a perfect day. We walked around the city and checked out the world's third largest Synagogue. Unfortunately it was closed the day we were there but it was still amazing to see from the outside .
After the Synagogue, we went to the Square of the Republic. This was the largest Gothic square in Bohemia. The church sat in the middle with the large watch tower. We could have climbed it but my knee was hurting and I didn't think climbing a bunch of stairs would do it much good.
Me outside the brewery center
We got to tour inside the actual working brewery and tour the old brewery that is no longer in use. It was very interesting to see how the process actually works.
After our tour, we had a FABULOUS lunch at Na Spilce which is the restaurant inside the brewery compound. Calan and I both had goulash and it was soooo good. Of course, I had to wash it down with a glass of Pilsner....mmmmm....goood.
Around 3pm we took the train back to Prague to finish up our day with a little shopping. I can never turn down an afternoon of shopping. We took a break during our window shopping to have some cake for Calan's birthday and then I took the 8pm train home. It was a wonderful day.
She taught me how to make the dough from scratch, roll it out and cut into small rectangles. Inside you put a small dollop of poppy seed, custard, or plum marmalade. You pull up the opposite corners and pinch together until you have a small little basket.
You cook them in the oven for about 3 minutes or so and then paint them with a little butter and sprinkle with powder sugar. This definitely has to be my best lesson yet. I took a bunch of the cookies to school the next day and I got rave compliments from my co-workers. I am glad that I took most of them to school because if I had kept them at home, I would have definitely ate them all myself and that would not have been good for my diet :)