City of A Hundred Spires: A Wonderland of Goulash

Wallenstein Garden

Wallenstein Palace Gardens

24 hours was hardly enough time to take in the magical city of Prague or the “City of a Hundred Spires” (500 to date!).  I wandered aimlessly among the cobble stone streets, music filled the air, and there were castles and gardens to explore!  I visited the Wallenstein Palace Gardens, a maze of twisting vines with peacocks and other beautiful birds waiting to surprise you at every corner.

Wallenstein Palace Gardens

Wallenstein Palace Gardens

This enchanting place was very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, one of my favourite books from my childhood.  When I watched the Tim Burton remake years later, I was unfortunately quite disappointed and you can read my review here.

Alice in WonderlandPhoto courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

 The other highlight of Prague was the food.  I remember sitting at an outdoor bar and ordering goulash.  I received a giant plate of thick, peppery gravy, tender chunks of beef and such unusual “dumplings” – slabs of soft dough soaking up the sauce.  I remember sipping a refreshing Czech beer, and fighting so hard to stay awake!  I nearly fell asleep in my goulash but my taste buds remember that dish fondly.

Goulash - Prague, Czech Republic

Goulash – Prague, Czech Republic

When I needed a dish for my Oscar party to represent Eastern Europe, I immediately thought of goulash.  I couldn’t believe the amount of paprika I was measuring out into my slow cooker, but it turned out delightfully goulash-y!

_DSC0421The recipe I used was from the America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution and I would highly recommend it!

One day I will go back to Prague, and just like Alice in Wonderland – I will eat, drink, and lose myself in the history and culture of this charming city.

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