Saturday, December 15, 2012

Best of Travelife 2012: Four Seasons Prague for the best solo lunch

The small and beautiful Four Seasons Prague


Reflecting at year-end on the wonderful TRAVELIFE that was in 2012, this is part of a series of blog entries that will look at the best aspects of our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful travels. 

This year was so full of indescribable and inspiring experiences -- and we're certainly looking forward to an even more amazing Travelife in 2013

Happy holidays to everyone
from all of us at Travelife Magazine.


MY BEST SOLO LUNCH FOR 2012


On my last day in the Czech Republic last June, I had lunch solo at the Four Seasons Prague, where I was staying, before packing up, checking out and starting the long journey home to Manila via Istanbul and Hong Kong.



I was in the Czech Republic for two weeks with two of my oldest friends, and I actually invited them to join me for lunch; but they were staying in another hotel and they had too much packing to do before they picked me up for the ride to the airport. So I ended up eating by myself.

I'm perfectly okay with dining solo, actually, and especially if I have my computer with me.

ME AND MY MAC
AT THE FOUR SEASONS PRAGUE

My Mac and my Blackberry kept me company over lunch

So I brought my Mac to the Italian restaurant of the Four Seasons Prague and I literally ordered a feast. I don't know why, but I just felt really hungry, even after two weeks of amazing food and heavy-duty eating.

HEAVEN FOR STARTERS

Heaven is a plate of beautiful oysters,
as far as I'm concerned.


I began my best solo lunch for 2012 with two orders of oysters. I can't remember anymore where they were from, but they were flown in fresh from somewhere and simply luscious and very large.

I had these the way I always like them, freshly shucked and unadorned save for lemon and some kind of vinaigrette sauce.

This was even before I'd opened the menu, as I'd seen a couple in the next table having a plate of oysters with great delight, when I walked in.

This was heaven again, as far as I was concerned


Then, when I opened the menu, the first thing that caught my eye was fresh burrata from Puglia. If there's one thing that can melt my heart, it's fresh burrata -- this is among the most heavenly comfort foods I can think of, and especially as it's so hard to get in our part of the world.


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So I had this as a starter, drizzled with very good quality olive oil and freshly ground sea salt, and accompanied by very juicy fruit tomatoes. I swear. This is what heaven must taste like.


Looking at this photo, with the liquid oozing from the cheese, 
made me think about a next and nearest opportunity 
for a truly fresh burrata in 2013.
I wonder where that'll be?


Not one for any kind of convention -- yes, I don't really care about conforming to anyone's ideas -- I ordered another burrata all for myself. The waiter was very surprised that I could eat so much, especially all by myself. And this was just the starter.

PASTA AS A MAIN

Fresh squid-ink pasta with a seafood sauce.
I don't usually order this kind of pasta at a restaurant,
but for some reason, I felt like having this as a last meal in Prague.


Then I had a nice fresh pasta with a seafood sauce. I wasn't expecting much from a pasta in Prague, frankly, but it turned out to be excellent. What bliss that was.

This was an incredible chocolate tart


And for dessert, I needed my usual chocolate fix. It must've been my lucky day, as they had the most amazing deep and rich chocolate tart I've had in a long time.

It wasn't exactly a Czech meal, but it was certainly a fantastic way to end two weeks in the beautiful Czech Republic, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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