Czech bait

Bill Oldfield

Who’d be a vegetarian? Or more precisely, who’d be a vegetarian in the Czech Republic? Please don’t for a moment think this is a tirade against vegetarians. Not one bit. After all, vegetarians are customers as well.

No, this stems from the first time my wife and I went to Prague and discovered that the Czech idea of a vegetarian dish was their normal staple fayre of meat and dumplings but with extra dumplings. Because, you see, before the reformation, my wife was a vegetarian. In Prague we found it a little like it can be in rural France: “Your salad monsieur. Certainly it’s vegetarian and to make sure, we’ve chopped the jambon tres petit” – usually accompanied by a pitying look.

To be fair to the Czechs, this was around 20 years ago, long before the arrival of stag parties, pizza parlours and other generic international influences. But we…

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