Since the appearance of ramen on the Prague food scene, it has become somewhat of a rage. There have been a number of ramen bars to open in the past few years, each drawing on individual flavors to create authentic, yet unique, ramen dishes. The newest kid on the block, Taiko, offers their own take on the traditional Japanese street food with delicious results. The first thing that really strikes you about Taiko (a word that can translate to a drum, high-priest, or even the color pink) is the decor. Both the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms have classic Japanese lanterns running the length of the room, accented by beautiful hand painted silk cherry blossoms. There is a feeling ofRead more.

Like the spring flowers now painting the city in fantastic color, Natsumi Matsuzaki had a similar awakening the first time she heard “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák ’s Rusalka. She did not know at the time, but this one discovery would eventually lead her halfway around the world to the home of Smetana, Janáček, Dušek, and of course Dvořák. As a child in Miyazaki, Japan, Matsuzaki had an innate love of acting and singing, though her only musical legacy was an aunt who taught piano and stories of her grandmother being a wonderful singer. At the age of 14, and under the tutelage of Yoshiko Higashi, Matsuzaki began her formal training as an opera singer. She spent many yearsRead more.

Starving for an Asian dish but don’t have any idea where to go? Although I don’t eat in bad restaurants or bistros, I love great food, and I love Asian food in particular. I prefer Vietnamese (e.g., Pho Bo, Bun Bo Nam Bo) or Japanese (e.g., sushi or ramen), but if there is a good Chinese Kung Pao I would go ahead and try it. For typical and authentic Vietnamese cuisine, check my review of Pho Viet Huong, and for Thai dishes I would recommend Yam, Yam restaurant (review coming soon). For Japanese sushi, I love sushi from a place called Baifu near Brumlovka, as they have running sushi for a nice price, and they make many variations of fresh sushi fromRead more.