American Presents for the Czech

Discussion in 'Culture' started by mdances912, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. stepan

    stepan Well-Known Member

    dzurisovak - come visit me in Virginia and I will make you GREAT Svikova with knedliky. I use my mother's SPECIAL recipe and it comes out great. I can also make Spanelsky Ptacky and Segedin Gulas.
  2. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Sounds tasty! We were just in West Virginia a couple of weeks ago on a canoe trip. But I think Virginia from Michigan is a far drive for Svickova. Thanks for the invite though. :lol:
  3. stepan

    stepan Well-Known Member

    Well, if you canoed from Michigan to West Virginia, Virginia is just a few paddle strokes east. :lol:

    Actually, we are only about an hour from West Virginia - an hour west and a little south of DC. We can get to Charles Town, West Virginia in about an hour. I am sure you were in the western part of West Virginia.
  4. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    We were actually in the North East part of West Virginia canoing the Cheat River. We canoed all the way from Lake Michigan through Pittsburg, onto West Virginia! :lol:

    Jak se řekne "liar" česky?
  5. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member


    You forgot to mention that you canoed there and back, upstream both ways, through ice and snow ...
  6. stepan

    stepan Well-Known Member

    ...and THOUSANDS of mosquitos... :lol:
  7. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    I did forget to mention that. But to be honest, it was only up stream on the way back home, you know, going North and all. And there was only ice and snow in Ohio. You know how cold those people can be :wink:
  8. knew

    knew Member

    My CZ mother-in-law loves American-style salad dressing. The yogurt-based CZ style of dressing lacks flavor compared to what we have. So from now on, when we go visit, we will always bring a gift of salad dressing. Another small thing that people appreciate are chocolate chip cookies... any kind of chocolate chip cookies, but especially the break and bake variety that you serve right out of the oven. We have learned that this is a real treat...
  9. Jana

    Jana Well-Known Member

    Whenever I am getting presents for my Czech family, I never forget hoop cheese, as we all are big cheeselovers. However, I am not sure it is available everywhere in US (I always buy it at the local market in Abingdon).
  10. gementricxs

    gementricxs Well-Known Member

    Not if someone mentioned it before, but what about those typical American cookies? I heard that the Girl scout's cookies are the best ones. I can't actually tell, I've never have one, that's just what I heard.
  11. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

  12. hougreg1965

    hougreg1965 Member

    gementricxs -

    Girl Scout cookies are out of season right now, but I have some connections and will be in Prague in a few months. I'm making some calls to see what I can do about getting you some Girl Scout contraband.

    Greg in Houston, TX
  13. pacific

    pacific Member

    How about maple syrup? That seemed to be a hit when I brought it from the US for my Czech friends. Also, hot sause or salsa. Some off the beaten path brand that you can't get in the CR. Of course, maybe my friends are a little unusual when it comes to Czechs since they like spicy food. I second the salad dressing idea - Paul Newman's, for example. Local American wine and beer are also good ideas, I think.

    Also, someone just told me peanut butter is a good one. What do you think?

    As far as Czech chocolate goes, I agree that it SUCKS! Fidorka and other chocolate wafers are an exception, other than that, I stay away from Czech chocolate. Sorry to offend you, fellow Czechs.
  14. pacific

    pacific Member

    The other thing I thought of is natural/organic bath soap, lotion or shampoo (lavdender or such). As far as I know, those are still pretty hard to come by in CR. The store Botanicus sells what they purport to be all natural bath products, but these clearly have chemicals in them.

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