Recently I was in New Prague around lunchtime, which turned out to be most fortunate for me.
As you might have guessed from the town's name, it's got a proud Czech heritage (even though it's pronounced "New PRAYgue"), and there are Czech designs everywhere. Lau's Czech Bakery was a step back in time for me.
The town I went to high school in had a bakery similar to this one. Lots of housemade baked goods, and the most amazing burgers with these soft, feather-light buns, uber-fresh. Also: doughnuts. In high school, I often left the building at lunchtime, skipping the cafeteria, and bought doughnuts for lunch. And people complain about school lunches not being healthy.
It's the kind of place where the locals hang out, and the staff knows everyone.
Anyway. My dad was with me, and he's very fond of kolachy. Obviously it wouldn't do to leave Lau's without buying some.
Raspberry for me, apricot for Dad. Oh, these were good, not overly sweet, but with a nicely fruity inside. Later I wished I'd brought home the poppyseed kolachy.
I also purchased sauerkraut bread on a whim. Let me assure you, it does not taste like cabbage, but like caraway, and made a wonderful base for sandwiches, including radish sandwiches and salami sandwiches with spicy mustard. My final purchase was a basic loaf of white "farmstyle" bread that was everything white bread should be: soft, gently flavored, and an excellent ingredient for French toast. And the farmstyle loaf was only 99 cents!
I thought initially I'd order a burger and really enjoy the trip down memory lane, but the soup of the day caught my eye.
Vomacka: a cream-based soup with green beans, yellow beans, potatoes, and dill. Served with a ham sandwich on freshly baked rye bread that was divine. The soup was amazing, and perfect comfort food on a gray, cool, drizzly day.
Sad: I'd never been to New Prague before. Happy: it's only half an hour away. Because easy access to kolachy and sauerkraut bread and vomacka should never be taken for granted.