Eating and drinking

The first meal of the day is breakfast. Some people recommend a substantial breakfast, while others prefer a light, healthy one, one that is easily digestible. A typical breakfast menu includes bread, rolls or croissants, butter, ham, salami, cheese, marmalade, or honey. Another alternative is to have scrambled eggs, omelets, or pudding. Those who prefer a more healthy diet will eat yoghurt, cereals with milk, porridge or fresh fruits. Popular drinks include tea, coffee, cocoa or fruit juice.

At around 10 a.m. it is time for a little snack. It is good to have something small and easily digestible, such as fruits, vegetables or yoghurt.

The main meal of the day – lunch – comes between noon and 1 p.m. Most people have lunch in school or in company cafeterias or in restaurants, while others prefer to eat at home. Lunch consists of a starter, a main course, and most people like to round off their meals with something sweet. Starters may include soups, while the main course normally consists of cooked meat, fish or poultry with side dishes like potatoes or rice. The dessert menu includes a piece of cake, ice cream, pudding, fruits, or salads. Finally, there is something nice to drink – mineral water, juice, coffee or a glass of beer.

At about four o'clock, the afternoon snack is another meal of the day; and people often have the same things that they had in the morning. Sandwiches or pies are another alternative. The last meal of the day is dinner which comes between six and seven o'clock. In most families, something warm is eaten, such as dumplings with sauce, pancakes or sausage with mustard.

During the day, it is necessary to drink enough liquids. The recommended daily consumption is around two liters. Food and drinks are inevitable parts of our lives.

When having guests or celebrating, or just feeling the urge to have something nice, people find it more comfortable to go to a restaurant. In restaurants, a special code of conduct has to be observed. The gentleman asks the waiter for the menu and makes an order. After the meal, the guest asks the waiter to produce the bill. People either share the bill or go Dutch. Normally, gentlemen pay for the lady and it is usual to tip the waiter.

The British usually start work and school later in the morning than we do, so they have a lot of time to enjoy their morning meal. A traditional English breakfast is quit big. It consists of porridge with a topping of maple syrup, a dish of fried bacon and eggs, fried sausages and tomatoes, or ham and eggs, buttered toast and marmalade. They usually have a cup of tea with milk or coffee and a glass of orange juice.

The English lunch is much smaller than the Czech one. It's usually just a quick sandwich. A typical Sunday lunch is much more similar to ours. As a desert they have hot apple pie with ice cream. The national English food is definitely steak. Another popular dish is fish and chips.

English have different expressions for their evening meals. It can be dinner, supper, or tea. Anyways, it's the main meal of the day so it's usually hot. It's eaten at about six or seven.

Czechs in general like fatty meals with lard and flour. Our typical dishes are roast pork with sauerkraut and dumplings, goulash with dumplings, or roast sirloin of beef in cream sauce again with dumplings. Czechs often eat meatloaf and many kinds of smoked meat products. Wiener schnitzel is a popular dish as well. The typical Czech soup is tripe soup.

Sweets and cakes are typical of Czech cuisine as well. Pardubice gingerbread is well-known.

In the Czech Republic, a typical lunch consists of two courses. The first course is always soup and the main course is meat with a side dish like pasta, potatoes, rice or chips.

My favorite food is fried cheese with chips and mayonnaise, because I don’t eat meat.

Přidal: Valinale 4. 5. 2011
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