As spring sneaks its way through the final dregs of Prague winter there are no more uplifting words in the English language than ice and cream – unless of course you are Czech then zmrzlina, glorious zmrzlina will do.
Not that Czechs shy away from this dairy delight in the colder months (at least not if a recent line at the Ovocný Světozor soft serve counter on a snowy afternoon was any indication).
But just in case you need an excuse to indulge your ice cream fantasies, we are happy to report that news of two, count ’em two, ice cream shop openings have come across our radar.
Fans of the Tuchlovice-based ice cream makers 2AD can now get their fix of tiramisu, drunk plum, pomegranate, chocolate and cream cheese, or green tea without leaving Prague. The family-run operation opened up their first Prague ice cream parlor, Zmrzlinář, in Vinohrady last month.
Additive-free ice cream treats (recipes are said to come from the First Republic) are served in a modern white-tiled space in a variety of cones, including the rare flat-bottomed cake cone you might miss if you are American. A five-scoop taster is also a popular item.
Americans may have invented the ice cream sandwich in New York City in 1899, but the delectable phenomenon of ice cream sandwiched between wafers is widespread (Ruská zmrzlina, anyone?).
We are hoping that Parlor Cookies & Ice Cream Cafe in Karlín, conveniently located around the corner from our office, opens ASAP; fresh-baked cookies hugging a generous scoop of homemade ice cream are sure to have more staying power than this recent flash-in-the-cone.