Still stuck on a culture high from the Czech Republic and from making traditional Czech kolaches at home with my mom, I sought out what seemed to be the only kolache bakery in New York City. Kolaches are a traditional Czech pastries that can be filled with sweet or savory fillings. The pastry has also infiltrated Texas and has become a classic dish in the Czech belt of Texas. I grew up with my grandma’s home-made poppyseed kolaches, which often lined a platter on Thanksgiving or Christmas. This summer, I consumed poppyseed kolaches from an old-school Czech bakery in Prague. When we stumbled across the bakery while walking around the square one morning and didn’t have any cash, my mom and I went for about a two-mile run back to the hotel to grab our wallets and run back to the bakery (my dad staked out the bakery so we didn’t lose sight of where it was of course!). It turned out that a kolache was the perfect post-run treat.
While I didn’t quite run to Brooklyn today, I took the G train to Bedford-Nostrant station and walked a block to the Brooklyn Kolache Co. I was greeted by a kolache display with meat-filled kolaches, sweet cheese (Czech specialty) kolaches, and my favorite poppyseed kolaches. I paired it with an espresso, sat at low mahogany table at the front of the shop and savored my kolache with a nod to my Czech heritage.