We are a foodie couple …
… who decided not to eat junk and prefabricated food anymore. We made this decision back in 2009 when Czech version of Kitchen Nightmares aired for the first time. In 2010 we attended the Czech Kitchen Nightmare chef’s course. It wasn’t about the recipes we cooked together. It was much more about attitude, caring more about food, recognizing quality ingredients and want-to-try-something-new philosophy.
Šárka’s first blog in Czech language was established in 2012. The blog experienced a lot of evolution as well as our photography skill (r)evolution. We started shooting with iPhone 4S. Soon we started hitting the sensor’s limits. A friend of ours suggested that he might be able to lend us his DSLR (Canon 400D with EF-S 17-85mm F4.0-5.6 lens) for some time. We were totally thrilled with the quality and (at that time) unbiased possibilities of taking photos. However, after 4 months we began hitting the lens’ limit, especially because of the aperture size biasing us to shoot a slower shutter speed and requiring using a tripod each time. In June 2014 we bought our own first lens the basic EF 50mm F1.8. The lens is quite cheap but damn powerful.
In May 2014 Little Food Lover was established – at that time on Blogger platform, same as the Czech blog. In June 2014 we made a decision that the Blogger platform is slowing us down by not allowing blog distinguishing among others, customization restrictions and overall platform experience. So we moved to solution based on WordPress in combination with Genesis framework and custom Foodie theme.
My name is Šárka [ʃɑːrkʌ]. Don’t worry about the caron and the acute accent, it’s little bit like a shark-a. Alois Jirásek made up this girl’s name in 19th century (The Maidens’ War). Its origin is probably in Hebrew name Sarah or Spanish word for for an uphill – sierra (there’s a place in Prague called Divoká Šárka and it’s somehow connected but don’t ask me about details).
As you can see – I love (Czech) language and etymology. That’s the reason I started to write my first food blog called malý blok (funny fact: malý means small or short – I’m just 5 ft / 153 cm, blok is a notepad but also a play on word “blog”). It’s full of recipes, food history and information about ingredients.
I came from small village in Moravia, but I moved to Prague in 2010. It’s my home – place where I sleep, eat, cook, bake, read books, watch movies, go to cafes, markets, and do some other (rather boring) stuff. Sometimes I travel and I love it a lot. Like A LOT. I love different countries, meeting different people and eating sometimes little bit weird things. I’m fascinated probably by every culture and cuisine in the world and that’s why I love travelling so much. One of my favourite place on Earth is London – it’s like some kind of compression of every piece of world diversity in one place.
Tiger the gardener.
Well I can say I love those things: drawing (these childish pictures around you – yeah, that’s me), reading (books, magazines, newspapers, online news, blogs, ads, I can spend a lot time reading), cooking, baking, my best friend and everyone who supports me in doing this crazy thing (like J. and my mum), I also adore smell of cardamom, vanilla, violets, and roses. I can eat tons of fresh figs, raspberries, strawberries, pizza – especially homemade, curries with flat bread, burgers, chocolate, and SO many other food. If I could choose just one drink for the rest of my love, it would probably be a tea with milk (chai would be great too).
I really don’t like warm pepper, milled poppy seed, fat meat, too much salt, burnt milk in my coffee, boring novels, traffic jams, overcrowded streets, Maths, high heels, …
Hey, I’m Jiří [jɪr̝iː]. Not like Šárka’s my name has an English equivalent – George – but I’m also very used to [Jeri]. I’m technology guy and have been working in IT industry since I was 18. I got my first computer when I was 7. It was an Intel 486DX @ 33Mhz with 4MB RAM (later upgraded to 8MB RAM 😛 ) with the brand new Windows 95.
In late nineties we exercised a lot by caring our computers around and connecting them via parallel link just to exchange some games. After millennium passed we could afford 10Mb Ethernet LAN cards and hosted first over-night LAN parties. By the end of elementary school I was more interested in software engineering and networking than playing games. In the last five years I profiled myself into data warehousing business.
I have always liked photography. I began shooting with my dad’s Sokol camera. My whole childhood was shot by that camera. I learned a lot with pure manual Sokol camera. Mainly composition and think-before-you-take-picture approach. Nowadays I shoot with Canon DSLR but still remembering the old days.
I love cooking, travelling and tasting new flavours. I like meeting people from other countries especially with beer in hand and a good food for eating.