And you thought your life was strange
By seapegasus on Feb 21, 2006
Yesterday I mentioned the movie that was being set up in a street near my place. They are shooting James Bond in Prague right now, so any film location could be "it"... Even if... this particular street was not exactly what I would expect from James Bond, considering for instance this big empty building right in the middle with the sign "pozor havarie kanalisace" — sewer system break-down.
Anyway, this morning when I went to work, I made sure to check whether any Bond girls happened to be hanging out in my favorite bakery opposite the supposed movie location... Well, they were definitely shooting some indoor scene in the restaurant at the corner — everything was violently lit up with giant spotlights. I took a quick picture while passing by, to magnify and look at later. Instead of James Bond however, the zoomed picture reveals the movie company's tagline on a van: "Film settings, studio rental, beer styling" Aha. What?
The agency's webpage tells me: Beerstyling means preparing beer for movie and photo sessions. Their team includes a highly trained beer specialist with long-time experience gathered here, and even abroad! \*gasp\* If you ever thought your job was too good to be true, look at the Czech Beer Stylist, and bow in awe.
By the way, even with James Bond and the Beer Stylist gone, the food in the restaurant in question is not too bad! Just one hint: If the menu says Baby Chobotnicky, it might sound cute, but don't order it! Unless you are a linguist of the "learning by eating" school. Which I am.
I had been there with some friends once, and we (that's me and some fellow computational linguists) proceeded as would be expected from our profession. We daringly chose the Czech menu over the English one, translated everything we were able to understand — and then ordered the 4 weirdest dishes from the unintellegible ones.
Among these were a jeleni something (I vaguely remembered that jelen was some kind of deer. Strike! It was venison) and halusky (nice harmless potatoe+bacon gnocchi). You should have seen our faces when Chobotnicky turned out to be salad and garlic bread decorated with — tiny octopusses. Tentacles, head and all. Fresh from the Czech ocean? Well, since being the only one having visited the local spider and scorpion exhibition obviously qualified me for this type of dinner, I was volunteered unamimously for the job of removing this ugly sight from the view of my friends. Poor Chobotnicky! Har har har.
PS: "Fish" is good for the brain they say, for as soon as they were gone I remembered a famous Czech children's show that I had seen on German television once, the octopusses on the second floor, or in Czech, chobotnice z druheho patra! Poor Chobotnicky... :-( Well, at least they made it into a movie and not only a beer ad...