DNA testing, ancestors and cultural identity

During my stay in the United States, I noticed that people were very curious about their ancestors’ origins, especially amongst 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants, and that DNA testing has grown in popularity as a direct consequence of this interest, despite many controversial articles about the exactness of these tests and their impact on people’s […]

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10 interesting facts about Christmas traditions in Slovakia

1. Waffles, “oplátky”, were traditionally made by teachers. They started baking them right after a celebration of St-Lucia. A few days before, pupils would run from home to home, singing a song they learnt at school and asking for the wheat.
2. Christmas trees started to decorate towns by the end of 18th century. But […]

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This can help you to teach Slovak to your kids raised abroad

No doubt books are essential in the transmission of our mother tongue to children when we live abroad, but having access to books suitable for each stage of a child’s development might be challenging, depending on the region in which we live. In cities with a dense concentration of foreign-born communities, bookstores dedicated to specific […]

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Cultural heritage inscribed on the skin

When I first saw pictures of Frank greeting some well-known Czech personalities a very traditional, yet unusual manner, my curiosity led me to contact him to ask a question: How on Earth, did Czech and Māori cultures connect? Frank Tomas Grapl Junior is calling himself MāoriAvian or CzechoMaor (or for Czechs: Maoravak). This is a […]

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Slovak pirohy

Pirohy are the Slovak variation of “dumplings” made with an unleavened dough, wrapped around a savory or sweet filling, and cooked in boiling water. They can also be pan-fried before serving. You can find dumpling variations in nearly every culture: Russian vareniki, Italian ravioli, and Korean mandu. Recipes for dumplings also appeared in ancient Roman […]

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From cooking for the Czech Olympic Team to living the American dream

The local magazine “Mountain Town: Breckenridge” recently published an article which recognized her work and named her: the “Best Baker on the Mountain”. Let us present you this successful entrepreneur, Ema Landis, the owner and executive pastry chef of Mom’s Baking Co., in Breckenridge. KITnDO: Can you introduce yourself, Ema, and tell us how you […]

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