Category Archives: Poland

Travel & food- Warsaw

I’m currently on a work trip, and still have a couple more days to go until I can sleep in my own bed.  Until then, I’m living off restaurant dinners, airport snacks and cafes.  Just thought I’d show you guys what I’ve been up to ’till now!

During my layover in Munich, I had this great sandwich from Dallmayr Cafe.  It’s a family-owned company which began as a small grocery store.  The bread was delicious- very fresh, and I loved the flax and sunflower seeds.

It was simple sandwich, but very tasty.

Of course after a long flight, a cappuccino was needed!

I’ve spent the last couple of days in Warsaw.  Remember when I was here in December 2010?  Well, I’m visiting this city again.  Between some work appointments, I did get out to try some places in the city:

Some espresso is definitely needed for the jet lag!

I stopped at a cafe for some tea and tiramisu.  It was great to enjoy some time while warming myself up- today it was -8ºC!  Brrrrr!

Although this beef tartar wasn’t as cute looking as the one we got in Vienna, it was just as delicious!  It came with onions, pickles and pickled mushrooms.  My favorite was the alfalfa with the tartar, a great addition.

Lastly, I had this fantastic, and gorgeous, soup at La Bodega.  It was a creamy potato and vegetable soup, with a piece of fresh salmon (the pinkish little blob in the middle).  The soup was hot, and cooked the raw salmon.  It’s also a wine bar, with some tasty Spanish wines, so if you pass it- stop in.

I wish I could have taken more pictures of the food that I have eaten.  But when you meet new co-workers, especially on the other side of the world, I’m not sure if they’d feel the same about the photo-taking!  =)

More to follow in a couple of days…

European Food Adventures- Kraków

Hello everyone, we’re back!  We were in Europe for 12 days and we went to Kraków, Poland; Vienna, Austria and Munich, Germany.  Each city got about 3 days, and we really enjoyed each of them.

Since we are foodies, we would love to tell you about some of the delicious food we had eaten.

Kraków, Poland
We arrived in Kraków around noon and after dropping off our bags at the hotel, we decided to walk around the city.  The Main Square (Rynek Główny) is located in the center of town and dates back to the 13th century.

Fun Fact #1: It’s the largest medieval square in Europe.

In Poland, as in many European countries, breakfasts consist of cold cuts, cheeses, bread and some vegetables.  All of this is usually accompanied by juice or water, and coffee.  This is mainly what we ate throughout our trip, whether it was in our hotels (breakfasts included!) or in cafes.


This first breakfast definitely represents the standard around Europe.  It was also accompanied by twarozek.  Twarozek (English: quark cheese) usually has chopped green onions and radishes mixed with it, and eaten on its own or on a slice of bread.


In the next couple of days we had a lot of traditional Polish food.  One of the meals was at Polskie Jadło:


This is kiełbasa and kapusta kiszona (Polish sausage and sauerkraut).  There are many different varieties of sausage and can be served cold, cooked, smoked or grilled.  The sauerkraut usually has mushrooms, carrots and onions cooked with it.


These are kopytka.  The word “kopytka” means “little hoof”- it refers to how the dumplings look- like little hooves.  They look similar to gnocchi, but are made with grated potatoes and flour.  They can be served with meats, being a substitute for potatoes.


These are pierogi’s.  Almost everyone has had one, or something very similar to it (many cultures have these).  They are boiled, baked or fried dumplings with a variety of fillings.  In Poland, the  most popular are: meat, cabbage, mushroom or cheese.  The one’s shown above are with the twarozek I described earlier, they can be boiled or fried with butter, or another fat.  There are also pierogi’s which have fruit in them, most often strawberries and blueberries.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Up next: Vienna!

I’m back!

I apologize for the lack of posts for the last month or so…but it’s been a bit busy!  December has been a whirlwind of activity:

1. I traveled to Poland for a work trip, and ate a lot (a lot!) of tasty food.  Below are some stands from the Christmas Market in Warsaw.  Wonderful smells included pastries, sausages, cheeses and warm wine.

2. We visited Chicago for Christmas and ate some yummy food there.  This included some Italian Beef at Portillo’s, Hot Dogs at Superdawg, and Christmas dinner at my parents!

3. Lastly, in between combining our two kitchens, we celebrated New Year’s with a tasty dinner at Acadiana Restaurant in Washington D.C.  My favorite part was the dessert- beignets!  Now I want to go visit New Orleans and try the real thing.

That was a quick recap of the last month, but I’ll be posting up some of the recipes which we had tried out between then and now.

Happy New Year’s!  May 2011 bring even more culinary adventures to each and every one of you.  Yum!  =)