The Pierogi Festival, Krakow, 2014

13 09 2014

The day after I had my first pierogi experience which was going to be my final day in Krakow, Poland, my plan was to visit the old Jewish quarters of the city and to try a Jewish cuisine restaurant for lunch.  On my way, I decided to go through the small market square behind the main square.  Little did I know I would be running into stalls after stalls of different varieties of pierogi at the “12th Pierogi Festival“!

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What I had.  Meat, duck, blueberry (sweet), and spinach (fried; with garlic sauce).  The favorite turned out to be the fried spinach dumpling, not so much because of the filling but the fried part.

What I had. Meat, duck, blueberry (sweet), and spinach (fried; with garlic sauce). The favorite turned out to be the fried spinach dumpling, not so much because of the filling but the fried part.

From "Any Time Restaurant" above that did only fried dumplings.  Meat and apple cinnamon with fruit (?) sauce.

From “Any Time Restaurant” above that did only fried dumplings. Meat and apple cinnamon with fruit (?) sauce.

Yet another shop with only "homemade" non-fried dumplings.  Carrot and barley.

Yet another shop with only “homemade” non-fried dumplings. Carrot and barley.

So much for my plan to eat a Jewish lunch.





Pierogi to Go

9 09 2014

A couple of nights before I was to leave Poland, I finally tried the famous Polish dish of “pierogi“, bought to go from Domowe Przysmaki, a casual and yet very good cash-only eatery I had been to the first night after arriving in Krakow.

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I wanted to eat “at home” because I had bought some red wine earlier in the day.

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How were they??  The skin was thicker than I had imagined and was somewhat similar to Chinese boiled dumplings in texture but to me a bit overcooked and too much of flour taste.  After a while it became boring because you got about a dozen of the same flavor – mine was potato and cottage cheese as I was told that was the most typical.  Preferred the pancake from the first night but at least I could say I tried pierogi in Poland.  What I didn’t know then was what was to come the following day…





Lunching in Krakow #3

6 09 2014

I was the first customer of the day at this old establishment right on Rynek Glony Central Square, the main square in the Old Town of Krakow, Poland, when it opened at 1 pm one afternoon.

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I was given the best table with a very nice view.

I was given the best table with a very nice view.

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As for the food, delightful.

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I had the middle table.

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 Wierzynek





To Market! in Krakow

3 09 2014

Here comes my favorite time of any trip.  This lovely local market, Stary Kleparz, was literally around the corner from my apartment.

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The first stall I saw upon entering the covered market.

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Many cheese shops. I ended up buying from her later.

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Bought one of these as well.

Bought one of these as well.

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Bought a small piece of smoked cheese.  Not too thrilling.

Bought a small piece of smoked cheese. Not too thrilling.

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Poland is definitely big on berries. Used in all kinds of dishes.

I saw a few of these even in supermarkets and wondered how you're supposed to use them.  Have not looked up yet.

I saw a few of these even in supermarkets and wondered how you’re supposed to use them. Eat the seeds? Meaning to look up.

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Some of the shops were sectioned off like this one with windows but often sold similar products. Did not bother to check if prices were different but this shop’s products just look more expensive.

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I bought dried lavender sachets from her.  She spoke good English but said her French was better.

I bought dried lavender sachets from her. She spoke good English but said her French was better.

Someone told me the season was nearly over but I still saw lots of chanterelle mushrooms.

Someone told me the season was nearly over but I still saw lots of chanterelle mushrooms.

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Small daikon ^^

Many shops also conveniently carried bouquet garni.

Many shops also carried what seemed like bouquet garni but with whole vegetables.

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Another thing I noticed about Poland. Big on lollipops.

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I bought the rectangular cheese.

I bought the rectangular cheese.

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Had so much fun. 🙂

 

 

 





Lunching in Krakow #2

30 08 2014

It may appear that all I ever do when I’m travelling (or at home) is eat which is partly true but while my next topic after the last one would have been the Wawel Royal Castle, when I tried to visit the site one morning close to noon and joined a long line to purchase a ticket, I was allotted one for an entry at 2:25 pm.  So I figured I had to have lunch before that and looked for some place near and just happened to stumble upon this establishment serving wonderful Polish cuisine.

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Candlelight by day and a rose and a linen napkin. Love it.

Local wine.  A nice rosé.

Local wine. A nice rosé. Didn’t know Poland produced wines but apparently yes.

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Poland is big on lard. Very good.

And they are big on fruit sauces.  Grilled local ewe cheese with cranberry sauce.

And they are big on fruit sauces. Grilled local ewe cheese with cranberry sauce.

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Barley soup.

Barley soup.

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Restauracja Pod Aniolami








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