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Krakow!

hey! sorry guys. i haven't had much time lately to check up on the chow boards, though i'm still happy to help all of you!
re: new sausage guys... there IS one new one i noticed last week! they are on the corner of miodowa and starowislna right across the pathway that goes to szeroka (main tourist street in kazimierz). haven't tasted it yet, but it looks like a potentially nice bit of street meat to me.
btw - does anybody know if i can turn on notifications so i get a mail when someone posts on this thread?

May 06, 2009
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European visiting Portland

hi guys! i appreciate all your replies SO much! unfortunately because of the crappy weather here in portland i haven't had a chance to really get out of the house much at all, so i think today will be the first day i can actually visit the city. will report back after this weekend! :)

Dec 27, 2008
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European visiting Portland

cheers guys!

Dec 04, 2008
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What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

hehe fair enough ;)

Dec 04, 2008
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What's The One Thing You Can't Eat, even for money.

it's my opinion that if we can psychologically get past the idea of eating meat (a living thing's flesh), milk (cow formula as someone already pointed out), eggs (unborn chicken babies), brains/hearts/livers/kidneys/eyeballs (duh), then i don't see the reason to protest against a few chemicals and artificial additives in McDonalds. There's nothing better than a big mac on a hangover once in a while - you know you love it!! ;)

Dec 03, 2008
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European visiting Portland

hi all! I will be in Portland over the holidays this year. I've never been there or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest as a matter of fact. I'd love to check out a few typically Portlandian (is that a word?) restaurants - could you guys make some recommendations? if there is another thread for this already, my apologies and please link me over there!
What I'm looking for in particular is mid-price, seasonal, authentic, unique food with really awesome ingredients and carefully thought out dishes! main requirement is that it is NOT Chinese or any kind of Asian food as a week later I will be heading there myself and I'd rather eat it while I'm in the area ;)
Thanks for any tips!

Dec 03, 2008
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Krakow!

i'm happy you're having a good time here c lynn!

Sep 05, 2008
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Krakow!

The Kielbasa stand is located under the bridge where Dietla turns into Grzegorzecka, just a few minutes walk from both the Old Town and Kazimierz.

As for the so-called Jewish restaurants in Kazimierz - avoid them!! The majority are just horrible... ewwk.

Sep 05, 2008
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Krakow!

well yes it definitely depends where you're getting your zapiekanka! it's true that with all those modern things like microwaves popping up in eastern europe in the last 20 years, good food has been harder to track down. but you'll be glad to know that if you go to a proper zapiekanka joint (such as the ones on plac nowy) you're almost always getting a baguette that's been in an actual oven, rather than a microwave ;)
depending on the place, you will get either a frozen baguette to start with, or a premade, more home-made style one. there is actually one zapiekanka/kebab place on Florianska Street (i wish i remembered the address... or even the name!) which serves the most home-made tasting ones.
zapiekanka always come as a baguette with mushrooms and cheese on top to start with. then you can add any combo of toppings that you like.
endzior is definitely a nice choice... but beware of the queues! i've had to stand for over half and hour at this one... definitely not worth it in my book.

Jul 15, 2008
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Krakow!

just a quick correction - the restaurant is called Horai, and for those interested in visiting it's on Plac Wolnica in Kazimierz. Indeed quite nice Asian food (for Polish standards at least), but avoid the sushi... the noodle bowls are quite good though! you can see they have an idea of what they're doing :)

Jul 15, 2008
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countries that just don't have good food/overlooked national cuisines

no worries ;)

Jul 04, 2008
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Krakow!

well actually the milk bars are not as dirt cheap as they used to be and i haven't been to one in ages! but the one i used to always go to was the one on grodzka near poselska street. it's decent! just stick to the vegetarian menu, as i don't always trust those scary ladies in the back to handle their meat very carefully! ;)

Jul 04, 2008
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Krakow!

well, in general kazimierz is more of a place to go to relax in those pseudo-bohemian cafes and bars :) but there are a few things you have to check out there, food-wise, apart from the pierogies at Vincent's!:
- zapiekankas on plac nowy! a zapiekanka is a kind of pizza baguette. it's not terribly polish, but i have to admit it's some of the best late night junk food i've ever had!! there are a few places on that square that serve it - make sure to check it out with: onion and garlic sauce, plain (mushrooms + ketchup is plain here!) with chives, or my fave - spinach and oscypek (polish smoked sheeps cheese!). you can get that one at Bar Ha-Ha on the south side of the square. there's also a sausage stand there that is not half-bad!
in kazimierz you also have that Momo organic/vegan restaurant i mention below in the vegetarian post.
otherwise, here there is nothing that original that you can't have elsewhere in the world - steaks, italian, sushi, etc etc
there is one place i keep meaning to try, but to be honest it's kind of pricey for me :)
a new cuban restaurant called buena vista - it looks pretty good!
http://www.cracow-life.com/drink/pubs_cafes_details/1177-Buena_Vista

now apart from that in kazimierz, you have to visit at least two of the best and most typically-kazimierz bars/cafes here:
Alchemia
http://www.viatribe.com/venue/128-Alchemia-Krakow
Singer
http://www.viatribe.com/venue/7-Singe...

if you go to singer and then go have a zapiekanka... well then you can consider yourself a local ;)

Jul 04, 2008
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Krakow!

by request, here is some useful info for vegetarians and just veggie-lovers like myself!
first of all, get used to the fact that you will have to settle for stuff you are not necessarily used to - vegetarian food is often differently interpreted here. instead of getting leafy lettuce-based salads (lettuce is not really common here... and forget about fresh spinach leaves altogether) expect dishes such as:
1. cabbage based meals - either cooked or raw (smells bad, tastes fine!)
2. chopped salads - usually with cabbage, raw veggies, beans, pulses etc, maybe some couscous, rice, or cold pasta thrown in - served in either a vinaigrette sauce or a mayonnaise-based sauce
3. other common veggie dishes: quiche, cooked tofu in a curry sauce (polish version i.e. lame and not very spicy at all ;) or tomato sauce, lasagna, crepes (a polish speciality!)
4. vegetarian food to look out for in normal polish restaurants:
your best friends will be soups (poles love em!). just watch out as some soups, such as "zurek" - a white sour rye soup, are traditionally served with sausage and boiled egg. also look out for pierogi which are mostly served with vegetarian fillings such potatoes, white cheese, cabbage, mushrooms, and best of all - fresh fruit! yumm!
if you want to avoid meat related stuff altogether, make sure you get your pierogi with sour cream or just butter, as often they are served with bits of bacon or skwarki - small bits of fried... lard? i'm not sure how to describe it :)

as for particular vegetarian restaurants in krakow you've got:
Chimera - an amazing salad bar with a great outdoor patio and cellar
http://www.cracow-life.com/eat/restaurants_details/1305-Chimera_Restaurant
Vega - has a few locations, great vegetarian cheap restaurant
http://www.cracow-life.com/eat/restaurants_details/159-Bar_Vega
Greenway - very similar to above!
http://www.viatribe.com/venue/182-Greenway-Krakow
Momo - vegetarian, vegan, organic, yummmyy
http://www.cracow-life.com/eat/restau...

hope that helps! enjoy :)

Jul 03, 2008
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countries that just don't have good food/overlooked national cuisines

i have to admit i'm not really into the way that was phrased, a nice "can you please post more info" would have been a bit nicer!... but... ok!! i mean i already posted in the international section offering any help for those visiting krakow, so i'll post something in there about vegetarian options too. thanks for the idea!

Jul 03, 2008
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Krakow!

haha yeah you got the right sausage guy! it's the best after a late night in the clubs on wielopole ;)
to be honest i've never even heard of Jarema, but after a quick google just now i think i remember a friend telling me about it, and that it was quite nice! i just have bad memories of restaurants on plac matejki as the one and only time i had some polish food on that square, a homeless guy sitting right behind me started unloading his previous meal very loudly and violently just feet away from me!! gross!! i was totally put off my pierogi!! :)
anyway, new in the old town i would suggest checking out Wesele. If you've heard of or been to Miod Malina on Grodzka, you'll be happy to know that because of the massive tourist takeover there (and rightly so, miod malina rocks) the owners decided to expand onto the main Market Square. unlike miod malina though, wesele serves only polish food (miod malina has italian too) in a rustic environment. if you know the play or even the movie "wesele" by wyspianski, you'll be interested to know that it really influenced the decor!
another unique place, though not in the Old Town but in Kazimierz, is Pierogi u Vincenta - a fantastic pierogi joint with a great menu of the usuals plus some new and more experimental ingredients (i heard they used to even serve pierogi with chocolate inside!!?). cool van gogh inspired decor too :)
just opened a new location on bozego ciala - check it out :)
hope this helps!

Jul 03, 2008
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1 week in Vienna

well if you will be visiting Vienna's largest necropolis, Zentralfriedhof, stop off for a bite at this unique place: Schloss Concordia... cute!
Check out some more info about it here:
http://www.viatribe.com/venue/51-Schl...

Jul 01, 2008
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countries that just don't have good food/overlooked national cuisines

luckily Poland is starting to turn around a bit in terms of cluing up what visitors expect on their plates! though cabbage will always reign supreme :)
luckily there is a very strong but tiny vegetarian community, so at least here in krakow there are a handful of delicious and affordable vegetarian bars (bar in the polish meaning of cheap restaurant) and salad bars! yummm

Jul 01, 2008
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Krakow!

Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know that I'm a food-lover living in Krakow and if any of you are planning (or even just considering!) visiting this beautiful city, you are more than welcome to ask me any questions about recommendations in Krakow!
I've been to tons of places here from the most expensive to the cheapest but tastiest keilbasa stand you'll ever experience...
Let me know what kind of places you're looking for!

Jul 01, 2008
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They Eat Horses, Don't They?

Yeah I heard about that horse burger place in Ljubljana too! Eek!
Look...
http://www.viatribe.com/venue/224-Hot...

Jun 30, 2008
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