Friday, March 12, 2010
What's for Lunch in Warsaw?
In the words of my friend and former Warsaw-dweller "PK," 'Polish food is usually fried and made with pork or cream.' You might be thinking, 'Yum! What's the big deal?' But I have to agree with PK on this one. Polish cuisine leaves a lot to be desired from a health perspective. But it is cold. Colder than a well-digger's ass, in fact, so I understand their obsession with insulating ingredients.
After getting my fix of pierogis yesterday, however, I was looking for something lighter today. I'm currently sitting at A. Blikle for lunch, a cafe that dates back to 1869. It's a Warsaw institution, and the only cafe on Nowy Swiat to survive the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 when the street was reduced to rubble. You'd think that would be an accomplishment in and of itself, but the cafe was actually forced to close when communism reared its ugly head. Lucky for us, when communism became a thing of the past in 1989, A. Blikle reopened to its former glory.
Next Stop: Dublin