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A Food-lover’s Tour of Poland
With a recorded civilization more than one thousand years in the making, it is no surprise that Polish cuisine has been influenced by a diverse group of neighboring nations and a multitude of ethnicities. If you are a food connoisseur, then you should not discount the variety of delicious dishes you’ll be able to sample during a vacation in Poland. Whether you want to enjoy different regional cuisine, or you like sampling bites of flavors from street vendors, you’ll enjoy every bite of mouthwatering Polish cuisine. [Our site http://www.private-guides.com] help you to know the tastes of Poland.
Tastes by Region Kashubia: Crystal clear rivers and salty seas provide the main course in this region: fish! The preparation of herring and salmon dishes in Kashubia are commonly prepared by frying, boiling or pickling in vinegar, but the regional specialty is Kashubian fish soup with lemon juice. Masuria: This area is famous for “Polish” sausage cooked in beer, then added to a sauce of sour cream, onion and hot beer that all goes over noodles. Mazovia: Known both for a flavorful beet stew (cwikla )and a hearty mushroom soup, Mazovian cooks add horseradish to beetroot and make another soup from “green geese” mushrooms.
Sampling Street Snacks Polish Pizza: Zapiekanki is an open baguette topped with cheese and mushrooms. Smoked Sheep’s Cheese: Oscypek is cheese from the highlands south of Krakow that is smoked, then grilled and served with cranberry jam. Stuffed Pancakes: Nalesniki are delicious little pancakes stuffed with fruit or cottage cheese and topped with powdered sugar. Pretzel/Bagel: Obwarzanek is a crusty bread loaded with sesame seeds and salt and just as popular in Poland as pretzels are in NYC.
Nature’s Bounty Poles are no fools when it comes to making use of what nature has provided. Foods that grow naturally in the wild often find their way into Polish recipes, and you may enjoy a guided tour of the countryside gathering wild mushrooms and berries. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries become a sweet topping for pancakes or a stuffing for pierogis. The earthy mushrooms become savory soups or a filling for flaky pastries.
Beets also grow wild throughout Poland, and this red root has long been a staple food here, especially on chilly winter evenings when a steaming bowl of barszcz warms the body from the inside out. There are several distinct recipes for beetroot soup, with a strictly vegetarian version that is traditionally served as the first course during the Christmas Eve feast. Adventurous Appetites Are you a foodie with a bold spirit? Someone who enjoys attempting new heights of gastronomic delight? Poland can certainly satisfy an adventurous appetite with its own interesting list of bizarre foods. Jellied Cow Trotters: Nozki is a dish that defies explanation- as in why would anyone think of cutting off cows’ feet and boiling them to a smelly, gelatinous slime? The gray mess gets refrigerated then cut in cubes that are eaten with horseradish.
There are a few more odd Polish foods that you might sample if you dare. Try fried pork crackling on crusty rye bread (smalec), or how about some ducks blood and vinegar (czernina)? Ever had fish jello? Karp galarecie is a popular Polish dish, and so is tripe soup (flaki).
Hello Dopesaint43! These looks yummy :) As you're talking about Polish food, it may be interesting to move it whithin the Poland page, so everybody could learn more about it! Feel free to check the links in your welcome message or ask for help if needed! Thanks for your contribution! PierrB 03:56, 19 February 2013 (EST)
Ten Cities You Never Knew You Should Visit
There are some really great places for vacations that may not be the first cities to come to mind when you start making travel plans. So why not take the road less traveled? Instead of taking your next vacation in some of the more obvious destinations like London, Paris or Rome, you could broaden your horizons by visiting some of the more underrated locales on the planet. Many people don’t realize that there are so many interesting and enjoyable attractions that are available in some of the lesser- known cities, but our site http://www.private-guides.com ask you now to expand your options and think about visiting one of these ten great vacation destinations you never knew you should visit.
Glasgow, Scotland You might at first think that a trip to Scotland means visiting its capital city, Edinburgh. Of course, that city does offer its own popular attractions, but Glasgow has a charm all its own and should not be discounted as a travel destination. This enchanting city is the largest in all of Scotland, with many intriguing activities available.
Glasgow is well known for its musicality, competing with London for the title of “Best Music Scene in Europe.” In addition to the many pubs and clubs hosting popular and festive music, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is known for holding exciting musical concerts in every venue from classical to rock-n-roll.
In addition to Glasgow’s music scene, there is the Celtic Football Club and Ibrox Stadium. Cultural experiences include the Glasgow School of Art, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Gallery of Modern Art. Visitors enjoy the tasty treats of the Willow Tearoom, and perhaps a foamy mug from the Glengoyne Distilleries. There’s also a Tall Ship, the Glasgow Science Center,and the Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium.
Calgary, Canada A lovely river valley forms a gateway between the rolling prairies and the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, giving Calgary its nickname as “Gateway to the Rockies.” Outdoor adventurists have long flocked to the area for the fantastic mountain ski resorts, but long before tourism made its mark on Canada’s Alberta province, Calgary was known as “Cow Town.”
You can still see the remarkable influence of the cattle drives and rodeos that brought growth and development to the city along with hotel saloons and western bars. The world famous Calgary Stampede in July is a ten-day rodeo exhibition drawing cowboys from around the world to compete in bull-roping and bronco-riding. The Calgary Zoo is another popular Calgary attraction with over 1000 animals in residence, but the best sights in the city can be viewed from atop the amazing Calgary Tower, where those bold enough can enjoy a panoramic view from its glass-floored Observation Deck.
Bergen, Norway What more could you want in a vacation destination than natural scenic beauty, a charming and historical culture, and sophisticated city entertainments? You may not have realized what a wonderful place to visit is Norway, but spend a week exploring Bergen and you’ll want to stay in Norway forever.
Stroll through the Bryggen district, where Hanseatic merchants established a medieval settlement alongside the wharf. Then take a ride up Floien Mountain on the Floibanen Funiculair train past charming old wooden houses. You may also enjoy the Edvard Grieg Museum, honoring Norway’s best known composer, and some important art galleries such as Bergen Contemporary Art Centre and West Norway Museum of Decorative Art. The latest attraction added to Bergen’s charming list is the Bergen Science Center, but don’t miss the Vannkanten Waterworld or the Bergen Fish Market.
Durban, South Africa Do you love surfing and water sports? You might not have thought of Durban when you first decided to plan a beach vacation, but when you consider that this city boasts sunshine all year long, miles of gorgeous, golden sand beaches (like the Golden Mile and Umhlanga Rocks), and excellent surfing waves, you can see that this is an excellent, if not very well-known, vacation destination.
Durban also offers many fun and enjoyable attractions for families and children, such as Sea World Aquarium and uShaka Marine World and Waterpark. You might want to take a Sky Car ride to the top of the magnificent arch in Moses Mabhida Stadium, or take the swing jump at Big Rush Urban Adrenaline Park. You may enjoy more sedate and relaxing activities such as a leisurely stroll through the beautiful and exotic Durban Botanical Gardens, or a scenic driving tour through the stunning Valley of 1000 Hills.
Hoi An, Vietnam A picturesque seaside resort village, Hoi An is delightful and charming. You won’t find the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life such as you’ll see visiting the more widely known capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, but what you will find is an old town steeped in culture and tradition. Visitors experience a deep peace and pleasure during their time in Hoi An, especially when strolling along beside ancient canals to view French-colonial houses next to fascinating Chinese temples and a famous Japanese covered bridge.
You can visit the intriguing ruins of My Son Hindu Sanctuary, another UNESCO World Heritage historical site of Hoi An, or take your ease on a lounge chair on the beautiful white sands Cua Dai Beach. The Fujian Assembly Hall is interesting, and the Hoi An Central Market offers a lively street-shopping adventure.
Lisbon, Portugal As fine a place to visit as any other European city, its charm lies in its authenticity. Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, and much of its architecture today is as it was built in the early 18th century, with incredible buildings, palaces, cathedrals and monuments throughout the historic city. Come for the enchanted atmosphere of a bygone era and walk along tiled streets to visit such splendid edifices as the famous Belem Tower, St. George’s Castle or the Ajuda Palace. You can see impressive churches like the National Pantheon, Jeronimos Monastery and Estrela Baasilica, or visit the Roman Theater Ruins and The Aqueduct.
You may wish to partake in a cultural and historical tour of Lisbon that would include a visit to the famous Gulbenkian Museum to see amazing samples of international artworks. The Botanical Gardens are incredible, and the Oceanarium offers an enjoyable experience for families with children. There are also several gorgeous beaches for sunbathing, swimming and surfing, like Costa da Caparica and Guincho.
Darwin, Australia Of course Sydney is the city one might commonly consider the Australian vacation destination, but that would mean missing out on the tropical paradise that is Darwin. This lush, green locale thrives with vibrant natural beauty, exciting outdoor adventures, and cultural activities galore. Live musicians keep a rollicking beat going in the streets, fantastic markets offer handcrafted Australian wares and artwork, and delicious cuisine is offered by restaurants that feature European, Mediterranean, Asian and Western fare.
Visitors to Darwin enjoy Crocodylus Park and the Aquascene, as well as the Kakadu National Park and the Botanical Gardens. Hiking and biking are popular methods of exploration around the beachfronts and parks of Darwin, and harbor cruises offer a pleasant, relaxing mode for seeing the sights of Darwin. Another fun activity for movie lovers is to enjoy their favorite flick in the great outdoors at the Deckchair cinema. The Darwin Festival is fun as well, with a boat race consisting of boats made from soda cans.
Isfahan, Iran This romantic city is a treasure trove of beautiful architecture and stunning natural beauty. The Zayandeh River runs through the arid landscape, sparkling like diamonds with splendid mountain peaks rising in the distance. Within the narrow streets of the city lie many intriguing sights, such as the awe-inspiring 17th century Khaju Bridge, and the gorgeous Masjed-e-Imam Mosque.
The bazaar is an exciting place to meet new people, purchase fantastic handicrafts, and sample some of the mouthwatering delicacies served by street food vendors. Imam Square is an interesting place for a horse-and-buggy ride, or just for wandering around on foot and exploring various shops. Don’t miss the Ali Qapu Palace or the Hasht Behesht Palace, and be sure to see the magnificent domes and gardens in the Chehel Sotun Museum and Park.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Whether you and your kids are playing in the sands at Ocean Beach Park, or the adults find a babysitter and head out for a night of neon lights and salsa on Fortaleza Street, there is always something fun and exciting to do during a vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico’s beautiful “Walled City.” After you’ve spent some time soaking up the sunshine on the beautiful beaches, check out the amazing Bioluminescence Bay, with its glowing phosphorescent display. Many visitors also enjoy taking a hiking tour into the El Yunque Rainforest. For more cultural pursuits, spend some time in Old San Juan viewing the incredible architecture and go on a guided tour of the El Morro Fortress. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time as you walk through arches cut in walls ten feet deep. You may also want to tour the newly renovated Museo de Arte, which features famous Puerto Rican artists. There are sophisticated hotels like The Water Club, a hotel with blue-lighted rooms and bars. You can tap your toes to some live salsa music at the Nyurican Café, or enjoy some late night curry at Tantra Restaurant.
Queens, New York This interesting destination sometimes falls into the shadows of its neighbor, The Big Apple, and goes unnoticed by many vacationers. What you should know is that Queens offers the complete American experience with one of the most truly diverse cultures in the United States.
For instance, take a walk through Downtown Flushing, the second-largest Chinatown of New York. You’ll feel as if you could be experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of Hong Kong. Peek into an herbalist shop, or relax with a cup of boba tea. Come in January and enjoy celebrating the Chinese New Year in style! Further over in Jackson Heights, Little India abounds with gold jewelry shops, curry restaurants, sari shopping and a Bollywood movie theater. But if you really want to immerse yourself in the culture of Queens, you have to take in a Mets baseball game at Shea stadium, ice cold beer in one hand and a hotdog with the works in your other.