Picnicking Around

My company threw a picnic today as a small token of appreciation to its staff for working long hours, weekends, and some holidays in recent months to meet our company goals, and overall to thank everyone for simply making best damn electric scooters, period! The weather held up and it was a beautiful Friday afternoon…

Merry Christmas!

Today’s Christmas Eve and I would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s. Poland’s mostly Catholic and we celebrate by having a Christmas Eve dinner with our family after which we open our presents. That latter part was always an advantage when living in America where pretty much everyone opens their…

Luxemburgerli, Swiss Made Deliciousity

Posted by Karo A Swiss friend has let me in on the secrect of Luxemburgerli. She bought a mix of small colorful and cute candies, asked to take one and waited for my reaction. And I was …astonished! This 1 inch macaron literally melted on my tongue. It tasted incredibly good – chocolate, mandarin, berries,…

Blog Update

I haven’t written a post in over a week and the worst part is that I don’t know where to start. The slow period often begins with a dull moment during which nothing blog worthy is taking place. Then you get a topic in your head, get a few photos, maybe go on a trip…

Poland vs. Germany – The Gummy Bear Difference

I am pretty sure you will all agree that Gummy Bears are delicious. As a long road trip companion or on a cry-me-a-river romance movie night, Gummies have always been there for me. No question about it, Gummie’s are awesome. But little did I know, there’s a difference in the Gummie jelly, and that difference seems…

Goose Tongue- Almost Chicken

“Hey Slawek, I bet you’ll never eat this”…wrong! It took me a few days to finally give it a try, but this Chinese packaged goose tongue wasn’t at all as bad as I had imagined it would be. It kinda tastes like chicken… except for the funky breath all day long afterwards. Never had that…

Big Owl Hiking – Wielka Sowa

Sunday we drove down to the Owl Mountain range, just about 80 miles south of Wrocław. At 1,014m (3,326ft) Big Owl is the highest peak in the aforementioned mountain range. The peak isn’t much of a hike if you take the easy route from the parking lot at the pass, which basically ends up being…

Blood Donation

Alright, had I known that in Poland you get soooo much chocolate for donating blood I would have done this ages ago! I’m kidding of course. It’s been a long time since my last blood donation. In the States I was a regular at my Red Cross center until a law came out banning anyone…

Soused Herring, The Last of Holland

A long time ago I watched a Polish foodie’s program where the host of the show travels around the world and tries the local cousine. I happened to watch it where the host was in Amsterdam having soused herring which is a traditional Dutch delicacy. All this came back to me as we were standing…

Pizzamobile

I haven’t tasted pizza from this place yet, but most likely will do it soon just to compare the taste to the cool looking van-pizza-oven it’s being served from. The Citroën H Van, seen above, was made between 1947 and 1981 and was developed as a simple delivery van for the post WWII market. I like how…

Jello Mouse

Because I want you to know that we’re thinking of you even while you’re on vacation! Orange jello was the second iteration of the jello mouse. The first, green jello version made a day earlier, wasn’t made with the right jello mix to water proportions and fell apart rather quickly. This time around not only did it…

Girl Scout Cookies

I was really surprised today by a buddy and a former boss of mine, none other than Mr. Phil Lee himself. It began a few days ago with a post office summons to pick up a package. I didn’t order anything nor was I expecting any mail so I figured it must have been something…

Birthday Fun

I was fortunate enough to actually have my birthday fall on a Satruday this year, which meant there would be plenty to do at night in the city. We chose “Stairs to Nowhere” as our club of choice, named so for actually having a staircase leading to…well, you get the point. Spent among a group…

New Years… A Month Later

New Years was almost a month ago now, so why am I just now writing this post? Well, after coming home from a great party on January 1st 2012, I discovered that after 3 months of crappy internet service my ISP decided to cancel my account altogether without so much as a cancellation notice or…

J.A. Baczewski Vodka

In 1782 the Baczewski family opened a distillery in a small suburb of Lwów, Poland. It has since been recognized as the oldest Polish distillery. In 1810 it was one of four distilleries in the city, but as it pioneered new technologies, such as double rectification process, it stood out from the pack and produced…

The Carnival

This ain’t no Rio, but Poland likes to party just as much during the carnival time. This past weekend we danced the night away in a small town of Bierutów about 45kms outside of Wrocław. Karolina’s friends are from there and we met up with them along with two other couples to occupy a table…

Mr. Freeze

Temperatures here have been dropping below freezing more often than not and it’s quite a site to see a car completely covered in frost after a humid night. It’s also quite a workout getting all the windows deiced. Since I ride a street car to work now I didn’t even notice that someone (Cichy!) had…

Currywurst – German Sausage Goodness

In Bacharach we tasted a simple yet delicious take-out meal known as currywurst. Currywurst is a hot pork sausage, cut into pieces, and served with ketchup seasoned with curry and spices. Awesome in its simplicity, it was really tasty. The invention of the currywurst is attributed to  Herta Heuwer who obtained curry and other spices from British…