Torun, Poland

Trip Start Mar 13, 2007
Trip End Aug 10, 2007

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Flag of Poland  , Central Poland,
Friday, March 30, 2007

Torun is a well-preserved medieval city known for being the birthplace on Nicholas Copernicus.  Torun differs from most other cities in Poland in that what you see is the real thing rather than a reconstruction since it miraculously experienced very little WWII damage.  I hunted in search of a restaurant for an authentic Polish experience for lunch and found one about two blocks off the main square, a small place decked out like an old Polish in with wooden tables, chairs covered with sheep skins, local ceramics, and waitresses dressed as storybook maidens.  Mo goal was to have Bigos, the national dish of Poland, a sauerkraut stew with sausage and mushrooms.  I figured I'd also order some of the odder sounding things on the menu like an appetizer called "Farmer's Breakfast" and something called "Forest Soup" (which sounds like it would have been a good accompaniment for the "Mountain Fish" I ordered from a menu last year in Serbia).  Farmer's breakfast turned out to be pickled herring on potato pancakes covered smothered in horseradish mousse, while forest soup was a delicious mushroom cream soup which also contained a few inedibles from the forest floor that seemed like fir needles.  The Kvass I ordered was listed under non-alcoholic drinks but the waiter insisted it was "fermented bread juice"; whatever that means it actually tasted a lot like coke.  Although Polish cuisine uses some strange flavor combinations, at least it comes in large portions (in contrast to the wimpy sized meals served in most European countries).
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