Well I braved the rain and the wind – neither seeming as bad at the time as they actually were – to go to the Polish Festival. This first for the year of
I rarely go to these things for anything other than food. I did, however, soak up some of
Between polkas in the background and rain on my head, I hungrily set out for Polish food. My first victims: three pierogis at a pierogis-only booth. I got three – two cheese and potato and a sauerkraut and mushroom – for $3. The potato one bored me, but I really liked the sauerkraut and mushroom. While I sank my teeth into the soft pierogis, I listened either to a Polish band from
I needed a little something to down the pierogis, so I headed over to get some beer. None of that piss-flavored American beer either. I went for a nice Polish beer, Żywiec, which was crisp and good and just $3. But this was only to accompany the first course, as I wandered around the WWII booth, the Polish soccer team stand and a crabcake vendor for more Polish food.
I found it not far from the pierogi stand. Here were all the other delicacies I didn’t find at the other stands. I avoided the stuffed cabbage (gołąbki) and went for some nice warming sour grass soup (zupa szczawiowa) and apple cake (jabłkowe ciasto). The soup ($2) reminded me of Italian wedding soup, but with sorrel (the sour grass), egg yolks and potato instead of meatballs, chicken and pearl pasta. The apple cake ($4)? I took a bite, it was okay. I'll eat some later.
I saved the requisite kielbasa (kiełbasa) for last. I should’ve gone for the smoked kielbasa because I just couldn’t get into the fresh ($6). It was okay, but I much prefer the smoked.
One more photo: Here's that sour grass soup. I got about 2/3 of the way through it before I whipped out my camera.