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Joined: 3 Apr 2009 / Female ♀
Last Post: 14 Jan 2013
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From: USA
Speaks Polish?: nie
Interests: fencing, biking, camping, pets, good wine and cognac

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1 Nov 2009
Life / Traditonal Baptisim gift in Poland? [6]

Nov 2, 09, 04:58 - Thread attached on merging:
Ideas needed for gift for baptism of baby girl in Poland

Dzien dobry,

I have a Polish friend here in the States whose son and daughter in law had a baby girl in September. She is being baptized in December. My friend is going to Poland for the event. I would like to send a gift along for the baby. What is customary?

Shortly after the baby was born, I mailed baby clothes and a lullaby CD.

What does one give for a christening?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,
15 Oct 2009
USA, Canada / Has anyone been to "SZALAS" restaurant in Chicago area? [6]

Good day!

A group of us will be in the Chicago area this weekend. We are planning to go to the "SZALAS" restaurant....near Midway airport. Both it and the menu look wonderful. Anyone been there before? If so, any recommendations regarding the menu items? Are reservations needed?

Thanks in advance!
17 Aug 2009
Life / Gift ideas for new "parents to be" in Poland [9]

Great ideas everyone! Thanks!

I decided on:

~a wonderful Lullaby CD that my son had when he was an infant. It's was wonderful (it's been a favorite in the US for over 20 years)...I had forgotten all about it. It comes with a lyrics book so they can learn the songs in English. (Only the father speaks fluent this might be fun for mom and baby!)

~a long sleeved one piece "romper"

~a soft reversible cardigan

~and little quilted fabric boots.

Thanks so very much for your help. Can't wait to send these off!

16 Aug 2009
Life / Gift ideas for new "parents to be" in Poland [9]


(I hope this is in the right place. If not, MODS, please feel free to move

A friend (He and his wife came to the US from Poland in the early '80s) of mine has a son and daughter in law expecting their first child in a month (The son and daughter in law live in Krakow). I visited with them briefly when I was in Poland last year. I'd like to send a gift...but not sure what is appropriate.

What is the custom, or is there any, for a situation such as this? The couple is expecting a girl. I thought about a cute little outfit from the US college my son attends (you know..something specific from the States). But my friend said he doesn't believe it would really mean anything to them....not being from the US. So...I need ideas....I don't want to send anything frivolous, nor do I want to offend as I don't know them all that well.

Thanks in advance for your replies.
11 Aug 2009
USA, Canada / Night club/food recommendations in the Chicago suburb area please..... [12]

Good day,

Any recommendations for:

1.) a nice night club for those 40-50 + years of age? Good music and drink in the Chicago suburb area?

2.) A nice Polish restaurant in the Chicago suburb area. I've already been to Old Warsaw (a favorite!), but looking for other places. A while ago, a friend had mentioned a place that had an "old wheel" like the log restaurants in Poland. Any ideas?

Dziekuje bardzo,

10 Aug 2009
News / Dealing with constant insults against Polish [323]

I'm 100 percent Polish. Both sets of my grandparents came to the United States. Unfortunately, both sets focused on learning the English language, so I never had the opportunity to learn Polish. My family did continue with a good deal of the Polish traditions and food though. But, I always felt somewhat "cheated" by not learning the language.

I grew up in Central Wisconsin and there were always Polish jokes. It never really bothered me as I was always proud of my heritage. I grew up around Polish people and they were some of the hardest workers and most generous people I've ever known, so the jokes just didn't affect me.

After college, I married someone of German heritage and moved to a suburb of Milwaukee that was mostly Irish and German. I so missed my Polish background. Fortunately, I was able to find a little country church with a Polish priest. I felt like I was home again. I attended the wedding of his nephew. His family came over from Poland and they all treated me as family. (Sadly, I never got the same reception from my spouse's family. They considered me an "outsider". His family could never accept me or my traditions. Everything had to be "their way" . Currently, my spouse has since filed for divorce. We were just two very different people.) The priest and I used to talk about Poland and it's people. When he retired, he gave me some of the books from his library. In one of them, he wrote..."Be always proud". I've never forgotten that.

I don't understand why so many people think the Polish are dumb. They are incredibly hard workers and generous to a fault. Maybe THAT is the problem. In any event, I hope they don't change. I love my Polish heritage. I have even started taking Polish language lessons!!!! So hard by the way!!!!! But, I am determined!!!!

12 Jul 2009

Anyone live in or has visited Stevens Point, Wisconsin?

I was born and raised not too far from the Wausau area, several miles north. I miss it terribly. (Currently living in the Milwaukee area.)

The Polish community was quite strong even when I was a little girl. We'd have big Polish weddings with live Polka bands. It was great.

Where I currently live, there is mostly German and Irish descendants. After moving here for my husband's job transfer (after which he asked for a divorce! Gratitude!), I realized how much I missed the Polish traditions. I have since made friends with a Polish couple and actually had the chance to visit Poland last fall!

Not much really going on up there at all, execpt its a great place to visit if you like the outdoors and nature.

I'm not so sure I agree with this. The one thing I noticed after moving to the city was that a lot (NOT ALL!) of the people here "need to be stimulated" constantly (going to the mall, going to sports events, going to concerts, etc.). They just seem to have a hard time knowing how to "be with themselves" or others when there isn't some other distraction going on. Please note, this is just my opinion and observation. It is in no way meant to criticize anyone.

Once I get settled and my children off to college, I hope to live north again. All of my family is there.

11 Jul 2009


You can find it at Richard's Market. It's located directly across the street from the Old Warsaw restaurant (4750 N. Harlem Ave. Harwood Hieghts, Illinois). You should also be able to find it at Wally's International Market at 3256 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Illinois. I believe they also have other locations throughout the state.

27 May 2009

I like smoked cheese, like oscypki

Mmmmmm.....I LOVE this! Had it for the first time when I visited Poland and couldn't get enough of it! Where ever we stopped, we'd buy a "barrel" and munch on it until the next stop!

Finally found a place in Chicago that sells it. So when either my friend or I go there, I always pick some up.

26 May 2009
Language / mizeria - cucumber salad? [23]

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Cucumber salad

Good day,

Does anyone have the Polish recipe for cucumber salad? (Miseria???? I don't know the correct spelling.) Had it when I was in Poland last year and LOVED it.

Thank you in advance.

3 Apr 2009
Travel / Visiting Poland last October, I loved it and still day dream about it. [3]

OK...a little about my trip!

We arrived in Krakow in late September and stayed at the home of my friend's son and daughter in law. We were staying only for the night as the next day we were heading to France for the World's Veteran Fencing Champion ships. So, we spent the day shopping at a factory that makes the wonderful hand painted pottery. It is so much more affordable in Poland than in the States. Came back with a lovely tea set!

On our way through Poland, we ate at various roadside restaurants. No fast food restaurants! We wanted to eat the local cuisine. I had the best chicken noodle soup ever. In fact, I now make it like it is made in Poland rather than the way it is made in the States. And the trout in Poland is outstanding!

Once back in Poland, we visited Wieliczka and spent some more time visiting with our hosts. We also spent time in Zakopane. Best food here was the ice cream parlor that served cognac over their sundaes! Also ate a LOT of ocypec. I loved this. I have found a local store that imports it and have continued eating it since I returned home!

Spent time in the open-air markets as well. Bought some souveniers, boots, a coat, and a sheep's wool blanket.

We stayed in several noclegis (hope the spelling is correct). What wonderful places! The beds were comfortable and the hosts kind. I'm glad we had our Polish friend along as very little English was spoken. ( I am trying DESPARATELY to learn to speak Polish. I find it very difficult to learn. Sure wish my parents had taught it to us when we were younger.)

The breakfasts here apparently were typical Polish fare...fresh rolls, cheese, smoked meats, a choice of cereals, yogurt, fruit, tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbata, coffe and tea.

While in Zakopane, the shepherds were moving the sheep down from the mountains. What a sight! Flocks of sheep, bouncy dogs, sounds of bells etc. Traffic stops while these flock are on the move. The locals seemed annoyed. We LOVED every minute of it!

Our trip continued along the southern border of Poland through the mountains called...The Three Kings (Crowns?). We toured the countryside east of Zakopane and visited a beautiful old castle.

We continued our trek to Tarnow and visited the graves of my friend's family. We stopped to place flowers and candles on the graves. It was late when we arrived and it was such a sight to see all of the candles burning through the night. That would never be allowed in the States. It was truly a magnificent and moving sight.

We retuned to Krakow and visited the Wawel castle and the Cathedral served by John Paul when he was the archbishop of Krakow. Had dinner at a Hungarian restaurant and then took a long walk around the square after dinner. Stopped a a local Church. The interior was beautiful and breath taking. Walked along the riverfront and saw the fire breathing Dragon!!! ( may be "touristy" but is WAS cool!!!)

Next stop was the shrine at Czestochowa. Got there just in time for Mass. Another moving experience. On the way back to Krakow, we stopped at another roadside inn that had the best ribs I have ever tasted. There were cookied in huge cast iron skillets and you got to hand select the portion you wanted. good. On the way home , we stopped at one of the waysides where vendors were selling all sorts of mushrooms. I don't like mushrooms, but my travel mates do, so they bought a couple of baskets. We cooked them up when we returned to the home of our hosts. It was already almost midnight but they all wanted the fresh mushrooms!!!!

Our final sotp was the Church of St. Faustina.

We are already talking about our next trip. We'd love to spend some more time in Krakow, Warsaw, and the area near the Baltic Sea. As I said before, I'd go again in a heartbeat. Poland is such a beautiful country. I will never forget it.

Thank you to all of the Polish people we met for their hospitality!
3 Apr 2009

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Salad recipe help....

Dzien Dobry,

I had the great pleasure of visiting Poland last October. (I'm from the US). While there, I loved the salads...There was a mixture of shredded carrots, cabbage, lettuce, etc.

Does anyone have the recipe for this mixture? I know this is my opinion only, but it is so much better than the plain lettuce salads that are so common in the US.

Thanks in advance for any replies!
3 Apr 2009
Travel / Visiting Poland last October, I loved it and still day dream about it. [3]

Dzien Dobry!

After years of "dreaming" to visit the country of my ancestors, I finally was able to make the trip in October of last year. A good Polish friend of mine was going back to visit family and I was able to make the trip with him.

I must say I LOVED every part of it...the beautiful countrysides, the people, the customs, and the food. Every one says the "grass is greener on the other side", but I truly loved your country. I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could......

I still daydream about my trip....Hopefully, someday, I'll be able to return.