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Joker 2 | 1,932
9 Sep 2021 #242
s kielbasa pizza not the sausage pizza

It's supposed to be Italian sausage. Sometimes, Ill sprinkle parmesan cheese crushed red pepper on it. I think, I figured out why they put ketchup on their pizzas. Its the lack of tomato sauce as the base. The handful of pizzas I tried in Poland hardly had any sauce or none at all. Thats why they drowned it in ketchup and it became a habit so they do it in the USA as well? Just an observation.

There are some very good German sausages but

They have these white Bratwurst that I always get when I go to Oktoberfest. They are awesome, served with German potato salad and sauerkraut.

Do they celebrate Oktoberfest in England? Id love to go to Germany for it!

The meat is ok but the gravy my mum did was to die for... I'm

Oh, I love that gravy! I wish I had some Zraszy and mashed potatoes right now.. Those cold salad side dishes they serve at Polish restaurants hit the spot too.
Joker 2 | 1,932
10 Sep 2021 #243
szpek means smoked ham, region - Galicja

This could be tasty on a pizza, it looks similar to Canadian Bacon.

The employees are starting to give me strange looks taking pics. Im going to tell them my name is Pawian next time...lol









Novichok 1 | 3,976
10 Sep 2021 #244
My love affair with pizza came to an abrupt end when I read that just one slice of that yummy thing at Costco has 800 calories.
mafketis 29 | 9,829
10 Sep 2021 #245
I wish I had some Zraszy

Zrazy (singular zraz )

There's also rolada (similar but different dish).
Miloslaw 11 | 3,197
10 Sep 2021 #246
Do they celebrate Oktoberfest in England?

I don't know about the rest of the country, but there is a big one in London every year, we went once and it was very good.

But I bet it's even better in Germany.
Lyzko 30 | 7,713
10 Sep 2021 #247
You bet it is, mate!
Joker 2 | 1,932
11 Sep 2021 #248
but there is a big one in London every year

The Oktoberfest is happening right now in Chicago. Its called the German-American fest, but its the same thing. Im going there tomorrow for some white Bratwurst, these are the best!

germanday.com

I know a girl who works the ticket booth every year and Im sure to get some free beer! :)
Lenka 3 | 2,712
11 Sep 2021 #249
but its the same thing

Highly doubt it :)
Joker 2 | 1,932
11 Sep 2021 #250
Well its not as big, yet its a fun time:)

They have one up in Milwaukee thats ever larger, thats where all the breweries in the USA began. Thank you, Germans:)

thebavarianbierhaus.com/oktoberfest-info

Every time I think of Oktoberfest, I want some beer! Hahaha
Lenka 3 | 2,712
11 Sep 2021 #251
I want some beer!

Oh I can't wait for my next trip back home to have a beer from my local brewery:)
Lyzko 30 | 7,713
11 Sep 2021 #252
Which one would that be, Tyskie, Zywiec or Warta?
:-)
Lenka 3 | 2,712
11 Sep 2021 #253
Neither. I mean small brewery not the mass cr*p. Those I could easily get in UK

I see. You mean micro-breweries such as the original Sam Adams here in the States before it starting becoming mass produced. Just curious.

I don't know Sam Adam's. The brewery is growing but I's not something you'll find in a supermarket outside of the region.

In my town, thankfully, you can get it in almost any shop
Lyzko 30 | 7,713
11 Sep 2021 #254
Good to know.
Paulina 12 | 1,994
11 Sep 2021 #255
@Joker, thanks for more photos :) Wow, they even have Malinowa Chmurka (a lovely name, btw) :))

Not pączki, they look more like drożdżówki than anything else

They don't look like drożdżówki to me, I've never seen plums on top of pączki (and I've never heard of "pączki kiwi"), but it does look like pączki dough.
Miloslaw 11 | 3,197
11 Sep 2021 #256
Wow, they even have Malinowa Chmurka

The American Polish Delis are much better than anything we have in the UK.
Yeah, we can get good quality kielbasa, boczek, soups, tinned goods, kapusta, salads,beers, wodkas and good bread.
But cakes and sweet baked things are harder to find.
We do have quite a lot of good Polish restaurants too now, but I suspect that most of the American ones are better.
mafketis 29 | 9,829
11 Sep 2021 #257
ut it does look like pączki dough.

But they look baked (the kiwi definitely look baked into the dough).... can you bake pączki?
Paulina 12 | 1,994
11 Sep 2021 #258
@maf, those are plums, not kiwi... I have no idea why they're called "kiwi pączki" :)

can you bake pączki?

Yes, you can :):

kwestiasmaku.com/kuchnia_polska/tlusty_czwartek/paczki_pieczone/przepis.html

Also, I've never seen icing sugar on drożdżówka...

The American Polish Delis are much better than anything we have in the UK.

I suspect that it's at least partly because the Polish diaspora in the US has longer history, while the mass Polish immigration to the UK is pretty recent in comparison...
mafketis 29 | 9,829
11 Sep 2021 #259
no idea why they're called "kiwi pączki"

I was wondering about the color.... maybe they're some weird pol-am placek/pączki hybrid?
Cargo pants 2 | 1,086
12 Sep 2021 #260
drożdżówka..

Glazed roll?I sometimes I used to see at Dunkin Donuts,different taste though.Glazed donuts are regular there but occasionally they have glazed roll as mostly with strawberry & Blackberry filling.I have seen Faworki also called Angel wings.
Miloslaw 11 | 3,197
12 Sep 2021 #261
I suspect that it's at least partly because the Polish diaspora in the US has longer history

You are. right, but most of those Pole Ams are grandchldren of the immigrsnts.Like my kids.
They feel an affinity to their Polish history, but are not really Polish.
My parents were post WW2 immigrants to the UK.
The Polish government in exile was based in Kensington and Hammersmith and most Poles settled in a similar area, then moved out to Acton, Ealing, Harlesden,Willesden, Cricklewood and later the Harrow area.

There was a small Polish community in South London too, but I can't remember where.Balham maybe?
The Polish community in NW.London in the sixties was not huge, but big enough.
We had a small Polish deli in Harlesden that, even back then would deliver to our family house in Harrow Weald.
His name escapes me.
But there was also a huge importer,with a warehouse in Harlesden called Fregatta which could supply all your needs, cheaper and even in communist times.
Paulina 12 | 1,994
12 Sep 2021 #262
maybe they're some weird pol-am placek/pączki hybrid?

No idea, could be, I guess... Maybe Joker will buy one and tell us :D

Glazed roll?

You mean something like this?:

domowe-potrawy.pl/drozdzowki-z-lukrem/

For me "drożdżówka" is usually the one with "kruszonka" (crumble) on top. I guess I'd be more likely to call a glazed roll "słodka bułka", but from what I can see on the internet it's called "drożdżówka" too.

Where I live glazed rolls are often with pudding on top:

piekarniawiejska.com/media/items/bulka-slodka-z-budyniem.jpg

(I remember them well, because I was quite often buying them for second breakfast at high school lol)

The Polish community in NW.London in the sixties was not huge, but big enough.

How big? According to info on Wiki there are almost 10 mln people with Polish roots in the US, so that's rather a lot...
Novichok 1 | 3,976
12 Sep 2021 #263
You are. right, but most of those Pole Ams are grandchildren of the immigrants.Like my kids.

Easy. My kids never id themselves as Polish in any way. The only thing they know is that their parents have an accent.
Grandkids don't even know if Poland is on this planet.
Miloslaw 11 | 3,197
12 Sep 2021 #264
on Wiki there are almost 10 mln people with Polish roots in the US

Yeah, but they emmigrated a long time ago, Polish immigrants to the UK are much more recent and have a much stronger connection to Poland than Polams, most of whom cannot even speak Polish!
Paulina 12 | 1,994
12 Sep 2021 #265
immigrants to the UK are much more recent and have a much stronger connection to Poland

And the UK is closer to Poland than the US, so Poles can take a cheap flight back home and eat Malinowa Chmurka made by their mom or grandma in Poland :)

most of whom cannot even speak Polish!

Yes, nevertheless, I've noticed that many Americans like to celebrate their roots (I'm guessing it's because they're a nation of immigrants).
mafketis 29 | 9,829
12 Sep 2021 #266
they're a nation of immigrants

Late 20th century propaganda and the whole 'celebrate their roots' was restricted to the northeast until the 1980s or so... (north of the mason dixon and the great lakes and east). When/where I grew up no one thought of themselves as descendents of immigrants (except for a few who really were immigrants).
Novichok 1 | 3,976
12 Sep 2021 #267
I've noticed that many Americans like to celebrate their roots

I intensely dislike "where are you from" questions. They mean not where I live but what hellhole I came from. They are telling me, indirectly and very politely, that all my efforts to get rid of my accent have failed. The follow-up question - when did you come here? - is even worse as the answer reveals that even 50 years is not enough to melt completely.
Paulina 12 | 1,994
12 Sep 2021 #268
When/where I grew up no one thought of themselves as descendents of immigrants

I'm not saying that this is how people are viewing themselves, but the fact that Americans are a young nation and maybe that's why there's this connection to "the old country" or at least being aware of their roots and, you know, celebrating some traditions, eating some "ethnic" food, those parades, etc.

I intensely dislike "where are you from" questions.

As in - from which country? Are you still getting such questions in the US?
Lyzko 30 | 7,713
12 Sep 2021 #269
I happen to agree with you, Paulina. We are a relatively young nation compared to yours and still looking back yearningly to our European forbearers.
Novichok 1 | 3,976
12 Sep 2021 #270
As in - from which country? Are you still getting such questions in the US?

This happens often when I am on the road and stop at a bar as I did last Friday. The locals see a stranger so they ask where I am from - most likely meaning where I live but I am never sure.


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