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Polish products

17.01.06, 13:54
Seeing other discussions on the forum about food and you guys missing some of
your local produce, I wanted to ask, what are your favourite POlish food
products etc. What local things do you enjoy.

Everyone always praises Polish Vodkasmile However - I'm sure there are many
things on the Polish market which I would miss if I went away.
Apart form Vodka, I am sure many things would do well if they were also
exportedsmile

Prince Polo chocolate for a start.

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    • usenetposts Re: Polish products 17.01.06, 14:03
      Prince Polo is not a bad product, but if you put it in the red corner and the
      chunky Kit Kat in the blue corner, then I'm afraid it's three falls and a
      submission in favour of the Kit Kat.

      Wedel started this 100g tablet of "extrapelnomleczny" or something, and that
      tastes for all the world like UK milk chocolate. You could think you were
      eating a Yorkie.

      I mean the UK chocolate bar, not the dog breed, I hasten to add.
      • marimax Re: Polish products 17.01.06, 19:03
        Kit Kat would win only beacause they spend millions of $ for advertising.
        Same as Coke, Pepsi and many others.
        They don't make a better products they just destroy competinion with their money
        My favourite is SEKACZ (both as a cake and a chocolate bar)
      • russh Re: Polish products 17.01.06, 21:24
        Cadbury Wedel.

        Love all things Cadbury. Has anyone been to Bourneville?

        Re Polish food, very much like pierogi, the sausages and the goulash pancakes
        (potato variety).

        I loath the way people here put ketchup on Pizza. They should be shot. One of
        the best meal creations of all time, with ketchup on top. How could they?
            • bartis_ervin Re: Polish products 18.01.06, 09:01

              I really try to buy only Polish products made by independent Polish companies.
              I don't make much money but I try to pay attention to whom I am giving it. This
              way the money stays in Poland and it doesn't go to big corporations.
              For example Kit Kat is made by Nestle, or Wedel belongs to Cadbury, so instead
              of these I rather prefer Terravita products which are Polish and I would say
              very good.

              Another example is that the Polish Krasnystaw Kefir Luksosowy beats any Danone
              products but they will never have enough money for advertisment.

              For a mineral water to be recignised as such it needs to have 100 mg/l minerals.
              If you check Kropla Beskidu (made by Coke or Pepsi- i don't remember anymore) or
              the water made by Danone they will barely reach 100 mg/l. If you check Muszyna,
              Muszynianka or Cisowianka they will have around 700 mg/l.

              I don't buy the products of big international companies for ideological reasons,
              while the second motive is quality. But I deeply believe that if we would judge
              only based in quality, even then it would a strong case.

              Ervin

              Thebartiski.blogspot.com


              • russh Re: Polish products 18.01.06, 09:54
                I think you are one of the worlds increasing number of 'good' people. People who
                are genuinly caring, and I admire you.

                I do believe though that not everything made by lsrge corporations is '2nd
                rate', and not everything made by smaller, or more artisan companies is 'high
                quality'. Personally I prefer Wedel products to Terravita on taste grounds. I do
                agree with you re the Kefir.

                Also, remember that even if a company is foreign owned, it still has to pay
                taxes, employ people (that pay taxes) and invest money in a whole variety of things.

                • bartis_ervin Re: Polish products 18.01.06, 10:13

                  "not everything made by large corporations is '2nd rate', and not everything
                  made by smaller, or more artisan companies is 'high quality'"
                  Of course, you are right. But sometimes I can make a compromise and choose a
                  lower quality product by a Polish company from Burakow or Zgierz over one made
                  by a large corporation. It just feels better.

                  I will be very happy when I will see a fair trade shop in Warszawa but I don't
                  think that awareness amongst the population on trade and development issues is
                  high enough for such a business.

                  Ervin

                  Thebartiski.blogspot.com
                  • russh Re: Polish products 18.01.06, 10:21
                    bartis_ervin napisał:

                    >
                    > "not everything made by large corporations is '2nd rate', and not everything
                    > made by smaller, or more artisan companies is 'high quality'"
                    > Of course, you are right. But sometimes I can make a compromise and choose a
                    > lower quality product by a Polish company from Burakow or Zgierz over one made
                    > by a large corporation. It just feels better.

                    That's the great thing - we have freedom of choice.

                    >
                    > I will be very happy when I will see a fair trade shop in Warszawa but I don't
                    > think that awareness amongst the population on trade and development issues is
                    > high enough for such a business.

                    I think it comes when the level of wealth allows the people of a country to
                    start thinking about more than personal survival. The first one will for sure be
                    in Warsaw.

                    >
                    > Ervin
                    >
                    > Thebartiski.blogspot.com
                • usenetposts Re: Polish products 26.01.06, 19:15
                  russh napisał:

                  > I think you are one of the worlds increasing number of 'good' people. People
                  wh
                  > o
                  > are genuinly caring, and I admire you.

                  He is a nice chap, and they are a nice couple.

                  >
                  > I do believe though that not everything made by lsrge corporations is '2nd
                  > rate', and not everything made by smaller, or more artisan companies is 'high
                  > quality'. Personally I prefer Wedel products to Terravita on taste grounds. I
                  d
                  > o
                  > agree with you re the Kefir.
                  >
                  > Also, remember that even if a company is foreign owned, it still has to pay
                  > taxes, employ people (that pay taxes) and invest money in a whole variety of
                  th
                  > ings.
                  >

                  True, and also they have to obey the law of the country where they are.

                  Now it is true that large companies make operating decisions which have a large
                  say in people's lives, and that they impact what is going on by making
                  decisions at board level which affact many people who get no say in it. But
                  that is true the same of all large corporations, be they locally owned or
                  internationally.

                  Now I have known a whole bunch of corporations, and I have seen those who care
                  pretty much about their people, regardles of whereabouts in the world their
                  people are. And I have seen corporations who seem to care much less about their
                  people, regardless of where their people are. What I haven't seen so far in my
                  life yet, though, is a company that cares about its people in its home country,
                  but doesn't care about its people in the subsidiaries abroad. That would be a
                  very strange way of constructing a corporate identity, and generally speaking
                  that doesn't happen. So you find good human resource management and a motivated
                  workforce in many foreign companies, but not all, and an abuse and shabbily
                  treated workforce in many local companies, but not all.
            • bob75rob1 Re: Polish products 18.01.06, 09:56
              According to Wikipedia:

              żur - soured rye flour soup with white sausage and/or hard-boiled egg
              żurek - dense soup based on rosół; usually with added potatoes, meat, eggs,
              carrots (a variable and often improvisational dish)

              I found it as a mistake because what they mean by żur is what you get when
              ordering żurek. No idea what kind of soup is what they described as "żurek".
              Never had it.
              I'm Polish but will leave the country soon and what I'll be longing for are:
              - wędliny (we have the wide range of them but in Greece all I could have will
              be goats, lamb and poultry);
              - biały ser (cottage cheese, Quark in German)
              - chleb (rye one)

              Things like pierogi, gołabki, kopytka, placki ziemniaczane, naleśniki I do by
              myself. Hopefully, Greeks will like them when served in our
              kafenion.
        • catriona Re: Polish products 02.02.06, 21:57
          I've been to Bournville, as living in Brum at the moment.
          Been to the factory shop and walked about the place, didnt go in though, as it was eleven quid per person! Rip off Britainsmile
          Suppose you would pay that if you had kids. For adults you would only if it was the Thorntons factory! Yum

          • usenetposts Re: Polish products 04.02.06, 21:36
            catriona napisała:

            > I've been to Bournville, as living in Brum at the moment.
            > Been to the factory shop and walked about the place, didnt go in though, as
            it
            > was eleven quid per person! Rip off Britainsmile
            > Suppose you would pay that if you had kids. For adults you would only if it
            was
            > the Thorntons factory! Yum
            >

            That Willy Wonka and his hidden ticket promotion has got a lot to answer for.
          • marcus_anglikiem Re: Polish products 18.03.06, 23:16
            Hej Catriona,
            rip off Britain indeed. we know the price is set by the maximum they can screw
            out of people and not by any consideration of that old concept of 'value'...
            anyway, have you been to the shop 'Babushka' at 203A Hagley Road, Birmingham ?
            Although a Russian shop, the products are also Lithuanian, Polish etc. It's
            real good and makes a nice walk from the city centre on a weekend.
            Pozdrawiam
            Marcus.
        • ludwik Re: Polish products 04.02.06, 00:27
          > I loath the way people here put ketchup on Pizza. They should be shot. One of
          > the best meal creations of all time, with ketchup on top. How could they?

          What? I live in this country my entire live (19 years) and I never saw something
          like this! Tomato sauce - of course, but ketchup?! That's odd...
        • marcus_anglikiem Re: Polish products 03.03.06, 20:54
          people 'here' - where, in Poland or in Scotland? No, there aren't enough
          bullets in the world to waste them on those who eat pizza w/ ketchup...
          yeah, been to Bourneville. English 'chocolate' ( ze tak sie mowi o tym to
          juz jest przesada) sucks!
      • asdf401 Re: Polish products 26.01.06, 14:07
        I'm polish and so kind of overfed with żurek, pierogi, schabowy etc, etc. I have
        to go for one kind of mushrooms one can find in da forest:
        trawka.piwko.pl/grzyby.htm
        • ianek70 Re: Polish products 27.01.06, 12:35
          asdf401 napisał:

          > I'm polish and so kind of overfed with żurek, pierogi, schabowy etc, etc. I
          hav
          > e
          > to go for one kind of mushrooms one can find in da forest:
          > trawka.piwko.pl/grzyby.htm

          Magic mushies are a universal delicacy, so not really typically Polish.
          Unlike kompot (which nobody would really recommend) and extra high-quality
          speed, but that's for the youngsters.
    • ejmarkow Re: Polish products 27.01.06, 10:02
      I must say that Polish food is excellent, and much better than in the USA,
      especially all fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses. It all tastes 'real and
      tasty' here, not like it came out of an American Genetically Modified Organism
      factory. smile I especially enjoy Fasolka po Zaliczynski (bean soup with
      kiełbasa) in Zakliczyn (a small city near me) style. Placki ziemniaczane
      (potato pancake) and naleśniki z owocami and Naleśniki z serem. Yummy!

      Regards,

      Eugene



      missus.c napisała:

      > Seeing other discussions on the forum about food and you guys missing some of
      > your local produce, I wanted to ask, what are your favourite POlish food
      > products etc. What local things do you enjoy.
      >
      > Everyone always praises Polish Vodkasmile However - I'm sure there are many
      > things on the Polish market which I would miss if I went away.
      > Apart form Vodka, I am sure many things would do well if they were also
      > exportedsmile
      >
      > Prince Polo chocolate for a start.
      >
    • waldek1610 Poland is more than a manufacturer,we got culture! 27.01.06, 12:36
      missus.c napisała:

      > Everyone always praises Polish Vodkasmile However - I'm sure there are many
      > things on the Polish market which I would miss if I went away.
      > Apart form Vodka, I am sure many things would do well if they were also
      > exportedsmile

      Poland is much more than a third World manufacturing country, so if anybody is
      really interested should also include in their intrests; Polish culture and
      language, of course that includes all types of music clasical and modern. Film,
      visual arts, theatre and literature.
      • ianek70 Re: Poland is more than a manufacturer, they got c 27.01.06, 15:01
        waldek1610 napisał:

        > missus.c napisała:

        > > Apart form Vodka, I am sure many things would do well if they were also
        > > exportedsmile

        Well, they also exported Waldo, but I reckon vodka is much better for mental
        and physical health.
        It's also far better for Poland's reputation as a centre of cultural and
        intellectual activity than someone who never visits Europe, but who writes (at
        least 20 times a day) on a forum read almost exclusively by people who are
        either Polish or live in Poland, that:

        > Poland is much more than a third World manufacturing country, so if anybody
        is
        > really interested should also include in their intrests; Polish culture and
        > language, of course that includes all types of music clasical and modern.
        Film,
        >
        > visual arts, theatre and literature.

        I think Waldo's a closet Anglo-Saxon, but don't tell anyone wink
      • usenetposts Re: Polish products 29.01.06, 15:14
        Krakus is not bad, but Urbanek have already started to beat them at their own
        game - did you know they are the biggest Polish export to Mongo;ia and received
        an official state visit from the president of mongolia during his visit to this
        country at their Lowicz factory?

        That having been said, my favorites are Rolnik. I don't think any other
        producer beats them on taste, although some are marginally better on texture.
        • bartis_ervin Re: Polish products 01.02.06, 16:55

          Friends who were in Mongolia said that Polish powder soups are better than any
          currencysmile I must say that they took half a backpack of powder soups and in most
          places where they slept instead of money they payed with soups. Next year I
          might try the same.

          Urbanek's chrzan is reeeaaally good!

          Ervin

          Thebartiski.blogspot.com
    • hardenfelt Re: Polish products 01.02.06, 13:03
      Missus.c wrote:
      “Everyone always praises Polish Vodkasmile However - I'm sure there are many
      things on the Polish market which I would miss if I went away.
      Apart form Vodka”

      I don’t think there is something like a high quality vodka; vodka is either up
      to standard or crab, and most Polish vodka is up to standard. However Polish
      vodka is an up-market brand – unfortunately one of the very few when it comes
      to foodstuffs. It’s good marketing work, prompted by the Polish people, who
      over the years have encouraged foreigners to try the dram.

      I also think there are high quality Polish beers, like Okocim, which has been
      taken over by Carlsberg.

      Polish chickens used to be good some years ago, but lately they have been
      industrialised and taste like battery broilers from anywhere else in Europe. I
      hope the same is not going to happen to the pork, which I find juicy and with a
      right proportion of meet to fat.

      Almost the same can be said about tomatoes; Polish tomatoes start to taste like
      Dutch tomatoes, that means of nothing. During the season I though find soil-
      grown tomatoes at a very low price. They are dirty and have a funny shape, but
      they taste marvelously. Generally I think Poland has a high potential for
      vegetables produced with less industrial methods. But could someone tell me,
      why is a potato just a potato in Poland. There are loads of potato-brands, and
      some of them are actually very nice, but I rarely find them in Poland.

      Mushrooms – yes.

      Sucha krakowska and polędwica sopocka could and should in my opinion be
      international brands. They are good.


      • catriona Re: Polish products 02.02.06, 22:07
        But could someone tell me,
        > why is a potato just a potato in Poland. There are loads of potato-brands, and
        > some of them are actually very nice, but I rarely find them in Poland.
        >

        hit the nail on the head!
        where is the desiree, where is the kind edward and the maris piper?
        how do i know whether to chip it, boil it or 'daphnoise' it???

        smile)))))))))


        • usenetposts Re: Polish products 04.02.06, 21:28
          catriona napisała:

          > But could someone tell me,
          > > why is a potato just a potato in Poland. There are loads of potato-brands
          > , and
          > > some of them are actually very nice, but I rarely find them in Poland.
          > >
          >
          > hit the nail on the head!
          > where is the desiree, where is the kind edward and the maris piper?
          > how do i know whether to chip it, boil it or 'daphnoise' it???
          >
          > smile)))))))))
          >

          Well, if you know how to "daphnoise" any potato at all, then you're already
          ahead of the game.

          If I want "daphnoises" I have to go to a fancy restaurant, or just get the oven
          ready ones.
      • za_morzem Re: Polish products 04.02.06, 21:03
        i am in canada, polish food is much better than north american.
        its goes though for most of european foods. italian, greek, french so on.
        north american food has got very poor quality; processed, flavored, real crap i tell ya!
        europeans cant believe that people can actually live on such sh**t.
        its made to be cheaper and last longer, thats the main thing you can say about it.
        polish bread, awesome!!!
        cold cuts, hams, sausages uncomparable!!!
        donuts (ciastka) much better than those in north am.
        beer!!! 1000 times better.
        • usaf Re: Polish products 04.02.06, 21:21
          za morzem, hey chicago here, yeah you are damn right in all points !
          dont forget nonfood pruducts tho like polish agricultural air planes that make
          all that funny north american food even more plenty wink
          or vitamins discovered by a polish scientist and that I OD on as a kid.
          and last butn least polish chicks that I can tell from two miles the way they
          walk.
          • usaf Re: Polish products 04.02.06, 21:27
            I like to say that you have to ask a brit for a physics law, have a german
            build that machine a polack to make it work right, an asian to manufacture it,
            an american to drive it but finally you will have to ask again a polish
            mechanic when it f....s up.
            • usenetposts Re: Polish products 04.02.06, 21:37
              usaf napisał:

              > I like to say that you have to ask a brit for a physics law, have a german
              > build that machine a polack to make it work right, an asian to manufacture
              it,
              > an american to drive it but finally you will have to ask again a polish
              > mechanic when it f....s up.

              Yes indeed. Your use of the word "again" is very telling.
    • klute Re: Polish products 06.02.06, 13:22
      I've been always huge fan of pickled cucambers. When I was a kid we used to do them at home.
      Now I buy them and as you know they're not that good. ButI just discovered small manufacturer "Bialy Orzel" and their "Ogorki kiszone.Domowe" - they're absolutelly the best. Almost like the ones from my childhood.

      Smacznego!
    • nearlypolish Re: Polish products 15.02.06, 20:56
      Polish cakes are very, very good.
      But why do you have to "smoke" almost every cold cut (wędzony)?
      Beer used to be fantastic until all the big brewers moved in & spoiled all my
      fun! Now most everything tastes the same...just like in the UK....different
      brand but just as bland!!
      Gołąbki (hope I spelt it correctly)....pulpety....the nice fruity soups you get
      in summer (chłodnik i.t.d)....the nice winter soups....surowca(all the
      different types)....beetroot soup....where do I stop!!!
      But, english sausages are best....with a fried egg or two....OK Polish smoked
      Podwawelska is OK with the open air fire in the summer & a glass or 6 of vodka
      to help disolve the enormous lumps of fat.

      So...my favourite favourite Polish fodder must be....gołąbki!
    • hudefak Re: Polish products 04.03.06, 00:48
      My favourite is Krakowska sucha and ogórki kiszone.
      And the barszcz czerwony - however I wondered in the beginning: "beetroot soup???"
      Now I love it.

      By the way, Waldo should know, he's in forum named "Foreigners living in Poland"
      like świnka morska: ani świnka, ani morska.

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