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From Pasties to Pierogi

Many differences between US and Poland

September 20, 2013
Maria Sliva , The Daily Mining Gazette

I have now been in beautiful Poland for one week and it just keeps getting better and better. Although many things are the same, many more are vastly different. Perhaps most easily noticeable are the differences in food and how and when it is consumed. Breakfast or ?niadanie, is served at the usual time, but is comprised of a variety of meats, cheeses, spreads, and of course, bread. Most of the time these are compiled into elaborate sandwiches. No sandwich is complete without butter. After breakfast comes, I kid you not, second breakfast or drugie ?niadanie, served around 11 am. The first time I heard this I felt like such a nerd when thoughts about the Shire popped into my head. Second breakfast is almost always tea with some kind of sausage. Lunch or obiad, which really means dinner, is served around 3 pm and typically has 3 courses: soup, salad, and a main dish which always contains meat followed by dessert. Sometimes pasta dishes are served in addition. The fourth and final meal of the day or kolacja is optional and is traditionally served around 9 pm. It is similar to breakfast in that it typically consists of a sandwich. Toast with jam is also popular. Meals are typically consumed without a beverage, but are always followed by tea. I constantly baffle my host parents by drinking water with each meal and throughout the day. Poles find the idea of drinking plain water very odd, instead opting for juice or tea. Beverages are almost never refrigerated.



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