Koken in Polen
Een werkelijk unieke reis met veel hoogtepunten van het land en op verschillende plaatsen gaat u zelf aan de slag met het bereiden van typische lokale gerechten.
Uw zintuigen zullen vaak op scherp staan!
We meet in the lobby of Lazienkowski Hotel in Warsaw at 10:00 a.m. for a group transfer by motor coach to the romantic Lochow Palace in the countryside, our home for the next four days. Lochow Palace and Park complex dates back to the 19th century and it has been owned by several aristocratic Polish families. In addition to its interesting history and beautiful location, the palace offers elegant guest rooms, dining rooms, ballrooms, a spa, and warm hospitality. But before leaving Warsaw for Lochow Palace, we stop at the Royal Lazienki Park to hear Chopin’s music performed near his monument. We also enjoy a sumptuous Sunday brunch at the famous Belvedere restaurant and take a scenic gondola ride. In late afternoon, we resume our journey to Lochow. After settling into Lochow Palace, we take a short tour of this romantic palace, relax in the spa, or go for a leisurely walk around the grounds. This evening we gather for a festive Welcome Dinner in the Lochow Palace dining room, where we meet the Executive Chef and dine on regional specialties.
After breakfast, we attend our first cooking class in an 18th century wooden manor in Paplin village. We'll cook delicious regional recipes on an old wood burning stove in the manor, and then enjoy the results for lunch. This afternoon we travel to the historic Krzesk Vodka Distillery, founded in 1896. Krzesk produces the world-famous Chopin vodka, which we will sample. For the rest of the afternoon we’ll explore the cultural trail of Liwiec Valley. We may visit a 17th-century Palace in Stara Wies, the Kruszewski Brothers Bell Foundry, the Muzeum of Folk Weaving, and other regional attractions. To celebrate our second day in beautiful Mazovia, we feast on delicious traditional Polish food and drink at Kameralna restaurant in downtown Wegrow.
Today our cooking class will be with Lochow Palace Executive Chef Halina Piedziak in the palace kitchen. Chef Halina will prepare a few of her favorite Polish and regional recipes for us like: kulebiak, pierogi sojki, chicken roulades, racuchy and show us her unique techniques in the kitchen. In the afternoon, we travel to Kurpie open-air ethnographic museum in the village of Kadzidlo. While there, we get acquainted with Kurpie folklore, regional cuisine, and the art of paper cutting. We also hear live music and watch dance performances. This evening we’ll attend a dress-up party at Gospoda Pod Debem Inn near Wyszkow, which offers excellent traditional Polish cuisine.
Today, we travel to nearby Gwizdaly to cook with village women. On the menu is one of the undisputed Polish favorites, Bigos (Hunter’s Stew), and a few other regional dishes like: pyzucha-gwizducha, potato pancakes with carrots or onions, cold soups and herb teas. This afternoon, we travel to “Mazovian Venice”: Pultusk, a historic town on an island with the longest marketplace in Europe. After visiting the Old Town in Pultusk, we’ll spend the afternoon at Polonia House located in the former bishop’s castle. Polonia House is noted for its great entertainment, exceptional Polish cuisine, and gondola rides over the Narew River. Tonight, for our final meal in the Mazovian countryside, we dine on delicious Old Polish cuisine in the Tavern restaurant in Polonia House. In a rustic atmosphere, we can watch chefs prepare delicious food as we enjoy a beautiful view of the Narew River.
After an early breakfast, we travel back to Warsaw, the capital of Poland. We check into the luxurious, 5-star Le Regina Hotel, located near Warsaw’s historical Old Town district. Here we stay for the next two days. After check-in we take a guided, walking tour of the city, to the Old Town, Barbican, Palace Square, and the Royal Castle. We also get a panoramic view of Warsaw from atop the Palace of Culture and Science. There is also an option to visit the Frederic Chopin Museum in Ostrogskich Castle. During a short break from our sightseeing we stop at one of Wedel’s Chocolate Lounges. Wedel is Poland’s oldest chocolate brand and was created in Warsaw. Tonight we dine on traditional Polish cuisine at Polka restaurant, located in Warsaw’s Old Town. The restaurant is famous for welcoming its clients with legendary Polish hospitality and using top-quality ingredients in all recipes.
After breakfast, we head out to our last cooking class, where we learn how to prepare a typical Polish meal with Chef Karol Okrasa, a Polish celebrity and TV cooking chef. After our cooking class, you are free to enjoy the sights and shops of Warsaw on your own or with our professional guide. Later, we tour the famous 17th-century Wilanow Palace Museum and Park, the former residence of Kings Jan III Sobieski and August II and the most distinguished aristocratic families of Poland. The Park covers 106 acres and surrounds the Palace with various styles of artistic gardening: Baroque, English, English-Chinese, and Neo-Renaissance. After visiting Wilanow Palace, we have time for some shopping at Cepelia store, which has a great selection of Polish folk handicrafts. We may also visit Hala Mirowska, a historic, fresh-food shopping center which until 1944 was the largest shopping center in all of Warsaw. Our Farewell Dinner is at 2009 Michelin Guide recommended Fukier restaurant, located in Warsaw’s Old Town.
Depart for your home country after breakfast, or make your own arrangements to stay longer in Poland’s capital.