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Jan 29, 2008

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sadina

THANK GOD! i've been packing my bags with kielbasa from visits home to detroit for years now. it really is about time.

Ramona

I know! I pack a cooler with kielbasa etc. when I visit Philadelphia. I also get loads of rye and pumpernickel bread at my favorite Jewish deli. My mother just shakes her head and laughs at my foodie hording each time I visit!

On the Red Line

Oooh! Poppy seed rolls! Now that has made me finally want to head over and check that place out.

My husband's been importing those from Pennsylvannia :)

Stephanie

Yay! I can't wait to check out this place. Do they have the smoked cheese?

I once toted a cooler full of kielbasa from Central Falls, RI, to New Orleans for my aunt. Almost left it at the airport at my layover! But the emanating scent kept others from picking it up and drew me back to it.

Ramona

Stephanie-I'm not sure if they have smoked cheese-I know they had cheeses at the meat counter and in the refrigerator. I was sort of excited taking it all in!

Mary Gallagher

There has never been sausage like the Polish store (now closed) near Frogtown, the Polish section of St. Paul, MN. At Easter time they made a special white with green flecks, veal w/parsley?, sausage that was the best ever. My Polish mother-in-law was a great cook doling out POONCH-key with a seasoned hamburger filling or her favorite lemon. Without the sugar on top it was meat. She never made periogi's but her pork ribs with sauerkraut and dumplings on top were incredible. My Polish neighbor made stuffed cabbage leaves by chopping up a pork roast that she had seasoned highly and cooked to the falling apart stage..never hamburger-add a little rice and fill the leaves. They had about 12 kids.The famous Nye's Polonaise in SE Minneapolis and Kramarczuk East European Deli get good reviews but have nothing on home cooking. By the way Minneapolis used to have fantastic Vietnamese restaurants where four people could have more than enough to eat for less than $25.00.

Sadina

Ramona:

We once made the mistake of carrying the kielbasa (all 15 lbs. of it) on the plane. Let's just say it wasn't long before the whole plane was full of garlicky kielbasa goodness. Oops.

So nice that our kielbasa needs can now be met without a plane ticket!!

Ramona

Mary, Frogtown in Minneapolis sounds like Port Richmond in Philadelphia. Perhaps your referring to fresh kielbasa which is cranked out on "high" before Easter. It is redolent with garlic and believe me-I know how it can permeate everything and make your eyes water! As I said tho-the fresh I had at TKF was a bit plain.
I never knew paczki came in a savory variety. I've had meat pierogies, but not paczki. And those stuffed cabbage sounds wonderful. I myself use veal/beef/pork.
Sadina-last Easter in Philly, I got smoked kielbasa fresh out of the smoker and fresh with tons of garlic and my car reeked!! Can't beat it!

Washington Cube

I first heard about this place, when a Russian man asked me about eggplant, while standing in the produce section of a Whole Foods. I've yet to go, but he raved about it. Sounds like a field trip to me.

MD Resident

My wife and I have been to this place several times. It's deserves a better review than this. The reviewer needs to sample more types of their food offerings. There's nothing like it in the area (stores in Baltimore would be the next closest thing). It's worth going to repeatedly...!

Ramona

MD Resident: I appreciate your comment. Perhaps my standards for Polish food are high. No, I take that back-they are high. I'm Polish. I grew up in an area with a large Polish population and know good from not so good. I stand by my opinions and by no means does that mean I wouldn't go back. I certainly would for their smoked kielbasa among other things. They are filling a need in a Polish food deprived region and I think that's great. However, I can't say that everything I tried was great because it wasn't-your opinion might vary and I'm glad you're patronizing them.

Regina

I'm headed up to Philly this weekend. Can you give me some suggestions on markets and restaurants you love?

Ramona

Hi Regina,
Port Richmond is the area you want to go to in Philly. Fortunatelly, it is immediately off of I-95, at the Allegheny Ave exit.
For kielbasa, I go to Czerw's
http://www.kielbasyboys.com/
Krakus Market
http://www.krakusmarket.com/
Piast
http://piastonline.com/

To eat, Krakus has a small luncheonette which serves homemade food. Across from Krakus is Syrenka's-a cafeteria style luncheonette which has excellent stuffed cabbage etc. Both are quite informal, but I absolutely love that about them.
Julia's Bakery and Cafe is more of a quaint European cafe with crepes etc.
All of these are within walking distance, except for Czerw's were you need to drive down Tilton which is one way. A bit hard to navigate the one way sts. but totally worth it.
Bring an insulated cooler so you can haul stuff home too!

hannah

I need a good recipe for the pork ribs under the sour kraut at Nye's polonaise and for the spiced up pork roast stuffed into cabbage leaves. I LOVE this stuff but have Never made it --- please help! Can Ramona Post it please. (I only have a webtv, so I can't see links requiring flash or java if you link me to some recipes)

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