Friday, May 30, 2014


What do you get when you have a Kiwi chef and an Irish owner of a restaurant/bar/expat rugby watching location in Warsaw? Well, you get Haka bar of course.

It has classics from NZ like sausage rolls as well as Australian food like kangaroo steaks and pavlovas. You can get Prosecco on tap, but I prefer the guiness.

It is a nice place, especially when there is sun. There is a Venturilo (city bike) stand 5m away and it is near Chmielna street if you feel like a pączki later. Haka is on Bracka 20 in the centre of town, so there is no real excuse to miss it.... unless you aren't cool of course.....

Tempure prawns

Octopus salad

The Australian pavlova ;)
A pretty decent little location to sit down, drink a few ales or sparkling beverages and watch the world go by.

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Christmas tale.

Back in time, and it is Christmas. This past Christmas was a great time, as it was so warm I was actually able to run! Running at Christmas time is not something I ever expected I could do in Poland, but this year it was above 0C temperatures and running in the fresh morning air was a great way to burn off all the excesses of the festive season. Here are some glimpses of the Christmas that was.

A ridiculously beautiful gingerbread cake waiting for the plum jam filling.

D'oh! I mean dough. Pierogi dough.

Just the right texture.

roll it out, cut the circles
And repeat

fill and fold

and repeat

many times

then boil away, and the Christmas treat is ready. These are cabbage and mushroom filled.


so temperate was the weather that even some Autumnal leaves had hung around

"blazing" sun

The moles were even still awake

happy, it must be dinner time
Set the table with the traditional 12 dishes.

A line from history

but we aren't all happy.

Until the presents are unwrapped
This years gingerbread house took on a dried fruit facade.
There was some chocolate, but there was also lots of Coconut too!

Now the smiles are out.

Everyone loves a party to destroy a house! :D

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Building Warsaw, City Museum, Warsaw

At the end of last year the Warsaw City Museum had a display titled "The Building of Warsaw" (Warszawa w Budowie). It talked a little of planning and the history of building.

We nearly bought a house on Genewska some time ago, right next to the river.

The original house for 4 people.

Bike models

We also got treated with a testing of the Christmas lights! :D

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