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Moving to Poland, what should we eat before we have a kitchen??!!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Thank God my husband finally found a job after the company he was working for went bankrupt earlier hid year. Only catch (or perhaps positive) is that we are all moving to Warsaw, Poland. Anyone know what I should order that's paleo-friendly while we're living out of suitcases in a hotel? Things you can get in eastern europe (i know i can get water packed sardines and such in the usa) Any insight on how livestock is raised for when I get my own kitchen? I'm assuming most sausages are stuffed with flour and junk... Does anyone know any non-grainified varieties? Can you get affordable seafood? Is produce seasonal or is it year round like the USA? So many questions!!!

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on July 28, 2012
at 02:25 PM

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on July 28, 2012
at 11:46 AM

It was/is an international packaging company. I was temporarily transferred to France when they closed a US location. A long convoluted story, but to quote Plunkett of Tammany Hall "I seen my opportunities and took 'em". It happened suddenly and was disruptive but in the long run it was worth it.

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Hmmm do you mind if I ask what industry you work in thhq? Is it something related to tech/comp? Sorry AshleyRoz, I didn't mean to hijack this post :X I wish I could PM people here lol

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Central Europe doesn't operate on exactly the same rules as France and Germany in my experience. Even if you could read the disclosures, what is put into a sausage to make it more rewarding is not well disclosed....

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Central Europe doesn't not operate on exactly the same rules as France and Germany in my experience. Even if you could read the disclosures, what is put into a sausage to make it more rewarding is not well disclosed....

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:49 PM

I had to have a green card to work in France, and to get that I had to have an employer willing to fight the battle to get me one. For a non-EU national they have to show just cause to hire you over EU nationals.

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:44 PM

If you get over to Germany look for the steckelfisch - a whole fish roasted on a stick like a hot dog - it doesn't get much more paleo than that. Also roasted pork knuckles (schweinhaxe) and chickens. There are probably Polish versions.

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I was aware of roll mops having eating them in France, but noted that they came from Poland, as does a a lot of European preserved fish. I'd expect a better selection in Warsaw, especially in farmer's markets and better restaurants. I'd mentioned kapusta ( Polish cooked cabbage with lots of garlic) and skvarky (Polish pork cracklings, usually served as a topping for pierogies) in a previous post as a couple other Polish paleo foods.

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on July 27, 2012
at 05:35 PM

I love herring. I wonder if I can get it cured in something other than soybean oil. I can never find it in anything but sunflower or soybean in my Russian stores in the states which defeats the benefits of eating oily fish! :-) herring around a pickle sounds Fantastic, though. Do they still make true ferments or are they all using vinegar nowadays?

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on July 27, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I'll be avoiding McD's no matter where I am even if its grassfed. I dont like supporting that company. Haha I like to eat local food. My biggest concern is polyunsaturates so I'm Concerned with what fast food of any sort is cooked in and less about occaisionally having conventional red meat.

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on July 27, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Also in the EU, they have to disclose common allergens, which includes gluten, so it should fairly easy to buy a sausage that is not *that* bad.

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on July 27, 2012
at 03:12 PM

He's an audio designer/music Composer for video games so he had a contact at CD projekt Red, (they made "The Witcher" 1 & 2) and they just happened to need an audio lead. Besides ESL teaching I have no idea what other resources there are for jobs in Poland. Because they are part of the European union they have some rules about hiring other nationalities before exhausting a search at home.

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on July 27, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Blagh sorry, meant to put this as a comment, not an answer

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on July 27, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Roll-mops. Pickled herring wrapped around dill pickles. Poland packs a lot of sardines too, and is the country of origin for my King Oscars.

Central European countries eat carp. in Slovakia it's called kapor, and the Polish word is probably similar.

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:44 PM

If you get over to Germany look for the steckelfisch - a whole fish roasted on a stick like a hot dog - it doesn't get much more paleo than that. Also roasted pork knuckles (schweinhaxe) and chickens. There are probably Polish versions.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on July 27, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I was aware of roll mops having eating them in France, but noted that they came from Poland, as does a a lot of European preserved fish. I'd expect a better selection in Warsaw, especially in farmer's markets and better restaurants. I'd mentioned kapusta ( Polish cooked cabbage with lots of garlic) and skvarky (Polish pork cracklings, usually served as a topping for pierogies) in a previous post as a couple other Polish paleo foods.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 27, 2012
at 05:35 PM

I love herring. I wonder if I can get it cured in something other than soybean oil. I can never find it in anything but sunflower or soybean in my Russian stores in the states which defeats the benefits of eating oily fish! :-) herring around a pickle sounds Fantastic, though. Do they still make true ferments or are they all using vinegar nowadays?

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on July 27, 2012
at 03:46 PM

Disclaimer: I've not not visited Poland in about 5 years so thing may be different.

First thing to remember is that Poland is part of EU so although food still has a lot of junk in it, it's nowhere near what we have here in the US. There will be a lot of walking and most likely you will be using public transportation. So no more daily walks around the neighborhood needed :) If you're willing to go outside of the city (highly recommended) you can find anything, including raw milk. Also, you have to try McDonald's while you're there. It's totally different then what we have here:) And if you have to eat in restaurants, they have decent variety of foods, from chinese to american, so you should not have any troubles finding something "paleo".

Produce should mostly be seasonal, but with the global economy, I'm sure you will be able to buy some chinese broccoli during the winter.

I belive that the Livestock is usually grain fed, but it's mostly keep outside, grazing on grass, so it's a decent combination.

And keep your husband close. There is a lot of beautiful women there. :)

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Central Europe doesn't operate on exactly the same rules as France and Germany in my experience. Even if you could read the disclosures, what is put into a sausage to make it more rewarding is not well disclosed....

F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on July 27, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Also in the EU, they have to disclose common allergens, which includes gluten, so it should fairly easy to buy a sausage that is not *that* bad.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 27, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I'll be avoiding McD's no matter where I am even if its grassfed. I dont like supporting that company. Haha I like to eat local food. My biggest concern is polyunsaturates so I'm Concerned with what fast food of any sort is cooked in and less about occaisionally having conventional red meat.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on July 27, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Central Europe doesn't not operate on exactly the same rules as France and Germany in my experience. Even if you could read the disclosures, what is put into a sausage to make it more rewarding is not well disclosed....

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on July 28, 2012
at 10:43 AM

Hi Ashley,

Just a query but do you have anyone organizing the relocation - visas, work permits, house hunting etc ?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on July 28, 2012
at 02:25 PM

Yes we do. 5 more characters

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on July 27, 2012
at 02:59 PM

That's amazing Ashley! Congrats to your fam. I don't have an answer, but I was curious where your hubby looked for the job in Poland?

3654b5b893e312b69f8db05e4e5175b5

on July 27, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Hmmm do you mind if I ask what industry you work in thhq? Is it something related to tech/comp? Sorry AshleyRoz, I didn't mean to hijack this post :X I wish I could PM people here lol

Medium avatar

(10611)

on July 27, 2012
at 06:49 PM

I had to have a green card to work in France, and to get that I had to have an employer willing to fight the battle to get me one. For a non-EU national they have to show just cause to hire you over EU nationals.

3654b5b893e312b69f8db05e4e5175b5

on July 27, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Blagh sorry, meant to put this as a comment, not an answer

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 27, 2012
at 03:12 PM

He's an audio designer/music Composer for video games so he had a contact at CD projekt Red, (they made "The Witcher" 1 & 2) and they just happened to need an audio lead. Besides ESL teaching I have no idea what other resources there are for jobs in Poland. Because they are part of the European union they have some rules about hiring other nationalities before exhausting a search at home.

Medium avatar

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on July 28, 2012
at 11:46 AM

It was/is an international packaging company. I was temporarily transferred to France when they closed a US location. A long convoluted story, but to quote Plunkett of Tammany Hall "I seen my opportunities and took 'em". It happened suddenly and was disruptive but in the long run it was worth it.

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