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    Post #1 - February 10th, 2011, 1:07 pm
    Post #1 - February 10th, 2011, 1:07 pm Post #1 - February 10th, 2011, 1:07 pm
    Shake the hawk off with winter stalwart Bigos. An off menu item, Helena will make if for us if we have enough people to warrant it. Do we?

    Take advantage of our gems while we can. RIP Andy's.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #2 - February 10th, 2011, 1:12 pm
    Post #2 - February 10th, 2011, 1:12 pm Post #2 - February 10th, 2011, 1:12 pm
    I'm in, thanks.

    =R=
    That's what I do. I drink and I know things.

    I just wanna live until I gotta die. I know I ain't perfect but God knows I try --Todd Snider

    Twitter: ronniesuburban
  • Post #3 - February 10th, 2011, 1:24 pm
    Post #3 - February 10th, 2011, 1:24 pm Post #3 - February 10th, 2011, 1:24 pm
    Still haven't made it to Podhalanka. Sounds great. I'm in, hopefully + REB.

    Thanks for setting this up.
    --Rich
    Edit: Just me. Ronna can't make it.
    Last edited by RAB on February 10th, 2011, 3:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    I don't know what you think about dinner, but there must be a relation between the breakfast and the happiness. --Cemal Süreyya
  • Post #4 - February 10th, 2011, 3:45 pm
    Post #4 - February 10th, 2011, 3:45 pm Post #4 - February 10th, 2011, 3:45 pm
    Count me in!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #5 - February 10th, 2011, 5:39 pm
    Post #5 - February 10th, 2011, 5:39 pm Post #5 - February 10th, 2011, 5:39 pm
    I'm a Podhalanka virgin, I always go to Smak-Tak. Time to expand my horizons, count me in.
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #6 - February 10th, 2011, 6:18 pm
    Post #6 - February 10th, 2011, 6:18 pm Post #6 - February 10th, 2011, 6:18 pm
    Damn it! I have another commitment, but I'll let you know if I can reschedule.
    “Nothing is more agreeable to look at than a gourmande in full battle dress.”
    Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
  • Post #7 - February 11th, 2011, 12:11 pm
    Post #7 - February 11th, 2011, 12:11 pm Post #7 - February 11th, 2011, 12:11 pm
    Count me and the Jman in.
  • Post #8 - February 13th, 2011, 1:11 pm
    Post #8 - February 13th, 2011, 1:11 pm Post #8 - February 13th, 2011, 1:11 pm
    Mr. and Mrs. Beverator would like to join you. Last time I had bigos was at Legs Inn in Cross Village, MI. Outstanding!
  • Post #9 - February 13th, 2011, 5:20 pm
    Post #9 - February 13th, 2011, 5:20 pm Post #9 - February 13th, 2011, 5:20 pm
    Please count me in, plus one guest.
  • Post #10 - February 14th, 2011, 9:28 pm
    Post #10 - February 14th, 2011, 9:28 pm Post #10 - February 14th, 2011, 9:28 pm
    I'm interested in joining you all for Bigos at Podhalanka, please count me in.

    Thanks,
    edc
  • Post #11 - February 19th, 2011, 11:38 am
    Post #11 - February 19th, 2011, 11:38 am Post #11 - February 19th, 2011, 11:38 am
    Unfortunately I'm out, I'll just have to take myself over another night and fill up.
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #12 - February 19th, 2011, 6:27 pm
    Post #12 - February 19th, 2011, 6:27 pm Post #12 - February 19th, 2011, 6:27 pm
    So sorry, I can't make it after all.
    “Nothing is more agreeable to look at than a gourmande in full battle dress.”
    Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)
  • Post #13 - February 19th, 2011, 8:57 pm
    Post #13 - February 19th, 2011, 8:57 pm Post #13 - February 19th, 2011, 8:57 pm
    Sorry I haven't acknowledged anyone but was out of town. Spoke w/Helena regarding the rest of our menu which will consist of:
    asst cold salads, asst pierogies, potato pancakes, white borscht, kompot and bigos



    attending:
    Ronnie Suburban
    RAB
    boudreaulicious
    nicinchic
    Jman
    beverator +1
    gastronome +1
    edc

    Would like to give her a final number Monday. BYOB
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #14 - February 22nd, 2011, 7:48 pm
    Post #14 - February 22nd, 2011, 7:48 pm Post #14 - February 22nd, 2011, 7:48 pm
    The Wall Street Journal put out a timely feature on bigos over the weekend. It's an interesting read for folks who are interested in some of this history of what we're eating tomorrow (also suggests some alcohol to pair).
  • Post #15 - February 22nd, 2011, 7:56 pm
    Post #15 - February 22nd, 2011, 7:56 pm Post #15 - February 22nd, 2011, 7:56 pm
    After seeing that article, I'm even sadder to say that I won't be able to attend tomorrow night's feast because I have the 1st and 2nd of this week's 3 visitation/memorial services to attend tomorrow. Ugh.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #16 - February 23rd, 2011, 1:28 am
    Post #16 - February 23rd, 2011, 1:28 am Post #16 - February 23rd, 2011, 1:28 am
    gastro gnome wrote:The Wall Street Journal put out a timely feature on bigos over the weekend. It's an interesting read for folks who are interested in some of this history of what we're eating tomorrow (also suggests some alcohol to pair).

    Thanks, for the link, gg. Very much looking forward to bigos on Wednesday night. :)

    =R=
    That's what I do. I drink and I know things.

    I just wanna live until I gotta die. I know I ain't perfect but God knows I try --Todd Snider

    Twitter: ronniesuburban
  • Post #17 - February 23rd, 2011, 5:34 pm
    Post #17 - February 23rd, 2011, 5:34 pm Post #17 - February 23rd, 2011, 5:34 pm
    I am completely bummed. Hubby stuck downstate working so we are going to have to cancel. Enjoy!
  • Post #18 - February 25th, 2011, 12:42 pm
    Post #18 - February 25th, 2011, 12:42 pm Post #18 - February 25th, 2011, 12:42 pm
    Thanks, Alan, for setting this up. It was a really nice evening. The bigos was excellent, as were several of the other items we had . . .

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    Podhalanka - 1549 W Division St, Chicago
    I actually took this shot on the way out but it makes the most sense to place it here.


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    Bread
    Waiting on the table when we sat down.


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    Cold Beet & Horseradish Salad
    Really excellent. I loved the way the heat from the horseradish balanced the sweetness of the beets.


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    Compote
    We were told what was in this beverage but I forgot. As someone at the table pointed out, it was jamaica-like. I know there were frozen blueberries but I can't remember the other ingredients.


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    Bigos-ians


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    Soup
    A rich and hearty soup, thickened with yogurt and/or sour cream (I'm guessing). It had strong flavors of dill and smoke, from the kielbasa. Completely wonderful.


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    Potato Pancakes
    These had awesome flavor and reminded me of my grandma's version more than any other version I can remember. They weren't really crispy but when making them in this volume, that's completely understandable. They were terrific, nonetheless.


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    The final pancake


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    Assorted Pierogis
    I had one and it was meat-filled but I think there were a few other fillings, too. This was probably my least favorite part of the meal. They were a bit gummy.


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    Smashed up Potatoes
    In preparation for the bigos, bowls of potatoes were brought to the table.


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    The Main Event
    A picture's worth (at least) 1,000 words. :D


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    Bigos
    An intoxicating medley of sauerkraut, cabbage, beef, pork, bacons, carrots and who knows what else. I ate 3 servings and I don't think I was the only one. :wink:

    =R=
    That's what I do. I drink and I know things.

    I just wanna live until I gotta die. I know I ain't perfect but God knows I try --Todd Snider

    Twitter: ronniesuburban
  • Post #19 - February 25th, 2011, 7:09 pm
    Post #19 - February 25th, 2011, 7:09 pm Post #19 - February 25th, 2011, 7:09 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Image
    Soup
    A rich and hearty soup, thickened with yogurt and/or sour cream (I'm guessing). It had strong flavors of dill and smoke, from the kielbasa. Completely wonderful.


    Actually, Ronnie, it is made with a starter. I first learned this by reading Binko's thread but jazzfood reminded me about it on Wednesday.

    And you're right. This soup was fantastic. I might have to make some before winter ends.

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