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Welcome to the Polish Foodies blog!

My name is Karolina Klesta!

I was born and raised in Poland. My entire family still lives here.

When I was a teenager, I dreamed of leaving my home country. I wanted to live abroad, speak different languages, get to know new cultures. Poland was too predictable for me, most Poles seemed to be too narrow-minded.

At the age of 20, I met the love of my life, Patryk. We were both students in the charming Krakow. He is Polish as well. And just like me, he wanted to travel and see the world.

It wasn’t long when we started to live our dream. We opened up an online business and became digital nomads. We had no home for 4 years. If you are interested in getting to know more about our adventures, check out our blog: Lazy Travel Blog.

The more countries we visited, the more we realized that the most beautiful place has always been at our fingertips.

We missed Poland, Poles, and of course, Polish food.

Traveling changed us. It changed our perspectives and the way we see our home country.

What was boring in the past, became exciting. We understood that there is nothing better than the smell of spring in Poland. That watching the sunset on the Baltic sea beach can’t be compared to anything else.

That Polish bread is something we craved every day. And, unfortunately, we couldn’t get it abroad.

When I found out I was pregnant in 2017, we decided to make Poland our base. We bought an apartment in Rzeszow, a lovely town in the southeastern part of the country.

Of course, we couldn’t stay home for too long. We’ve been traveling with our baby girl but since she was born we started to call Poland our home.

In 2020, a new traveler joined our family- baby boy Kostek.

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To be honest, we still have a love-hate relationship with Poland. There are some things that we just can’t accept like the intolerance to being different (for example gay, black, etc.).

We hate the government policy and how hard it is to run a business in Poland.

On the other hand, we love the Polish mentality, how strong the Poles are. We love Polish sense of humor and of course… Polish food.

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On this blog, you can find the recipes that my mom, mom-in-law, my grandmas, and my other family members shared with me.

My mother-in-law is the best cook I know. Every time I am confused, I have a problem with cooking something, I call her. 

She literally knows EVERYTHING. She is better than Google. She is the ultimate source of cooking inspiration for me.

I am not going to pretend that I know everything at the age of 30. I am not the best cook in the world. I am still learning.

My goal is to share authentic Polish recipes with the world, as I truly believe Polish cuisine is one of the best I’ve ever tried.

I am here to help you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I reply to every single email I receive.

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If you are interested in traveling to Poland, check out my other blog – Travel Poland Tours.

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