Krakow – Aperitif

Most of the restaurants I visited were within a few blocks of t/k, Krakow’s 800-year-old Market Square. My first full meal was at a rustic little place called Aperitif.

The web site for Aperitif is quite good, and includes some great 360 shots.

The bread came w/a wonderfully light Cucumber Dill dip

Pork Tenderloin w/Fresh Srawberries and Raspberries in Vanilla Sauce

Roasted Trout in Almonds w/Tomato, Sprouts, and Potatoes

Krakow – The Food

One of the great secrets about Eastern Europe is that you can dine brilliantly for v little money.  I enjoyed 2 or 3 of what will probably be my favorite meals of 2012 for not much more than the cost of a blue cheese Ciao Downburger, fries, and a Coke at my favorite Dupont Circle burger joint.

In Krakow, I started most days w/the excellent complimentary breakfast at my hotel.

From the buffet at the Hotel Columbus

Coming Attractions

Now that Hunger Games has finally arrived, it’s time toward what comes next.  Here’s what I’m looking forward to in the next couple of months:

Bobcat Goldwaithe’s God Bless America.  After dropping out of sight for a while, he has a new HBO Special and what looks like an enjoyably nasty new movie.  The trailer is NSWF

 

Snow White and the Huntsman.  The trailers look phenomenal, and Charlize Theron has been a favorite of mine since 2 Days in the Valley, the criminally under-rated  1996 film that was her first credited screen appearance.  (And, of course, as an  Arrested Development veteran, she can do no wrong.)

 

The Pirates! Band of Misfits.  I’ve loved the Gideon Defoe’s The Pirates! books for years, and Wallace and Gromit films for even longer.  The two together should be magic.

 

If you enjoy the movie, you’d probably enjoy reading The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists or The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

Nick Danger, Third Eye

Just learned that Peter Bergman, of Firesign Theatre, has died.  There was a time when I could probably have recreated the entire Nick Danger, Third Eye routine from memory.  I still remember it well enough to know that the gap between parts 2 and 3 of these static-image videos contains the classic line:  “He stopped on a dime.  Unfortunately, the dime was in Mr. Rococo’s pocket.”

 

Cheap Eats

After the adventures of January’s Restaurant Weeks, I visited a couple of my old Cheap Eats favorites: Sabroso in Silver Spring and BGR at Dupont Circle.  They both offer first-rate lunches for less than $10.

Sabroso

Pollo a la Brasa, with Fries, Black Beans and RicePollo a la Brasa, with Fries, Black Beans and Rice

Pollo a la Brasa is probably better known in the States as Peruvian Chicken.  It’s marinated, either with spices or just salt, and then cooked over charcoal.  Big thick fries like the ones in the picture traditionally accompany the chicken.  If you want to go for authenticity, treat the chicken and fries as finger food.  Sabroso serves the dish with mild aioli and spicy jalapeno dipping sauces.

BGR

BGR

Bleu Cheeseburger and FriesBleu Cheeseburger and Fries

Basic, but v good, burger, with a huge side of fries.  As a bonus, BGR has one of those 21st Century soft drink dispensers that let you to customize your soda.  This is the only place I know that offers diet raspberry coke.