|Jess and Craig outside the restaurant|
I knew this would happen which is why I visited two places last week so I might have something to do while I'm there. I've never really cared much for the beach or even warm weather...and really there's nothing else that Naples, Florida offers.
So today, faithful readers, lets discuss Polish food. What's the first thing that comes to mind when I say the phrase "Polish food"? To me, its a scene in the sub-par movie Everything Is Illuminated based on the slightly above-par book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer. The main character Jonathan sits down in a Polish restaurant at a hotel and tries to explain to his interpreter, the interpreters father, and to the waitress that he is a vegetarian. As you might imagine, it doesn't go as smoothly as you might think. Here's the scene.
|Jess eyeing Craig suspiciously while enjoying her rye bread.|
|Cheddar and potato perogies|
|Rye bread and butter|
Ok fast forward a few days. I thought I would be sufficiently bored in Florida that it would inspire me to write more blog posts. It didn't happen. Writing about Polish food in Florida is kinda like trying to write a sex column at your grandmothers funeral. Your mood is so far away from your subject matter that you just can't even begin to form a coherent thought. However I'm at the airport now on my way back to Toronto, and I'm feeling ok.
|Pork Loin in a horseradish |
|Homemade apple cake|
with ice cream
On a whole, Cafe Polonez did seem to do its thing well. Its very polish and seemed to hit many of the marks. However it did lack something in the, and it pains me to write this, love department. I don't mean for this to sound cheesy or pretentious but really, with this kind of food, there needs to be something inexplicable that really touches the heart and soul. Flavours that can endure the centuries of conflict and flux that always seems to fall in Polands lap. Flavours that keep you warm, even when its a cold dish. Cafe Polonez hits the mark occasionally but really missed that mark where it really counted, at least for me. But maybe its different for others.