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Kolacja time, a little lighter this time:) Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Culture

Well, I already wrote about breakfast (śniadanie) and lunch (obiad). Now it is time for dinner, which is called “kolacja”.

Typically kolacja is very light, similar to lunch in USA. Growing up in Poland, we used to have salads (sałatki) or sandwiches (kanapki) for dinner. Sometimes hot dogs (usually without rolls) or naleśniki z serem (crepes with sweet farmer’s cheese). Tea, soft drinks or water would be typical drinks served with dinner.

They are some exceptions of course. If a family has special occasion, like birthdays, name days or any get together, they will usually make dinner meal big, just like lunch. Different restaurants will give you a choice to have bigger meals late in the afternoon as well.

I guess it really makes sense: you shouldn’t eat too much at night time, right? I’m slowly adjusting and now I have nothing against late dinner. However I feel much better when I eat bigger meal during lunch time. As good as it sounds in today’s world, when people work a lot and are so busy, it may be hard to find time for making big meal in the middle of the day:)

Eat what makes you happy and the way makes you happy!

Oh, and if we are on the food subject, here is popular Polish saying:

“Przez żołądek do serca” – through the stomach to your heart!


Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


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