Joanna Ogórek

THE REGIONAL IS COOL – BREAKFAST IN THE OPEN AIR

Izabela Stubińska
05.09.2014

Walking down the Sopot promenade known as “Monciak”, I go past lots of places inviting me to drop in for a sheer frenzy of international breakfasts but just a bit further, yet far from the street hustle and bustle, in Arkadiusz Rybicki Square, you can find generously filled stands, with tempting smells of regional cuisine. Within arm’s reach there are fresh smelling breads, traditional cheeses from Kashubia, first-rate honeys, handmade pates or smoked fish. How can you resist the temptation of having breakfast here? To enhance the ambience, there are benches and blankets all over the square, inviting you to stay for a tasting. It’s The Breakfast Market – a non-standard place for non-standard breakfast in the open air. Every fortnight you are invited to Sopot (every other Saturday) and Gdańsk (every other Sunday) until 27 September 2014.

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A quick turn to the left and already at the entrance I can feel the smell of bread. It is not only wholegrain bread that everybody knows well but also spelt, borderland or even whey bread. Nobody will be surprised by the fact that the last one takes its name from whey which extends its freshness, but the quantity of seeds and dried fruit it contains can be impressive. These are sunflower seeds, linseed, pumpkin seeds, raisins, prunes and cranberries.

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But I could use some proper food along with the bread, fortunately I don’t have to look too far. The next stand already tempts me with rabbit, goose and trout pates, which prove an extraordinary gustatory experience.

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I look out for something to drink. There is a wide choice of beverages at the market – apart from standard teas and coffees, it offers parsnip juice with peppermint or beetroot for the adventurous ones.

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I choose a vitamin bomb (carrot, apple and orange) and now full of vigor I look for Kashubian cheeses. Indeed, there are even 3 kinds, and I can’t deny myself tasting them. A nice lady explains that kaszubski chłop is a cheese with a sweet nutty taste, the most suitable for wine, Kaszeb, a robust choose, is ideal with beer, and bismark has a delicate aftertaste.

So the selection is wide. My attention is then drawn to handmade honey with colorful condiments: ginger, rose petals, cinnamon, nuts or chocolate.

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I decide to have a dessert. The choise is really big! Just look at it.

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As befits a market, there are also organic vegetables and fruit for a city housewife to fill the larder with.

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A little tired of the many different tastes, I head for the free rental of blankets, thanks to which breakfast deserves to be called “breakfast on the grass”. Around me I can see families with children tucking in. The place is still more attractive owing to the kids’ corner with a playground and a drawing area, readily used by children. There is a pleasant hubbub and laughter around, which makes the Saturday morning even nicer.

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