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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Innocent Pleasures - Babcia Malina

Dear sweethearts,

You heard me before saying this and I will say this again: Babcia Malina is the place to be when it comes to home made food - good price, great food in big portions and a feeeling that you are somehow at home. It's where Marek and I love to take our Saturday/Sunday afternoon meal: we always take pierogi and I always take zurek. It's where we celebrate our birthdays, it's where we take our friends when they come visit us, it's where I first tested inside my beloved fish-eye lens :)
 “Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.
~ Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential
My lovely friend and I, both with matching braided hair :)
It is also where I took my dear friend Catalina, when she came to visit last November. It was almost a month ago but I did not have the chance to share with you the pictures. As usual, we had the typical pierogi. Fried, not boiled! I know it is not perfect for the liver but I must admit I love them fried ;) I had the ones with meat and Catalina had the ones with mushroom. As dessert we split in 2 the Babcia Malina's Special Reciepe with pears and chocolate-raspberry sauce + whipped cream. It was, as usual, mouth-watering and heavenly! We also had some local wine on the side but I must admit I still love the Romanian wines more ;)
 “In today’s world, when many of yesterday’s fashionable habits are today’s misdemeanors, we should rejoice that a chocolate dessert can bring so much innocent pleasure.
~ Marcel Desaulniers
You can find Babcia Malina in 3 locations in Krakow but my favourite one - our favourite one, in fact! -  is the one on Szpitalna street, right in front of the National Theater. Be careful as you pass the street and search for it as you may miss it. It is a simple entrace, a simple door, and you may just walk pass it. It is a hidden gem of Krakow and I am proud to say I was introduced by a local to it :) There are 3 floors there: main one + upper one are with self service and the one on the cellar is shaped as a old-fashioned restaurant. We always go there :) Most of the times you will spot locals there so you know when locals eat somewhere the food must be good ;) I will always recommend Babcia Malina with all my heart, and I will always bring my friends there :)

** This post was made out of love for amazing fried pierogi. I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! **

Yours truly,
The LadyBug That Loves Babcia Malina