Banskow is a small, beautiful town on the Poland-France border. I’d recently gone to Banskow to see my family and I was actually expecting a big open air market with a lot of stalls selling all manner of weirdos. But what I discovered was like a maze than a market! It wasn’t just the design that was different: there was this huge chasm between the actual “place” and the virtual, and you could barely find the border.
My other principal attraction while in Banskow was the vegan food available. There are always a handful of spots where you can get traditional Polish dishes with vegie on the side, but I also noticed lots of places with “non-vegetarian” meals. Some of these are vegetarian: you can get meat on toast, for instance, or you can purchase cheese and vegetable platters. But the real stars are the hundreds of small, independent restaurants and bakeries that are open year round, selling everything from beer and fruit to pies and cakes. It’s a wonderfully diverse range of offerings that you’re guaranteed to fall in love with.
The first thing I discovered when I went vegan in Banskow was that there were virtually no fish and meat on the menu. This comprised all sorts of weird dishes, such as eggplant Parmesan and potato dumplings. The owner is Mieczyna. She made a beautiful, warm, simple soup with a hint of mushroom and wild blossom flavour. For a complete meal, you can go with Babalou mushroom pasta, which is a really tasty combination.
Among those areas where I went to a really fun weekend was Wadowice. You might have heard of them, because they’re a well-known fixture on the hillside. There I had their vegan quiche with beetroot & mushroom (yum), their mushroom soup with chickpea mushrooms, their potato and root salad, their kale & carrot , and their potato & cashew flatbread.
I also enjoyed eating at Zlobecny, which is one of the oldest vegan bars in the city. They serve up a variety of tasty treats, with veggie options including smoked salmon, veggie sausage, beetroot and mushroom casserole, and my favorite: a vegetarian sausage, which is extremely filling. I also had a real problem getting into my favourite vegan restaurant, which is a great shame, as it is located in a terrific old church. It’s not often you get the chance to combine two absolutely wonderful things, and this was the perfect setting.
That is it for now! For anybody intending to go vegan, I hope this article from my Vegan lifestyle blog has given you some good inspiration and ideas of places you can eat well if you’re going vegan or vegetarian. Specifically, I hope I have provided you with a few places to begin. As a final suggestion, I also would strongly advise that you just buy animal products where there is certificate; this means that you are helping to ensure that animals don’t suffer in any way while you eat your meals.