Dominique was my guide and she was perfect. Young and enthusiastic and above all, enjoyed cooking! We visited the market first to buy the produce needed to make Pierogi Dumplings and some cheesecake for afters. We also got some varieties of polish cheeses, and samples from the kind lady on the stall, to enjoy. After shopping, Dominique welcomed me into her very traditional polish home and we set about making the filling and the dough for the Pierogi. Great fun and very very delicious, but we made far too many! At least Dominique's Mexican flat mate will enjoy her dinner later, and apparently they freeze well too.......just as well. I also enjoyed fermented beetroot juice, also bought at the market, and sauerkraut as well as some home made cucumber pickles and fabulous raspberry vodka. Thanks Dominique for making the day so special, and for your kind hospitality.
I absolutely loved this experience. It was me and another couple. We were greeted by our guide who then took us to the old Polish outdoor market. He explained some foods and we tried a few things. He then had us shop for ingredients for our pierogis and made us each order the items from the vendor in Polish. Not easy, but fun! and the locals got a kick out of it. WE stopped to buy dessert at a local bakery and he explained some neighborhood sites along the way. We arrived at the apartment, took off our shoes and introduced ourselves to the woman who was our host and instructor. How lovely that she let us in her home. She didn't speak English but she gave us great instruction and our guide translated. It was like cooking with my great grandmother who didn't speak English but man she gestured to what i was supposed to do. I was a natural! We each had tasks, made the final product and then enjoyed the dish. I brought some wine so everyone could share. What a wonderful day.
This cooking class was such a delight! We had the pleasure of meeting with Anna, who took us to a great outdoor market and let us order the ingredients as she taught us how to say them in Polish. Than we had a lovely stroll to her home. She provided us with some cheese a appetizer as she got to know us a little better. Than she taught us step by step how to make homemade delicious pierogis! We had such a blast, and she was very friendly and made us feel comfortable. We really enjoyed being in her home and learning how to make such a staple in Poland. After we were all done we sat down and enjoyed them together. It was a really great day, and I would recommend this clads to anyone who is interested in learning a new skill, and enjoys cooking or just learning something new!
Excellent..do not miss this one. What made this experience memorable our tour guide opened up her private home for our pierogi cooking class.. First - the market to buy what we needed including beer and wine...then off to our instructor's home. We had a couple from Orlando and a couple from the UK that were traveling together. Sampled regional cheese and pickles as well as local fruits. Great group...a lot of fun! According to our instructor's husband we scored an 8 10 being his mother's pierogi! so pretty good!
What a fun, unforgettable experience! We were first met by Thomas, who's enthusiasm is contagious, and we were given maps that included basic Polish vocabulary. We were told that we were going to visit one of the oldest market places in Poland the Stary Kleparz and that we were going to ask for our ingredients for the pierogies from the vendors at the market in Polish! We were a little nervous at first but with some helpful tutoring from Thomas we all did very well and it was a lot of fun too. We learned more about Polish foods as we walked about the market and picked up a few more items before heading off to Thomas' mom's house. Yes, we really went to his mom's house and she was so very welcoming that you immediately felt like you were visiting old friends or family. We cleaned up and were put to work peeling and cutting potatoes and onions. While we waited for the ingredients to cook we sampled some Polish snacks purchased from the market as well as sampled Polish beers. Everything was delicious, our favorite was the smoked cheese. Yum! We discussed where items were made and the history of the foods and even talked about where we were all from our small group of six was from California all the way to Denmark. Next, it was pierogie dough making time. We each took turns, rolling out the dough, cutting the circles and filling the pierogies. The finished pierogies went into the boiling water and soon it was time for the big reward, eating! Our finished product was fantastic! This was a very fun, hands-on experience that we would do again. If you truly want to feel like you are part of Poland, you must step away from the tourist crowds for a bit and into the welcoming home of the locals. You will be so happy that you did!
This is so much more than a cooking class.
Tomasz and his mother Anna were the highlight of our whole trip to Poland. Anna is very sweet and talented Anna and Tomasz is a perfect guide and host. We felt like we were visiting friends and cooking and eating an amazing meal together.
Tomasz was early, waiting for us when we arrived, and promptly began to teach us the Polish language skills we would use in the market when we shopped for the ingredients of our Pierogi. His english skills are excellent and his enthusiasm is infectious. The trip to the market was fun and interesting, and soon we were in Anna's home cooking. We asked a million questions and talked while cooking and we got to know so much about Poland that we could not have without having visited our new friends. The numerous appetizers, Pierogi, and desert were truly amazing.
We did many things on our trip to Poland. My group voted this to be the best thing we did on the whole trip. Tomasz and Anna have our sincere thanks and admiration.
Monica and Stefano were great hosts, experts about the area, and cooking teachers.The trip through the farmers market was fun.The cooking was fantastic. Will make the dishes for friends at home.We appreciate that they answered all our questions about Krakow and its history.We highly recommend the class.
My fiance and I came to Krakow for part of our honeymoon and took this class. It was absolutely amazing! Our guide took us through the local farmers market, taught us a few Polish phrases, and even talked to us about this history of the city and country. Making the pierogi's was such a fun time!!
I highly recommend taking a Polish cooking class with Urban Adventures in Krakow. Our host family was excellent in every aspect.
Monika Prylinska was the main host of our trip. Transportation was provided and we also went on an open market grocery run to get our supplies for making homemade Pierogi. The highlight of the day!!!
Once we arrived to our destination kitchen, we had some Polish appetizers before we began our cooking adventure of the homemade Pierogi. We were able to sample other Polish cuisine before our class which I thought was a fantastic idea.
If you enjoy doing something a little different, love food and want to experience the Polish culture, I highly recommend taking this cooking class with Urban Adventures.