Before visiting Poland, all I knew about its cuisine was that it was meat- and potato-heavy. While I don’t normally consume copious amounts of that combination, I didn’t mind the prospect of doing so. As it turns out, I was flat out surprised at some of the menu items I ended up eating. Yes, the old standbys of pork and pierogi were on most menus, but exciting things are happening in the world of contemporary Polish cuisine. Here are a few of my culinary highlights.

Warsaw airport

Returning from one of my trips is a bittersweet reentry into the world. On the one hand, I’m always eager to get back to my “nest,” back to familiar routines and comfort. On the other hand, the magic and serendipity of travel is over, at least for the moment, so that takes away some of the Technicolor from my life. Because of that, reentry into my life can sometimes be bumpy and stressful, no thanks to jet lag and becoming reaccustomed to my home routines. Over the past few years though, I’ve come up with a few practices that make…