Red lentils soup with cabbage in salsa chiltepil

This week Mickey Rotten presents the recipe for a very unusual Mexican salsa straight from the small fishing village of Tabasco. And he serve it with a banally simple red lentil soup made somewhere on the border of taste zone between India and Thailand. As usual, the  recipe is vegan. Admit that a little bit of sunshine and exoticism on the plate will be very useful to us today!

Cooking at villa verdi

For the second time, we had a pleasure to work with the Grand Theatre National Opera. Together with Sebastian Wełpa, chef at Warsaw’s Ale Wino restaurant, we prepared a dish that appeared in Carlo Verdi’s Rigoletto. This composer was a huge enthusiast of the culinary art, he attached a great deal of importance to food. He also thoroughly examined the cooks for his home kitchen, as he never employed the famous ones. He loved strong coffee, good wine, and risotto!


We have a pleasure to invite you to the third edition of the Festival of Coffee and Tea! We are huge fans of high quality coffee beans and tea leaves. We are interested in different methods of brewing, from traditional to avant-garde ones, which we have discovered with the arrival of the third wave of coffee. We also understand that what we drink our favourite hot drinks from is as much important. This is why, from the very first edition of our festival, we have Polish ceramics artists, who create in their workshops unique, hand-made mugs, jars, bowls and gaiwans.


The new, autumn issue of our magazine is dedicated to fire. Maybe it’s the chilly weather that arrived already at the end of holidays, or maybe it’s the long freezing months ahead that inspired the topic. Anyway…


We long for the country life. We love to buy products directly from the farmers. At the end of September, the moment when nature presents us with a profusion of crops, we want to invite you to a special event, where we discover the taste, the look and the work of the Polish country of today. At the event, you will have a chance to taste small-farm products, talk with people who left the city and moved to the countryside to run their farms, discover food cooperatives and take part in handicraft workshops.


We are launching a new recipe series “Artist’s Kitchen” by Anna Królikiewicz. She will share with you some meals inspired by the lives of artists, whom she especially values. She starts with Georgia, because, as she explains, she admires both her paintings and her lifestyle. In the new autumn issue of USTA Magazine, there is a special article dedicated to Georgia O’Keeffe. We have for you a teaser, a starter – several plant-based recipes straight from the 1950s, surprisingly avant-garde and whetting your appetite for the new issue and the article by Ania.

The Summer of Luxury

In the new, summer issue of the USTA Magazine, we examine the meaning of luxury. Our impression is that the notion of luxury is currently being redefined. While in the past it used to be associated with expensive, shiny objects, now it is more related to authenticity, craftsmanship and experience.

On K2 with oatmeal

Who knows them knows that Kasia is a master of healthy cocktails, and Marzena believes that porridge is a medicine for all evil. Now the girls decided to join forces and that’s how Good Start Deli was created. A tiny place on Poznan Street in Warsaw, which operates from dawn until early afternoon and serves breakfast menu.


Tokay and Egri Bikaver. Or, perhaps the hairy, fat pig Mangalica. These are the first culinary associations that come to our minds when we think about Hungary. But who of you knows that apart from the delicious pork there are the grey cattle from the Hungarian Pannonian steppe? And the wine? Would you believe that there are 22 winery regions in this country? We like Hungarian goulash, lecsó, or foie gras, but actually, we don’t know much about the rich culinary culture of our Hungarian “cousins”. This is why it is worth going to Terroir Forum in Budapest. Following Berlin’s Terroir this is yet another event which brings together gastronomy sector and the foodies.


Polish Design Island is a unique, mobile project presenting the hottest design from Poland. The next edition opens on October 10 in Copenhagen. 


The premiere of a new vintage of the cult Johanniter Ultra was organised in SPOT in Poznań. The wine was presented by Lech Mill himself – the owner of the Dom Bliskowice winery.


Her paintings and installations are in the collections of Paris’ Centre Pompidou, New York’s MoMA or London’s Tate Modern. And it was no other but her, Paulina Ołowska, that was listed by The New York Times as one of 28 most important creative personalities of the year 2016 alongside Michelle Obama, Isabelle Huppert, Donatella Versace, Lady Gaga or Tom Ford. Unfortunately, in Poland she is not much spoken and written about. USTA had a pleasure to pay a visit to the artist’s atelier and creative house Kadenówka in Rabka Zdrój last August and was the media patron of her action Mycorial Theatre. We bring back our encounter with this artist.


This cafe is soaking in flowers. Plants are on the floor and in the windows. Just at the entrance, there is a little jungle with two armchairs hidden inside. You can hide in this green enclave to drink a perfect espresso or an aromatic drip, eat a home-made cake, freshly-baked pain au chocolat or a delicate cheesecake. Or, you can just sit down and read or contemplate. You will also meet there Ani and Kuba – the super-friendly owners of the café. More about USTA’s visit to Piece of Cake cafe below.

Vegan summer

Marysia Przybyszewska, our regular contributor, worshipper of plant-based cuisine, famous for her excellent breakfasts and tales from her internship at Noma has just taken over Youmiko, Warsaw’s vegan sushi restaurant. USTA magazine interviewed her about the novelties she plans to introduce in Youmiko’s menu.

Polypody, MONSTERA, AND Ficus

Following the success of the first book “O kwiatach” (Eng. “On Flowers”), which sparked the new wave of interest in greenery in Poland, it’s time to move to the green round two. This time Radosław Berent and Łukasz Marcinkowski took up home-grown plants. They presented and described around 50 species of potted plants. USTA and Full Meal are the publishers of the book.

Tokyo and Warsaw

Michal Molcan, publisher and editorin-chief of Standard Magazine will be our geust during Coffee and The Festival this saturday in Warsaw. He will present a speach about his favourite cafes around the world. We had a pleasure to ask him few questions just before he came.


He opened his first restaurant already at the age of 21. René Redzepi and Heston Blumenthal used to cook there. He became a television celebrity, but after few years he resigned. Luckily, he discovered cooking over a fire, which marked his personal style and earned him the Michelin star. USTA paid a visit to Niklas Ekstedt in his restairant in Stockholm.


Poland, here we come! With our events cycle “An EYE for…” we try to understand what makes up an individual character of each city. Our favourite way of discovering a city is through its artists, architecture, food, design, and art. All these elements combined together create the unique DNA of a city, its one-off genotype.


Before she became a fashion designer, Coco Chanel was known as Gabrielle. Fierce and rebellious, passionate and free. She won her freedom to become the kind of woman she wanted to be. The new Chanel fragrance is dedicated to her. USTA Magazine had to pleasure to participate in the premiere of Chanel Gabrielle.

Courgette soup with rosemary and coconnut milk

Straight from the sun-burnt Sicily, Mickey Rotten brings you a recipe for a soup, which combines fresh rosemary with courgette, coconut milk and roasted tomatoes rich in umami tones. You can serve it hot or cold, depending on the weather.