Turkish breakfast

Somewhere in the world it is morning now, and somewhere in the world someone is having a breakfast. Breakfast is fundamental! I am not be a big traveller but when I go away, I bring back a new flavour and I sneak it into my daily cooking.

What is the taste of Poland?

The Eat Poland Project was established to promote the Polish cuisine, produce and culinary tradition. Within this project, we present the modern face of the Polish gastronomy, ambitious chefs and places that offer highest quality food. This September we will pay a visit to Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, we will invite 100 journalists and bloggers to taste and discover the flavour of the contemporary Poland.

Urban farm in the shipyard

An urban garden has been created at the Gdańsk Shipyard (Stocznia Gdańska) as part of the ‘Commis Made’ Project. It started in winter and now the project is about to come to completion. There will be lectures and exhibitions and a group of chefs coming on that occasion to Gdańsk. They will have a chance to learn more about mycology, cheese-making and endemic species of plants. And tonight, thanks to the emblements of the shipyard’s garden and the food trucks’ kitchens, they will cook their own dishes. You have to be in the Gdańsk Shipyard tonight!

Croque-demoiselle In the sixteenth arrondissement

The holidays are just about to start, so maybe any of you are going to Paris? If so, we present you the Holiday Cafe, a definition of le chic parisien of the gastronomy. Far from the football emotions, as it is located in a quiet but fashionable district – the 16th arrondissement. This stylish place was described for the USTA Magazine by Edward Kanarecki.

Opera and skateboard

Krakow’s Zenit is a real cabinet of curiosities. The walls are  a mosaic of graphics, photos, paintings, objects, souvenirs and other treasures collected by the owners. The beautifully designed interior matches the excellent breakfast and the lunch menu offers. There are vegetarian breakfasts or sausages with ash, pour-over coffee or latte, ceviche and tomato soup. There are indeed tons of possibilities at Zenit, which became a site of modernity, not so easy to find in Krakow.

Risotto with asparagus

We have already mastered the basic version of risotto with asparagus – the  one with white wine or cider. This year we try to work it up and we cook it with martini, lemon zest and fresh tarragon. The effect is marvellous – this is one of the best risottos we have ever had – congratulations Mickey Rotten!

Meet Polish Meat

This is a graduation project of an Amsterdam tourism student, Emilia van Wijngaarden, witch we support. She committed herself to creating a meat-focused, culinary trail in Mazowieckie Voivodship, which aims at presenting the new quality of Polish beef at both ends – at its source, and in high-end restaurants.

Exotic breakfast

This Sunday we invite you to join us for another brunch at the Mercedes Station, Warsaw. This time our host chef will be Maria Przybyszewska,  serving her unique breakfast menu composed of exotic Thai and Arab dishes. 

Books & flowers

This Friday starts the 4th edition of the Culinary Book Fair in Warsaw. USTA Magazine will be there too! At our stand you will find all our books, magazine previous issues and posters, as well as some special treats prepared together with MOD Restaurant. Come and join us!

Matcha from fukuoka prefecture

Not only do they run an avant-garde magazine and bags and backpacks manufacture, now they also sell Japanese tea. They also serve cocktails with that tea and make pralines and they do that in a space they personally arranged in Odolańska street Warsaw. Usta paid a visit to Sasha and Zuza from Thisispaper Shop & Tea Room.

White sausage with sage and corn puree

We are no big fans of barbecue. However, today Magdalena Święciaszek​, as part of her cooking cycle rozpUSTA (pl. crapulence), tries to prove us wrong. Her recipe has the delicate sweetness of the corn, while the crunchy sage leaves turn the plain white sausage into a truly refined dish. We must admit: it is a delicious combination. Have a nice Saturday!

Poland at the Gourmet Festival

Few days ago USTA Magazine participated in the Gourmet Festival in Budapest. We had a pleasure to taste dozens of dishes and wines served by the top Hungarian restaurants and wineries. We also  supported Mateusz Wichrowski from the Brasserie Warszawska restaurant, who promoted the Polish cuisine at this year’s edition of the festival.

Nowy Teatr anew

Teatr Nowy has a new  premises. After over a year of rebuilding,  a modern theatre complex with a foyer and administrative buildings has been commissioned for use. The new season will see a very versatile artistic programme. USTA Magazine is proud to be media patron of Nowy Teatr – one of the best stages in Europe.


If you need a small escape from the Polish traditional table Mickey Rotten proposes today tempeh with satay and the hero of the month, cucumber. Instead of fresh mint you can add geranium, which you probably can find when you visit your grandmother. Light, fresh, invigorating!

Chocolate cake with raspberries and coconut cream

Here is a recipe for quite an unusual chocolate cake. But believe us, it does have a potential to win over every gourmand’s palate! Moist, like the ground in the garden after a several-hour rain, intense, thanks to particularly delicious in this season raspberries, which had enough sun to grow ripe, and exotic, with added coconut, to encourage those of you yet before their holidays and cheer-up those who have just returned from the summer voyages. Bon appétit but please do not exaggerate with the number of devoured cake pieces!

Usta – the vegan issue

Here it is – the newest, summer issue of the USTA Magazine dedicated to plants. We present the edible and toxic ones, growing in paintings and in the wild. We describe them from the cultural, scientific, historical and practical angle. The most renowned Polish vegan chefs introduce their dishes, theatre director Grzegorz Jarzyna talks about how he plants trees at night in Warsaw, and the planter family Majlert show us their roots. We also prepared a guide to the best vegan restaurants in the world.

Brunch with Usta Magazine

This Sunday at 10.00 AM we invite you to join us for a Summer Brunch at the Mercedes Station in Warsaw. The vegan feast will be prepared by Michał Gniłka. On that occasion we will also celebrate the premiere of the new vegan issue of the USTA Magazine. See you there!

Stay minimal, stay natural

Scandinavia. The design, fashion, cuisine and perfumery of today all look up to the North of Europe. It connotes bright, light, well-designed products, based on the rich heritage of design, culture and gastronomy – this is the way we arrange our interiors, this what we want to eat and how we want to dress.

What do the mermaids eat?

Are women in film business as exotic as mermaids in the striptease bars and is sex still our biggest weapon in the 21st century – a conversation with Agnieszka Smoczyńska.

Women in Chanel

They have been working together for several years. They have a soft spot for photographing women. They are doing it in intelligent and charming way. There is something elegant and tender about their portraits. We always search for a higher level of intimacy in our images – Peter Farago and Ingela Klemetz Farago tell USTA Magazine.