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.


Go on a few-kilometre mountain hike, jump over a stream, stop for a while to take a breath and watch a white-tailed eagle flying in circles above your head. Just for a moment, because at the end of the trip set tables are waiting.

A formula for flavour

In early April we held a premiere of a new cookbook, prepared and published by the Usta Magazine team. This time our book concetrates on the flavours: why sweet goes well with sour and why sour is a perfect match for salty. We explain the meaning of umami and the role of structure and colours. We suggest what goes well with eggplant, strawberries and fish. “Wzór na smak” (Eng. A Formula for Flavour”)  was written by Grzegorz Łapanowski, the photos were taken by Krzysztof Kozanowski and the beautiful layout was designed by Joanna Skiba.

Vive Nanan!

In Wrocław’s Kotlarska street you can eat traditional éclairs made of choux pastry and crème pâtissière. What makes them special, though, are the various flavours of the icing, caramelised toppings and intricate decorations. – Éclair is a pastry everyone knows well, but we try to give it a slightly more modern look, while respecting the classic form. We constantly invent new flavour variations to whet the appetites of the visiting gourmands, the owner Justyna Kawiak tells.

Seven Sisters

Inspired by the unprecedented Women’s March in Warsaw, the Seven Sisters exhibition presents works of six artists from different countries. Their installations, sculptures, photographs and performance evoke and deconstruct, with distance, sense of humour and a certain sense of poetry, the omnipresence of female body in public space and the mystified notion of interior and intimate space.


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.


Food is usually associated with positive things: friends and family, travels, discovering new flavours. But what if the food is not available? Or when we start denying ourselves food for various reasons? You will find these questions discussed in a new quarterly “Non/fiction”. It is yet in the making and it will need your support to be released.


Springy, Japanese home-made noodles bathing in aromatic, vegan broth, which sits overnight with cold brew coffee, crispy, light tempura served on ceramics from Lanckorona made by Piotr Piaskowski and a special sake from a collection created by Joseph di Blasi from Naturaliści (The Naturalists) are all waiting for you in a newly opened Ka Udon Bar in Krakow.

Plates with memory

Food is served on their plates in many restaurants in Copenhagen, including the very famous ones, such as  Relae or 108. Coffee is served in their mugs at Koppi, The Barn and The Coffee Collective. We pay a visit to Mk-Studio, a beautiful workshop of Magdalena Kałużna in Copenhagen.

Democratic Design

The Italian designer duo Formafantasma is based in Amsterdam. Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin met during their studies at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Over eight years of working together they have developed a unique style, based on unusual, often organic materials matched with raw, brutalist elements.

Urban Jungle

Welcome to a colourful oasis in Bucharest. Kāne World Food Studio is  a place where you can get traditional Romanian ribs with grilled polenta as well as a whole menu of exotic dishes from all around the world.


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.

Dancing anchor

There is a new restaurant in Gdańsk! Dancing Anchor is a spacious place, beautifully designed by London’s DeSallesFlint studio, which has just opened in Granary Island.

Rhubarb Orangeade

For hot days and warm nights, for summer picnics and parties – the orangeade. With sweet orange and sour rhubarb, aromatic mint and verbena and, obviously, the sparkles, which you can have either from water or water mixed with prosecco or cava.  Recommended by Magadalena Święciaszek.

Polish wines in Poznań

Culinary Academy invite for the fourth time on 24 June 2017 for a full Day series of events devoted to Polish wines, ciders, and regional products from Wielkopolska. You will be able to get to know them better, taste and – most importantly – buy.

Night Market now every Thursday!

Every weekend in the Spring/Summer season the platforms of the ancient Warsaw Main Railway Station transform into a food market open until late night hours. We have good news for all the after dark street food lovers: the Night Market will be open also on Thursday starting from June 1.