A Polish breakfast buffet! Novotel Wroclaw Centrum Hotel

After a long-haul flight — and I had been in four countries in one day — I usually awake famished. I know that even modest hotels put out a breakfast spread. Novotel Wroclaw Centrum Hotel in Wroclaw, Poland, is in the crossroads of history: the intersection of the prehistoric Amber Road and the medieval Via Regia. I figured there would be a cornucopia of cuisines at the breakfast buffet, and I was right! I was happy to be hosted to experience it.

There was a congee setup for their many Asian guests, as well as rice noodles:

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They also had a beans and hotdog setup for British guests, but no mash or stewed tomatoes. There were white wurst and also, smoked kielbasa. If you just want a hotdog, here are the condiments:

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Pickles, jams and honey figure prominently in Polish cuisine. The hotel has its own beekeeper! I sampled the raw honey and honeycomb each day, because that’s supposed to be healthful with enzymes. They had a mellow sweetness. They also make their own chocolate sauce, but I didn’t have the chance to sample it.

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They had a bread station. I was surprised to see the breads were more like Italian bread, instead of like Scandinavian breads (with seeds).

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Vegans would be happy with the large selection of seeds and also hummus/bean pastes (which they confusingly call “pasta”).

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There was a smaller deli type section, with cold cuts like ham and white cheese, a smoked fish and a salad that I regretfully only saw once: it was creamy with mayo, cucumber, cheese, corn and scallion. Totally high in fat and low in carbs, but tasty!

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They do have a made-to-order omelette station. But the part I really got into was the make your own juice setup! They had a selection of two apples, pears and then, several veggies to juice. I eagerly made my own style of V-8 each day, with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beets. The first day, I saw hunks of fresh horseradish to add, but I stayed away. However, I quickly determined that the juice needed a little something . . . I was soon adding two hunks of horseradish! If given the opportunity, I’d add a third to my recipe. For other beverages besides make your own, there was a ready-made juice machine and an Italian coffee drink machine.

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