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Traces of old taverns and inns go back as far as the middle ages. There are a lot of places where you can see the remains of old inns, one of them being Grosser Stern, which existed until the beginning of 20th century. The remains are located in upper Sopot, not far away from the Lesnik sanatorium. The oldest known middle age tavern is on 801 Independence Avenue (Aleja Niepoldleglosci 801). The present building, which you can see here, was built in the 18th century after the old one was burnt by the Russian army. Next to the building you can see an old basement from 17th or 18th century, which was part of the tavern, which was partially demolished. If you take a walk on 5 Conrad Street you can see place where the old restaurant Kaiserb÷be was placed at the beginning of 20th century. One of the most famous and expensive places in Sopot, is the restaurant in Grand Hotel. It was made famous by the symbol of the grand Hotel, which has its permanent place in Sopot's history since its construction in 1927. One of the first restaurants and pubs which you can see when you leave the railway station is restaurant Kinski, named after the famous actor Klaus Kinski, which is located in a building dating from 1898, where the actor was born.
The basic ingredients of Poland 's cuisine consist of cereal crops such as rye, wheat, millet, barley and buckwheat. Rye bread is typical in this part of Europe . Bread has always had enormous symbolic importance to Poles. Buckwheat is also often seen in the Polish cuisine today, as it is Poland 's most popular side dish. Pickled vegetables such as cucumbers, beetroot, cabbage (sauerkraut) and kohlrabi have become an essential part of Polish cooking. The idea of pickling is not limited to vegetables; herring, fished in the Baltic, is doused with spices and vinegar and is used, among other things, for fasting days and holy days. This has remained as Poland 's favourite national food. With the accent on storage, sour cream, curd cheese and soured milk have become important constituents of the Polish kitchen. Fresh cream and milk would be left to ferment. These dairy products have become an essential element in the taste and flavour of Polish cooking. Meat also plays a significant importance in the Polish diet, perhaps the most famous Polish meat known being the kielbasa, or Polish sausage. Polish food has much to offer, and I for one enjoy its robustness.
Harnas is a cuisine from south of Poland, you can sample what people eat high in the mountains.