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PASI EDU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the Polish American community and American public on Polish and Polish-American history, culture, science, and relevant current events.

There is much about Poland and American Polonia of which we are justifiably proud and must be shared because it constitutes an important part of European and American history and culture. However, our review of information sources available to the public continues to reveal significant material omissions, misrepresentations, and falsifications. These sources include public school curricula and textbooks, media news outlets, popular websites, historical literature, and other public domain content. We address these deficiencies by presenting the facts and following our motto: “Only Truth is Interesting.”

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Photo: Bottiglieria 1881

Foodies starstruck as Poland lands eight Michelin stars in latest guide

Foodies starstruck as Poland lands eight Michelin stars in latest guide

Poland’s rising stock as a culinary destination received another boost following Thursday’s release of the latest edition of the Michelin Guide Poland.
Covering Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, and—for the first time—Gdansk, the foodie bible issued eight stars in total, 16 Bib Gourmands, and 55 recommendations.

Founded in 1900, Michelin’s guides have since become a universal benchmark in quality. According to Michelin, one star recognizes restaurants that are “very good in their category,” two stars denote “inspired and refined cuisine,” while three stars are issued for “remarkable cuisine by chefs at the peak of their talent.” Bib Gourmands, meanwhile, are awarded for “quality food at moderate prices.”

Retaining its position as the country’s best-rated restaurant, Krakow’s Bottiglieria 1881 kept the two stars it won last year. Viewing Polish food through a modern prism, the restaurant was praised for its “sophistication, depth, and wonderful purity of flavor.”

Continuing, the guide added: “The best of the Polish larder is used throughout, while each finely crafted course is finished with an artistic flourish.”

Two hours south of Krakow, Giewont—so named for the views of the eponymous mountain in front—earned its first ever star and was lauded for its “expressive, consummately seasoned dishes” and its French and Polish influences and ingredients.

Poznan’s Muga and Warsaw’s Nuta both retained their one-star rating, with the latter hailed for the creativity of its chef, Italian Andrea Camastra. “With a degree in chemistry from Oxford, Andrea even has an on-site lab for testing out his creations,” says Nuta’s review.

Of the new inductions, Warsaw’s Rozbrat 20 was upgraded from Bib Gourmand to a fully-fledged star holder. “Look out for the well-judged butter flavored with Marmite, which the chef took a liking to while working in London,” advised Michelin.

Arguably, it is Gdansk that has the most to celebrate. Featured for the first time in the Michelin Guide, the wider region was awarded two stars, five Bib Gourmands, and 13 recommendations.

Located on the 33rd floor of the beach-side Olivia Centre skyscraper, Arco by Paco Perez was deemed the hottest booking in town: “The cooking is spectacular, underpinned by Polish produce, driven by Spanish flavors and incorporating a few Italian influences,” wrote Michelin’s reviewers.

However, it is Gdansk’s Eliksir that has become the talk of Poland after winning the country’s first Green Star. Introduced in 2020 to promote those at the forefront of sustainable gastronomy, the Green Star has become one of Michelin’s rarest awards.

Justifying Eliksir’s selection, Michelin wrote: “The team at Eliksir implements many policies in order to reduce the restaurant’s impact on the planet. Central to this is a low-waste philosophy that includes reclaiming cooking oil for use as fuel and saving citrus peels to be used for cordials and syrups.”

Continuing, they added: “Local produce is also key to the Eliksir ethos, as is the use of renewable energy sources and a commitment to working with suppliers who share the restaurant’s sustainable approach.”

Source: TVP World

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Iga Swiatek savoring her victory at Roland Garros in Paris. Source: Tennis.com

Halfway through 2024, Number 1-ranked Swiatek is off to a Grand Start

Halfway through 2024, Number 1-ranked Swiatek is off to a Grand Start

Iga Swiatek won her fourth Roland-Garros title in June 2024. It is her third Roland-Garros title in a row, and her fifth Grand Slam title, having also won in Paris in 2020 and clinching the US Open in 2022.

Swiatek dismantled all of her opponents en route to the title apart from Naomi Osaka in the second round, when she faced a match point on Osaka’s serve before breaking and completing an incredible turnaround victory.

From that point, she was unstoppable, winning the title by dropping just 11 games across her next five matches. She then beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

Swiatek completed the rare feat of winning all three of the major clay-court titles in one season, having also won the Madrid Open and the Italian Open in 2024.

Iga Swiatek won the Italian Open for a third time, beating Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-3 in the final for her fourth title of the year. The Pole became just the third woman ever to win Madrid and Rome back-to-back, taking the title without dropping a set.

In May 2024, Swiatek saved three match points to beat Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7) to win her first Madrid Open title and the 20th singles title of her career. The win made her the youngest player to reach 20 titles since Caroline Wozniacki in 2012.

In March 2024, Iga Swiatek defeated Maria Sakkari in the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, winning her second title at the WTA 1000 event. She swept past the Greek 6-4, 6-0, winning eight games in a row from 4-4 in the first set to claim the match. This was her 19th title and second time winning the Indian Wells title, having lifted the trophy in 2022 as well.

The Pole was knocked out in the third round of the 2024 Australian Open – her earliest exit at a Slam since Wimbledon in 2022, where she also lost in the third round. After coming from a double break down in the third set against Danielle Collins in the second round, Swiatek came up short against 19-year-old Czech Linda Noskova in the third round. Noskova came from a set down to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for the biggest win of her young career.

Iga Swiatek won the WTA Finals for the first time in her career in 2023, beating Jessica Pegula in the final, 6-1, 6-0. The Pole dropped only 20 games all week, the fewest games lost by any champion in the history of the event. The victory also ensured Swiatek regained the world No 1 ranking, having lost it to Aryna Sabalenka earlier in 2023. “To return to world No 1 is a dream come true,” she said. “I’d say I wasn’t expecting that this season.”

Iga Swiatek became the new world No 1 in women’s tennis on May 4, 2022. The 20-year-old became the 28th woman to hold the No 1 ranking, as well as the first Polish woman ever to hold the ranking. On April 22, 2024, Swiatek became only the ninth woman to be ranked world No 1 for 100 weeks or more.

In 2022, she won consecutive WTA 1000 titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, and Rome. Today, she is the undisputed leader on the women’s tour.

Source: This article is an edited version of an 8 June 2024 article published by Tennis Majors on its website at this link.

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Photo: The Academy of Europe

Polish physicist wins €2.5m grant for quantum mechanics research

Polish physicist wins €2.5m grant for quantum mechanics research

A Polish physicist has won a €2.5 million grant for a research project into quantum mechanics.
Professor Karol Zyczkowski from the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow received the European Research Council’s Advanced Grant for his ‘TAtypic’ project, which aims to identify structures with properties useful for processing quantum information.

Professor Jacek Popiel, the university’s rector, said: “This is a top-shelf grant, the most difficult to obtain.

“Obtaining it is, of course, a personal success for Professor Zyczkowski, but also a success for the university, because the entire scientific path of the professor is connected with Jagiellonian University.”

The European Research Council is a public body for funding scientific and technological research within the EU.

The grant is awarded for ambitious projects, the results of which often lead to breakthrough scientific discoveries.
Source: PAP