12 Chairs

Red Alert: 12 Chairs Café

Red Alert! Random Eastern European dishes are invading our streets and restaurants! Should you duck and cover, or welcome the enemy? 12 Chairs Café is named after a satyrical novel by Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov that nobody’s ever read outside of Soviet Union. Or is that so? The owners explain on their web site that they “started out […]

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Back From Kazakhstan

Back from Kazakhstan

I’ve just returned from a 10-day trip to Kazakhstan, mostly touring the country’s three largest cities, and therefore spending a lot of time visiting food markets, stores, and restaurants. Every day, time and again, I put my gastroenteric well-being on the line to bring you back the best stories. Drinking fermented camel’s milk and eating horse meat steaks done […]

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Cherry Varenyky and Goat Cheese Ice Cream

Cherry Varenyky and Goat Cheese Ice Cream

I thought I’d written everything one needs to know about varenyky. I’ve prepared the Ukrainian dumplings with potatoes, cabbage, butternut squash, and artichoke. I’ve eaten them at countless restaurants reviewed on these pages, I’ve even tried some at a dumpling festival. So what did I forget? I forgot to blog a dessert version! So here are my supercharged cherry varenyky. […]

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Caviar Russe

Red Alert: Caviar Russe

Red Alert! Random Eastern European dishes are invading our streets and restaurants! Should you duck and cover, or welcome the enemy? Far away from the hype of New York’s incessant restaurant openings and closings lies a disregarded culinary genre, that microcosm, the caviar shop-cum-restaurant. Several of big players have or have had one such establishment. The smaller ones (such […]

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Árvay Hétfürtös Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 1999 Hárslevelű

TWR: Árvay Hétfürtös Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 1999 Hárslevelű

During numerous trips to the Tokaj-Hegyalja region in Hungary, I’ve had the opportunity to taste hundreds of Tokaji dessert wines, and I’ve managed to build a small personal collection. With no great claim to being a sommelier, I will share with you my impressions about the wines, and stories about the people who make them. […]

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Hungarian Goulash, Blood Sausage, Foie Gras and Pear Tartlets

Hungarian Goulash, Blood Sausage, Foie Gras and Pear Tartlets

Right. It’s the middle of the summer, 30 degrees outside (we’re using the metric system here, remember?), and here I am with my recipe for goulash, blood sausage, and foie gras, like it’s Christmas all over again. As you can imagine, I actually started working on this several months ago, but now you’ll just have […]

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Morel "Strudel" Shashlyk

Morel “Strudel” Kebabs and Vegetarian Plov

Here’s a recipe I’d like to share before morel season is well and truly over! Morels are among my favorite mushrooms, and even if some species are more flavorful than others, they rarely disappoint when they’re bought fresh and handled properly. And with two elements each calling for a generous amount of these delectable fungi, […]

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Prague - Mala Strana - Lokál

Czech Impressions: Lunching in Prague like a Tourist

Our gastro-tour of Prague resumes, albeit on a smaller scale. So far, we’ve tried the city’s fine dining options, both traditional and modern. Yet between these feasts, we need to grab bites for lunch. With Prague’s central district being overcrowded with tourists, this is easy and difficult at the same time. Easy because you can find […]

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Liberland

Welcome, Liberland!

Food Perestroika would like to congratulate Liberland on being the newest country in Eastern Europe. By virtue of geography, it automatically falls under the umbrella of this blog, and perhaps I will fill future posts with related recipes, and travel stories! Hey, why not? But what is Liberland, you may ask. In a nutshell. this is a libertarian […]

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