Moscow - Uzbekistan Restaurant

Moscow Rules, Part 1: Uzbekistan Restaurant

This is exciting! After nearly eight years of blogging about Eastern Europe, I’m finally writing my first travel series about Russia, albeit the distances physically traveled are relatively small — mostly from one Moscow restaurant to the next. That’s right: for a whole week last winter, I ate my way through over a dozen restaurants, […]

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Lithuanian Food - Varškės Spurgos

Varškės Spurgos, Lithuanian Farmer Cheese Fritters

Nearly every country counts some kind of sweet fried dough among its desserts. Americans eat doughnuts, Indians have gulab jamun, the French make beignets, and I’ve already written about fritule, Dalmatian fritters. Lithuanians are no exception, and in his class on Eastern European desserts at the Institute of Culinary Education (which I have mentioned previously), Michael […]

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Croatian Food - Povitica

Povitica, Croatian Walnut Roll

Walnut rolls are common in many cuisines of Eastern Europe. Hungarians eat bejgli, Slovenians have potica, and Croatians make povitica, generally for Christmas and Easter. The dessert counts many variations: the layers can be thick or thin, the roll can be baked as a log or folded in a loaf pan, and poppy seeds can replace walnuts. […]

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Georgian Wine - Ramaz Nikoladze

An Evening of Georgian Natural Wines

I’ve been wanting to write about Georgian wines for quite a while now. First I promised I would include a chapter about Kakheti wineries in my Georgian Adventures series, and completely forgot about it (I’ll fix that soon). Then I started buying Georgian wines and jotting down tasting notes about them, but felt like a […]

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Bukhara - Ceramics

Uzbek Adventures, Part 4: Bukhara

Returning to Uzbekistan after a sojourn in Tajikistan feels a little bit like reaching the promised land after crossing the desert. A Tajik desert with decrepit Soviet relics, hellish hotels, hellish roads, hellish tunnels, and teapots half-filled with adulterated booze, where the only direction locals can point you is to your very own nadir. If you […]

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