Tajik Souvenir

Tajik Adventures, Part 1: Survival Guide

Get ready for a series of travel stories from all over Central Asia, starting with Tajikistan! One could argue that this is really “Part 2”, as I’ve already recounted my lunch in a colorful Dushanbe restaurant here. Back then, the title of the article (“I Ate Dinner in a Tajik Hellhole”, which by the way was not chosen by […]

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Blueberry-Chocolate Roll, Apple Sorbet, and Buckwheat Crème Anglaise

Blueberry-Chocolate Roll, Apple Sorbet, and Buckwheat Crème Anglaise

It all started with Irina Chadeyeva’s Vypechka po GOSTu, a compilation of Soviet era baking hits, from the Kiev cake to the kartoshka (each of which I’ve encountered here and here, respectively). Chadeyeva’s recipes, often named after cities from the four corners of the Empire, for reasons unknown, are backed up with nostalgic pictures of the […]

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Belmont - Gurra Café

Restaurant Review: Gurra Café

A note about my restaurant reviews: New York City counts many Eastern European restaurants scattered across the five boroughs, most of them ignored by restaurant critics and diners alike. I intend to visit as many as I can and report! These days, the Belmont neighborhood in the Bronx might be more evocative of Albania than Italy, even […]

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Buffalo - Bosnian Cuisine - Balkan Dining

Red Alert: Balkan Dining in Buffalo

Red Alert! Random Eastern European dishes are invading our streets and restaurants! Should you duck and cover, or welcome the enemy? This post departs from my typical Red Alerts in the sense that Balkan Dining, in Buffalo, NY, is a legit Eastern European restaurant, not a random eatery that serves a somewhat Eastern European dish. However, […]

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Albanian Cuisine - Tavë Kosi and Qofte

Tavë Kosi and Qofte Të Fërguara, Albania’s National Dishes

I’m finally starting to act upon my New Year’s resolution of blogging more national dish recipes! Earlier this month it was Liberland, now it’s Albania’s turn. And you even get two dishes for the price of one: tavë kosi and qofte të fërguara. Tavë kosi is a baked dish of lamb and rice covered with yogurt (in […]

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Karlovy Vary Wafers

Czech Impressions: Karlovy Vary

This is actually not the first time I’m writing about Karlovy Vary, formerly known as Carlsbad. A few months ago, I wrote an article on MUNCHIES about one of the things the town is famous for: Becherovka, the herbal medication that became a liqueur without loosing its atrocious taste. But there’s more! As a spa town, of course […]

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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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