Restaurant Review: Karczma

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! Karczma, which means inn in Polish, is a nice little restaurant that opened in 2007 and […]

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Almond, Raisin and Chocolate Yule Log

This year was the first in nearly a decade that I remained home for the holidays, and I decided to make up for all that lost time by making an abundance of holiday-themed dishes. Some might say an overabundance, but is there really such a thing?! The Yule log was originally a large wooden log […]

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Braised Lamb Tongues

Like many parts of the animal not normally used in modern Western restaurants, lamb tongues are common in the Caucasus. You can find boiled tongues on the menu at Apsheron in Sheepshead Bay. This small and somewhat scarce meat cut owes its relative popularity to its pronounced lamb flavor and its unique texture that melts […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been busy cooking festive dishes and dining in restaurants as my parents were visiting us over the past 2 weeks, and I probably have enough material to post until the end of January! I’m going on vacation this week though, so there won’t be much going on in the next […]

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Road to Ushguli

Georgian Adventures, Part 5

After leaving the vineyards of Khvanchkara, we spent the night in Tsageri, then drove to Lentekhi, the capital of Lower Svaneti. This marked the beginning of our long journey across the mountainous, wild and beautiful region of Svaneti, home of the proud and bellicose Svans and their mysterious towers. How many towns can boast having a […]

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Blini and Oladi, Russian Pancakes

Blini and Oladi, Russian Pancakes

There are literally hundreds of Russian pancake recipes. The Bolshaya Kniga Domashney Kukhni by Svetlana and Lidia Lagutina alone counts more than 70! These recipes distinguish themselves by the type of flour or starch used (wheat, buckwheat, rye, semolina, potato), the raising agents or aerators present in the batter (yeast, baking soda, beaten egg whites, […]

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Restaurant Review: Apsheron

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! In the inland part of the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn, Apsheron is an Azeri restaurant […]

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Kippered Salmon

The food markets of Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic states are filled with smoked fish of all kinds. Here’s a sample of the selection of hot-smoked items at the Riga Central Market, Europe’s largest, with salmon front and center: Kippered salmon is traditionally prepared using a hot-smoking process, resulting in a flaky, juicy piece of […]

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Partridge Breast and Dumplings in Tokaji Sauce

Up until the first world war, Hungary and Bohemia boasted several great estates for partridge shooting. Thousand of gray partridges were then exported to North America, making them one of the principal game birds here to this day. Although the only American partridges you will find in stores are farmed, a curious loophole allows the […]

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