Summer Recipes, 2017 Edition

Summer Recipes, 2017 Edition

It’s officially summer, and I’m off to Croatia for two weeks. If you fear Food Perestroika withdrawal, here are some seasonal recipes for you to re-discover: To stick to the theme of my trip, try my Brodet, Croatian Fish Stew, or Bosnian Ćevapi with Kajmak, Ajvar, and Lepinja. Still from the same part of the world, the Albanian Langoustine and Sujuk […]

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Kazakh Channel 31

Big in Kazakhstan

That’s right, Kazakh TV Channel 31 just released a video about yours truly! Somehow, someone there got wind of my blog and thought it would be a great idea to do a segment about an American[-French] guy making Kazakh food in New York, especially if the narrator could take substantial license with the facts. So I […]

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Making Chocolate Babka

Spring 2017 Vacations

Don’t expect any post this week or next — I’m on vacation. I did manage to visit a Serbian restaurant in Paris, so I won’t come home empty-handed. Lately, I’ve also been working on making the perfect chocolate babka, and a few pounds later, having tried some reference recipes from both cookbooks and stores, I think […]

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The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2016

The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2016

Seven restaurant reviews this year, not too shabby! Believe it or not, there was some (loose) method to my madness: I continued the Kosovan series started last year, spread to other regions of former Yugoslavia, compared a couple of pierogi joints, and visited some Czech restaurants. I didn’t feel like going to Brighton Beach, yet […]

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Happy Holidays 2016!

Happy Holidays 2016!

Happy Holidays! It feels like Thanksgiving and its first round of holiday recipe recommendations was just yesterday, but as is now the tradition, I’d like to share with you my favorite recipes exclusively from this year’s posts, with a focus on the festive and/or decadent. This certainly doesn’t mean that I don’t like the other dishes I […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Americans and America-dwellers! I’m taking a week off but I don’t want to leave you without anything to cook when kicking off of the holiday season, so here are a few ideas from my previous posts (many of the older pictures probably suck; I’ll try to update them in future Throwback Thursdays). Let’s start […]

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Food Perestroika on Instagram

Media Socialism

Now back from a series of business and vacation trips, I’ve decided to do some belated spring cleaning in my social media accounts: I’ve officially stopped linking my posts on Pinterest. This probably shouldn’t affect you too much: chances are you didn’t even know I had a Pinterest account, and it’s never featured anything that you can’t already find […]

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Back From Central Europe

Back from Central Europe

The past 10 days saw me traveling in Hungary, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. Soon, you too will learn everything there is to know about absinthe in Moravia. Discover the little stinky cheese of Olomouc. Read the highlights of a tasting of 100 wines. Understand what real Slovak Bryndzové Halušky taste like. Find out why a church in […]

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The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2015

The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2015

Only six full-on restaurant reviews this year, just like in 2014. Sigh… Will I live long enough to review all the Eastern European joints in NYC? Though some of them sadly closed shortly after their openings, several of this year’s entries are enduring institutions, so there’s hope. Then again, quantity shouldn’t trump quality. Just look […]

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Happy Holidays 2015

Happy Holidays 2015!

Dear readers, Happy holidays! I’m getting ready for a ten-day family trip to Quebec, where I intend to find out just how one can enjoy winter activities in places that have barely seen their first snowflakes of the season, and where ice can still only be found in freezers. But I wouldn’t want you to […]

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