The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2013

I feel like I spent all my dinners out eating in Eastern European and other post-Soviet restaurants this year! As is now the tradition, here’s a summary of the places I reviewed, rated on a scale from 0 to 10, and grouped into three categories: recommended (rating > 6), not worth a special visit (rating […]

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays 2013!

Dear readers, I wish you all happy holidays! I’m leaving for a 10-day trip to Scotland — no Eastern Europe this time, and even my prospects for a Russian restaurant look very slim. But if you’re still looking for ideas for your dinner parties, or you want to use your time off to try some […]


Cooking National Dishes for Ingredient Matcher

Ingredient Matcher is a new web site (and app) that offers to compare a list of ingredients you already have to its recipe database, in order to figure out what you can cook for dinner without having to go to the store. It’s so new, in fact, that it hasn’t even officially launched yet. While […]


Remembering Wayne Masters

I’ve talked about my turkey hunts with Wayne a few times. There was the spring gobbler I killed last year, and the hunt-turned-fishing trip last May. All in all, I’ve known him for about 3 years, and was planning a couple of fishing and hunting trips with him in the coming months. Wayne passed away unexpectedly […]


Happy National Caviar Day!

That’s right, today is National Caviar Day. Once upon a time, New York City bars gave free caviar to their customers to keep them thirsty. Nowadays, of course, you’re unlikely to see restaurants handing over free spoonfuls of the black gold. Not even to mark today’s celebration (you can always try to persuade them; you […]


Liebster Award

Thanks to roodonfood for recently nominating me for the Liebster Award!  Wonder what this is about? Here are the rules: Post 11 random facts about yourself. Answer the 11 questions made by the person who nominated you. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you pass the award to. Choose 11 bloggers to pass the award to and […]


The Food Perestroika Manifesto

When I started this blog over two years ago, I never took the time to write a mission statement. So I’ll kick off 2013 by fixing this. Here is the Food Perestroika manifesto! I’m also adding it to my About page. The word perestroika may be forever associated with Mikhail Gorbachev’s reformation movement in the late eighties, but […]


The Best and Worst Restaurants of 2012

Just like last year, here’s a summary of the restaurants I reviewed in 2012, grouped into two categories: recommended (rating > 6), and not worth a special visit (rating between 5 and 6). As a reminder, I usually mention decor and service in my posts, but only the food is being rated. Luckily, no establishment […]

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