Siberian Bird Cherry Cake and Lingonberry-Dill Sundae

Siberian Bird Cherry Cake and Lingonberry-Dill Sundae

There are many dishes on the menus of the two restaurants I just reviewed – Omulyovaya Bochka and Chemodan – that most diners will have never encountered before, often prepared with Siberian fish, game meat, or berries. One of the most intriguing, in my opinion, is the bird cherry cake. If unfamiliar with bird cherry […]

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Siberian Cuisine - Wild Boar Cutlets, Celery Root Purée, Kasha and Lingonberry Sauce

Wild Boar Cutlets, Celery Root Purée, Kasha, and Lingonberry Sauce

As seen at the two restaurants discussed in my previous posts, wild game, mushrooms, and berries are three essential ingredients in Siberian cuisine. Quite often, the game meat is prepared as a cutlet – a round or oval patty made of ground meat. There’s a reason for this: while it would be awesome if wild […]

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Siberian Cuisine - Chemodan

Moscow Rules, Part 8: Chemodan

After my post about Omulyovaya Bochka last week, let’s continue our exploration of Siberian cuisine through another Moscow restaurant. Located in the Arbat District, Chemodan (“suitcase” in Russian) is part of the trend of celebrity-owned eateries that arrived in Moscow in the early twenty-tens. If you follow Russian cinema a little, you might remember actor Oleg […]

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Russian Food - Birch Pie

Siberian Birch Syrup Pie and Kefir Ice Cream

If you find yourself in Canada, you might try the impossibly sweet yet addictive maple syrup pies. In New York City, Momofuku Milk Bar has the infamous crack pie, which isn’t all that different, except it’s made with cane sugar and a funkier crust. As a birch syrup lover, I wanted to come up with a similar dish […]

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Kremlin Menu Watch, Part 3

You may not be a man like Putin, but you can try to eat like him. Here are some excerpts from the news on his presidential feasts in the Kremlin and in other parts of the Empire. You may have heard the news of our Man of Action catching a giant 40+ lb pike during his photo […]

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