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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Estonian Sea-Buckthorn Sundae

Estonian Sea-Buckthorn Sundae

After the recent birch syrup pie, here’s a second serving of kefir ice cream with birch syrup — but in a totally different format, and with the very peculiar flavor of sea-buckthorn. Sea-buckthorn is an orange berry found throughout Europe and Asia, with an exceptionally high content of vitamin C and carotenes. While it’s sometimes used in […]

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Caucasian Plombir-Apricot-Baklava Sundae

Caucasian Plombir-Apricot-Baklava Sundae

I’m not the world’s biggest dessert eater, but lately I’ve been thinking about ice cream sundaes whenever I have a craving for sweets, probably because the excessive combination of ice cream, sauce, and crunchy bits is guaranteed to deliver the goods if only in terms of quantity and sugar. During a recent dinner at Alder, I finished […]

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