What did we eat in Russia, you ask? We tried the traditional and the new. For lunch, we really liked the pirozhki, which are stuffed pies, both savory and sweet.
We chose the chicken stuffing and then lemon for dessert, but there were many more options, including salmon, beef, cheese and a variety of fruits.
The next day we had lunch in the countryside at a typical family restaurant.
There were stuffed tomatoes, and stewed tomatoes and onions for starters,
along with mushroom broth
and borscht with beets for a soup.
Our main course was cabbage wrapped pork stuffing.
Topping it off was blini filled with cranberries and vanilla ice cream. Truly a feast.
In a hurry one night before the ballet, a group of us decided to try the ultimate cross-over experience--
It took 5 people to figure out how to order from the menu. It's not a quarter-pounder here, folks! I must say the fries were as tasty as ever!
And there was some green drink concoction that Shrek was promoting. I don't think it had vodka in it, but vodka was on every other table where we dined.
And the most ironic experience of all, was the pub just steps from our hotel doorway called Ye Olde Chelsea Arms, where we grabbed quick bites for dinner one evening. Too coincidental to be believed, but it was about the only sign we could read in the whole city. Yum yum--that's вкусная конфетка in Russian!!