Sun, October 19, 2014

Ukha Russian fish soup // Lublyou.comRussian fish soup Ukha //

We recently discovered that Chinatown is the place for great deals on fresh fish! I had been there once before, but earlier this week I took Ben to explore the sprawling fish markets in search of something tasty for dinner. As a huge seafood lover, I have a hard time not taking home a lot more than I should, but we managed to restrain ourselves to this delicious salmon … and a pound and a half of fresh clams. Fish soup is something that Ben hadn’t tried before meeting me, but it’s very common in Russia and I love it!

“Ukha” (Russian: Уха) started to be used as a term for fish broth in Russian cuisine in the late 17th to early 18th centuries. In the past, fishermen would prepare the soup over an open fire using whichever fish were caught that day. Nowadays, people use any fish, from salmon to cod, that they “catch” at a supermarket on the way home.

There are many ways to go about making this Russian fish soup, but I’ll share just the simplest one, which doesn’t involve making a separate pot of fish broth beforehand. This soup is great for fall. I make it when I crave something comforting on a cold evening and I want it sooner than later.


  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 lb. salmon, cut into bite-sized pieces (or any other fish you like: pike, snapper, trout, bass, etc.)
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled, chopped in cubes
  • 1 small carrot, peeled, cut in circles
  • Salt, peppercorns, ground pepper, bay leaves, smoked paprika, parsley, onion, dill
  • Fresh scallions, dill, parsley chopped, for serving


Bring water to a boil. Add salt, peppercorns, onion, bay leaves, herbs, paprika and ground pepper. Boil on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Add potatoes and carrots, bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add the salmon and cook for 10-15 minutes or until all vegetables are soft and fish is cooked.

Season to taste. Serve hot with fresh herbs.

Ukha fish soup recipe

Sat, October 18, 2014

Russian // Lublyou.comRussian blue shawl // Lublyou.comRussian shawl // // Russian shawlAnn Taylor heelsNew York golden fall //
Silk Top // Nordstrom (similar) • Lace skirt // LOFT (now on sale!) • Heels // Ann Taylor (also on sale now!) • Owl pendant // a gift from Ben • Russian shawl // a gift from mama.

This is how I transition from summer to fall – I put on my Russian shawl! It’s perfect when it’s not cold enough for a coat, but at the same time the occasional crisp October breeze makes my silk top and bare arms look poorly prepared.

I love this wool shawl for sentimental and practical reasons and I could talk about it forever. It’s a gift from my mama and I wore it all the way though my university years, rainy Moscow November mornings, snowy February nights, I had it with me in Korea when Ben and I fell in love, and it kept me warm and reminded me of home during the long Idaho winters. It’s so versatile – I use it instead of a cardigan, as a scarf, sometimes on my head, I tie it around my purse or hips, and even snuggle with it on the couch with a book from time to time.

I came across this list of sales happening this weekend and thought I’d share them here, too:

J.Crew Factory – Extra 30% off Clearance | Code: YAY30
Kate Spade – 30% off entire purchase | Code: F14FFUS
Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off Full Price Tops, Accessories, & Shoes | Code: STYLE50
Saks Fifth Avenue – 25% Off | Code: FRNFAM
Old Navy – 25% Off | Code: TREAT
J.Crew – 30% Off Sweaters & Outerwear | Code: SHOPFALL
Madewell – 30% Off Sale | Code: PICKMEUP
Club Monaco – 25% Off Select Fall Styles | Code: FALLFAVES
Forever 21 – Extra 30% Off Sale | Code: TAKE30
Saks Off Fifth – Extra 40% Off Contemporary | Code: 40FORYOU
Lands End – Extra 30% Off Fall Essentials | Code: LEAF
Gap – Extra 25% Off Entire Purchase | Code: HAPPY

Мой любимый Павлопосадский платок, который я всегда и везде беру с собой, теперь тоже живёт в Нью-Йорке.

Он мне достался в подарок от мамы, и мы с ним не расстаёмся уже много лет. Этот платок согревал меня все университетские годы с их промозглыми ноябрьскими утрами на автобусных остановках, застуженными аудиториями на ВДНХ и снежными февральскими вечерами по дороге домой; он ездил со мной в Корею, где всё самое волшебное только начиналось, а потом я в него куталась и скучала по дому длинными зимами в Айдахо.

Каждый сезон я нахожу новое применение моему Павлопосадскому другу. Так этим особенно тёплым октябрём в Нью-Йорке он мне помогает преобразить мой летний гардероб в осенний в считанные секунды!

Wed, October 15, 2014

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I’ve visited New York in May, July and September before, but this time around I’m here during the most exciting time in the city! Whenever I mentioned moving to New York, people familiar with the city kept telling me “You’re going to love fall there!”, so my expectations were high. September didn’t surprise me much and, except for that one day of downpour which sentenced me to bed with flu for a week, it was mostly just another summer month with picnics in the park, bare legs, iced lattes and humid night air.

October is another story, though. It’s like a plate full of tasty appetizers before the main course. The signs of autumn and approaching holidays are starting to appear all over town, but very slowly and timidly. You wouldn’t notice them if you’re in a hurry.  One day there’s nothing, and the next morning there’s something new on the neighbors’ stoop.

This past week was full of such surprises: small and huge, sleek and warty, orange and white pumpkins on the stoops, spider webs, witches, owls, corn, moss, lanterns… The weather has been incredibly cozy, too, still warm enough for a t-shirt during the day, but kindly chilly in the evenings for the first cups of hot chocolate or pumpkin chai latte.

Speaking of food, this is my third fall in the U.S. and I finally got a real taste for everything pumpkin spice. The first year I just couldn’t deal with it or anything like winter squash, sweet potatoes, chai, and later I was frustrated with eggnog, gingerbread, etc. The second year I gave them all another try and found myself actually enjoying many of those American fall classics.

This year I’m going nuts on the seasonal specials! Tonight I ventured into Trader Joe’s and came home with pumpkin chai latte mix (Ben loves it!), pumpkin butter, pumpkin spice (of course!), pumpkin cider (amazing!), dark chocolate pumpkin spice salted caramels… and I’ve just discovered they have Pumpkin Body Butter?!? Is anyone else also excited about everything October, pumpkins and Halloween?
Halloween at Chelsea marketHalloween in HarlemHalloween in New York

В Нью-Йорке я бывала пару раз в мае, один раз в июле, ещё в начале и в конце сентября, но ни разу настоящей осенью и зимой. Что ж, у меня это всё впереди, так как мы тут теперь надолго. Я с нетерпением предвкушаю осенние и зимние праздники в этом городе, и их первые признаки уже начинают появляться на наших улицах. Всё чаще я замечаю маленькие и огромные, гладкие и бородавочные, оранжевые и белые тыквы на порогах и ступеньках, белые паутины, колышущиеся на ветру, всевозможных ведьм, скелетов, чучел, сов, различный мох и цветастую кукурузу.

В еде у меня тоже начинается осенний сезон со вкусом тыквы и пряным ароматом. Это моя третья осень в Америке, и меня наконец по полной накрыло тыквенной волной. В первый год в Сэндпоинте я не сильно оценила все эти пряные напитки, выпечку и печёные овощи, некоторые даже отправила в “больше никогда!” список. Мне особо не приглянулся пряный чай, даже смешно вспомнить, я его почти два года избегала.

Теперь всё иначе, возможно, это мой культурный шок прошёл, а может, Нью-Йорк так на меня влияет. Одно мне точно известно, из магазина я сегодня пришла с большим “разнообразием” продуктов: тыквенный пряный чай латте, тыквенное повидло, тыквенные пряности, тыквенный сидр, солёная карамель с тыквой в тёмном шоколаде… Меня в этом году не остановить! А вы любите всё тыквенное?

Sat, October 11, 2014

Metropolitan museum of artMetropolitan museum EgyptLaduree New YorkCentral Park New YorkLaduree pastry

These photos are from last Sunday, when we followed our new tradition and visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and had a Ladurée date in Central Park. Does anyone have recommendations or favorite places in the park? We want to explore more of it, but usually the trails end up leading us around the same areas in the southern part.

In the museum we strolled through the Egyptian exhibition, were awed by the magnificent Temple reflecting in the pool and saw all kinds of sarcophagi, mummies and statues. From there we went up into the halls of Asian art with their kimonos, tea rooms, hard stone carvings and ceramics.

The park met us with October crispness but there’s still no sign of the leaves changing. Is it normal for New York to stay so green so long? It’s totally fine with me, I bought an ice cream machine a few days ago so Ben can experiment with his new flavors, and today we’re going to an ice cream party with our friends.

Can’t wait to see what this Sunday brings!

Долгожданное воскресенье наступило, а с ним – и время для традиционного сладкого свидания в парке!

Пока делюсь фотографиями с прошлой недели, когда мы посетили выставки Египта и Азии в музее Метрополитан, а завершили прогулку фисташковым пирожным из Ladurée в Центральном парке. Парк всё ещё не спешит менять цвет листвы, поэтому летнее настроение у нас продолжается, я даже вчера купила Бену в подарок машинку для приготовления мороженного!

Надеюсь, сегодня погода нас тоже порадует, планов у нас как всегда очень много. Всем желаю приятного воскресенья и удачной новой недели!

Wed, October 8, 2014

Russian vegan blini crepes recipe

We had friends over last Saturday and since some of them are vegan we decided to go with an overall vegan theme for the dinner. The night was super fun, we had all kinds of tasty treats and creative drinks, we laughed a lot and one of us even got a haircut!

I’m really into blini lately, I keep coming up with new filling combinations and experimenting with changes to the basic recipe. For the dinner party, I tested this vegan blini recipe and it was a success! I used almond-coconut milk instead of regular milk, and flaxseed flour as an egg replacement.

To make vegan blini batter:
Mix together 2 cups of warmed up almond/coconut/soy milk, 2 cups of flour, 2 Tbsp of flaxseed flour, 1 Tbsp of sugar, ½ of tsp of baking soda previously mixed with lemon juice, 1 Tbsp of olive oil. And add warm water little by little to get necessary thinness.

The cooking process is the same as for non-vegan blini, I described it in this post.

Billy's bakery NYC
Above: having coffee on a bench in Chelsea, are two of my new friends who share my love for photography, food styling, cooking, eating and New York City.

В прошлые выходные мы собрали у себя наших новых друзей на ужин, и так как несколько человек – веганы, я решила попробовать испечь веганские блины. Оказалось, всё довольно просто и очень вкусно, нужно лишь заменить пару ингредиентов. Обычное молоко уступило место миндально-кокосовому, а вместо яиц я добавила льняную муку.

Тесто для веганских блинов:
Смешать 2 стакана подогретого кокосового/миндального/соевого молока, 2 стакана муки, 2 ст.л. льняной муки, 1 ст.л. сахара, 1/2 ч.л. гашёной соды, 1 ст.л. оливкового масла. Постепенно добавлять тёплую воду, разводя тесто до консистенции жидкой сметаны. Жарить, как и обычные блины, на горячей сковороде с обеих сторон до золотого цвета.

Приятного аппетита!

Mon, October 6, 2014

Upper East Side view from the MetLadurée Central parkLadurée date in Central parkLadurée pastry
In the blink of an eye it’s a new week again! I’d better speed up my posting before another one has slipped by. Sunday before last, we went on our already traditional Central Park date. This striped gold bar made it to our Top 3 list of Ladurée pastries: it’s creamy and crunchy at the same time, pretty sweet but not overwhelming, with a coffee note in its heart.

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This time we walked in a different direction and went up to 82nd Street to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s now officially one of our favorite places in New York City! Although it certainly doesn’t need us to qualify it.

The Met is enormous and dainty at the same time, it reminds me of an unscripted old book or a fairy tale forest. We walked up the sunlit main stairs facing Fifth Avenue and got lost in its puzzle of halls and chambers that lead us through galleries, countries, continents and time. During our first visit to The Met we started somewhere in Assyria and Iberia and finished in the company of the impressionists.

We also found our way to the Roof Garden (up the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries, 555 on a map, to the 5th floor.) Even though it was overcrowded on such a hot day, the panoramic view of Manhattan and Central Park is fabulous! I want to come back when the leaves in the park are changing colors. Hopefully the Garden will still be open!

На прошлой неделе мы отмечали месяц с нашего переезда в Нью-Йорк и поэтому решили расширить программу нашего традиционного уже воскресного свидания и в компанию к Центральному парку и Ladurée добавить что-то новенькое – мы начали исследовать Метрополитен музей! Именно исследовать, потому что это один из крупнейших в мире художественных музеев, и в его лабиринтах, галлереях, садах и храмах можно бесконечно гулять и каждый раз находить что-то новое.

В наше первое посещение мы попали на выставку ” Из Ассирии в Иберию”, прошлись по залам с работами импрессионистов. Я никогда не была большим любителем выходных походов в музеи, но вдруг что-то изменилось, и я теперь с нетерпением жду нашего следующего свидания в Метрополитен музее. Возможно, это во мне азарт разыгрался – хочется раскрыть все его тайны, найти все комнаты и закоулки в этом огромном здании, увидеть все страны и континенты, спрятанные по этажам.

Кстати, если пройти в зал Европейского искусства (555 на карте музея) и сесть на лифт, он вас отвезёт на 5й этаж на крышу в панорамными видами Манхеттена и Центрального парка!

Wed, October 1, 2014

The Dorilton Upper West Side
It’s been a whole month since we arrived in New York City and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! Looking back at our move now, I can’t help but think about what we did right and the things we could have done better.

We travelled by air with 2 suitcases, a laptop, our camera and Sonya bunny. We donated most of our clothes, shoes, bags, and other things we accumulated over the past two years in Idaho. Every day of our last week in Sandpoint we stopped by thrift stores on our way to work and left tightly stuffed bags and boxes there. I don’t regret a thing! It’s so freeing to let the things go and start a new life from scratch.

We used FedEx to ship our desktop computer and a few boxes of heavy stuff like winter boots, a new pan, my collection of Soviet Sherlock Holmes movies, our favorite fuzzy blankets. We sent a big very heavy box of my cookbooks and photography books via Media Mail at USPS – it was super cheap and arrived in exactly a week, so that was a good choice!
Upper West Side BrownstonesNew York The Dorilton building

We hadn’t seen our future apartment in real life until we arrived here, so we weren’t sure how much space we had for furniture, cameras and books – most of those things are waiting for us patiently in Sandpoint till the next time we come visit.

Now, having spent a month in the city I can make a list of the things I wish we’d brought:

  • A Backpack. I left three wonderful backpacks behind and I wish I had them here. Backpacks and New York complete each other, you see all kinds of people wearing various backpacks everywhere. For my internship I often have to carry heavy stuff from one side of the city to another and every time I do it, the single shoulder carrying my handbag really wishes I had a backpack. I’ve been looking everywhere for some kind of city backpack, black or dark-brown leather, big enough and at the same time not baggy… Nothing so far.
  • Chairs. We both love the brown and pink chairs we found in the antique shops in Idaho. They’re beautiful and pretty big, which we thought was going to be a big “no” in our new apartment. In reality, we have enough space here for them, I wish we’d brought them.
  • Tripod “lantern” lamp. The same reason as the chairs, now we miss it.
  • Polaroids. I brought a few film cameras with me but somehow I forgot to pack any polaroid cameras! It was pretty tough to find film for them in Idaho, but now there are so many shops around that sell the film and ooops all of my polaroids are back in the mountains.
  • Food photography props. I packed all of my pretty plates, fabrics, tea cups, vintage utensils in nice boxes and stored them away. I thought nothing could be easier than getting all kinds of beautiful new props in the city, because there would be so many shops! Wrong. For so many reasons it’s been very hard to find the right things here, I’ll be sure to write more updates on my progress. I miss you, floral plates and white boards!
  • Umbrella. Full disclosure: I didn’t have one in Idaho! We just drove everywhere, so there wasn’t any need. Now I really need one and I promise myself to get it pretty soon before it starts really raining the autumn way. I’ve already experienced the crazy tropical wall of summer rain here last month, it’s pretty fun by itself but ugly when you’re trying to get to work or run around Brooklyn on an assignment. Bring your umbrella to NYC!

Before our move I got an email from Alexandra, a community manager for, asking me to share what I’d pack in my personal survival kit (this post is NOT sponsored or compensated in any way, it’s simply for fun!) I think moving across the country is a good enough reason to reflect on my must-haves – I put them together in a little collage above. Here’s what I made sure we packed along:

  • Sonya bunny. The main and most important must-have who we’d take even all the way to Mars if we had to. She’s laying next to me right now licking my elbow – do I need to say anymore?
  • My Russian shawl. Mine has more black and green than the one above, you can see it here. It’s a gift from my mama, it’s gorgeous, warm and it reminds me of home. We were packing in August and there was no question about bringing it along.
  • Film “toy” cameras. As I mentioned earlier, I have most of my cameras patiently waiting for me back in Idaho, but I brought 3 of my favorites with me right away: my Fuji Instax, Juice Box and Golden Half (click on each name to see some of the photos I took with them.)
  • L’Occitane shower gel: Almond Oil for me and L’Occitan for Ben. An emergency shopping run in the evening in a new city didn’t seem desirable, so even though we only brought two suitcases along, we found a bit of space in them for these two bottles. After a whole day of traveling all I usually want is to take a long warm shower with my favorite almond oil, relax and go to bed.
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups. These are my biggest weakness, especially the seasonal special, Pumpkin Reese’s!

What would you pack in your essentials kit?

Mon, September 29, 2014

Russian blini with peanut butter and strawberry jamNew York fall colorsRussian blini with peanut butter and strawberry jam filling
Linen Runner // Williams-Sonoma (this one, napkins, tablecloth) • Forks // Vintage find • Plate // Pottery Barn

I really love posting about my Russian-American food experiments here, but with the move to New York I had to leave all of my kitchen and photo props behind, hence the little break I’ve had from posting food. Now I’m constantly on a mission to find everything from table to napkins, which is not as easy as I imagined! Last week I got a bit lucky with a few plates and linens, which inspired me to take pictures for this post.

Russian pancakes, “blini,” are very similar to French crêpes, just a bit thicker. They’re easy to make and can become a part of any meal depending on the filling.  I craved a dessert and the famous American combo of peanut butter and jam seamed like the right fit.

Russian Blini Dough:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 4 cups of milk at room temperature, or 2 cups of milk + 2 cups of water
  • 10g dry yeast
  • 3 eggs, yokes and whites separated
  • 1Tsp sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 2Tsp melted cream butter

Mix flour with yeast, add milk and leave in a warm place to rise. Beat yokes with salt, sugar and butter. Separately beat the whites. When the flour mix is ready, add yokes mixture and mix them well together. If it’s too thick, add warm water, it had to be pretty runny. Right before cooking add fluffy egg whites.

Place a tiny piece of butter in the pan, and spread it around. Ladle in a spoonful of batter, pour it in the middle of the pan and swirl the pan to spread the batter. Cook until golden brown, then flip with a spatula. Cook until the other side is golden brown, then reserve on a plate with a small piece of butter on top. Repeat until you run out of batter.

You can put whatever you want inside of them!  I spread peanut butter and strawberry jam inside and added freshly diced strawberries, then rolled and cut them into pieces like sushi.

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Dress // H&M (here) • Shoes // Madewell (now on sale, similar) • Ben’s shirt // Zara

Ben and I were talking about trees today and how/when they decide to change colors. I always just assumed that as autumn rolls in, the daylight becomes shorter, the temperature decreases, and that’s how the trees realize it’s time to prepare for their winter sleep.

It’s the end of September here, but it definitely feels like July: today we had a fabulous 80F day with bright skies and sunshine. Most of the trees show no sign of calendar awareness either, but there are a few exceptions. This colorful tree in the park was hard to pass up. Isn’t it gorgeous? How does it know it’s supposed to be red right now? I’m very glad some trees are disciplined, it’s my first fall in New York City and I hope it will be bright and colorful!

Я очень скучаю по всем моим тарелкам, ложкам, мискам, столам и салфеткам, оставленным в Айдахо при переезде, а свободное время провожу во всевозможных магазинах в поисках новых фотогеничных объектов. На прошлой неделе мне повезло, и у меня появились несколько чудесных матовых тарелок, льняные салфетки и желание снова фотографировать рецепты.

Так и родились эти блины с начинкой из арахисовой пасты и клубничного джема – мне нравится объединять русские и американские традиции! Сами блины в этот раз я пекла по новому рецепту с добавлением дрожжей и молока, они получились чуть плотнее, чем раньше, и менее кружевными. Мне кажется, всё было довольно вкусно, так как блины уже закончились. Это всегда самый верный показатель, правда ведь?

Кстати, о показателях. У нас стоит настоящая июльская жара, сегодня снова было +27, солнечно и сухо. Кажется, Нью-Йорк не обращает внимание на календарь. Некоторые деревья оказались более дисциплинированными и по одиночке начали менять цвет листьев. Вот такое у нас красивейщее красное дерево стоит перед домом, мы не могли пройти мимо, не покружившись в листве перед камерой.

Thu, September 25, 2014

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Our third week in New York City was very different from the first two, even our (newly) traditional Sunday date was like no other!

On Saturday afternoon we left the city to visit family in New Jersey. I was a little nervous since it was my first time meeting this side of Ben’s family and it was also the first time we were leaving Sonya bunny on her own for so long since we’d moved here. We took a bus to New Jersey at Port Authority (in case anybody is looking for how to do it, we bought them at the station, it was $20 roundtrip per person, schedule here) and it whipped us away to the other state in just 30 minutes, which was great! At the bus station we were immediately picked up by Ben’s aunt and grandmother who brought us to their house full of relatives for a big family gathering.

It was a surprise to me how many new family members I got to meet! Everyone was very nice and friendly and made me feel welcome and comfortable (which isn’t the easiest thing to do with me, to be honest, unfortunately I tend to take time to relax in new company.) It reminded me how terribly I miss my family and how much I love big gatherings like this. I wish we could all get together more often!

The dinner party was super fun, we had four different cakes for dessert (if that says anything,) and late at night we caught a bus back to Manhattan. The ride took us longer because of some rerouting and detours but the night view of glowing New York City from the other side of the Hudson river made it very special.

It rained at night and the next morning we went on a very foggy Central Park and Ladurée date. This time we ordered a bright green pastry with vivid red berries and took it to the top of the rocks near the south end of the park. We got really lucky with the view from our date spot thanks to the fog hugging the skyscrapers and some of the trees starting to change color. I’m excited to see what this Sunday brings us!

Приближаются наши четвёртые выходные в Нью-Йорке, нужно скорее успеть рассказать про предыдущие! В субботу мы сели на автобус и поехали в соседний штат Нью-Джерси в гости к бениным родственникам.

Я, конечно, немного волновалась, особенно, когда я узнала, что на встречу с нами со всех концов штата съехались тёти, дяди, двоюродные сёстры, братья, и даже 88-летняя бабушка! Но все мои страхи быстро улетучились, к счастью, моя местная семья оказалась очень дружелюбной, весёлой и заботливой. Мы отлично провели вечер, даже звонили по Скайпу бениным родителям в Айдахо, а на десерт у нас было 4 разных торта! Как же я скучаю по своей семье! Хотелось бы с ними так собираться по-чаще.

Позже той ночью мы сели на передние сидения автобуса в сторону Манхеттена, и бонусом нашей поездки стал ослепительный вид ночного Нью-Йорка с противоположного берега реки Гудзон.

Всю ночь шёл дождь, а утром город встретил нас густым туманом. По традиции мы зашли в Ladurée, в этот раз заказали ярко-зелёное пирожное с сочно-красными ягодами и разместились на пикник на скалах в южной части парка. Интернет мне подсказывает, что это обнажения горной породы под названием аспидный сланец Manhattan schist. Вид оттуда открывается восхитительный, особенно, когда небоскрёбы прячутся в тумане, а деревья начинают менять цвет и ронять листву. Интересно, что же нас ждёт в следующее воскресенье?

Sun, September 21, 2014

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We began our journey into the Russian food scene of New York City with the Uncle Vanya Cafe (315 W 54th St.)

For most of our meal, we were the only people in the room, joined at the end by a group of businessmen trying not to be too adventurous — “yes, I’ll also have borscht and Russian tea” — and a young couple with their parents visiting, chatting animatedly about their city life to their “out of towner” parents.

There was a lunch deal with a combination of different things, and we settled on borscht (beet soup) and pelmeni (meat dumplings), all of which was pretty good, but nothing too special as far as Russian food goes.

Russian Tea was the star of the visit, and this is why. It was a separate menu item: tea, cherry preserve and cookies. Sounded pretty good, we ordered it and the following appeared on the table: two tea cups, a pot of tea, a glass filled with cherry preserve and 3 (!) simple sugar cookies nicely placed around it. Exactly three. I mean, it wouldn’t be that weird to serve 3 cookies to 2 people if someone had just casually dropped them in a bowl with other stuff like candy and pastries, but I loved the fact that someone specifically picked three cookies and then nicely, one by one, laid them out on the plate.  It’s not really a complaint, we both just thought it was hilarious to be so specific, but yet not leave an even number of cookies for two people.

I brought home a desire to continue eating Russian food, and made a garlicky beet salad. It’s perfect for this time of the year: as Russians believe, garlic helps fight off flu and other viruses.

Russian Beet Garlic Salad

Russian Beet Salad

This Russian salad has a nice flavor of sweetness and a kick of garlic. It can be made with olive oil or mayonnaise, and sometimes I add walnuts, prunes and parsley.

Beets, boiled or roasted and grated
Mayonnaise or olive oil
Garlic, minced
Optional: toasted and chopped walnuts, chopped prunes, chopped parsley

Combine grated beets with garlic (use as much as you want), oil or mayonnaise. Add chopped walnuts, prunes and parsley to taste. The simplest appetizer or side dish is ready!

Мы продолжаем исследовать кафе и рестораны русской кухни в Нью-Йорке, на прошлой неделе мы заглянули в кафе Дядя Ваня на обед. Нас потчевали борщем и пельменями, о которых мне сказать нечего, а завершили нашу трапезу мы “Русским чаем.”

На столе появились две чайные чашечки, чайничек, бокал с вишнёвым вареньем на блюдце, по краю которого красовались три (!) печеньки. Три на двоих. Обычных сахарных печеньки. Вовсе не небрежно высыпанное печенье, будто просто так получилось, что их выпало три. Нет, они были бережно разложены вокруг бокала с вареньем. Как сказал мой брат, “Россия – щедрая душа!” Я даже рада такому анекдоту, Дядя Ваня хоть чем-то удивил :-)