Category: "Food"

Morning in Barcelona

by Don  

A full seven hours of sleep last night, which bodes well for overcoming jet lag. If I can stay awake at least until 9:00 p.m. tonight, then I will be in very good shape indeed. Started the morning with the most incredible shower. No water regulators… more »

Sun's up, looks okay,

by Don  

? The world survives into another day ? And I'm thinking about eternity ? Some kind of ecstasy's got a hold on me Ah, what a good thing to have Bruce Cockburn going through my head today. Yesterday I woke up with that damned song "Moves like… more »

La Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, Food

by Don  

By odd coincidence an old acquaintance of mine, Dale, who lives in Berlin, is also in Barcelona for a few days. Today we touristed together. We met at La Plaça de Catalunya, picked up his tourist bus ticket, and then headed down Las Ramblas to see… more »

More veal

by Don  

Last night's dinner... although technically it was slightly after midnight. more »

The Museum of Chocolate

by Don  

I had purchased a 5-day ?Barcelona Card? for my stay, which gives me unlimited access to the major public transport services and also free entrance to dozens of museums and nearly two hundred discounts. Among the free entrance coupons was one to Le… more »

Back to the market

by Don  

I wanted to head back to the market today for a couple of reasons. First, there are some packed lunch stands there that are always full of people, but alas, when I arrived, I was still full of veal from last night and breakfast from this morning, so no… more »

Groceries

by Don  

Just did my first real grocery shopping. First for breakfast I picked up a package of katyk, which is a fermented milk product made from condensed milk. It's a Tatar drink. Fell in love with it last year. Then I bought your basic salami style… more »

Breakfast

by Don  

Had a great night's sleep upstairs. The window was open, but not a single mosquito. Amazing. I essentially got a full eight hours rest, so I went downstairs to the kitchen with my Nook to do a bit of reading. (I'm incapable of reading in bed.) Flyura… more »

Garden

by Don  

Now I have to tell you about the garden here. Russians love their gardens. In the summertime, if a family has a dacha, they head out of town and plant as much as they possibly to prepare for winter. Danila's family actually has a private home just… more »

Sour cream

by Don  

Once you have eaten Russian sour cream, you will never go back to American. more »

Garden produce

by Don  

Danila's family's generosity continues: Flyura brought me produce from her garden. In the back is a squash, which she advised me first to fry up in sunflower oil, then take some garlic, grate it on a fine grater, mix with mayonnaise, and then mix… more »

Me gusta

by Don  

This is my new favorite cafe in Kazan. It's on the first floor of GUM. I like it because the coffee is good, it's spotlessly clean, and the music isn't so loud that you can't hear each other. In the early part of the day I come here to read. I've… more »

Banana chocolate cake

by Don  

Of course, you don't always have to order the same thing. Here is a tort made of layers of chocolate genoise, light chocolate mousse, and covered with a banana layer. Now that banana layer is not made with chemicals. They used real bananas, and the… more »

Sour cream cake

by Don  

Here's a more typical Russian dessert, ????????? ?sour cream cake.? Oh, so good. And next to that is ???? ??? ? ????? ?3-in-1 coffee,? i.e. coffee with creamer and sugar. Lots of the instant coffee in Russia is sold that… more »

Barbeque lasagne

by Don  

The closest mall to my apartment is called ?????? ?The Ring.? You have no idea how weird that sentence is. When I first started coming to Russia, there was no such thing as a mall. The idea that there are now malls with food courts and… more »

Sausage!

by Don  

Inside the Ring Mall is a restaurant that wasn't here last year. It's called ?Das Kolbas,? which is fake German for ?The Sausage.? I say fake because the Russian word for sausage is kolbasá, so they have Germanified it to Das Kolbas. I'm… more »

Kosher restaurant

by Don  

Wow, now this is amazing. There is a kosher restaurant in Kazan. The number of Jews in Kazan is miniscule, so I would think that the restaurant might fail for lack of clientele. Good luck to them! more »

Let's cook squash

by Don  

Cooking Yes, I know you'll laugh at me. Today is the first time I've cooked in Russia. And this is my ninth trip. Oh, sure, I've put frozen stuff on the stove in boiling water, but that's really it. I've never really taken fresh food and cut and… more »

Squash again

by Don  

I brought a bottle of ground chipotles with me to Russia, and I just made calabacitas with it with the second half of a large squash. So good! more »

The Bachelor's Retreat

by Don  

Most of the time I really don't care all that much about what I eat as long as it doesn't include foods I actively dislike and I feel full when I'm done. I don't need fancy restaurants or beautiful decor. But today I was in the mood to go somewhere… more »

Flamp

by Don  

I registered with flamp.ru, a website that specializes in restaurant/cafe reviews. I posted my review of ????? ????????? here. Kind of fun. Of course, you have to read Russian to get it. It's kind of funny, really. I wouldn't usually… more »

Chipotle squash again

by Don  

I'm doing the same recipe, although this time with white squash ????????. Smells so good as it cooks! more »

Quiet, students, mayonnaise

by Don  

A cool, quiet day in Kazan. The US is currently distracted by the shootings in CO. I find myself wondering if anyone is paying attention to: The bus bombing of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria on the 19th Today's bombing in Orakzai, Pakistan The… more »

Food attitudes

by Don  

I was snickering to myself yesterday about how very different attitudes towards food can be. When Danila's brother Sasha came home from work, he sat down to eat manty, which for the moment we'll say are like large hemispherical ravioli. He pulled out… more »

A little snack in Russia

by Don  

Last night Marina and her family spent with the Osipovs. This evening they have come back. So what snacks have I laid out on the table for their arrival? Here is the short version. From the top going counterclockwise: Pistachios from Arizona… more »

Feedback from Kiev

by Don  

I was reading student feedback from Kiev today. The most common comment? "My host family feeds me too much, and then I feel bad because I don't finish and then they tell me I'm wasting food." Chuckle. If that's your worst problem in Kiev, you are… more »

Tatar/Russian cooking class

by Don  

Today our students were treated to a cooking class at the Mirage, Kazan's first five-star hotel. Tatar cuisine: Home style salad Azu, a Tatar beef stew, served with match-stick potatoes on the side Lapsha, a Tatar chicken noodle soup Esh… more »

Medicated tootsie rolls

by Don  

This is a Russian tootsie roll supplemented with a massive dose of iron and vitamin C. Very tasty. Kids are given this when they are sick or just for general health purposes. The name of the product means hematogenesis. My colleague Viktoria buys it… more »