Posted by rrafferty on June 27th, 2006
One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new foods. Typically, I will try anything at least once, and I adhered to that policy throughout my stay in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Borsht, or beet soup, is a classic Russian dish which I was not particularly looking forward to, but I had promised my Mom before I left the States that I would try it. As it turned out, the stuff was pretty good, and I ate it a couple more times during the remainder of the trip. Shi, which was basically borsht made with cabbage instead of beets, was tasty as well. Aside from those two traditional Russian dishes, I also learned to like dill. They put dill on EVERYTHING, so if you had a problem with it, you were often hard pressed to find a dish without it. I was also very impressed with Russian baked goods (mostly the bread) and their desserts. I probably went a little overboard on my consumption of fresh bread on the trip, but it was just so good! Concerning desserts, I was amazed at the huge variety that seemed to be available everywhere. There were always fresh pastries, cakes, tiramisu, and ice cream available in mass quantities in dessert cases in the cafes and small restaurants. Lastly, I really liked the fresh produce stands that seemed to be located about every twenty feet or so along the sidewalks. It was nice to be able to make a quick stop for some fresh cherries or berries to snack on for the day. Overall, I definitely think that Russian food ranks pretty high on my list of favorites from my travels. I gained a few pounds from trying so many new foods, but it was well worth it.