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MOSCOW’S HIDDEN GEMS: CHAMBERS of the ROMANOV BOYARS

Before they became Tzars and Emperors of the Russian Empire, the Romanovs were prominent boyars (nobles) and lived in Moscow. Their house in Moscow’s oldest neighborhood, Kitay Gorod, was built in the 1500s out of stone – a rarity at that time – and was practically a palace in those days. It was painstakingly restored…

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MOSCOW EATS: Vegetarian at FRESH

“Anna” and “vegetarian” do not go together, unless to express how strongly “Anna is definitely NOT, in any way, a vegetarian, cannot imagine living without regular meat intake (chicken and fish don’t even count), and would somebody please pass a sirloin, medium rare?” It’s a good thing, then, that for the last couple of years…

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MOSCOW WALKS: OLD ARBAT AT NIGHT

For many Moscovites the Old Arbat street is imbued with an almost mythical aura and a heavy dose of nostalgia. One of the most famed Russian bards, Bulat Okudzhava, even sang “oh Arbat, my Arbat, you are my Fatherland…” It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact source of this reverence. Arbat’s history is very layered. In the…

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MOSCOW EATS: Chinese at DRUZHBA (FRIENDSHIP)

I was going to kick off my Moscow Eats posts with an entirely different restaurant. Then I ate at Druzhba, a Chinese restaurant in the Novoslobodskaya area of Moscow, and it was just begging to be written about. One of the things I miss most about living in New York City is the diversity of…