MOSCOW EATS: STATE-SANCTIONED NORTH KOREAN AT KORYO

Where you can try traditional North Korean cuisine outside of North Korea? Now, how many of those places are in the “Western World”? Well, one of them happens to be in Moscow. Koryo (or Pyongyang Koryo), opened in 2010 and is Russia’s one and only North Korean restaurant. It is rumored to be officially sanctioned…

MOSCOW DRINKS: CRAFT COCKTAILS AT PINCH

However tenuous it might be, one upside of the recent ruble crash is that it alleviates some of the guilt I have when spending money on something frivolous because everything suddenly costs so much less – in dollars and euros! (Yes I know it makes no mathematical sense because I still make the same ruble…

MOSCOW DRINKS: MY FIRST EVER PUB CRAWL

That’s right, I have lived through my teens and 20s without ever going on a pub crawl. Granted, I have crawled out of my share of bars and pubs across the United States and Europe, but I’ve never imbibed in more than a couple of establishments per night, preferring stationary hang-outs to hit-and-runs. As a…

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…

MOSCOW EATS: A CALL TO ‘ACTION’

On Fridays my colleagues and I usually go out for lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. In recent years many places have taken to offering wallet-friendly lunch specials, usually referred to bizness-lunch / бизнес-ланч menus – a welcome development in a city that for decades has been hovering at the top of the ‘Most Expensive Cities‘ lists. Another way…

MOSCOW DRINKS: HEY, BARKEEP…

I’m a cheater. There, I said it. Despite regularly proclaiming my love for Bud Light and even entering into an unholy arrangement with its heftier sibling due to BL’s unavailability in Russia, on occasion I let a stray cocktail pass my lips. What can I say? Sometimes a girl wants a little variety, of a…

MOSCOW EATS: STREET MEAT

Among the many foods I like to gorge on – beef, Russian mayo-based salads, bread, spicy pasta – street food is pretty high up on the list. First of all, it’s like they save all the best greasy, cheesy, meaty, bready stuff just for the on-the-go folks. Secondly, everything just tastes better when you have…