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Frothy, creamy, and vanilla-flavored, raf coffee is a delicious and Russia-originating addition to the blooming St. Petersburg specialty coffee culture. What is it that makes it just so good and where can you get your first sip?
White, crumbly and found in a wide variety of traditional desserts, this delicious cheese is something of a household staple in most Russian homes. But what is it? How do you say tvorog in English? And how does it taste?
While many imagine St. Petersburg as the city of a thousand and one bridges, its true spirit is hidden from the eyes of the uninitiated in a maze of side-streets and courtyards. Scattered around the city, these secluded places live their own lives, interrupted only by periodic visits from those few who know of their existence. What off-the-beaten-track sites can you find in St. Petersburg?
With the Maslenitsa week in full swing, what can be better than gorging on buttery, lacy blini, the Russian version of pancakes? Some might argue that it’s also learning what the coming year has in store.
The winter wonderland in St. Petersburg can melt in a minute but the magic of old Soviet cartoons where snow is setting the stage has withstood the test of time. Turn on translation subtitles or practice your Russian as you gear up for real snow.
As the year draws to a close and everyone slips into holiday mode, it’s time to start thinking about how to make your New Year’s magical – and why not do it the Russian way with a late heart-warming dinner, some sparkling wine, and a visit by the one and only Ded Moroz and his granddaughter Snegurochka. Here's everything you need to know to ring in the new year like a Russian.
Did you know that cleaning your house on New Year’s Eve may sweep away any luck coming your way, while wearing the wrong clothes can make the next year's symbol angry? These are just some of the most common superstitions that could bring you luck in a new year. And as we’re not taking any chances, especially this year, let’s dig into all the dos and don’ts of the upcoming New Year’s Eve together. We promise that as the clock strikes midnight, you won’t turn into a pumpkin (unless that's what you wish for).
Paper clips, tangerine peels, cotton wool... If you can’t comprehend what this random set of items has to do with festive decorations, most likely you have never had the opportunity to visit your Russian friend’s house on New Year’s Eve. To fix this situation until the beautiful fir tree starts dropping its needles, let me invite you to the outlandish but charming winter fairytale that comes true within the four walls of an apartment somewhere in Russia.
So, December is finally here and the temperatures are slowly getting lower, practically inviting us to partake in all kinds of winter activities – preferably those that are outdoors and allow for social distancing. Ice rinks sound like an exciting idea but you’ve never been to one? We’ve got your back! Here’s our handy guide on what to expect on an ice rink.
Donning fur coats year round, drinking vodka with every meal, and plotting evil schemes are just some of the ways in which filmmakers love to portray Russians. But are they true? Let me take my ushanka off and take a closer look at some of the most common stereotypes.