Thursday, October 8, 2009

Moscow Foodie Travel

Bosco CafĂ©, Red Square 3, and its more casual sibling, boast the only terraces on Red Square. They are located in the elegant Gum “High Fashion Center” (the word “mall” just doesn’t work here). The cuisine is mainly Italian with a few traditional Russian specialties, like borsht, thrown in the mix. An arugula salad is dress-it-yourself style, presented with a bottle of a high quality olive oil and one of balsamic vinegar. It hits the spot. Lasagne Bolognese is beautifully layered and tastes just like a grandmother in Emilia Romagna is at the helm in the kitchen. The tomato sauce fairs equally well, but this time


St. Petersburg, Russia Foodie Travel

Save up some Rubles for your Russian visit. My basic thought on the price/ value scale in Russia is (unless you’re a local) you get what you pay for. In other words, a 20% increase in cost may reward you with a meal that is a 100% increase in quality and flavor.

It’s best if you try to forget your love of the grape while in Russia as wines are prohibitively expensive. They also prove to be a mixed bag quality-wise. The wines are imported from other countries, although on several occasions I drank a quite quite nice Russian sparkling wine (it’s a relative bargain too).