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Herring Under the Fur Coat: The Legend of a Soviet Delicacy

The Soviet Union collapsed more than 20 years ago. Yet many of the culinary traditions started in that era are still very much alive. Today I want to share one of Russia’s most beloved recipes, a New Year’s Eve dinner…

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Posted by: on Saturday, December 28th, 2013
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Koryo Saram Carrot Salad

Koreans in Russia and other former Soviet Republics, or Koryo Saram as they call themselves, are the oldest Korean diaspora in the world, having migrated to Russia from Korea in late 19th century. Their cuisine is a…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
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Russian Tea: A Soulful Experience

Russians love tea more than vodka. Even though it is vodka, bears and Siberia that became the ubiquitous symbols of Russian culture in North America, for Russians it is the tea drinking that stands at the very core of…

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Posted by: on Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Vodka Saves the Day

There are moments when you get slapped out of apathy and assumption-making that resonate a while. Meeting Elena was one such moment. In a few spoken words she shattered our first impression of her as merely the Korean…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
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