Vladimir Olkinitskiy: Reviving Ural Cuisine

Vladimir Olkinitskiy must be the most popular and controversial chef in the city of Ekaterinburg at the moment. On my quest to find traditional Ural cuisine in the heart of Urals – Ekaterinburg – his name and that of his newly opened restaurant 26/28 came up time and again. It’s one of the most talked…

Foods You Must Try in Ekaterinburg (and Where to Find Them)

Here’s some food for thought. When you travel to France you would expect to start your morning with a cup of coffee and a croissant, or maybe a piece of baguette. When you travel to India you would, probably, like to dig into rice and many vegetarian curries. In other words, try authentic food of…

EkaterinBURGER: a Story of American Burger with Russian Taste

I bet you have just looked at the name and didn’t dare to pronounce it out loud. Am I right? It’s not as scary and complicated as it looks, I promise! There’s a city in Ural region of Russia called Ekaterinburg. Still too much? Look at it this way: the city is named after a…

Why Christmas in Russia Is Celebrated on January 7th?

In the time of winter holidays the two most common questions I get are “Why New Year in Russia is more popular than Christmas?” and “Why Christmas in Russia is celebrated on January 7th?” I tried my best to give an answer to the first question in my blog post here. Now is the time…

9 Things You Should Know About Russian New Year

With New Year just around the corner I thought I will share with you some of Russian New Year traditions! I have already explained why New Year is way bigger and more popular in Russia than Christmas, so the excitement and anticipation are almost at its peak these days. If you are willing to celebrate upcoming year…

Why Is New Year More Popular Than Christmas in Russia?

While for most of the world Christmas craze is finally over and you can breathe a sigh of relief, for most of Russians the whole shopping-till-you drop, cooking-so-much-it’s-enough-for-the-next-two-weeks, and getting-a-nervous-breakdown-in-the-last-days-rush experience is still ahead of them. Are you wondering why? The answer is simple and shocking to those of you who have never been to…