I have been very fortunate to have visited two traveling exhibitions of Faberge eggs. The first exhibit was in Cleveland in 2008 and then in 2012 I visited the exhibit in Detroit. I already discussed the eggs in my first post, but wanted to mention them again. In addition, I wanted to show some of the food I enjoyed, so two for one letter.
My father's side of the family had Polish roots. I think we only ate Polish food in their homes. Stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, sauerkraut, pierogies, borscht (not my favorite, but had some decent stuff in Russia), cucumbers and sour cream... Russian food was much the same.
Here are a few photos of food I ate, when I remembered to get out the camera.
Salad Olivier. It is a fancy potato salad. Read through the various articles online and you discover that you can add just about anything.
I do have to mention the piroshki that we had in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. There is a chain of restaurants called Stolle that made pies that were out of this world. So, so good. Yet, I forgot to take a picture. I guess I was just too busy eating.
As for desserts, they make sweet piroshki filled with fruit and of course the ever-popular poppy seed filling. Our guide told us the most popular dessert in Russia is, wait for it, watermelon. Go figure.
Check out the watermelons piled in the fountain in this photo of GUM department store.
While I ate no reindeer meat in Helsinki, I did go to the Hard Rock Cafe. I had a burger. Actually, it was the first time I ever ate at one of their restaurants. The best part of that meal came home with me and ended up on my grandson:
Tolkien Bonus: F is for Fangorn Forest, guarded by an Ent named Fangorn, who will arouse the other Ents against Saruman.