Just Peachy

In response to my previous post (and premature publication mishap), and my recent return from Ukraine, my cousin brought me a gift.

“Don’t laugh,” she said.

Peach Nectar

I’m pretty sure it was one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received. You will hear no more complaining out of me about a land with no concept of peach juice. Not while I know I can get peach nectar!

I drank it (finally) while I wrote this post.

Maybe It’s the Little Things

This morning was grey and icky. I was awake half the night with a cough. I took one look out the window this morning and thought, “Maybe I shouldn’t have changed my ticket after all…” Originally, I was to have left yesterday, but for one reason or another, I pushed my return date back 5 days. Now much more stressed and several hundred dollars poorer, I wondered, “Why exactly did I think that was a good idea?” I finally managed to drag myself out of bed, wrap up in my Ukrainian coat, and brave another moody day in Kiev. I told myself, “I need Wi-Fi. I need Wi-Fi. I need… Oh! Pizza!” Yes, the bakery had pizza again.

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I must say this trip has pretty much been a success as far as my goals were concerned. Some days I think I’ll never be ready to leave, and some days I’m just really, really tired. Some days I think I only see the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more to learn in this culture that I could spend my whole life trying and never feel like I was finished. And some days I crave frozen pizza and Doctor Who marathons. Continue reading

A day in Kiev

Greetings from Kiev, everyone!

I’d like to guide you through a typical day in my life here.
I usually wake up, either really early or really late. I wander around the flat zombie style, until I find enough clothes to be presentable on the street. And then I generally go in search of coffee. Everything is so unpredictable here that when someone says, hey let’s hang out tomorrow! I assume that means around 4 pm or so. So in the mornings or early afternoon, I end up at McFoxy (basically McDonald’s, but with a better view). Continue reading

Ukrainian Food

The other day, one of my Ukrainian friends asked me if there was any particular food or dish that I missed in Ukraine. There is!

I miss blini!

I like it filled with cottage cheese and raisins. And vanilla. Just like my friend! 😉

Then there’s vareniki!

Vareniki — my favorite!

Vareniki are usually stuffed with cottage cheese. My favorite is cheese with mushrooms. But that’s my version and it might not be the typical traditional one.

And last but not least is borsch, whose wonderful perfection of flavors I have not tasted in so long! But apparently there’s a trick to it, and that’s why mine doesn’t taste as good.

There is a very special ingredient to borsch. See if you can guess!

Beet soup


The answer is: Smetana! That is, sour cream. Without smetana, borsch is simply incomplete. I also recall once being informed that “soup is soup, and borsch is borsch”. All things considered, I’m very much looking forward to real Ukrainian borsch with smetana.

This is what I do not miss:

Red Caviar on bread

I also have fond memories of shashlik.

Meat, tomatoes, and onions on a skewer and grilled.

There are so many wonderful foods I remember: homemade chips from a street vendor, kvass, those huge, juicy, insanely heavy watermelons, that special seasoning for rice (I used to put it on pasta). Oh, and ice cream! I almost forgot about the ice cream.

This is only what I remember. I look forward to rediscovering the cuisine and making new delightful food memories.

Thanks for reading and for your continued support!

Until next time!