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St. Petersburg — Time for lunch;


You can get pretty hungry doing a two-day tour of St. Petersburg. Fortunately, our Alla Tour included lunch, and today’s lunch included traditional Russian fare. And lunch at Aragosta even included a beer and a shot:

Anechs beer

After a simple salad, our next course was borscht, a hearty vegetable soup with a deep red color derived from the dish’s signature beetroot-based broth:


While the borscht was quite good, I was slightly disappointed in the main course, piroshki. But that’s because I’ve been making this same dish for well over fifty years, and I think that I do it better. Don’t get me wrong. It was good, and most of our group really enjoyed it, but I found the flavor uninspiring, and I rather missed the ‘gravy’ which accompanies my variation. The crust, however, had the flavorful chewiness I enjoy from a properly made piroshki. At any rate, I’m sure this one is more traditional than mine, and it was good:


Two of our tour companions certainly enjoyed it. And how is this for a coincidence: During our most recent trip, the one which extended from three cruises to four, we ran into Terry cruising with her mother on the last cruise segment. Here areTerry and Mike sitting across from us at Aragosta:

Terry and Mike

Last course was a fruit pastry, which Ursula really enjoyed:


At any rate, once we visited Aragosta I just knew I had to share with my readers that piroshki recipe I’ve been enjoying since the 1960s. So, join me on this week’s Fun Food Friday for a really great dinner treat.

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St. Petersburg — Admiralteyskaya Metro Station

Admiralteyskaya Metro Station

It’s probably not often you’ll find metro stations worth visiting, let alone making the subject of a blog article. Not so in St. Petersburg, which is home to several. The one we visited with our Alla Tour is the Admiralteyskaya Metro Station in St. Petersburg’s Tsentralny District. Admiralteyskaya is also the deepest station in the St. Petersburg network, residing some 86 meters/282 feet beneath the city. That require not one, but rather two lengthy escalator segments:

Admiralteyskaya Metro Station

Admiralteyskaya Metro Station

Since Admiralteyskaya is near the Admiralty, hence the name, the decor reflects a distinctly nautical theme:

Admiralteyskaya Metro Station

Admiralteyskaya Metro Station

Pillars inside the station are adorned with Doric columns:

Admiralteyskaya Metro Station

But, what would a tour of a metro station be without at least one photograph of a metro train?

Admiralteyskaya Metro Station

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Fun Photo Friday — Catherine Palace Favorites

Catherine Palace

Next week will not have a Fun Photo Friday. Instead, it’ll be one of my Fun Food Fridays as I head into the kitchen and duplicate for you that classic Russian meat-filled pie piroshki. On Monday you’ll see a St. Petersburg subway station, and on Wednesday I’ll share with you a Russian lunch, in which you’ll see a true Russian version (spoiler alert: mine’s better). Until then I’ll leave you with these Catherine Palace favorites:

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