Eating Up A Storm In Kiev
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I have been in gastronomic paradise since arriving here in the Ukraine. Who would have thought I could have eaten so well and for so cheap that I wouldn’t have to resort to the two-minute noodle containers I picked up from the Warsaw Star Alliance Lounge. This place is a budgeters dream!
Borsch is a staple here and it is a soup made out of beetroot so being the huge fan of beetroot I am, what isn’t to like? My lovely American friend, Dan, whom I met while traveling around Central Asia and I went to the Booby Restaurant that had been recommended to us by Peter in our hostel. I must point out that this place was called the ‘Booby Restaurant’ because of the flyer we saw – it had a rather well-endowed lady on the front and for some reason the name stuck.
I ate well, having borsch and a meal of meatballs and bread along with a large beer for about €3.50. And so the theme of our visit continued – eating up a storm around Kiev.
During my time here I have been eating salo. Now, before I describe this try and keep and open mind. This delicious delicacy is pig fat - no more, no less but it is super tasty. I have since found that not only can you buy it in the supermarket in a block and cut it into slices, but also you can purchase it as a spread.
I’m unsure how to describe the taste sensation – it’s quite comforting in this cold environment even though the first time I had it, it had come straight out of the freezer.
I’ve sampled the vodka here (which ended up with me having similar facial expressions as the drinking of whisky in the Isle of Skye). I’ve had caviar (even had the very decadent caviar pancakes in Shevchenko Park), boar and rabbit and the tasty ‘Bile Beer’. Ok perhaps this beer isn’t pronounced this way, but when you translate from Cyrillic it spells BILE. Mmmmm tasty just like my 3-Eyed Fish from Chernobyl.
Walking around Kiev has also been a lot of fun.
The memorial at Babi Yar (also know as Babyn Yar) is found just outside Dorohozhychi Metro stop. We had read reports of how you had to leave the station, walk past the TV Antenna, through the woods to a ravine and past the large monument which was put up by the Russians (which is in the incorrect place of the massacre that occurred on 29-30 September 1941.)
The instructions seemed simple – keep walking through the forest until you see a path and then it should be there.
Being in Kiev I can now say I’ve seen the Larva Caves (which is includes the mummified bodies of Orthodox Monks) and the impressive and huge statue of Mother Russia and the National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.
This museum is impressive, but having no labels in English, meant I was walking around exhibits with photos and artifacts that I didn’t know when or what they related to. There was one room within the museum that left me speechless. It was on the top floor and the room had a table in the middle of the room with glasses on one side of the table, tins and other eating containers on the other side and lining the walls were hundreds, perhaps even thousands of photos of people.
But after all this walking I am looking forward to having a nice relaxing night and watching the new Harry Potter movie. We’ve found a theater that is showing it in the ‘original language’, so this will be us …. but on the way I may need to find some salo for a snack.
Bud zdorov from Kiev