Eating Up A Storm In Kiev

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Independence Square by night

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.

  Could it possibly also be because we couldn’t pronounce the Cyrillic script?

 

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.

Finally I've found someone who has a grin almost as big as mine
  The texture ranges from firm (straight from the freezer) to soft (the salo I had covered with chocolate was almost buttery in texture and flavour). 

 

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.

  Riding the Metro here is just like any other former Russian state – make sure you know the place name in Cyrillic as nothing is in English and the locals speak quite limited English.  Still traveling around this way means you get to see more of the place than you ever dreamed possible and we have walked, Metroed and seen a lot and even managed to get in the middle of a protest.

 

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.

Me standing on the pedestrian part of Kreschatik
  We walked and walked and walked and in the end we couldn’t find Jewish Menorah that marks where the massacre occurred.  However, we did find the local cemetery and a rather disturbing monument to the children killed. 

 

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.

Some of the street acts that come out at night
  I can only assume these were Russian soldiers during the Great Patriotic War (known in the West as WWII), but with no labels, I can’t be sure.  It was a breathtaking display nonetheless.

 

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

viajeroh says:
They are ukrainskyi expresions. bye, good morning, good evening, wonderful! .... :))
Posted on: Dec 14, 2010
Saskia007 says:
Oh so not fair - I have no idea what this says!
Posted on: Dec 13, 2010
viajeroh says:
Dopo bacheña, dobro horanku, dobro hovachora!!!! Kryto!!!!
Posted on: Dec 13, 2010
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Independence Square by night
Independence Square by night
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Finally I've found someone who ha…
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Me standing on the pedestrian par…
Some of the street acts that come …
Some of the street acts that come…
Borsch - good,
Meatballs - good,
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Borsch - good, Meatballs - good,…
Checking out the Vodka section of …
Checking out the Vodka section of…
The caviar section of the supermar…
The caviar section of the superma…
Pick and mix vegetables
Pick and mix vegetables
Pick and mix seafood
Pick and mix seafood
Ice-cream in a tube
Ice-cream in a tube
Yummy Salo
Yummy Salo
On the Metro taking some sneaky sh…
On the Metro taking some sneaky s…
The Russian monument to Babi Yar
The Russian monument to Babi Yar
Instead of finding the Jewish memo…
Instead of finding the Jewish mem…
The Childrens Monument
The Children's Monument
The protest we encountered that wa…
The protest we encountered that w…
Some impressive architecture
Some impressive architecture
The House of the Chimeras
The House of the Chimeras
Vladimirskaya Gorka
Vladimirskaya Gorka
Brothers Kiev and Russia
Brothers Kiev and Russia
Cossack Soldiers
Cossack Soldiers
The university
The university
Red caviar in pancakes
Red caviar in pancakes
My boar stew
My boar stew
Mother Russia
Mother Russia
My rabbit dumplings
My rabbit dumplings
Salo in chocolate
Salo in chocolate
Kievo-Pecherskaya Larva
Kievo-Pecherskaya Larva
Kiev
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