Conchita Bonita Restaurant in St. Petersburg

A long list of St Pete restaurants to try out isn’t necessary when you’ve landed on the quaint restaurant known as Conchita Bonita. Located on 39 Gorokhovaya St, Conchita Bonita is a dark, modest, and welcoming Mexican restaurant thriving in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Conchita, which is the diminutive word for “shell” in Spanish, and bonita, […]

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How to Cook in Bishkek: No Oven Required

When I signed up to live in the dorms, I was prepared to live on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and eggs. I was not encouraged to stray from this plan when I saw that the kitchen boasted only a hot plate in place of a stove and had no oven for […]

Five Great Burger Places in St. Petersburg, Russia 

When studying abroad in any country, it’s completely normal to go through periods of culture shock and homesickness. Every student will discover their own ways to fight this, whether it be through watching a favorite movie or calling a friend or family member. Personally, whenever I find myself missing home, I typically go on a […]

Starlite Diner – A Taste of America in Moscow

Starlite Diner (with Russian Politics Presentation) Breakfast and presentation included as part of SRAS Cultural Program Summer, 2017 Locations throughout Moscow; Hours vary Otherwise, meals available for about $12-15 In celebration of the Fourth of July, the students of SRAS Moscow were invited to breakfast at an American-themed restaurant called, “Starlite Diner.” Starlet Diner takes the […]

Rio Grande in Irkutsk

Rio Grande Restaurant Rossiyskaya 17B (Российская 17Б), Irkutsk 10 am–1 am most days Entrees ~ $6–12 Website I was extremely surprised and slightly terrified when I learned that there was a Tex-Mex restaurant in Irkutsk. I have no idea why it exists or how it came about, but there it is, and it is glorious […]

Kraken Bar in Irkutsk

Kraken Bar Sverdlova 23a M-T, 12–12; F and S, 12–2 Kraken is a very comfortable bar/café situated a five- to ten-minute walk away from the faculty of foreign languages building of Irkutsk State University. With a pretty long European/Russian menu, though not a very exciting beer list, it’s great for a weekday lunch or dinner […]

Druzi Cafe and Bar in Kyiv

Druzi Cafe and Bar Cafe/Bar Druzi Andriivs’kyi descent, 2D 9:00-24:00 Entrees from $4-6 By far one of the most confusing things about Ukrainian cafes to my American self is that each of them seems to be suffering from some sort of identity crisis. Each time I search for a new lunch place in the fashion […]

Barclay’s Sports Bar in Bishkek

Barclay’s Pub 52 Baatik Baatyr Street 17:00-24:00 Entrees around $8-10 Barclays is a very nice sports bar located just a block away from the London School. This is definitely one of my favorite places to hang out with friends because the atmosphere is lively with a wide array of sports being shown. I’ve been able […]

DoDo Pizza in Bishkek

DoDo Pizza 101/1 Shopokov Street 8:00-24:00 Pizza for $3 Free drinks at lunch Soon after arriving Bishkek my friend and I decided to find the best pizza restaurant in the city. We now have a shortlist, narrowed from the extensive list of pizza venues, of the two best. One is Imperial Pizza. The other is […]

Imperial Pizza in Bishkek

Imperial Pizza / Империя Пизза 27/1 Gorky Street 8:00-24:00 Pizzas for $4 Imperial Pizza is one of the two best pizza places in Bishkek in my personal opinion. (The other is DoDo, by the way.) Imperial Pizza also has the advantage of being close to the school (less than a three-minute walk), is very affordable, […]

Smokie’s BBQ in Bishkek

Smokie’s Open 24 hours Zhukeeva Pudovkina Steet and Doneteskaya Street, Bishkek Meals for around $14 Something I didn’t think I’d end up craving but inevitably did was barbecue food, in particular a pulled pork sandwich. For the first few months in Bishkek I was under the impression that this was simply something I would have […]

Relax Coffee in Bishkek

Relax Coffee 140 Toktogul Street 8:00- 24:00 Meals from about $10 For ex-pat (homesick) food, I recommend Relax Coffee to anyone in Bishkek. Although it is the most expensive restaurant I’ve personally been to in Bishkek (with bills around around $10), Relax is worth every penny. It is like an Applebee’s or Chili’s, but honestly […]

Room Pub in Bishkek

Room Pub Б. Юнусалиева 142 10:00-2:00 (P.M) Drinks and Dishes under $3 The Room Pub is the definition of a quality hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Originally found by my friends just wandering around Bishkek, the Room Pub is now one of our favorite evening dinner options. Although not located near the school, the Room Pub is easy […]

Burger Club in Bishkek

Burger Club 9:00-22:00 150a Chui Prospect Meals for around $3 At some point during everyone’s time in Bishkek they are going to think to themselves, “Wow I really want American fast food, like maybe a Burger King.” Well, that’s honestly impossible unless you’re willing to drive to Almaty, Kazakhstan. The good news is, however, there […]

Burger House in Bishkek

Burger House 9:30-23:00 71 Kievskaya Street Entrees for around $5 There comes a time for every American student in Bishkek, when he/she just wants American food again. Having spent quality time exploring every popular expat option available in the city I can help anyone out. Burger House is the closest thing to a Five Guy’s […]

WAVE Burgers in St. Petersburg

WAVE Burgers Apraksin Lane, 3 11AM-11PM Daily Meals from 900 rubles With a few months in St. Petersburg now under my belt, I’ve had a lot of opportunity to try new local and regional food. I’ve also built up a short list of favorite restaurants for most cravings that I get as an American for […]

Asador Steak House in Irkutsk

Asador Steak House / Ассадор Стейк-Хаус Правобережный Округ, Ленина, 34 12:-00 – 24:00 Meals from $15 The Asador Steak House is located right on Улица Ленина (Ulitsa Lenina, or Lenin Street), not far from the Monument to Lenin, and within easy walking distance from the Linguistic University. Of all the restaurants I’ve been to in […]

A Frozen Thanksgiving in Vladivostok

One of my Russian friends asked me a few weeks ago what I miss about America. As I thought about it, there were the evident reasons of family and friends, but two particular foods sprang to mind as well. Peanut butter and turkey. Although the former will have to wait until my return home, I […]

White Rabbit in Moscow

White Rabbit БЦ “Смоленский Пассаж”, Смоленская пл., 3, Москва Hours: 12:00 pm-2:00 am Prices: 900 rubles+ Whiterabbitmoscow.com For the not-so-wealthy student who is “cursed” with the love of exquisite food, the opportunity to dine at a fancy, yet accessible establishment is quite rare. By accessible, I mean a restaurant that is affordable, local, and doesn’t […]

Rucola Italian Restaurant in Moscow

Руккола/Rucola Arbat St, 19, Moskva, 119002 Hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 am Prices: 450 rubles+ Rucola.com.ru As a huge fan of Italian food, I’ve been really excited about the ubiquitous presence of Italian cuisine in Moscow. So far, one of my favorite places is Rukola. Like many restaurants in Moscow, it is much bigger than it […]

Florentini Cafe in Moscow

Florentini City Cafe ул. Старая Басманная 9/1, Москва, 105064 Hours: 12:00-23:00 Prices: 400 rubles + FlorentiniCafe.ru If you are studying at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and need a break from the food at the stolovayas, try some of the cafes located nearby. Florentini City Cafe is located on Staraya Basmannaya Street, which is […]

La Fiesta Tequila Bar – Warsaw

La Fiesta Tequila Bar Foksal 21 Hours: 12pm-3am, Mon-Sun; Meals from PLN 25 LaFiesta.pl Being a student abroad (without a source of income and only my savings to support me), it is quite rare for me to go out to a restaurant to eat. Since it is a requirement of my internship to review some […]

Pizza M Café in Vladivostok

Pizza M Café/кофейня ул. Посьетская 20 Hours: 24 hour (круглосуточно); Meals from $8 (500r) PizzaM.ru For every individual, the rate of new culture digestion differs. Some dive in one nationality and come out another. Others are slower to adapt to the process of new-norm acquisition. We all have ways of easing the challenging experience of […]

Adriano Coffee in Bishkek

Adriano Coffee AdrianoCoffee.kg 87 Isanova Street/Исанова 87 Open 24 Hours Tea and Coffee for $1.50-$2.50 Meals for $2-$6 Bishkek is full of comfortable, wifi-equipped coffee shops, where you can spend hours with your work and a pot of tea without getting any dirty looks. Cafés are particularly pleasant this time of year, when most are decorated […]

Café Lima in Vladivostok

Café Lima / Кафе Лима Океанский проспект 11 Hours: Noon-10pm everyday; Meals from $6 LimaCafe.ru Vladivostok (Владивосток) lives up to its name which comes from the Russian root, vlad (влад, as in владеть: to control/command) and vostok (восток), meaning “east.” The name tells the story of the city’s political importance, as well as its victual […]

Latsio Café-Pizzeria in Vladivostok

Latsio Café-Pizzeria / Лацио кафе-пиццерия 37 Светланская ул. Hours: 10am-Midnight everyday; Meals from 350 rubles Laziovl.ru It’s not easy for an eatery to stand out on the central, bustling stretch of Svetlanskaya Street (Светланская ул.) in downtown Vladivostok (Владивосток). This is especially true when that establishment is located in a basement. Had I not briefly […]

Bistro Coffee and Pizza in Bishkek

Bistro Coffee and Pizza 115 Ibraimov St./ул.Ибраимова 115 Pizzas from 245 som ($4.70), other entrées from 200 som ($3.84) Bistro Coffee and Pizza recreates a European-style café in the heart of Bishkek with charming décor, sidewalk seating, and fresh Italian favorites. While it might not be the traditional experience you came to Kyrgyzstan looking for, […]

Coffetory in Vladivostok

Кофетория Кафе // Coffetory Cafe ул. Светланская 61 // 61 Svetlanskaya Street 10am-1am Fanciest, decently priced cafe in Vladivostok www.coffetory-vl.ru Coffetory Cafe is the swankiest place I have been to here in Vladivostok. It is also the place of choice for many of my Russian friends to meet for lunch or dinner. It is the […]

Burritos Mexican Grill in Vladivostok

Burritos Mexican Grill Фонтанная ул. 44 и Пограничная ул. 12 // 44 Fontanaya and 12 Pogranichanaya Street 10:00am-10:00pm The Only Mexican-Russian Food in Vladivostok Cafeburritos.ru The closer Burritos Mexican Grill to VSUES is tucked away off of Fontanaya Street. It’s a brisk 15 minute walk from campus or a three-stop bus ride. You can take […]

I’m Thankful for Today Cafe and Bar in St. Petersburg

I’m Thankful for Today Cafe and Bar Гороховая ул., 24 10am-3am everyday Meals from $10   This small chain of restaurants in St. Petersburg offers an attractive atmosphere, friendly staff, and reasonably priced food. I stumbled upon the place by accident on one of my many “lost in the big city” outings. It wasn’t very […]

Brooklyn Local Cafe in Saint Petersburg

Brooklyn Local Cafe наб. канала Грибоедова, 27 Mon-Fri 9:00-23:00 Sat 11:00-2:00 Sun 13:00-21:00 Meals from 111 Rubles http://vk.com/brooklynlocal The beautiful Bank Bridge or Griffin Bridge is a Saint Petersburg icon, frequently seen on postcards, tourist brochures, and is the emblem of FINEC/UNECON. What you don’t often see is the unobtrusive Brooklyn Local Café, situated comfortably […]

Pizza Express in Moscow

Пицца экспресс/Pizza Express Москва, Новокузнецкая, 40 Телефон: +7 (495) 951-22-88 Hours: 12:00-24:00 каждый день (Everyday) Pricing ranges from $6 to $15 per item www.pizzaexpress.ru.com During my time in Moscow, I have tried to focus on staying away from restaurants that offer entrees I could easily be served in America. That being said, two completely different […]

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