Mon Cher Restaurant in Kyiv

Mon Cher is a small Lebanese restaurant that’s popular among NovaMova students for a number of reasons. First and foremost: it’s literally a minute walk away from the school! This has come in handy many times, both in regards to my hectic schedule as well as the crazy weather in Kyiv. Secondly, Mon Cher is […]

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Golden Chopsticks

Golden Chopsticks is a small Chinese restaurant located relatively close to the dorms where SRAS students usually stay in Irkutsk. The interior décor is not very fancy and the restaurant itself is relatively small. However, what it lacks in décor it delivers in quality. I have been there a total of three times and plan […]

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 […]

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, […]

History of Vegetarianism in Russia

The following article originally appeared in Russian on Vegetarianskij.ru. It has been translated and adapted by SRAS for presentation here. History of Vegetarianism in Russia The official coming of vegetarianism to Russia was inaugurated with the opening of the first vegetarian society. This was in Saint-Petersburg in the mid-1860s. The society was humorously called “Ни […]

Govinda in Irkutsk

Govinda / Говинда ул. 2-я Железнодорожная, 66в 11:00 – 19:00 Meals from $4 www.Govinda.cafe Govinda is a surprisingly progressive restaurant for the conservative, Siberian nature of Irkutsk. Styled with an Indian flair, it is the first restaurant I’ve been to in this city offers a completely vegetarian menu. Ordering your food begins with approaching a […]

Summer Study Spot: Roślina Cafe

Roślina Cafe Efraima Schroegera 80 (Metro Stare Belany) Coffee from 7.5 PLN; Meals from 40 PLN Find them on Facebook Wandering around Stare Belany, one can find old churches, picturesque pathways, Polish cottages with ‘eyelid’ windows, and an abundance of cafes. One in particular catches the eye while walking down Schroegera. Like moths to flame, […]

Bishkek Street Food: Corn on the Cob

Горячая кукуруза / Hot Corn Address: Throughout Bishkek Price: 50 som (about $0.75) for one large cob, but varies with seller and market. During the summer months one can find plenty of things to buy on street corners: drinks, snacks, newspapers and the list can go on and on.  One of the more unexpected buys that […]

The Vegetarian’s Guide to Bishkek

Being a vegetarian in Bishkek was not nearly as challenging as I had expected it to be. This incomplete guide covers some of the places and dishes I discovered during my nine months in Kyrgyzstan’s capital that made vegetarianism there even easier, and more delicious. I’m not a vegan (I eat diary and eggs), but […]

The Kitchen in Vladivostok

Kitchen ул. Пограничная 12 Hours; Noon-Midnight (Sun.-Thurs.), Noon-2am (Fri & Sat.); Meals from 500 rubles ($10); 10% off menu prices Noon-5pm everyday Izbrasserie.ru Hailing from the fairly humble stylistic environs of my Kentucky hometown, acclimating to the fashion norms of the international port of Vladivostok has been anything but an overnight affair. The high life […]

Korea House in Vladivostok

Korea House ул. Семёновская, д.76 Hours: Noon-Midnight everyday; Meals from 450 rubles ($7.50) koreahouse.su One of the greatest benefits of studying abroad is inarguably the direct insight into a foreign culture that, with but a little analysis, widens and enlivens our own outward perceptions of the world and its immeasurably varying inhabitants. However, this was […]

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 […]

Hanuri Restaurant in Vladivostok

Hanuri Restaurant / Ханури ресторан ул. Батерейная 3а Hours; 12-Midnight everyday; meals from 450 rur ($7) VL.ru/hanuri With two weeks of the spring semester already behind us, both second semester students and the newly arrived were united in a collective desire to get into the city and relax. Thus, we headed into the center of […]

Sable Bay Skating and Novik Restaurant in Vladivostok

Most certainly one of the best decisions I have made while living in Vladivostok was to move in with a local host family. The benefits I have received as a result are simply immeasurable and I cannot recommend enough for others to do the same. While this post recounts a late Sunday outing accomplished with […]

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 […]

Ganga in Vladivostok

Ganga/Ганга Океанский проспект, 69 Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm; Meals from 350 rubles Gangacafe.ru  Living in Russia, I am frequently asked to explain the reason for my vegetarianism. Despite its almost daily nature, every time the question is put before me, my head practically starts spinning as my heartbeat quickens and the diatribes lying dormant […]

Kim Gan San Restaurant in Vladivostok

Kim Gan San Restaurant/Кым ган сан ресторан ул. Крылова 10 Hours: Noon-Midnight everyday; meals from $10  In the handful of weeks separating my decision to spend some time abroad after graduation and my eventually selecting Vladivostok as my destination, I did my fair share of “pro and con” weighing. One of the aspects that I […]

Chan-Li in Vladivostok

Chan-Li/Чан-Ли Океанский проспект 10Б Hours: 10am-10pm everyday; Meals from 500 rubles 11am-4am buffet for 150 rubles Chan-li.ru My roommate burst into our ever-cozier two bed bungalow more excited than I’ve likely ever seen him. After a handful of entreaties to slow down the Russian he was mercilessly hurling at me, I was able to piece […]

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 […]

Friendship Bar in Vladivostok

Friendship Bar / Дружба бар ул. Пограничная, 6, Владивосток, Россия Hours: Sun-Thurs. Noon-3am, Fri & Sat. Noon-7am; Meals for under 360 rubles Fear not hipsters! Your culture lives and breaths even thousands of miles from home in Friendship Bar (Дружба бар) in downtown Vladivostok. The bright red exterior signaling your arrival rests on the corner of on […]

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 […]

A Student’s Grocer’s Guide: Vladivostok

Along with all of the positives that are part and parcel of moving to a new city – experiencing a new culture, learning a new language, making new acquaintances – there are of course difficulties. Hopefully, this short guide will work to ameliorate at least one of the challenges of settling into a lifestyle; namely, […]

Vegan in Moscow: Anna Westby’s Story

While there are far fewer vegans and vegetarians in Russia than there are in the US, and while being a vegan in Moscow is still a bit of an oddity, vegetarianism and veganism in Russia is on the rise. Resultantly, the number of eating establishments that cater to vegans and vegetarians are also on the […]

Na Parakh Restaurant in St. Peterbsurg

Na Parakh Большой проспект П.С. дом 3 (угол со Зверинской ул.) Невский пр, дом 74-76 (вход с Литейного пр.) Open 24/7 Meals from 250 Rubles Naparah.ru For a cheap, tasty meal look no further than На Парах (Na Parakh; Steamed). This local mini-chain of casual restaurants focusing exclusively on dishes cooked with steam has two […]

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, […]

How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Irkutsk

How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Irkutsk By Lacey Reimer I knew that being a vegetarian studying abroad in Irkutsk would not be easy. Most Russian dishes are filled with chicken, beef, and/or fish. Although I was a little upset that I would not be able to enjoy some of the more traditional Russian […]

Soviet Cafeteria in Bishkek

Soviet Cafeteria/Советская Столовая ул. Чуй (рядом с Цум) Full Meal from $3 The Soviet-style cafeteria next to Tsum in Bishkek has large banner on it’s side that advertises it as tasty, fast, and cheap. That sounded ideal, so today when I needed to grab lunch quickly, I figured I give it a shot. I walked […]

Masal Cafe in Bishkek

Masal Cafe/Масал Кафе Эркиндик и Чуй Meals $4 and up The Masal Cafe is in an ideal location, just a block from Ala-Too Square in one direction and Oak Park in another. It sits on the corner of Erkindik and and Chuy right across from the end of one of Bishkek’s typical, long parks. Because […]

“Beautiful Green” Vegetarian Cafe in St. Petersburg

Beautiful Green/Прекасная Зелёная http://labelleverte.ru/ Моховая Улица 41 10:00-23:00 weekdays 11:00-23:00 weekends Meals from $7 Прекрасная Зеленая (Prekrasnaya Zelenaya; Beautiful Green) Café filled a hole in my heart I didn’t even realize was there. Everything about this place is heartwarming and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I discovered it on a cool Saturday afternoon in […]

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 […]

Pirogovaya M. V. Rogova – Pies Near MGU in Moscow

 Pirogovaya M. V. Rogova/Пироговая М.В.Рогова г. Москва, пр-т Вернадского, д. 9/10. м. «Университет» (выход из центра зала) Тел.: 8(495)782-70-12, 8(499)131-87-72. Hours of Operation (Seven days a week): 11:00 – 22:00   Meals from $8 www.pirogovaya.ru After class at МГУ (Moscow State University), a few of us students found ourselves quite hungry for lunch. We checked GoogleMaps and […]

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