Mealtime Monday – At the Stolovaya, Part One

stolovaya russian cafeteria food

Just wanted to do a quick update letting you know that I’m still in Russia and I haven’t died of scurvy yet!  The Trans-Siberian and the Baikal-Amur Mainline have, in general, both offered me a plethora of vegetarian options.  The options are often simple, and often the same from place to place, but they’re workable.  I’ve been relying a lot on stolovayas, which are cafeteria-style restaurants that were popularized in Soviet times.  Many retain the air of Soviet simplicity, but others are elaborate affairs with too many choice to count.  At this stolovaya, just outside Komsomolsk-na-Amur, I had fresh Greek salad, meatless borscht, a fruit drink called compote and blini with sweet sauce for dessert.  Not bad, right?


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