The author at age 7 in the kitchen of her apartment, eating lunch. (Photo courtesy of Daria Kroupoderova)

5 Russian phrases I wish we had in English

"My, this is fine mushroom weather today!" and other Russian expressions, words and phrases.
Sep 28, 2016
A baker at Piroshky Piroshky rolls together cinnamon cardamom braids. (Photo by Yvonne Rogell)

The Russian bakery so nice, they named it twice

Cheese. Did your mouth just water? Yeah, mine too. If anyone knows what cheese can do to people, it is Oliver Kotelnikov, owner of the Russian bakery Piroshky Piroshky in the Pike Place Market. Apparently, cheese can make pastries fly off the shelves. Cheese didn’t start it all, though. Kotelnikov’s parents did, 20 years ago, […]
Jan 8, 2013
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Crepe Cravers: The U-District’s Delicious Slavic Secret

When I came to Seattle four years ago from the Tri-Cities, I figured the big city would have a lot of Russian or other Eastern European restaurant offerings. I was disappointed to find that wasn’t the case. That is, until a couple weeks ago when I discovered a hidden-gem that may be the only full-service […]
Feb 16, 2012