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May 29, 2010

MamaLiga Restaurant, St Petersburg

MamaLiga Restaurant, St Petersburg

Are you an adventurous eater? I am. There's more to life than having a ceasar salad or a club sandwich. I'm not talking about devouring insects or exotic genitalia but hey, no judgment if you're into that. What I mean is that I'm someone who likes to try things I've never had before. Me and my siblings were raised by my parents to try things at least once. On a side note, read this NY Times article.

I have my limits, of course: you won't see me eat insects, domestic animals and yes, genitalia though I once had sheep testicles in Iceland many years ago. Depending on my mood, I'll try it. Ostrich meat? Had it in London. Rabbit? Had it in New York. Frogs, snails, duck fetus (balut)? Done, done and done.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Instead of saying "no" when Alexey asked if I've tried Caucasian food before, I played devil's advocate and channeled the Debbie Dumber in me. "Caucasian food? What's that? White people food?" was my reply.

So after a disappointing and fruitless trip to a Russian flea market (I was hoping to see kitschy Soviet-era things and Russian antiques but I was greeted with Made-in-USA/Made-in-China second-hand cast-offs), we went to Mamaliga for lunch.

Click click click!

Caucasian cuisine, for those of you who don't know, is food that comes from the Caucasus region: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and parts of Russia such as Chechnya, North Ossetia etc.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Dima having a go at the menu...

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

No more water for Alexey...

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Tomatoes, peppers, garlic and stalk of some kind. This is very tasty and delicious.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

This tastes like cheese pizza for some reason.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

You take bits and pieces of this bread...

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

... and dip it into this sauce.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Ordered a tomato on the side after seeing other patrons order it.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Eggplant with stuffing of some sort.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Soup! A meal wouldn't be complete without soup. There are morsels of beef in it.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Granted, everything I had can be considered as safe and there's really nothing exotic there.

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

This is why I need my Sally Hansen Airbrush legs. Ignore the shadows (both table and me holding the camera). I don't like seeing my veins...

Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Saw this bird (parrot or parakeet?) on my way out of the restaurant. Soo cute!

Picture of parrot at Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

Picture of parakeet Mamaliga Restaurant, St. Petersburg Russia

And there you have it. I'm so glad I tried Caucasian food!

Can you imagine? I could've easily went for Italian or Japanese or heck, McDonald's...

What a beautiful and very healthy lunch indeed.


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