The work of designer Anastasia Panibratova, the dining room features a riot of color, from ruby stars pinned to gold ceilings and crimson ribbons against snow-white walls and statues, but the menu brings to mind Valentin Serov's famous painting Girl with Peaches, the fruits replaced with a mountain of zakuski
, Russian hors d'oeuvres.
In Georgia, beetroot is pounded with nuts, garlic, coriander, a little cayenne and red wine vinegar to produce a rough mixture that can be eaten as part of a zakuski
spread, similar to meze.
com), whose bowls of Siberian dumplings and hot and cold zakuski
pair perfectly with chilled shot glasses of Horseradish vodka.
Daily preparation and delivery of finished production kitchen, hospital food, food for duty personnel and operational zakuski
The filthy business having been disposed of, someone ordered vodka and zakuski
According to Elizabeth Schneider, the author of Uncommon Fruits and Vegetables, not so long ago were the days you could hardly find a Russian tabletop without a snacky spread of zakuski
Next is her autobiographical "The Gastronomical Me," followed by "An Alphabet for Gourmets," which takes readers from A for dining alone to Z for zakuski
(another word for hors d'oeuvres).
If you have a crowd, pick some items from the zakuski
selection -- eggplant caviar, smoked salmon, cucumber-and-tomato salad, etc.
Another Russian culinary tradition can also be attributed mainly to the climate, namely the zakuski
table which became popular during the 19th century.
On Graf Ignatiev boulevard, tempting smells waft from stalls selling zakuski
- filo pastries and dough-based snacks stuffed with cheese or sweet fillings - which Bulgarians devour in the morning.
According to Siemering, "You can [also] find cichetti (the small snacks served in Venetian wine bars), cuchifritos (fried bar snacks of ten referred to as Puerto Rican soul food), kushi (Japanese tidbits grilled shish kebab style), meze (Middle Eastern tapas spelled with one of two z's, depending on what country of what tavern you're in), scuie scuie (Italy's answer to tapas) and zakuski
(the Russian counterpart.
Call them tapas, mere, zakuski
, hors d'oeuvres, or finger food (as they refer to it throughout Europe), they are small dishes that can act as an appetizer or in combination constitute an entire meal with friends.