On today’s episode of Kult America I’m in Kaliningrad, Russia to try some delicious Russian food. So I’ve met up with my friend Igor, whose taking me to first Russian restaurant. Where are we going? We’re going to restaurant Borsch & Salo. Ok. Little interesting fact: this is a Ukrainian restaurant, but Igor has assured me that we are in Russia, they serve Russian food, so it’s close enough. My mother, she came to visit Russia in 90s, in Moscow. She told me, that food was horrible. What do you think? Is it food good in your country? Yes, I’m sure. Maybe is the best food ever. Alright! We’re gonna find out! So what should we try? What are common people’s feelings towards Ukraine, towards that whole situation? I like this people, because I had two teachers from Ukraine. One of them is the best teacher I had in my school, so they’re very strong. And I don’t have any bad experiance connected with Ukrainans, so I can not tell you. I mean, our goverments, they attack other coutries and other goverments. And we, as citizens, don’t necessarily believe in what they do and want them to do, but we get blamed for those actions, all the same. Alright, so the first thing I’m going to try in Russia is… kompot. It’s made by fresh apples, should be pretty delicious. It’s really good. It’s less sugary than the Polish one that I tried. And it’s cold also. So this is the present from this place. This is a vodka. Vodka mixed with horse raddish and honey. I like drinking kompot, but I don’t drink alcohol so Artur’s gonna have one for the team, and drink this for me. Oh my God, ok. It’s a strange combination, first you feel the horse raddish, but after that you feel the honey. So today’s we gonna try Russia’s take on pickled herring, and I have to tell you it’s looks beautiful and delicous, even smells nice! It’s serve with potatoes, onions, chive. That is really, really good. I didn’t expect it. It’s special food when Russians drink. They drink vodka and they eat this. It’s amazing, really. So next, something like baked potato with a meat. This one actually looks very heavy. And oiled. It’s good, it’s like a beef stew. So there’s some carrots, dill, of course there’s some oil. I don’t know if I would order it next time I’m here, but it’s good. Next stuff we have meat stuffed pancakes with sour cream. What’s the Russian name for this? Blinis with meat. Blinis with meat… It looks like actually kind of chinese food. It’s really heavy, and very chewy. So, next stop, we have pancakes with honey and sour cream. So it’s sweet take on the thing we ate previous. This is most familiar thing that I’ve eaten. Perfect! Things were fresh, delicous, well prepared. Service was good. There was a nice proportion of being exotic and something new. So we’re going to visit a local cantine for the next meal. My host says that’s delicous, authenitc and that’s the spot frequented by people who are tried after visit the zoo. This is actually how I imagined a restaurant in Russia to look. It has black tinted windows outside, red curtains in here. It’s serious. And the first thing we going to have is sea buckthorn juice. Apparently this is made from some berries that taste absolutely disgusting, if you try eat it straight up. But, when you mix it with sugar it supose to be delicous and healthy concoction. It’s a little bit bitter. Ok, this is one of the most typical Russian fast foods. It’s called belyashi. Russia’s take on hot pocket. There’s ground meat inside, and nice breaded on the outside. That’s not for me. It’s fatty meat. Take it to your hand, grab a napkin, and eat it like we eat it – on a go. I don’t like this too much. And on the next stop we have fried chicken kotlet, which is covered in cheese, and serve with french fries. They looks really really good, but I’m sceptical about the taste. So this is really, pretty good. And it taste different than I expected, because it’s three layers of ingridients here. So here we have humongous chop of salmon. It’s a fired salmon. The food is the flavour, which is pretty cool, because normally when I eat salmon is heavly seasoned and I’m testing other ingridients. For dessert we have blitzes with cottage cheese, and from what my has host told me, we can call in english ‘cottage cheeser’. I thought it will be sweeter, it’s actually not sweet at all. Russian food surprised me in that was kind of delicate and the taste was settled. And I could compare this to my impressions on a general culture here. Although people look hard and serious, the ones who I’ve met have been sweet and gentle. So it’s interesting to see how food compares with the culture of people who prepared it. My name is Ryan Socash, please like, comment and subscribe on Kult America videos. See you next time.