Yesterday some people commented about how much they appreciate the uniqueness of local flavors, so here's one for ya'! "Teremok" is a fast-food chain you see throughout the city; Natalia often chooses their ham and cheese blinchik (crèpe) if we need to grab something to eat on the run.
I noticed this sign for their "okroshka," a cold Russian soup, while there yesterday... You can get the "homemade" version in kvas, a cold drink from fermented black bread, or the "special" version is fresh draft beer. Beer soup. With cucumber, radishes, peas, hard-boiled egg, cubed bologna and dill... In the food court at the mall.
Chris loves the variation in kvas, but I just can't bring myself to eat it... Our favorite Russian professor in college loved it, too... Here's a recipe with detailed instructions and photos.