Every nation’s cuisine is as unique as its culture. What could be more interesting than understanding a nation’s mentality through its national cuisine? “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are” – the ancients said. Exploring history, traditions, lifestyle of a nation by means of dishes, recipes and table culture is something every tourist is capable of. Arkhangelsk offers its guests ample opportunity to become acquainted with northern Russian cuisine. In Arkhangelsk restaurants you will be given the opportunity to sample dishes traditional to the Russian North overall, and dishes that reflect the specifics of culinary arts in different geographical districts. Most of dishes will be made of fish, of course. It is not without reason that the people from Arkhangelsk have historically been called “cod-eaters”. However you cannot not leave Arkhangelsk without tasting dishes prepared from wild game from our pine forest, deer and moose meat, northern mushrooms.
Not only in restaurants but also in inexpensive cafes you can find plenty of northern baked goods: butter pies, potato pies of rye flour and water paste, pies with meat, cabbage or fish filling, with aromatic cod, moist halibut and delicate herring from the White Sea, curd patties and pies with northern berries – cowberries, blueberries, cloudberries, cranberries and bird cherries! Don’t forget to visit the Central market and buy presents from Arkhangelsk for you and your friends: fresh-salted salmon from Mezyen, smoke-dried sea ruff, and sausages made from deer meat, northern mushrooms, and 100-percent organic juices made from northern berries from Ustyany. You also ought to take home cod liver produced by the Arkhangelsk trawler fleet (will be useful to cook Arkhangelsk-style fish broth) a concoction from Russia’s only Arkhangelsk experimental algae factory: mixed with natural agar for making jelly, tasty and healthy spices with the White Sea algae “Laminarchik”. In book shops you will be offered books about northern cuisine, and cards with recipes of Arkangelsk kozulyas – unique northern ginger bread. As an addition to a book from a souvenir shop, you can buy a “latka” – traditional clay casserole dish for making fish. When you come back from our city you can use it to cook Arkhangelsk-style cod for your friends and acquaintances.
Have a nice tour in “tasty Arkhangelsk”!
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