I mean, It’s Me, Sarah. Has it been so long that I’ve forgotten my own name?!
However, this time, I’ve got a pretty darn valid excuse for not blogging in such a long while. Two weeks ago, I got a phone call in the middle of the day from my boss. Big news: I had to move out of my apartment that night and into a new one. Literally, I had 6 hours notice before it was Goodbye, Sovietskaya St.
My new apartment is nice, but was Internet-less. After much confusion and explanation, we got it installed at my new home, where it worked for one day. And then it didn’t work any more. More confusion, and when it worked next, I unknowingly used my month’s allowance of bandwidth by watching Mad Men and Gossip Girl online. Big whoops. Then, to change to unlimited usage took another several days. So, I have been off the grid, practically. I’ve been missing you, though!
Since I have loads of backed-up photos, I think I’ll just do a greatest hits of the last two weeks sort of deal. Sound good? Good. Because you didn’t have any actual choice in the matter
I discovered the world’s most dangerously delicious snack cookies. Move over, Little Debbie, these babies are eat waaaay more than you should in a day good.
Heather and I went on a Starbucks coffee date, and I was SO EXCITED when I saw that Russian Starbucks had those famous red holiday cups (it took longer for them to appear here, so I thought that they never would). With utter glee, I ordered a tall soy vanilla latte and a double chocolate cookie.
WHERE THE NUT IS THE HOLIDAY CUP????? I mean, when I shell out $8 for a latte and a cookie, you’d better put it in a holiday cup. I was kind of heartbroken, but then the sample lady came over and gave me a sample of the Holiday Blend in a mini red cup. Small things are even cuter, no?
I may or may not have rinsed it out and put it in my purse to use as a kopeck-holder. I think I’m losing my mind.
I made a big, baller salad, and ate it with a piece of super veggie pizza we cooked up.
This salad was pretty special because it was dressed in balsamic vinegar, which we have had a reaaaally hard time finding here. But it wasn’t as special as what’s in this next photo:
HUMMUS!!! Just by chance, my girl friends saw it at the grocery store. Glorious. Absolutely glorious. And it has made some glorious wraps, like this one, made on flatbread with cheese, cukes, tomatoes, and lettuce:
And it has topped a couple mondo salads, like this one, which is just toms and cukes dressed with dill, parsley, and chives, olive oil, and a pinch of salt (a most refreshing combo, try it!):
All these goods came from a huge grocery shop, where I spent more money than I ever have before (in Russia, compared to the damage I’ve done in the US, it ain’t no thang…). A few things were splurges (like broccoli, which costs about $9/kg), and a few things were “investment pieces” (like bottles of balsamic vinegar and olive oil), and the rest had to fill my utterly empty fridge!
I also got me some Fuji apples, tomatoes and cukes, tvorozhnaya massa (I don’t know how to properly explain–it tastes like cheesecake, but looks like ice cream, and people eat it for breakfast here), bananas, pelmeni (Siberian meat dumplings, aka “Russian ravioli”), Caucasian lavash, flatbread, salad galore, chocolate covered almonds, cottage cheese, some unspicy “spicy sauce,” and a mug. Good loot.
This tvorozhnaya massa, I discovered, tastes really, really good with apples. It was sort of an accidental discovery, but still a good one!
I also whipped up a pretty clever dinner, if I do say so myself, and made some sort of pelmeni-broccoli alfredo. It wasn’t perfect, mainly because I only had .5% milk, no butter, and not-parmesan cheese, but overall it was still good. Now I just gotta do it right….
Finally, I had a nice, cheap Japanese meal with Caro. I started with miso soup and teriyaki chicken…
…and then inhaled my avocado rolls. I was so excited for them that I forgot to take the pic until halfway through! Whoops!
Well, kiddos, I’m going to leave it at that for now. I have another set of photos from one of the best days I’ve had in Moscow, but, ahem, I forgot my own camera, and someone won’t email them to me from hers! Pshht. Soon, soon. I will also show you Thanksgiving, Russian-style. You can’t wait, right? I know that you are burning with excitement….
Were you into Judy Blume books? Hells yes. I feel like I read them all! I remember especially liking Tiger Eyes and Then Again, Maybe I Won’t. Oh, and that other one… Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret….
What is your grocery splurge? This week, broccoli for me! It is gram-for-gram the most expensive food item I have bought in Russia. I also spend a little more on apples, because I am awfully particular about them.
That is up close and personal… Heh. Well, those dangly guys are my favorites. They were my mom’s, and when I was little, I used to ask her to wear them all the time. Once I got my ears pierced, I borrowed them pretty often, until one day my mom told me I should just borrow them forever. I don’t wear them extremely often, but I really do love them.
My dad hates the little earring at the top of my ear. I did too for a while, because, actually, it got pierced in the wrong place! But switching the earring made me like it better, and I like it now.
This is my other fave:
Luke’s parents gave this pair to me as a college graduation gift, and I wore them all the time. Sadly, one of them fell out somewhere along Novy Arbat, so there was no chance of finding it again. This happened on my birthday. Can you say sad??? But I’ll keep my hopes up that I will miraculously find it in the lining of my coat or that another, identical pair will come into my possession… A girl can dream, can’t she?