This is sort of like “Baby’s First Steps,” though unfortunately I don’t have adorable, pastel-matted still-frames to share with you (now she’s taking a bite! Now she’s not-so-discretely taking pictures on her iPod!). It was published yesterday (Wednesday) in the St. Petersburg Times, the city’s biggest (only?) English-language newspaper.
Despite my inconsistency in posting to it, I like my blog. I like indulging in inappropriately long and numerous parentheticals, hyperbolic comparisons, and unstructured, tangent-filled ramblings without worrying about journalistic integrity or whether or not to use Oxford commas (I say yes. The St. Petersburg Times says no). The Allison Geller Manual of Style is a loose and amorphous set of rules, based on a set of fickle yet strongly held opinions. AND IT IS RIGOROUSLY FOLLOWED.
Of course, like 6 people read this blog. So sometimes it’s nice to write something for an audience of at least a few more.
(THAT SHOULD ACTUALLY SAY “SIX”. SEE WHAT I DID THERE.)
So here’s my review of Ukrop, a new-ish vegetarian (and, though I didn’t know this before I decided to review it, a mostly vegan and raw) restaurant in St. Pete. There’s borsch and pelmeni, but this ain’t your grandma’s borsch and pelmeni. Meaning it’s less delicious, but delivered in a much hipper atmosphere.
Welcome to new Russian cuisine.
And as a special bonus for reading my blog, here are some pictures of the place, because I had somewhat less than a thousand words to write the whole review.
The gig at the St. Petersburg Times is just getting going, but so far I’m copy editing there once a week, unpaid, and working through three unpaid articles before they start paying me a normal (meaning probably nominal) freelance rate. I’ll have another article or two in next week’s paper. They publish once a week, on Wednesdays, in print and online, both versions free. I actually started reading it before I moved here, when I wanted to find out about the city and landed on it online. It’s really quite a good publication, and I’ve already learned so much about what’s going on in Russia from copy editing a couple of times. And really, I love few things more than sitting down with a stack of galley proofs and a pen and going at it.
Of course, I’ll be keeping you posted. All six of you.