No visit to Russia is complete without a taste of blini. My first sampling was at Chainaya Lozhka in Saint Petersburg which Lonely Planet dubs as the countries most popular joint. Blini is the fast food of Russia and many chains offer up affordable combos in a relaxed fast food style setting.
After a fantastic day at The Hermitage I enjoyed a late dinner with a few Canadian tourists who were staying at my hotel. A sipped on beer and munched on Russian pancakes with a contentment that was mostly fueled by the fact that I had actually found a restaurant in Russia that one could consider affordable.
belini with ham and scalloped potatoes with cabbage slaw
belini with spiced apples and caramel