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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Moscow on the Hill

House-Made Cherry Gimlet 

Cheboureki- Lamb Stuffed pastry 

Piroshki with Cabbage and Dill Sauce 

Pelmeni- Beef and Pork Dumplings with Sour Cream and Vinegar 
First off, I apologize for my lack of posting lately. My husband and I just moved into our very first house in St. Paul. Needless to say, I have had my hands full breaking down boxes, organizing our lives and decorating our new nest!! Let it be known, I am a Minneapolis native and have only lived in St. Paul for a few month stint back in college. St. Paul is uncharted territory, and therefore perfect for culinary exploration. I love St. Paul's diverse neighborhoods boasting unique and authentic food. Travel down University Avenue and you'll be amazed by how many ethnic restaurants you find. My first St. Paul foodie outing occurred on Selby (my new favorite street) at Moscow on the Hill, a Russian restaurant with an incredible happy hour. My friend Natalie and I went on a weekday around 5pm to sample their appetizers. The restaurant is fairly large and features a beautiful patio off the back. The decor is dramatic in an over the top kind of way, but cozy and comfortable none the less. Natalie and I start by ordering a drink. Their drink menu features a wide variety of house flavored vodkas, with such unique flavors as coriander and pepper. We both order a cherry gimlet, which was tart and not too sweet- my new favorite drink. For a snack, we ordered three appetizers, which cost us a mere $8 for 3 or $3 each. Our first bite was of the meat dumplings served with a tangy dip of sour cream and vinegar. Next we sampled the cabbage roll tasting similar to a savory donut, with a hearty cabbage filling and paired with a light dill sauce. Lastly, the lamb pastry was delicious, reminding me of an empanada paired with a spicy marinara sauce. Natalie and I were impressed by our nibbles, and the lovely patio. We are eager to return to sample their vodka flights. 

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