“Билеты, пожалуйста, прямо сейчас!”1 I ordered.
And just like that I was whisked away …
To the vodka aisle at the LCBO.
“Поди ж ты!”2
Expecting the fanfare befitting a duchess, I was flabbergasted – I tell you – when the Ruskies surrounded us.
“I am no spy! I am no gypsy! I am no sinister villain!”
Travel, my pets, is always full of surprises.
Don’t let a few nincompoop ambassadors sour your taste for exploring new territories and sampling their delights.
In honour of Mother Russia, let me share with you this вкусный3 borscht recipe.
adapted from food.com
2 cups shredded peeled beets
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped celery
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cans beef broth
2 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¾ cup chopped fresh dill
sour cream, for topping
Saute beets, carrots, garlic, onion and celery with olive oil in a large saucepan. Add beef broth. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add cabbage and cook uncovered for about 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and ½ cup dill. Refrigerate for a day. Served chilled with a dollop of sour cream and chopped dill sprinkled on top. наслаждаться!4
I also share with you a few travel tips:
Be sure your passport is updated before you venture into the great unknown. That way you’ll avoid potential ouster from foreign locales.
When travel plans go to the dogs, head directly to Plan B: the staycation destination. A bottle of vodka, a couple of ounces of caviar and a rerun of the 1972 Canada-Soviet summit series should do the trick.
Wherever you may land … er … refrain from taking companion animals into retail locations full of breakable glass.
1 Tickets, please, right now! 2 Drat! 3 tasty 4 Enjoy! * That assistant? I think he needs to learn Russian.