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Russian Christmas Traditions

By |2016-12-25T12:37:41+00:00December 25th, 2016|Categories: Christmas & New Year, Holiday Ideas, Holidays|

'Twas the night before Christmas and as the chestnuts roasted on an open fire, the children asked their grandparents to tell them a story. About a time long ago, when their great-great-great-grandparents celebrated Christmas in the old country. How did they celebrate this joyous holiday? What were their Russian Christmas traditions? And this is how it began... [...]

How to Keep a Christmas Tree Fresh

By |2016-12-18T13:48:37+00:00December 18th, 2016|Categories: Christmas & New Year, Holidays|Tags: , |

During the Holidays, finding and keeping the perfect Christmas tree fresh can be as elusive as seeing Santa. There are dozens of popular varieties to choose from. And no matter which kind of tree it is — fir, spruce or pine — the goal is always to maintain it green and fresh for as long [...]

Russian Tea Culture

By |2016-12-11T23:14:09+00:00December 11th, 2016|Categories: Christmas & New Year, Cookies/Sweets, Gifts and Souvenirs, Holidays|Tags: , , |

Many think of vodka as the quintessential Russian drink, but it’s actually hot tea that defines Russian culture. In fact, Russians are obsessed with tea. As a nation, they drink a whopping 180,000 tons of tea per year. For many Russians tea is more than just a drink, it’s a lifestyle. And unlike other cultures [...]

12 Russian Gifts for Christmas

By |2016-11-30T05:43:01+00:00November 30th, 2016|Categories: Christmas & New Year, Fun, Gifts and Souvenirs, Holidays|Tags: , , |

Turkey day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are all behind us. This means one thing: it's time for serious Holiday Gift shopping. On this #GivingTuesday we've gathered a unique Russian Gift Guide for the Holidays, complete with authentic Russian gift ideas. Finding creative gifts is time consuming. Even online browsing is exhausting. Browsing through thousands of item [...]

Russian Holiday Gift Guide

By |2016-11-15T16:34:44+00:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: Christmas & New Year, Holiday Ideas, Holidays|

With only 5 shopping weeks left until Christmas, we’re excited to share a few authentic Russian Holiday gift ideas. Our Holiday gift guide and shopping list is full of sweet surprises for kids and adults. Traditional toys, colorful candy boxes, Christmas tree ornaments and so much more! Our list includes popular favorites and best sellers [...]

Homemade Pickling Tips

By |2016-10-23T18:20:29+00:00October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Food, Food Art, Pickles/Marinades, Vegetables|

Fall is more than just changing foliage, pumpkins and cool weather. It’s a time for pickling and brining. In Russia, pickling and brining fresh produce is a culinary art and deeply rooted tradition. The reason is simple: its the easiest way to add a daily dose of fruits and veggies during the long and notoriously harsh [...]

Gourmet Halloween Candy

By |2016-10-18T07:01:36+00:00October 18th, 2016|Categories: Halloween, Holiday Ideas, Holidays|Tags: , , |

Gourmet Halloween candy are rising in popularity. More parents are opting for tastier versions of sweets this Halloween, including sugar-free options and imported candies from around the world. Going beyond the traditional Hershey and Nestle varieties, gourmet Halloween candy best sellers in recent years include sweet delights from Europe, Russia and Ukraine. That’s right, there are lots [...]

How to Enjoy a Sugar-Free Halloween

By |2016-09-18T13:42:41+00:00September 18th, 2016|Categories: Fun, Halloween, Holiday Ideas, Holidays|Tags: , , |

Halloween can be a difficult time for kids with diabetes. The very word is likely to send many parents and children into a sugar-induced comma, although for different reasons. As kids look forward to trick-or-treating, parents are concerned about keeping tabs on the sugar intake — especially if their kids have diabetes. As a parent [...]

Summer Grilling & Russian Dacha

By |2016-06-17T18:51:42+00:00June 17th, 2016|Categories: Food, Fun, Meats, Russian|Tags: , , , , |

Summer is Dacha season in Russia. Grilling, foraging and chilling is the name of the game for most Muscovites who trade in the muggy heat of the big city for the cool breeze of the Russian countryside. As the temperatures climb in the highly polluted and populated cities, so does the desire to get away [...]

All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

By |2016-04-10T12:21:02+00:00April 10th, 2016|Categories: Easter, Holidays|Tags: , , , |

Traditional and all-natural dye recipes for Easter egg coloring are all the rage now. In line with Russian Orthodox Church customs, Holy Thursday (also known as Maundy Thursday) is considered the best day to decorate Easter eggs.  This week we’re introducing tried and true tips and tricks for all-natural Easter Egg dye recipes. Tips for Prepping Easter [...]

Blinis for Maslenitsa

By |2016-03-13T22:58:43+00:00March 13th, 2016|Categories: Appetizers, Blini, Breakfast, Cuisine, Food, Maslenitsa, Recipes, Russian, Ukranian|

Today is the last day of Maslenitsa — an old Slavic festival that precedes the period of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church’s traditions. Also known as Pancake Week, Maslenitsa lasts an entire week and gets its name from ‘maslo’ the Russian word for butter which literally signifies that only dairy products are eaten. A cheerful [...]

Russian Holiday Gifts Guide

By |2015-11-22T11:30:39+00:00November 22nd, 2015|Categories: Christmas & New Year, Holidays|Tags: , |

Every year, right around the Holiday Season, we start making our list … and checking it twice. Holidays are always a combination of amazing times with family and friends, and just a tad too much stress about what to get all your loved ones. And let’s not forget all the small gifts we give to our [...]

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