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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Chechen Leader Kadyrov Invites Egyptian Team to Try Traditional Chechen Dish

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Chechen leader R A Kadyrov invited Egyptian footballers to try zhizhig-galnash, a traditional Chechen dish, upon their return to the team’s training base in Grozny. Zhizhig-galnash are Chechen dumplings with meat, traditionally served with broth and garlic sauce. On Tuesday night, Kadyrov said during a live broadcast of 60 Minutes as the Russia-Egypt game was still underway:

Tomorrow, we invite the Egyptian team to try zhizhig-galnash. If we win, the dish will be excellent, if we lose, it’ll be of average quality.

On Tuesday, the Russian national football team snatched another home win at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, defeating the Egyptian national squad 3-1 at St Petersburg Stadium. With six points, Russia has a solid lead in Group A; Uruguay is the runner-up with three points. Russia will play its final group stage match against Uruguay on 25 June in Samara.

Russia is holding its first-ever meeting of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of 14 June and will continue until 15 July. There are 11 host cities as venues for the 2018 World Cup matches; Moscow, St Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, and Samara.

During the tournament, Egypt’s national squad will be in the Chechen capital Grozny. The players will stay at Hotel Lokal, about 10 kilometres away from Grozny’s international airport, and train at Ahmat Arena stadium.

20 June 2018

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

16 June 2018. Kot Mosta Goes Out on the Town in Sochi

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В Сочи хорошо! Отъедаюсь по-кавказски… хинкали на ужин! Скажу Михалычу, чтобы по субботам всегда меня так кормил. 😉

It’s great in Sochi! I’m gorging on Caucasian food tonight… Georgian khinkali (recipe) for dinner! Therefore, tell Mikhalych I ate my fill this Saturday. 😉

16 June 2018

Kot Mosta

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Editor:

The workers’ cat is on holiday for a well-deserved break after the road-bridge is done. Khinkali are like dumplings… you hold them by the knob and bite into them. Georgians can do it without getting a drop on their shirt… can you? Don’t eat the “knob”… you line ’em up on your plate to show how many you’ve eaten.

BMD

Here’s a little something on xiaolongbao (recipe), a similar Chinese edible…

Sunday, 21 January 2018

21 January 2018. F M Dostoyevsky on that Most-Russian Thing… the Samovar

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“Tea isn’t vodka, you can drink all that you want”… that’s the old folk wisdom anyway. The Russians, not the English, are the tea-drinking champions of Europe. Russians always seem to have a “brew up” and never seem to be without a teacup at hand. Most Russians prefer their tea sweet and without milk, and I’m no exception to that. We like our tea hot, strong, and sweet… just as we like our men to be!

BMD

Monday, 8 January 2018

8 January 2018. Only in Russia… Shashlik for Christmas… on the OUTDOOR Grill

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This is a real-deal Russian preparing grilled shashlik for CHRISTMAS. I shit you not. I do believe that the eaters are waiting inside… it’s true that shashlik over charcoal is legit to the max, but sometimes we Russians justify the Western view that we’re Europe’s crazy cousins. Not that I’d want to change that…

BMD

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