Nigerian Food First
My Nigerian dining feast, led to a Russian food adventure!
This is Rebecca, who is one of the special people who cares for my mom. Today she made me some "Vegetable Soup". Rebecca is from Nigeria and she wanted me to experience authentic, non-restaurant Nigerian food! It looks scary, but it was a tasty adventure... with more than vegetables. Spinach, collard greens, dried shrimp, goat meat, turkey and jalapeños!
After sampling the soup, I was off to Ghana House, recommended by Mercy, who also cares for my mom. Mercy is from Ghana and has been eager for me to try a different African soup and compare!
But Ghana House is...Gonna!
Rats! This is getting hard. They are always closing restaurants before I get to them!
But luckily on my drive home, I spotted this! A store, not a restaurant. But I figured I could stop in and maybe someone inside would help guide me towards a Russian restaurant in Houston. The famed Russian Bear closed, before I had my chance.
No Tables or Kitchen
But lots of food! A deli counter with long sausages and meats and cheeses! And lots of beers and wines from Russia and many other places.
Lots of Non-food Items
There were shelves upon shelves of dolls, toys and dresses. They even had a section of used books and records, all in Russian of course! Why didn't I just get a book? They were only a dollar?
I Heard Russian
Everyone in the store seemed to be speaking Russian. At least it sounded like Russian to me.
I had lots of help from the owner, picking out the best foods.
Take Home Food
I took home some curious-looking Russian bread and ravioli. Both looked like they were made in Brooklyn, with Russian ingredients. I couldn't resist the cute packaged cookie at the counter. After a tasting, I'm afraid it might be a teething cookie or something. Oh well.
Baltika beer, cabbage pastries, ravioli with vinegar and sour cream, bread and cookie! Goes against all rules of color and nutrition balance I learned in 8th grade Home Ec...but it was delicious!
Total of ?? Points for Russian Dining...inspired by a Nigerian lunch!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.