Free range eggs at the Fish Market

Рыбный рынок (rybny rynok, fish market), Pyatnitsky pereulov 2. Look for Elena the butcher under the sign “Деревенское мясо” (derevenskoye myaso, village meat). Small eggs from young chicken at 100 roubles per 10.

Next to her is a stall with Ukrainian (Lviv) and Belarus beer but I think I’ve already listed it.

A food and crafts fair at Old Believers village (metro Aviamotornaya) Sunday, May 19 2013

Internal sources promise it will be a big even worth visiting. The formal reason for festivities is the story of women who came to the cave early Sunday with a few bottles of myrrh (oil) to anoint the body but found the grave empty, ran home screaming, which got things rolling. I’m likely to be there and if so I’m available as a volunteer translator, and those who can bear my opinionated style will get an overview of who Old Believers are and what all this fuss around them, and their place and role in the structure of Russian society.


Exploring Achan (?) in the basement of Arcadia and finding it worth recommending

A huge bill expected for fixing up that old LR to give it a reasonable chance of making it to Kandalaksha (1500 miles north the shortest way through places where car repair shops are 200 miles apart) prompted me to explore the Achan or Attak or whatever it is called supermarket in the basement of the Arcadia mall, MORE>>

Quality pomegranate juice

Pomegranate juice that suspiciously resembles real discovered at Ulitsa Bochkova 3A.

old_farts_bloodThe colour is that of an old fart’s venous blood drawn when no hypertension medicine was around. Probatum est. A medieval but an effective measure but that’s another story. See Medicine > Leeches or similar.  Black shreds of something floating in it. But both the taste and aftertaste are OK. Not a hint of heartburn pomegranate juice normally available here give me. The package says the juice is from Azerbaijan but under the UK control, which inspires confidence. 110 roubles per litre. Ulitsa Bochkova is west off Prospekt Mira, to the other side of Prospekt Mira from Metro Alexeyevskaya, then 1-2 min. walk. 

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While there, note the Russian Vodka House (see elsewhere here, probably under Lifestyle > Drinking). A few people have visited the place on my advice and sent me very positive feedback, especially about their menu that “does not have more than necessary”. Glad to see that there is some appreciation of minimalism out there.

Spanish food

spanish_foodA new Spanish Court store just opened up in the Fish Market in Zamoskvorechye. Unlike the Metro Alexeyevskaya location this one is likely to have English/Spanish speaking staff, and their site is at least part English. No, I have not yet visited this one personally but I’ve been going to the Alexeyevskaya location for vinegar, olive oil, and wine since about 2010.

Spanish house by Metro Novokuznetskaya

They’ve just opened an outlet in the Fish Market (Rybny rynok) by Metro Novokuznetskaya. A small (thus minimal information overload) but proper selection of Mediterranean products. I usually get olive oil, wine, and vinegar from their Metro Alexeyevskaya location. Good they are now in Zamoskvorechye too. Their main advantage is that they have just **one** type of vinegar, **one** type of red and **one** of white wine, and a a very limited selection of everything else. As a consumer I’m growingly unnoyed by the redundancy of choice. Spanish House is one of very few outlets that does not subject its clients to information overload.

Five minute walk from my apartment, the best bang for the buck accommodation deal in Moscow. Yes, the best. Find something that can sleep 4-6 in the same or compareable area or let’s say anywhere within the Garden Ring for $120/night and I’ll match the rate and offer you a discount on top of it.

Who asked about spring roll wraps?

Somebody did either on on the Forum or or someplace else but I can’t at the moment locate it. Hope whoever asked about spring roll wrappers a couple of days ago see this. Proceed to Испанский дом (Spanish House) at Prospekt Mura 122, between Metro Alexeyevskaya and VDNKh, east side. Their site is There you will find spring roll wrappers and lots of other goodies that include olive oil, proper yet inexpensive vinegar, Thai fish oil, and French bread sticks. I especially appreciate just one type of red and one type of white wine sparing me the stress of making a choice. A minimalisticly enlightened little store. Recommended.