Job fair, Cosmos Hotel, April 24 2013

The last time I visited an event like that was in the 80s in Toronto, and I was indeed offered a job driving a UPS truck for $8.73/hour. At that time, feeling invincible and victorious, I rejected the proposal, and proceded carving my own loser niche. Now my business is at its lowest since 1997 but job fairs happen in Moscow regularly. I’m thinking of visiting one tomorrow. It is at Hotel Kosmos from 11am to 3pm. Metro VDNKh (next to Metro Alexeyevskaya, the neighbourhood I try to promote becaus of Alexandra). You are most welcomed to join me. 

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.

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.

Another vegetarian catering service

Run by the Hare Krishna people. Full dinner: 200 roubles ($7). Delivery near Metro VDNKh, Botanichesky Sad, Sviblovo, Otradnoye, or Vladykino is 200 roubles and free for orders over 600. Free trial dinners to offices in the area. Delivery elsewhere in Moscow is 300 roubles for orders under 1000, and free if over 1000. Delivery happens from noon to 2pm. Orders to be made the previous day before 7pm. +7 925 201 4977 or +7 915 140 7387, Many of Hare Krishna devotees speak fluent English.

Sponge mop happiness

Only the crappiest sponge mop imitations with average life expectancy of 1-2 months are shipped here, usually from China. For twice the price you can buy overdesigned French or Italian crap that may even last for three. If you’ve been in Moscow long enough to make washing floors an issue you will understand what joy it was to find a real American sponge mop.

It is in an old-fashioned hardware store on Zvezdny Boulevard, south side, 400ft from Prospekt Mira, Metro VDNKh or Alexeyevskaya. About six types of Libman mops costing in the 700-1100 rouble range.

Eating at the water pumps factory

This stolovaya is one of the starts of my Recommended list. Still there, still “Soviet”. The sign “Stolovaya” literally means “a place with tables” (стол/stol is table, related to English “stall”). No “business lunches”, “happy hours” or other marketing tricks. Just a place to eat, which is a welcome relief in Moscow, where at least 20% of active population are “marketologists”, and finding a product not accompanied by informational clutter is unusual. Prices are a tiny bit higher than in my 2010 review but food is just as 70s and 80s as before, and 300R ($10) will still get you full.

Metro Alexeyevskaya. When in the area ask for Ulitsa Novoalexeyevskaya and “Zavod Vodopribor” (“Plant WaterDevice”).

That’s the factory. Typical 1880s industrial construction.


Renting an apartment near Metro Alexeyevskaya. Available Summer 2013 and possibly after that.

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Miracle icon tested

While freshening up the description of Alexandra’s apartment near Metro Alexeyevskaya available for rent from June to August 2013, possibly longer or even indefinitely I remembered a church nearby that houses an icon of the Prophet Nahum. This icon is said to make those who light a candle in front of it smarter. I’ve personally tested this claim with the all the scientific vigour I still manage to retain from the days of reason and rationality as a biology student in London, Ontario. In summer 2010, when over 100F heat for weeks and smoke from burning bogs and forests around Moscow made being here worse than unbearable, I appealed to the Prophet Nahum instead of downing a couple of cold ones as my habit was. It worked! My head got considerably more clear than after No.9 Baltica. Q.E.D. Seriously, it is a vibrant old church, with a Sunday school and a group that visits the elderly and all the rest a proper institution of this sort is supposed to have. So I’m putting the Church of the Holy Virgin of Tikhvin in Village of Alexeyevskoye, as it is officially called, on my list of “recommended” religious establishments.

add_intelligence_prayerRight by Metro VDNKh. I think you will see it from the station. If not, walk along Prospekt Mira back towards the city center.


And that’s the Prophet whose icon. In the Russian Orthodox tradition it is prayed to before beginning basic learning. Saints are in effect mini-gods, each having a specialization, and this one has a particular responsible for earlier stages of schooling. Russian “ум”(um), meaning “knowledge”, is part of his name.

Mini Russian Lesson

“У” grew out of “OU” that fused. Think of “U” with a little tail. Russian “У” is related to English “Y” and “V”. If you are aware that in Latin “V” also signified sound “U”, and if you see “У” in “V”, then “У” should no longer appear totally foreign.

Whether we like, approve, accept etc. religion, it is what defines a nation or a country. I’m sharing info on the religious scene for the benefit of those who want to get under the surface.