Mordolff/Getty Images/Vetta

Traverse the Sprawling Landscape

The world's largest country merits a good deal of exploration to appreciate its vastness and distinct culture. Iconic adventures await intrepid travelers, including a ride on the famed Trans-Siberian Railway; visits to Moscow's Red Square; and a chance to witness St. Petersburg's ʺWhite Nights.ʺ

Get Inspired

Vareniki
Vareniki

Vareniki

A Ukrainian contribution to Russian cuisine, vareniki are square- or crescent-shaped dumplings filled with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cheese, cabbage, meat, hard-boiled egg or a combination of these. They're typically served smothered with butter and fried onions, what could be better? 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables

Russians know that pickled vegetables are good for the gut, so an assortment of them, known as soleniya is a typical appetizer served for lunch or dinner. This plate contains a whole pickled tomato, cabbage and cucumber. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Pirozhki

Pirozhki

Pirozhki are small baked or fried buns eaten as a snack or as an appetizer. Common savory fillings include cabbage, mushrooms, beef or potatoes; sweet fillings may include fresh fruits, jam or cheeses. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Taranka

Taranka

Taranka a salted and dried fish, is a popular snack in Russia and is often consumed with beer to balance the snack's saltiness. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Khachapuri

Khachapuri

Khachapuria salty and savory cheese-filled bread from neighboring Georgia, is a popular savory snack found throughout Russia as well. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Russian Appetizers

Russian Appetizers

Traditional appetizers found on the Russian dining table include: (clockwise, from bottom left) red caviar with blinis, Olivier salad and a variety of smoked fish, including salmon, butterfish and paddlefish. Moscow’s Ermitage Hotel is the birthplace of the famous Olivier salad, and is composed of boiled potatoes with some combination of pickles, capers, peas, carrots, celery, egg, chicken, fish or ham, and sometimes caviar. The tang and crunch of the salad is embraced by a smooth mayonnaise dressing, adding a creamy texture. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Borscht

Borscht

Served either hot or cold, borscht is a popular and hearty beet soup that also happens to come with a vibrant color. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Kotletki

Kotletki

Russians often argue about whose mother makes the best kotletki a small cutlet made of minced meats -- often chicken, pork, beef and other times, fish. Typical accompaniments to this lightly pan-fried patty include hearty sides like potatoes or buckwheat kasha. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Russian Cakes

Russian Cakes

Which of these 3 Russian cakes will soothe your sweet tooth the most? Will it be (clockwise from bottom center) medovnik, a traditional Russian honey cake, a spongy cake with vanilla cream, apricots, prunes, raisins and nuts, or Napoleon cake, which layers flaky puff pastry with cream and nuts? 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Russian Entrees

Russian Entrees

Dinner may include entrees like (clockwise, from bottom left) beef stroganoff with buckwheat kasha, stuffed cabbage (golubtsi) or traditional chicken Kiev. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Russian Pastries

Russian Pastries

Breakfast, dessert and special holidays call for pastries in Russia. Seen here are just a few varieties, including tiny pechenie cookies with a fruit filling, a traditional poppy seed roll, and sochnik, a puff pastry filled with sweet cheese and raisins. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Pelmeni

Pelmeni

These small minced meat-filled dumplings are a staple of Russian cuisine. Sometimes served in a broth, pelmeni are also eaten plain with sour cream or with melted butter on top. Fillings include veal, pork, lamb or Siberian meat (a combination of veal and pork). Their thin shell sets them apart from other Russian dumplings; so does their savory, yet never sweet fillings. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Smoked Meats

Smoked Meats

What meat lover wouldn’t want to try this? Kolbasa, or Russian sausages, come in a variety of forms (smoked, cured, boiled or fresh), and are made of beef, pork or veal. Kolbasa are often eaten as a snack, sometimes with a piece of hearty, dark rye bread. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Russian Vodka

Russian Vodka

What would Russian culture be without vodka? This strong, clear beverage is distilled from potatoes and grains and is widely consumed throughout Russia. Vodka is commonly enjoyed cold from small stemless wine glasses, usually during a meal. 960 1280

Wikimedia Commons   

Matryoshka Doll

Matryoshka Doll

A traditional matryoshka doll covering warms a dish of pelmeni at Mari Vanna, a Russian restaurant in NYC. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Taste of Russia  15 Photos


Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.