Chinese Food


My host mom makes this Chinese dish…it is delicious! I am not sure exactly how this is achieved, but it is wonderful. One of my favorite dishes here.


Dinner Out with the Family



Nope. I can’t say it either.

Dinner out with the host family…

Super delicious, convenient location, and the added bonus of knowing a couple of the employees, this place was a nice change to our normal Ramadan routine.

The host family took me along to enjoy dinner out one evening! It was my first restaurant experience in Jordan and I would absolutely recommend this place! My host brothers both work here, affordable, and is a five-minute walk from our house. What could be better?!

There was a special buffet going on for Ramadan and they went all out. Many different dishes, amazing soup, and the some of the best lemonade I have ever tasted, I am glad I had the opportunity. I will certainly miss this kind of feast when I head home.


Ramadan Mubarak!



After a trip to the nearby mall, host dad took me to this divine cake store! Everything looked delicious! And so creative, I loved looking at it all!



This was the first dinner in our new place. Delicious! Olivia would have been thrilled! Chicken, eggs, rice…definitely the way to start off our stay. And yup, we eat on the floor.

The Fly Bar

Chkalov Bar (aka The Fly Bar) is a posh, aviation-inspired restaurant and bar located on улица адмирала фонина–or more simply–арбат.  Our friend Elena recommended it us and she was right on! Great food and drinks, including Yasha’s favorite–milkshakes–we thoroughly enjoyed spending the evening there. Also very proud of Yasha, with help from our friend Oksana, who finally found his Russian шапка. As you can see, we all took turns trying it on.

Cafe Lima


Кафе Лима

Let’s talk about one of our favorite places to eat in Vladivostok…


Quesadillas, tacos, chili, what more could you ask for?

We love love LOVE Cafe Lima!!! This restaurant is incredible! We were introduced to this place by our friend Ryan, who is a frequent patron. The three UH kids have become frequent patrons ourselves. We are here at least once a week (if we cannot find excuses to be here more than that). What a great find! The food is delicious and healthy, the service is friendly and personable, the owner and chef–Misha–is a cool, attentive, and overall fantastic guy, and the prices are completely reasonable. I love the atmosphere; Cafe Lima is a perfect place to relax and chat with friends while enjoying fresh, delectable food. Located in the city center on Океанский Проспект, Cafe Lima has Mexican cuisine, salads, vegetarian options, and heavenly desserts.

AH! The desserts!! Baby pumpkin pies, molasses cookies, pecan tarts…Shayne always says the desserts remind him of home, they are very comforting! If you are in the neighborhood, eat here. If you are not in the neighborhood, figure out a way to get to Vladivostok so you can eat here. You will love it as much as we do!

Here are a few pictures of our visits here. I love when we can bring our Russian friends to try tacos for the first time. It is such a delight. I cannot say enough about this place. Olivia would love it!

Feel free to check out the menu and follow Cafe Lima on Instagram, VK, and FB!

These May or May Not Have Shown Up in Yasha’s Kitchen



While wandering around Yasha’s kitchen one day, I came across something new and exciting.

What we have here folks, if you could not tell, is meat potato chips. That is right, meat potato chips. As well as barbecue chicken wings potato chips. I love the variety! It is fascinating to me. Flavors that I never would have thought to make into a chip, and here they are…although I suppose if you think about it, meat and potatoes DO get along well together, do they not? “I’m a meat and potatoes kind of girl.”  Now, you can have it all in one bag!

I have tried them. They taste awful. Not my scene.

More interesting potato chip flavors to come…




Хохлома Food

Our first official on our own restaurant visit was a complete success! Here is what we had:


Little Yasha ordered himself a big bowl of borscht. It was perfect for this freezing weather: warm and filling.He also selected Carbonara with tomatoes. He said it was very light and in perfect contrast with his borscht. I had myself a bite or two. Excellent choice.The absolute winner of the day was Yasha’s dessert. It was amazing. Bliny, fried, jam inside, some sort of milky, cream dipping deliciousness (maybe some kind of soft cheese), called Confeti. It was a little tart with a lot of sweet. Oh my goodness. Olivia would have been in heaven.


Borscht and grapefruit tea












Mushroom Soup


Творожный Рулет

Polya and I decided to try some tea as well. We selected the African Nights tea. It was a lot sweeter than we expected, tasting a lot like some type of flower I could not place. Neither one of us was a big fan. Polya ordered mushroom soup, no borscht for her. It was delicious, all the same. There was also a main dish consisting of steak with a tangy, teriyaki sauce. We might be missing a picture because it was too tasty to wait, and Polya devoured it in a short amount of time. Her dessert was a good choice, as well, definitely claiming the silver medal in our dessert challenge. We can absolutely not remember exactly what is was called, but we think it was something like Творожный Рулет (Tvorozhny Roulette).



Mushroom spaghetti



 I also ate the borscht. I know how much I like it, so I could not resist. Especially on a day as cold as this one. This soup did not disappoint.  There was even sour cream to go with it. It was just what I was looking for! Next, I tried the mushroom spaghetti. Also delicious! It looks like something I may try to make at home. Although, those things never seem to work out,  do they? In any case, it was a great addition to my meal. Dessert challenge: I ordered the черепаха. I will be perfectly honest, I have two favorite Russian words, черепаха (chiripaha–it means turtle) and американка (americanka–meaning female American). Both of these words bring me joy, so naturally, I would have to order the dessert named after one of my favorite words! It was very tasty, chocolatey on the outside and cakey on the inside. Even so, Yasha definitely won the day.

Olivia’s Kitchen

Olivia is a dear friend of mine from UH Manoa. She is spunky, smart, smiley, a Russian heritage speaker, and Olivia loves food. And I mean LOVES food. All different varieties, all different worldly cuisines; she will try anything. Among her favorites are Indian and Russian food. Before I left for Russia, I promised I would send pictures of all the yummy Russian dishes we would be trying here. As I was thinking about the subjects I should be reporting on, food was on the top of the list. So here’s to Olivia, her love of food, and what we are eating.