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Egg Sculpture, Kiev, Ukraine

Ukrainian food has always been a part of my life. I grew up eating pierogi, sauerkraut soup and herring over the holidays with my mother’s side of the family. It was only a matter of time before I set out for an Eastern European  food adventure in Ukraine.

Think platters of sour cream-slathered vareniki, black caviar and bucketloads of borscht in cheap Soviet-style cafeterias, traditional farm-themed Ukrainian restaurants, and one extraordinary (and creepy) lunch at the Chernobyl power plant.

In Kiev, I discovered my passion for Kvac (pronounced: kvas) and the joys of a starter called “Appetizer to vodka.” Where else can you pose with AK-47s in your best high heels? If you smile sweetly, the bartender might even set you on fire.

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Where to Eat the Best Local Food in Kiev, Ukraine

Visiting Kiev, Ukraine is like being immersed in a real-life fairy tale. As I explore, I marvel at the city’s famous, towering gold-domed cathedrals. I stare at a sculpted menagerie of frogs, mermaids and other beasts decorating the bizarre “House with Chimeras.” I cover my head and descend by candlelight into the holy Orthodox crypts of the Lavra monastery. I …

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