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DJ, Leonard and I had had quite a day. We’d rode truculent, semi-wild horses at fences and down ditches. We’d crossed the Swinging Suspension Bridge of Death so we could wander around a Buddhist monastery in our socks. We’d gone off-road in a bright yellow Hyundai […]Continue Reading →
There are places in the world where the British habit of splashing cold milk into hot tea is discussed in hushed tones. The kind of hushed tones used to describe a suppurating carbuncle on your undercarriage or a friend’s brainstorm conversion to UKIP. What would these tea […]Continue Reading →
The hard white sunlight and high blue sky suggested a fresh autumn day when we arrived in Ulaanbaatur in early October. Stepping out of our fantastic, definitely-stay-there-if-you’re-in-Ulaanbaatur hostel, Zaya’s Guesthouse, I soon realised that you don’t breathe deeply in Ulaanbaatur, you chew thoroughly.
You want to blame the glittering […]Continue Reading →
Food bloggers, you will be shocked to learn, have a reputation for blagging. For stuffing their pockets with free olives and biscuits at launches, troughing freebies and then never quite getting round to reviewing them and demanding extras at restaurants because they are special. This is a terrible scandal and something […]Continue Reading →
On October 25, 2009 By ginandcrumpets
In Snezhinka we came up against our worst dining fear: a menu entirely in Russian. And not a small menu either. 8 pages of Cyrillic stood between us and dinner. Would we starve to death in a cosy cafe, slumping decorously over striped satin cushions and […]Continue Reading →
On October 21, 2009 By ginandcrumpets
The provodnitsa knocked on our cabin door and then slung it open with a wide smile and a cheery nod. If anyone tells you that the Russians are a dour, gloomy people, give them a kick in the shins. You couldn’t hope […]Continue Reading →
In late September we strolled down sunny Siberian streets in our shirtsleeves (try saying that after a few Russian Standards). The legendary frozen climate we were expecting had been replaced by a Spanish spring and we stripped off layers of fleece and HeatTech in the marshrutka […]Continue Reading →
On October 17, 2009 By ginandcrumpets
The dining car on the Rossiya The first leg of our Moscow to Beijing train journey kicked off at 9.50pm on the 27th September, when the Rossiya pulled out of the seedy and signage-free Yaroslavsky station with us, remarkably, on it. We did not miss our train! We’d got rid […]Continue Reading →
My name is Jassy Davis and I'm a freelance food writer, recipe developer and food stylist. I write for magazines, websites and I'm the co-author of The Contented Calf Cookbook.
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