Lagidze: Georgian in St. Pete

Lagidze / Лагидзе 3 Blinskogo ul. (See Map) Georgian Traditional Foods and Cuisines Meals for $10-12 Cafe Lagidze is a Georgian restaurant just off the beaten path, located minutes away from both the Fontanka River...

Pel’ & Men’: Quick Pelmeni in St. Pete

Pel’ & Men’ / Пель & Мень 43 Моховая ul. (See Map) Cheap Pelmeni, Soups, Salads Meals for $4-9 This “hole-in-the-wall”, or better – “hole-in-the-floor,” restaurant is located in a basement on the same quiet...

Pirogof: Russian Pies in St. Pete

Pirogof / Пирогоф 26 Srednii Prospect (See Map) Russian Pies, Traditional Foods $2 Hearty Snacks, Meals for $5-9 When asked to participate in SRAS’s new project “Cheap Eats” I knew exactly what location I would...

Multi-cultural Schools in St. Petersburg

The number of children from different countries is increasing in St. Petersburg’s multi-cultural classrooms. Tensions were high at a September 29 parent-teacher meeting in a Moscow-area school. The reason:  in a sixth-grade class, children have...

Learning and Culture Shock in St. Petersburg

Studying Outside the Box: A brief guide to culture shock and the meaning of learning and “fluency.” I use my thumbnail to scratch a viewing patch out of the ice that has accumulated on the...

Underground Theater in St. Petersburg

As I attended my 20th class at St. Petersburg State University, an old woman waltzed into the room speaking rapid-fire Russian, waving theater tickets and emphasizing the words Fyodor Dostoevsky with much grandeur. My curiosity...