Frikadelki: Hearty Cheap in St. Pete

Frikadelki / Фрикадельки  ВО, 7-я линия, 34/2 (See Map) Coffee House and Cafeteria-Style Dining Meals for ~$6.00 and up Situated near Vasileostrovskaya Metro Station, Frikadelki (which means “Meatballs” in Russian) is a charming two-story establishment...

Chainaya Lozhka: Fast Blini in St. Pete

Chainaya Lozhka / Чайная Ложка   ВО, Средний проспект, 44 (See Map) Blini, Salads, and More Eats for ~$1.00 and up Fridays have become “blin days” for me – when I treat myself to the delicious,...

Emelya: Nostalgia and Convenience in St. Pete

Emelya /  Емеля 7-я линия ВО, д. 24 (See Map) Russian Cafeteria-Style Dining Meals for ~$6.00 and up Nostalgia and Convenience Emelya is part of a growing number of cafeteria-style restaurants in Russia. These are...

Teremok: Fast Blini in St. Pete

Teremok / Теремок 7-ая Линия ВО, Д.42 (See Map) Russian Fast Food! Eats for $1.50 and up At one point or another, every foreign student studying in St. Petersburg asks the same question: Where can...

Oliver Twist: English Pub in St. Pete

Oliver Twist / Оливер Твист 3, ул. Белинского (See Map) Friendly English Pub Meals for $12 and more This wonderful English Pub is located right next door to the Georgian restaurant I previously reviewed, Lagdize....

Li Du: Chinese in St. Pete

Li Du / Ли Ду В.О. 1-я линия, 18/2 (See Map) Traditional Chinese Dishes Meals for $8+12 and more Li Du attracts my friends and me for a few different reasons. Firstly, its location is...

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...

Bradley Gorski: Study Abroad as a Two-Way Street

Bradley Gorski holds a degree in Russian from Georgetown University. Since graduation he has been living in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, working as the Russia Country Coordinator for EducationUSA. He plans to apply for Ph.D....

Jess Rivet: Canadian Goalie in Russia

Interview by  Lisa Horner, Program Consultant, Institutional Relations. Jess Rivet was a powerhouse during her full year (2009-2010) of Russian as a Second Language (RSL) through The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS). She was always out doing...

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...

Interview with Robert Chandler: Translation as a Career and a Love

Robert Chandler graduated with a BA in Russian and English Literature from Leeds University.  His translations from Russian include Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate and Everything Flows, Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Aleksander Pushkin’s The Captain’s Daughter. His co-translations of...

Stephanie Briggs: To Russia with a Very Big Stick

Stephanie Briggs is a disabled student with hydrocephalus and mild cerebral palsy. These conditions reduce her mobility and are a source of chronic pain. Despite this, she has completed a BA in Russian Studies and...

Anne Fisher: Translation and Interpreting as Professions

Dr. Anne Fisher holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from The University of Michigan. She has taught Russian in several institutes of higher learning and is now a professional translator and interpertor living in California....

Interview with Chet Bowling: Business and Racism in Russia

Chet Bowling holds an MA in Law from the Russian People’s Friendship University in Russia and an MBA from Kingston University in the United Kingdom. He co-founded Alinga Consulting Group, a business providing accounting, legal, and...

Mark Lowry: How Russian Children Learn Russian

Mark Lowry completed his undergraduate senior research projects for Stetson University in Russia with the assistance of The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) during the summer of 2009. Contact SRAS for more information on how...

Tabitha Smith: Practical Pulsars

Tabitha Smith completed a customized Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program with The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) during the summer of 2009. The program combined a month of RSL in St. Petersburg, Russia,...

Interview with Devin Connolly: War & Peace & Tourism

Devin Connolly participated in SRAS’s Russian as a Second Language program in St. Petersburg over the summer of 2004. She has since turned her love of language and traveling into a career with MIR, a specialty US-based tourism...

Michele Whaley: Teaching Russian in Alaska Schools

Michele Whaley is a high school Russian teacher in Anchorage, Alaska. She recently took some time to tell us of her personal travels to Russia and the USSR, the many paths her students have taken...

The Accidental Translator: Interview with Nora Favorov

Nora Favorov is a freelance, professional translator working in the Russian>English market and is an active member of the American Translator Association. She recently took some time from her piles of manuscripts to talk about how...

Terah Yaroch: Qualified for United Nations Employment

Terah Yaroch participated in The School of Russian and Asian Studies’ RSL program in Irkutsk over the summer of 2006. With this international experience, and an ambitious BA from the University of South Dakota which included a double major in International...

Owen Murray: Study Abroad in Later Life

Owen Murray started learning Russian late in life after meeting several Russian businessmen at a Rotary Club in California. He has since learned much of the language, traversed much of European Russia, and made a...

Baruch M. Gurfein: New Tech in Moldova

Baruch M. Gurfein is a former AOL business development executive (ICQ) who is now Founding Partner & CEO at New Tech, a successful investment and business development company. New Tech has focused on the former...

Michael Kogan: Teaching and Living in Russia

Michael Kogan has an undergraduate degree in history from Indiana University.  He plans to attend the University of Toronto next year to study Soviet history.  In the interim, he has been teaching English at the American Home...

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...

Becky Bavinger: Doctors of the World, St. Petersburg

Becky Bavinger is a senior at Georgetown University with a strong interest in volunteerism.  This summer she took classes at SPGU and held an internship with Doctors of the World. SRAS:  Becky, it’s great to...

Sandra Evans: EUSP Graduate

Since earning an MA from EUSP, Sandra Evans has worked on and for various academic projects. SRAS: You completed the IMARS Masters program at EUSP. When did you first become interested in Russian studies? Sandra:...

Morgyn Chandler: SRAS Graduate

Morgyn Chandler is a Russian studies convert from Canada who recently studied in St. Petersburg. SRAS: Introduce yourself to us; what is your background and what are your future plans? Morgyn: Currently I am in...