Monday, November 10, 2008

Trendy Monday: St. Petersburg

Lately, I've noticed that there's a lot of talk about the next big food cities or countries. A month or so ago, I wrote about the trendiness of Peruvian cuisine. This month, it's St. Petersburg.

A week or so ago, Deep Glamour published a Q&A with Manolo the Shoeblogger (and blogging magnate). When asked about glamorous cities, the Manolo says,
the Manolo would have to say, that for him, the current most glamorous place in the world is Saint Petersburg, but only because he has never been there.

That comment stayed with me as I browsed through the Sartorialist's Moscow pictures (well, today's pictures are from Rio. Sort of the opposite.) Overall, Russia is feeling very chic right now, even if some of the artsier Russians seem to have a penchant for Hammer pants.

With all of this in mind, I felt more than a little prescient when my new Food &Wine arrived in the mail on Saturday and I saw that the "travel" column was dedicated to St. Petersburg. It's not online yet, but F&W also named St. Petersburg one of their 10 restaurant cities to watch in 2008.

So there it is. Vodka for everyone!


Elizabeth said...

This is going to be the worst comment ever, but I digress. When we went to St. Petersburg last summer, we ate at this really cute hole-in-wall that sold only two things: Coca Cola, and Blinchiki, which is a traditional Russian crepe. They are either filled with some sort of seasoned lamb or beef or sweet ones with apples or raspberry sauce. They were pretty good. Other than that though, most of the food in Russia consisted of beets...

Kit Pollard said...

OK, I read that, somehow, as "when we went to St. Pete last summer" - like the town in Florida. Which made it a VERY strange comment.

On Top Chef this week, all the Russian food was smoked fish-related...


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