This post is sponsored by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water but all content is strictly my own.
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I was recently asked by S.Pellegrino to share my favorite local restaurant that serves healthy and tasty dishes. As somebody who grew up in another country – I was born and raised in Russia – I couldn’t miss this opportunity to share my new favorite spot in Manhattan that serves #RussianFood!
If you work or live in Midtown Manhattan, chances are you walked by a relatively small place on the busy 7th avenue called “Teremok“. In fact, there are two Teremok cafes in Manhattan, but I personally prefer the one on 7th Avenue. It’s more spacious, feels less crowded, and they have that lovely green wall in the back painted to resemble a birch forest (see below).
If you’ve never heard of Teremok or just planning to visit the city, here are the exact addresses, so you won’t get lost:
For those who are curious about the name of the place and when the chain started, there is a detailed explanation on the wall. I love little details like this.
It was a steamy hot summer day, and I asked my Haitian-born husband if he wants to grab some Russian food for lunch at Teremok. He said “yes”, and we were there. We got okroshka (cold soup), borsch (hot soup), some buckwheat with lox, and a crepe with caviar – all to share, plus some refreshing sparkly S.Pellegrino. I literally can’t drink anything sweet when it’s so hot outside, and I got tired of plain water, so slightly salty ice cold S.Pellegrino sounded perfect.
Even though we’ve been married for 7 years, my husband has never tried okroshka before. I know that a lot of people don’t like soups in general, but chilled soups can be so refreshing and filling at the same time during hot summer season. It’s also super easy to make one. Here is a simple recipe to make Russian Okroshka at home.
8 cups S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Mineral Water
1/3 cup sour cream
2 1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp dill, chopped
1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped
4 beef sausage, diced
3-4 medium cooked potatoes, peeled and diced
3 hard-boiled eggs, diced
3-4 cucumbers, diced
Place all hard ingredients in a large pot. Add S.Pellegrino, sour cream, and salt. Stir and serve chilled. That’s it!
What is your favorite local restaurant this summer?