I was told when I came here by some people who obviously did not know better that Ukrainian food would be boring. They were probably thinking only of borsch (a soup normally made with beets) and varenyke (dumplings). These are actually very good and come in many different varieties. But the variety of food available here is truly amazing and very good. OK, I have to admit that finding good Mexican food is a challenge, or even impossible and the pizza is also hard to find really good ones. At least in my opinion.
This is Coconut Stone! A half of a coconut which is filled with shredded coconut, a thin layer of frozen chocolate and mango shreds on top. Presented on a plate with two banana leaves. This was gotten at Viet bar. A little restaurant where the chef/cook is a native of Vietnam.
At the Vietnamese restaurant we also had Vietnamese coffee (hot drip coffee that you then put milk, sugar and ice in). Followed by a dish with pork, shrimp and peanuts...forgot the name. Shrimp egg rolls with mild sauce, medium sauce and a hot sauce that actually had some heat. Most Ukrainians are not fond of 'hot' spices. Finally a coconut milk soup with vegetables and meat that was to die for. I might mention that the prices here are very inexpensive compared to other places in the world.
Sorry not the best photos, (hey we were all eating). One of the desserts at Lviv Chocolate. Great place for coffee as well. Followed by a Chinese rice noodle dish with pork and vegetables at a very nice Chinese restaurant that I had not heard of before.
There are so many restaurants and cafes here you really should come and try some of them. You'll find amazing food, amazing coffee and of course many amazing people.
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Some of the many things you can do here. Maria the tour guide had a short walking tour and then Salsa lessons for a small group of people. Sorry the one photo is a little fuzzy since it's a screen shot of a video I took. Those who know me might be wondering about my dancing ability. No I did not dance....it was a safety measure that was done to keep the ladies feet from being stepped on!
In my home state of Wisconsin the only time you can bring a dog into a restaurant is if it is a service dog. Here dogs are as welcome in the restaurants and cafe's as people are. This cute little wiener dog came to say hello as I was having my coffee. As a side note sometimes the dogs have better behavior :-)
In the center of Kyiv near Maidan and Independence Square you can see this beautiful landscaped clock. You'll be amazed at what there is to see in this city.
One of the things I do to support myself and so I can do some volunteer work here is to sell products using graphic design and on different sites including an Etsy store that I now have. My Etsy store (LovelifebyAl) has a large number of designs based on Ukrainian embroidery. More designs and products will be coming in the future. Check it out please!
What's going on here? Well I and a few other went on a tour called: 11 WISHES AND DREAMS here in Kyiv with a very nice English speaking guide Maria. I am sitting on one of the statues we saw as we walked around the city. In order for your wishes to come true you must sit and grab the ears. I would suggest you contact Maria at: fk-tours.com/ yourself and take one of her tours.