Places: Ukraine

Ukrainian heroes: rare breeds of people, animals and salo – part 2.

Soviet kolkhozy knew what they were doing…taking full control of everything that grows and happens on your farm is the only way…to be successful and honest in modern-day Ukraine too says a 32-year old Yurij Sergeyev – a farmer, a

Places: Ukraine

Crisps a la Ukraine

Alik is a generous, insightful, purposeful man who likes politics, Ukraine, and a goblet of good whisky.   Alik happens to be an ex-husband of Lyuba, an amazing woman who hosted me in Lviv (West of Ukraine), fed me and

Places: Ukraine

Ukrainian heros – part 1.

Apart from eating pork fat shaped as genitals and drinking copious amounts of warm vodka in Ukraine, I have been talking to people. About salo, about the future of Ukraine and its land, about the little things that seldom matter.

Places: Ukraine

A museum of salo in Lviv – breaking stereoptypes with a slab of fat?

It is not often that I dine on phallus made out of pork fat, filled with dumplings.     But then it is not often that one visits a museum fully dedicated to a product that many people would feel

Places: Ukraine

Eating in the South of Ukraine – a little sparkle, a little squirt.

Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise and sparkling water – is how I would describe the eating culture of Southern Ukraine.   Needless to say I am exagerating and only giving here a glimpse of a very particular place in the South of Ukraine,

Places: Ukraine

Lviv: Salo as high art and basic staple.

This is what greeted me on arrival to the city of Lviv – literally, the moment I got out of the train.    As a friend with whom I’m staying here had told me a few weeks before I arrived: