Deja Vu Restaurant-Club
I just wanted to drink some green tea. I walked into the nearest restaurant.
- "Hello, may I take your coat?", politely asked the cloakroom attendant.
- "Can you recommend anything else?", I asked him just in case.
He froze dead for a second and then said:
Unassumingly, I took my coat off.
When I entered the hall, something suddenly jumped up at me from the floor. I gave out a shriek and fell onto... something soft. On closer inspection of the monster, I figured out that it was a rotating fan under the glass floor.
OK, I said to myself. I will get my revenge. And I did! Stuffed myself, so to speak, from head to toes from their rich menu, while pestering the waitress with my questions: "What's that here, and that over there?"; "Where's the rest room?"; "Why didn't the parachute open in time?"; "Whose are those motorcycles?"; "Who painted the pictures?"; "Who nailed the guitars to the wall?"… And so on...
So, I drank my tea!
Budmo, hey! (Let's be!) The first thing which comes to my mind... No, that's not what I should say. The first picture which my imagination paints when I hear the words "the Ukrainian cuisine" is an episode from the movie of Hohol's "Evenings in the hamlet near Dykanka", where varenyky, having rolled around by themselves in sour cream, jump into Patsiuk(The Rat)'s mouth. What a great moment! What a great delicacy! And what a great way to eat it! It is certainly a pity that nobody has yet invented a "remote control for the mouth and the plate", and the above method of delivering food into the mouth is just the devil's trick or Hohol's project that is impossible to implement. But then, the amount of halushky (by the way, in a big, big bowl) is just right for our healthy and inspired Ukrainian appetite! Never mind how other people eat, but we, not so rich people, or one can even say people very far from being rich, are used to eating in grand style. It is not without reason that our phrase, "Love comes and goes, but you will always want to eat!", simply does not translate well into other languages - probably foreigners simply just do not have such words. So, what am I talking about? Oh yeah, about the unmatched Ukrainian cuisine! "There's no fish better than tench, and no meat better than pork." Among all the dishes of Ukrainian cuisine, for example, that of the very beginning of the XX century, one can single out several subcategories, which were the most popular among native Ukrainian people: those made from grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. Note than in the old days, dishes made from meat were considered food for festive days only, and among all the existing kinds of meat, the undisputable preference was given to pork and certainly (could there be any doubting it?) salo - oh, our Ukrainian salo!