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St. Petersburg: Pirogi Pleasures

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If you need a bite to eat in St. Petersburg, buy yourself a pie. Russian pies, or pirogi, are made of pizza-like pastry, rolled into large, fat cigars and filled with a generous tasty filling. Traditional fillings are mushroom and herb, minced meat, egg and rice, and curd cheese.

You can buy your pie from street vendors, traditionally older women wearing head scarves, who sell, quite often, next to metro stations. (Especially popular is Gorkovskaya, the stop for St. Petersburg’s zoo.)

If you prefer your pie sitting down, head for one of the Stolle cafes, a specialist chain of pie buffets with outlets all over the city. Their selection even includes wild berry pie. The most central Stolle is on Konushenny Pereulok, round the corner from the beautiful Church on Spilt Blood (commemorating the site where the reforming Tsar, Alexander II, was assassinated).

Here you will see Russian housewives buying the pies in bulk. Rumor has it they will later pass the pies off to their guests as their own cooking!

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Melanie lives in Budapest with her Hungarian husband and two daughters, Rose and Thea. She teaches English and Psychology in an International School in the city and is studying for a Masters Degree in Children's Literature.

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  1. These look waaaay better than Hot Pockets. Do the Rooskies and Poles duke it out over pirogi like they do vodka? Because according to Russians, good vodka has no taste and they invented it.

    That makes me think I’m kind of lame for liking the peach flavored one so much. Oh, the shame.

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