Novorossiysk :: Nom nom noms...

The best part of the day was lunch.  Hands down. My travel buddy and I found a great spot to stop for a bite and we got very lucky.  I love trying new foods (although I will admit that I'm not nearly as adventurous as my travel buddy) so, it is always fun when I can find a restaurant that serves local cuisine.  This is sometimes trickier than it seems because most times I can't read the menu in the might be a hamburger joint for all I know.

It's also cool when you find a travel buddy who will eat family style.  Isn't it the most annoying thing ever when you go out and someone doesn't want to share their food?!  (Like sushi.  I hate it when people want the whole roll to themselves.) 

Here's what ended up on our table:

Crushed and seasoned walnuts (almost paste like) rolled in eggplant - topped with pomegranate.  Seriously delicious.  I wish I had ordered two of was hands down the best pick of the day.  Pat on the back for the Nautie Mermate.


I also ordered a yogurt based soup with rice and  mint.  Tasty but I don't need to make it at home.

Sturgeon topped with cheese with french fries.  This was super mayonaise-y and also very fishy.  It made me throw up a little bit in my mouth and I barely swallowed my bite.

Grape leaves stuffed with minced lamb and a yogurt like dip.  These were good....but I think the Greek version might be slightly yummier.

Are you ready for this one?  Veal tongue.  Seriously.  This was not my pick (and I told you my travel buddy was adventurous).  I have to wasn't that bad.  It was a little hard to get over the idea of it all was quite tasty especially with the horseradish sauce for it.  I took about three bites....the best bite was a nibble of tongue smeared with horseradish sauce and topped with a pomegranate seed.  The only thing I can liken it to is shredded beef that has been prepared for easily could have fallen apart into strips.  Also, it wasn't a crazy amount of chewy.

The waitresses were soooo accommodating.  They didn't speak a lick of English and we got along just fine!  It was almost more fun because they didn't!  We had the best time trying to order some sparkly beverages!

I liked this dish soooo much that I decided it deserves TWO photos. 

So there you have it.  The highlight of the day.  A walnut, yogurt and tongue filled lunch in Novorossiysk!