I’m still haunted by one of our sightseeing tours when we visited St. Petersburg last year. You have to go to the Vodka Museum when touring St. Petersburg, Russia because after all it is the national beverage right? When in Russia, do as the Russians do? So we did. Actually I believe the national drink of Russia might be something as boring as tea, but for the sake of this blog, we’ll say it is vodka. The first thing the guided tour does is take you through the history, and a few vintage artifacts that go with it. Including some rather scary looking statues depicting the history of vodka making.
Now for the good part, there were 3 different shots of vodka: Regular, Ginseng/Honey, and Extra Fine. Served with it were 3 different snacks (chasers) and they were strange! A pickle, herring on rye, and lard on rye bread with horseradish.
Yes you heard me right, lard. When I heard them describe the snacks to be served with our vodka I immediately said, “I’m not going to eat lard!” After taking a closer look at it, which looked very much like thin sliced turkey. I did eventually try a bite, it didn’t taste like lard, and ok I have never really eaten lard before to my knowledge, but if I had this wasn’t what I would have thought it tasted like. I still couldn’t bring myself to eat all of it. And I really didn’t get the pickle thing. Herring ok, but I felt like I was going to need extra vodka if this is what I had to do to get a taste of it. The signs on the walls were interesting and the shot glasses were different, so it was worth going, but I’m still cringing about the lard thing. Yep, done that, next.