Posted by Joe_M on June 04, 2001 at 07:15:43:
In Reply to: Re: vegeterian diet posted by Joe_M on June 04, 2001 at 05:47:52:
Ukrainians are proud of their hospitality, and will try to feed you when you visit them. I try to let my hosts know about my diet ahead of time, preferably in casual conversation. If they don't get it quite right, I relax my rules a little to include foods made with dairy or egg ingredients so as not to be rude. Remember, this is unusual for them. And I always eat or drink something. Imagine how they would feel since they often have so little, if you refuse to accept what they offer.
: Hi Nevena,
: I'm also a "vegan", and I've been to Ukraine twice. My strategy is to cook for myself as much as possible. If you stay in an apartment rather than a hotel room, this is no problem. You can always find grains, beans and cabbage in the markets. Ukrainians seem uninterested in vegetables greener than cabbage, however. There's always good, dark bread, too. In Lviv, I even found textured soy "meat"!
: As for eating out, unless you can speak the language, be careful. I tried borsht in one restaurant only to have fish in my mouth for the first time in twenty years. (It didn't stay there very long!) There are Ukrainian dishes you can try, however. Vrinky (forgive my spellings) are little dumplings that can be filled with all sorts of things. Deruny are spicy potato pancakes.
: I also had delicious vegetarian airline meals on Swiss Air and Lot.
: Have fun,
: : I do not eat meat or dairy products. What can I expect while in Ukraine? Many Ukrainian dishes are heavy with meat and dairy products.
: : Nevena
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