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The drink we tend to associate with Russia is vodka, but tea, in fact, is more the universal beverage of choice throughout the country. The key here is that it's not about what kind of tea you brew, but how you brew it and who you drink it with. Get acquainted with the intricacies of Russian tea etiquette, a fundamental component of the country's social culture.
Bonnie Morales Chef and Co-Owner, Kachka and Kachinka. The first-generation American daughter of Belarusian immigrants, chef Bonnie Morales grew up in Chicago in a large family that brought with them the distinctive culture of food and drink of the former Soviet Union. She trained at the Culinary Institute of America, then honed her skills in several of New York and Chicago’s Michelin starred restaurants including Tru, where she met her future husband and business partner, Israel Morales. In 2014, the Morales’ opened Kachka, their dream restaurant devoted to the food that Bonnie grew up with, inspired by Russia and former Soviet republics. Kachka’s received myriad accolades, including Eater’s Best Restaurants in America from 2015-2018. Last year Kachka relocated into a larger space in Portland’s Central Eastside, and the original location reopened as Kachinka, a fun, casual sister restaurant focusing on Russian-inspired drinking food. Morales was recently named a Rising Star chef by StarChefs, and was a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest in 2018. Her first cookbook, Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking, written with Deena Prichep, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim.
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