(SOCHI, Russia) — Sure, there may be some athletes competing in the Olympics next month. But what we’re really interested in is what they’ll be eating. The menu has to meet the nutritional needs of the athletes while satisfying the palates of each ethnicity, but it’s also an opportunity to try some Russian specialties.
“Borscht is just one of the examples of Russian dishes that will be served in the Olympic Park,” said Maria Losyukova, a Sochi spokeswoman. “Guests and participants will be able to sample other classic dishes such as pelmeni and shashlyk. There will also be a wide variety of Russian traditional hot pastries, cakes and traditional tea from a samovar together with blini.”
If that was gibberish to you, check out our handy Russian dish definitions, along with a detailed look at what exactly goes into feeding the Olympics below.
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