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[24 Sep 2009]

Every country has its own wedding traditions rooted in the region’s history and culture.  Russia is certainly no exception.  While many modern Russian brides are open to parting from tradition and having a modern “Westernized” wedding, it can be fun to learn about her culture’s rituals and beliefs while planning your big day together.  Who knows, you may decide you like some of these rituals and end up incorporating them into your own wedding!  Here are a few interesting traditions to keep in mind!      Stemming from the similarity in pronunciation to the word mayatsa, which means “to suffer,” Russian believe that a marriage conducted in May is doomed to be an unhappy one.  May is viewed as a difficult month and any activity taken up during that month is destined to fail.   During the reception, friends will “kidnap” the bride and hold her for ransom.  It is up to the groom to notice her absence and then negotiate a payment to her kidnappers for her safe return.   Russians believe that whichever newlywed steps onto the wedding carpet first at the Registry Office is the one who will become the head of the family.    Newlyweds receive salt and bread from their families to ensure they experience good luck and prosperity during their marriage.   Wedding guests who are eager to be married themselves should covertly pull the tablecloth to themselves at the reception dinner.    It is considered to be a bad omen if anything bad happens to the bride’s shoes during the wedding, such as a broken heel.  However, Russian brides also believe that they can cultivate good luck by placing a coin under their left heel.   Once a relative or close friend has made the first toast at the wedding ceremony, guests are supposed to throw their champagne glasses to the ground.  If they break upon impact, it is considered good luck.   Traditionally, no engagement ring is offered and the wedding bands are worn upon the RIGHT hand, rather than the left.  However, the offering of an engagement ring is gaining popularity around the world, so these rules are rather flexible.  But whichever hand you decide to wear your wedding rings, be careful not to drop the rings while exchanging them!  If the bride or bridegroom should drop the ring while trying to put it on the other's finger, it is considered to be a very bad omen!  

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[24 Sep 2009]

At the “heart of Odessa”, where Deribasovskaya Street crosses Gavannaya Street and Corsad, in a longstanding house which was built for De Ribas, is located one of the most colorful establishments of the “South Palmyra”, the Pecheskago restaurant. The restaurant is situated in the “City Garden”, and it was built in the Russian nobility style of the late ХIX century.   This place has its centurial traditions and history; it is always ready to astonish you with its various food dishes, amazing music and friendly service.   The restaurant got its name in honor of a famous restaurant owner of late XIX century, sir Pecheskiy. He lived in this house in Deribasovskoy Street and owned a tavern “Pecheskago” on the ground floor. During the day poor people could dine in this pub and at night, high life awoke there. After the revolution the restaurant was taken away from its owner. Its name was changed several times but the most memorable one was “Kavkaz”. In 1991 the restaurant was redeemed and took back its previous name. A year ago major repairs of a summer ground were undertaken. A winter hall will be repaired by the end of the year. The history of the restaurant is being investigated and gathered carefully for descendants.   In the restaurant you will be offered European and Odessa cuisine with some Caucasian dishes. Perfectly presented grill dishes. You will be able to taste firm salad pecheskiy or salmon salad. The real Caucasian cooks will cook pork, mutton and chicken barbeque and any other dishes.   In the banquet room styled like an “Old Odessa” yard or on the open-air verandah in the City Garden, you can always just relax with friend and relatives, listen to the live music, and celebrate a Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding or any other solemn event with full comfort and best taste.    

Questions »

[24 Sep 2009]

Many of our members ask us about acceptable age differences between themselves and their prospective Russian bride. It is true that for most Russian ladies, dating and marrying an older gentleman is acceptable and sometimes preferable to a man her own age or younger. We feel that with mutual compatibility, open communication and a willingness to cultivate the relationship – qualities which are necessary in ANY relationship, no matter what age you and your partner are – what can work is entirely up to you and the lady you’re interested in.   A major reason for Russian women’s interest in older men is simply the social demands placed upon Russian women.  A Russian woman typically finds herself under much more pressure to find a match, get married and start a family during her early twenties than women in Western countries. Men on the other hand are not subject to such expectations and usually do not start settling down until their early thirties or even later. Based only upon readiness to start a family, a more mature gentleman may already be a better match for a young Russian lady than a suitor her own age.   You must also consider that a young woman may be attracted to an older partner’s maturity, experience and stability. An older man is seen to have already survived his tumultuous youth; he is now ready to use his experience and knowledge to settle down and care for his future bride. This is certainly not true in every case, but this perception can inspire younger women to pursue an older man.   While Russian women do tend to be attracted to older men, this does not guarantee success in such a match.  Although younger women do seem to care less about age differences (perhaps even stating that “age is only a number”) and Russian women are perceived to be more emotionally and intellectually mature at a younger age, they may not yet have the life experience necessary to realize the obstacles that come with pursuing an older gentleman. It is important to discuss your feelings about this topic with your prospective partner so that you will both have reasonable expectations for the relationship.   So, does this mean that you have a better or worse chance if you set your sights on a younger woman? No, not necessarily. Relationships that involve a significant difference in age come with their own challenges and obstacles, just like any other relationship. However, just like any other relationship, they are more likely to flourish when they are based upon interpersonal compatibility, open and honest communication, trust and commitment to each other.    HotRussianBrides.com has over 13,000 beautiful, single Russian and Ukrainian women ranging in age from 18 to 65 and older, so you’ll have no problem finding your ideal Russian bride, no matter what age you would like her to be!  

Best Places in Ukraine »

[23 Sep 2009]

Upon viewing Tamplier from the road, you already know you are in for an experience like no other. The castle looms out of the distance, the torches burning outside, and the costumed attendants outside the entrance; these are but a few of the things that make Tamplier so exciting.   Walking through the front door is like walking back in time. Inside you are met by costumed attendants waiting to seat you immediately. As you make your way into the main dining hall you cannot help but stop and stare. Here you are met by not only armored knights, but also the gigantic flying dragon swooping down from the ceiling. Upstairs in the main dining hall is also a very inviting place, with large tables for large parties of friends or associates. There is even a private dining room fashioned after the Knights of the Round Table.   If you are more adventurous, then let me suggest a trip outside to see what awaits you when dining outdoors. Private bungalows are scattered about the large outdoor area for dining; probably the most romantic seating in all of Nikolaev. A large pond sits nearby with a collection of ducks to entertain. Located just a short walk away is also the private zoo on the premises, nobody will mind if you take a quick stroll to visit the Llamas, horses and donkeys while your meal is being prepared. Do not go too far though, the service here is amazing and fast, something to definitely look forward to after a hectic day of visiting the sites of the city.   A well thought out menu greets you as you sit at your table, offering so many choices. There is a large selection of hot and cold appetizers, soups and salads. There are also delicious meat and vegetable trays to enjoy alongside some pre-dinner drinks, entertaining in the true Ukrainian style.   The entrees are endless; from beef to pork; fish to chicken, and even a fine selection of game birds to choose from. As always, no Ukrainian restaurant would be complete without a vast selection of stuffed dumplings and different potato choices. Of course the wood fired grill outside produces some of the best Shish Kabob in the city, and they can be topped off with any of the vast array of sauces and toppings on the menu. The restaurant also offers one of the best selections of regional and national selections of wines; there are also some fine international choices also. And no trip to Ukraine is complete without a taste of the traditional soups Borsch or Solyanka, and Tamplier makes great versions of both.   Always remember to have a dessert, this is where Ukrainian food and in particular, Tamplier really shine. From thin pancakes with fruit jams or powdered sugar to an amazing selection of fine chocolates, you can never go wrong here.   Be sure to stop by and enjoy, you just never know when a real fight may break out amongst the knights of the Tamplier!  

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[22 Sep 2009]

Sady Pobedy is a stunning luxury shopping center located in Odessa.  Also known as “Victory Gardens,” this building is unique in Ukraine due to its scale, construction approach and format.  Featuring state of the art air filtration and eco-friendly lighting systems as well as five levels of boutiques, restaurants, bars, even an art gallery and concert hall, the building combines both beauty and function seamlessly.    The Art gallery on the fourth level was opened on March 25, 2007 with the exhibition of the works of Odessa artists. From the first day of its existence, the gallery gained impetuous working tempo. Within the period of six months there were four personal and three joint exhibitions. The works of more than 40 Ukrainian artists are represented on 250 m squared of the exhibition.   The gallery possesses a great collection of beautiful works of the best South -Russian artists of the 50’s – 70’s and the 20th century, such as Sheluto, Astmanchyk, Lomnkin, Rusin, Pavluk, Yegorov, Tokarev and others. The gallery works in different directions: there are exhibitions of famous artists, artistic family dynasties and naturally young talented artists.   Within a short period the gallery in “Sady Pobedy” took the leading place in cultural life of Odessa and gained popularity beyond the city.   Visitors to Sady Pobedy must also visit the restaurant of the same name on the fifth level.  Here you will find the delicious intersection of gastronomic pleasure and simple life ideals.    “Ordinary” cuisine by Aleksey Pusik and Svetalna Puliko is not that ordinary actually. The restaurant is looking forward to serving guests at breakfast, lunch and dinner by candlelight. The chef will certainly create new dishes in accordance with season. The head-cook will delight you with his favourite dishes, such as Mediterranean cuisine, Caucasian cuisine and traditional Ukrainian cuisine. There is also a lounge- café, where you can enjoy the Best Brand Coffee and cigars. The summer patio offers a separate bar, a patio for “relaxation” and a pre-party with a glamorous view of the city.   Also on the fifth level is an amazing concert hall surrounded by the adjoining restaurants.  From here, you may dine on a select concert menu while you enjoy musicians and dance performances in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.   We definitely recommend you stop by this world class establishment during your visit to Odessa, whether it is to go on a shopping excursion with your date, enjoy a romantic dinner, enjoy a concert together, view magnificent works of art… or even all of the above!      

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[21 Sep 2009]

An easy walk down Sovetskya Street and you will find yourself outside this wonderful little restaurant "Dekanka". With ample outdoor seating or two floors of seating inside, they can meet any size party’s needs.   The downstairs is very similar to a western style pizzeria kitchen, with a couple of guys making fresh pizza as fast as they can spin dough. Upstairs is a comfortably appointed dining area with wonderful booths and chairs.   A quick look through the menu and you know that there are a great many choices for good food. Plenty of fresh salads to choose from, and even a western style salad to rival anything you have tried before. Follow this up with some of the tastiest Borsch in the city, and you’ll agree that it’s amazing!!   Entrees are delicious and the portions are gigantic. Shish-kabobs, stuffed pork loin, and crepes are just a sampling of the wonderful recipes they offer.   Enjoy a wide selection of juices and sodas, great choices if you are trying your hand at Vodka, or if you want to relive a bit of western style, enjoy a good Whiskey.   You will not be let down visiting this restaurant, sit back and enjoy the warm hospitality and speedy service that cannot be rivaled anywhere.

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[18 Sep 2009]

In 2002 Mc Laud Pub started its work. It’s a very original and congenial place, which has a good level of visitation, makes fast steps in developing and perfection its dishes and drinks. It gives us a chance to be in a small marvelous country. Scotland with its ancient traditions, history and culture. Originality of its name is complemented with style inside of building. It’s dark wood, brick’s walls, comfortable semi-darkness, real kingdom of ceramics and clay. The main attribute of Mc Laud Pub is their well-cooked classical dishes, combined with different types of beer and other alcohol drinks, and evenings during which you may hear great bands such as “Tet-a-Tet”, “Sun Rise” (jazz bands) or saxophone and accordion.   The restaurant has three different halls, summer ground and a small terrace on the second floor, as well as a VIP hall. The warmth of the pub will calm your nerves and soothe all your senses.   Appetizing foods and refined drinks help visitors find their desired mood. It is absolutely understandable why Mc Laud Pub is popular not only with the inhabitants of Vinnitsa but also tourists visiting the area. The restaurant has received multiple achievement awards for their excellent service and delicious menu.   Mc Laud Pub is a place where you are waited for and valued. Only there will you feel desired, comfortably and reliably in a hospitable atmosphere and magic aura, which fills the soul of everybody who visit it. If you visit Mc Laud pub, you will be able to taste great dishes, you will also find a comfortable atmosphere and high-quality service. All these will inspire the best feelings, which will be in your memory for a long time.  

Culture and History »

[17 Sep 2009]

Every year, tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews from around the world make a pilgrimage to the city of Uman, Ukraine for Rosh Hashanah, to visit the grave of Rebbe Nachman.  Despite the global economic troubles, many are still expected to visit the city this year as well.    Rebbe Nachman was the great grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism.  During his lifetime, Nachman breathed new life into the Hasidic movement by combining the esoteric secrets of Judaism with in-depth Torah scholarship.    Thousands of Hasidim would travel to be with Rebbe Nachman during the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Chanuka, and Shavuot, during which he would deliver his formal lessons.  During the last Rosh Hashanah of his life, Rebbe Nachman stressed to his followers the importance of being with him for that holiday in particular, inspiring the institution of an annual pilgrimage to his gravesite on Rosh Hashanah, beginning in 1811, the year after his death.    During the Communist era, only a dozen or so Hasidim would risk the annual pilgrimage, fearing raids and arrests regularly performed by the authorities.  After the fall of Communism in 1989, the gates were reopened entirely, allowing Jews from around the world to safely visit Nachman’s grave.   Pilgrims to the city believe in writing their prayers for Nachman on sheets of paper; in particular, it is believed that if you write down wishes for romance, you will be married within the year.  For these and many other reasons, tens of thousands of people, religious and secular, to pray and celebrate Nachman’s life.

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[17 Sep 2009]

In Odessa you can find the well-known, 192 step Potemkinsky Ladder. Prince Vorontsov presented it to his wife Elizabeth and paid about 800 thousand roubles, which was considered big money in the early 1800s.  During the Soviet period, the steps were renamed in honour of revolt on a battleship "Potyomkin" in 1905. Before the revolution the ladder was called the Richelieu Steps because on a top there is a monument to the count Duke to De Rishele, the city founder. The construction of this huge ladder had begun in 1837 and was finished in 1841. The author of the project was architect F.Boffo, who had deliberately developed construction proportions. The ladder’s width on the top is 12.3 metres and at the bottom is it 21.6 metres. Initially the ladder had 200 steps, later, at a lay-out of the Seaside Street, eight steps were covered with ground, and they, according to words of the old residents, are hidden in depth of a public road.   This ladder is built at the place of another one made from a shell rock. It led to the Turkish fortress of Eni-Dunja. Then there was a wooden one containing 220 steps and it led down to the sea to bathing coast.   Some features of this construction are very interesting. So, at first sight only platforms (except the top march) from above are visible. Ladder parapets seem to be parallel. This visual effect is created because of gradual expansion of a ladder from the top to the bottom. If to look from below, platforms disappear. We see continuous cascade of steps and ladder seems to be grown. It was the core idea of its founders. They wanted to strengthen its perspective by enlarging length of the ladder, and to give it majestic view. Its steps and platforms were covered with Triest`s stone delivered with ships that came here to get bread. Side parapets were made from the local shell rock. In 1933 during reconstruction steps were replaced with pink-gray granite.   It is a magnificent place from which you can enjoy an amazing view on the picturesque Port of Odessa. The flying sea-gulls and the ships that are moored in the harbour will arouse the most positive and splendid feelings in your heart! And this is the best place for you and your match to walk, take unforgettable pictures and even look at sunset!          

Random Stuff »

[16 Sep 2009]

Reports of a fire at attorney Brian Witzer’s Hollywood Hills home have turned up another unexpected source of heat on the internet this morning:  the attorney’s smoking hot fiancée, Larysa Poznyak.    This Ukrainian born model and self proclaimed “Hollywood’s Youngest TV Host” won the title of “Miss Moscow Beauty” in 2003.  This 24 year old beauty is the face of FashionTV and she has modeled for countless magazines and designers over the years.   With a smoking hot Ukrainian bride-to-be like Larysa, we’d suggest guests bring fire extinguishers as wedding gifts.      

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[16 Sep 2009]

Despite the hard global recession and auto sales dropping 50% from the past year, Russian sales of GM’s Hummer have doubled every year.  So far, 900 of the well known gas guzzlers have been sold this year, twice as many as have been sold in the rest of Europe.  The vehicle is so popular there is even a “Russian Hummer Club” which pays homage to the popular SUV.   When you consider Russia’s notoriously bad roads and dangerous driving conditions, as well as the attraction of an off road vehicle that can navigate rough terrain and forest paths, the appeal of such a vehicle to Russian men becomes clearer.  Even though the average salary for a Russian man is only $600 per month, gas prices are not such a concern with an average price of $2.60 per gallon for fuel.    Salesmen agree that it takes little to sell the SUV to interested parties; most simply walk in and buy their choice outright.  Generally, the smaller H3 which runs for as low as $40,000, catches the interest of buyers as young as 25, while the larger H2 at a price of up to $80,000, is easier to sell to the 30 and up crowd.  No matter the age or vehicle though, salesmen confirm that the Hummer is only attracting men.  As credit and loans have still not caught on in Russia, most purchases of the vehicles are paid in cash.   While the rise in sales (doubling every year) is certainly not sustainable over the long term, perhaps their Russia’s love of the Hummer stoked the interest of the China based Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company, which is attempting to purchase the brand from GM.   You can find the full story at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112872571