Travel Glutton Moments are moments in time when travel and food merge together so perfectly well that you almost can’t believe it and have to pinch yourself to make sure it is all real.

The dark red colour and dollop of sour cream are two defining characteristics of soljanka. (Photo Credit: Heather Tucker)

In 1996 I moved to Estonia as a Rotary Youth Ambassador. Amongst all the new learning experiences were also lots of new foods. My favourite was soljanka – a meaty (or sometimes fish) based Russian soup with peppers, gherkins, capers and topped with a dab of sour cream. Anytime I visit Estonia I make sure to get my fill, so imagine my surprise when I was standing in the DDR Museum in Berlin and saw a magnet in the gift shop that featured soljanka.


While most people are already familiar with the the interactive museum in the centre of Berlin, right on the river Spree. Not everyone is aware that the museum also has a restaurant attached to it, which serves dishes and products from former East Germany, including – yes, you guessed it – soljanka. It wasn’t as good as I would have liked but close enough to bring back fond memories. – Heather Tucker

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About Heather Tucker

Heather is a writer, photographer and explorer of the world with bylines in Archaeology Magazine, Porthole Cruise Magazine, Taste & Travel, amongst others. She is addicted to pen, paper, hotels, organisation and hippos. In addition to Travel Gluttons, you can find her over at Cloggie Central.


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