Best Way to Experience Russia Without Crossing the Pacific
Although the view from the western edge of the city on a crisp, clear day is truly without parallel, you can't quite see all the way to Russia. (This is California, not Alaska, after all.) Instead, to catch a glimpse of our Far-East neighbors, their warm culture, and their wonderful cuisine, simply head to the Richmond — specifically, Sixth Avenue and Balboa Street, where you'll find Cinderella Bakery, a cozy 65-year-old café serving delicious Russian food. Borscht, refreshing and tart, is a must; pelmeni, tasty dumplings, make a hearty, filling meal; and golubtsy (cabbage rolls) will inspire dreams of succulent spiced cabbage, something you may have thought impossible. The pastries are heavenly, of course, especially the honey cake — so delicious it's dangerous.