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 Our daughter and son-in-law took us for a wonderful lunch at a Russian-Uzbek restaurant in Arlington, RusUz. We had blini as appetizers. The blini were crepe-like pancakes stuffed with seasoned ground beef filling, served with sour cream. 

 

Denise had the goluptsi, cabbage leaves stuffed with seasoned ground beef and rice, served with sour cream and tomato sauce. Her meal was garnished with a sauce with carrots and tomatoes.

IMG 1592 This is the stuffing inside her goluptsi.
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I had the chicken shashlik (shish kabob). My meal came with steamed vegetables and seasoned rice. My chicken was gently seasoned with turmeric, giving it a wonderful flavor.

Typically, I never waste a diet soda that I'm having with my meal. But I found that the Coke was overwhelming the gentle spices of the meal, so I switched to water to more fully enjoy the flavors.

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 My son-in-law had the plov, a rice dish mixed with carrots, chickpeas, raisins, spices, and lamb. It is the national meal of Uzbekistan. Our daughter had the beef stroganoff, sautéed beef in a sour cream and tomato-based sauce served with steamed vegetables and white rice. 

 

The meals were simple; one can even say healthful. But what made the meal shine were the seasonings. Nothing was hot, but everything had light turmeric, cardamom, garlic, basil, and thyme flavors.

 

The restaurant's decor was seemingly Nineteenth-century, the walls covered with large oil canvasses of Central Asian scenery and traditional architecture. 

 It was truly a pleasant birthday luncheon for Denise.