Hummus... With Octopus? How Israeli Food Became All the Rage in Saint Petersburg

The food may not be kosher, but St. Petersburg’s Israeli restaurants have a lot of blue-and-white flags and Mediterranean music. Israeli-style falafel, shakshuka and shawarma, it seems, have become a big hit in Russia’s northern capital

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One of two Easy Hummus outlets. The menu features hummus with guacamole and chile con carne, with beets, and even with chocolate.
One of two Easy Hummus outlets. The menu features hummus with guacamole and chile con carne, with beets, and even with chocolate. Credit: Katya Rezvaya
Liza Rozovsky
Liza Rozovsky

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