I lived in Russia between 2005 and 2009 and one time, for a long weekend, along with a few friends we went on a road trip to visit Pushkin’s estate. I don’t eat meat and traveling into the depth of the country meant surviving on either bread and butter or on an occasional plate of mashed potatoes. Russia’s diet is meat-heavy and innovation in cuisine isn’t common outside of Moscow and St Petersburg. Luckily, though, blini saved the day. Wherever we went, they were available on the menu in at least one restaurant. I ended up eating those Russian crepes for three days.