Featured photo #3 – Toasted Sandwich


As you may know, I love eating out.  Restaurants, cafés, street food – anywhere.  There’s something about not cooking or cleaning up that resonates with me.  And if it’s not expensive, then all the better, as you probably read about here.  

There’s a great venue in Moscow for concerts, or sometimes there’s just a DJ for dancing.  The kind of concerts there are usually from ‘sub cultures’ – if that’s what they’re still called.  Underground, or indi-music.  You get the picture.

We go there from time to time if there’s something interesting happening.  Sometimes we’re on our way to somewhere else and we walk past it.  There’s always a lot of people outside smoking.  It’s a really popular place.

Inside the bar

Inside there are several small rooms.  One with a very small stage for concerts. One just off the side of that with some tables and a bar.   Then a smaller bar in another small room, also with some tables.  And then there’s a bigger room, kind of like a dining room, a bit classier than the other rooms, and quieter because the music doesn’t quite reach there.  And in summer there’s a verandah out the back.

Kitaiski Lyotchik

It’s like a labyrinth.  You can get lost on the way back from the toilet if you don’t pay attention to which room your friends are in.

I first ate in this place in 2008.  It was spaghetti bolognese.  It wasn’t very good.

I haven’t eaten there very often since then, because the food there never really impresses me.  But, it’s a bar and their goal isn’t 5 star dining.  So, if I’m there and I’m hungry, I’ll order something.

Usually it’s a club sandwich, or toasted sandwich, with fries.  Something like that.   (By the way, they make good fries!).

So, you all know what a sandwich consists of, don’t you?  Usually it’s 2 pieces of bread, buttered on the insides, with some internal action like ham, cheese, salad, or something spreadable like peanut butter, jam, or vegemite if you’re Australian.

And usually, these internal ingredients go right to the edge of the sandwich, yes?

Not at this place.  Here’s what you get when you order a ham and cheese toasted sandwich.

My toasted sandwich

toasted sandwich

It’s kind of cute, isn’t it?  Mini ham and cheese in the centre, a bit of salad and here’s your sandwich, ma’am.

Now, a bit of psychology for you.  I think, if I was served this sandwich in Australia, I might complain about the lack of ingredients.  I mean, the ham and cheese coverage isn’t really proportional to the bread size, is it?

So, in Australia, maybe in the past, I might have complained about it and insisted that they install a bit more ham and cheese.  Or at least I would have complained to Olivier, or anyone else who would listen to me.

But here, in Russia, I accept this.  I find it cute, and funny enough that I take a photo of it and share it with you on my blog.

I wonder what that’s all about.  Any psychologists out there done a study on this?  Maybe I’m getting less demanding in my old age.

Let me know if the sandwich in the photo would satisfy you, or if you’d expect a bit more stuff inside.

~ Cheryl

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Author: Cheryl

I'm an Australian woman who is now living in a village in rural Bulgaria. I lived for 12 years in Moscow, Russian Federation, working as an English language teacher. My current loves are my husband and my vegetable garden.

6 thoughts on “Featured photo #3 – Toasted Sandwich”

  1. Interesting topic, Cheryl. I too love to explore cultural differences and this sandwich you’ve spoken of reminded me that in Holland a typical sandwich is similar to yours pictured — it’s the bread they rave about. Here in the USA, we’d certainly feel as you do and expect more “substance.” I know it’s not a economic issue in Holland, just a preference. But I wonder if it’s economic in Russia. Any idea? Glad I came across you on the Senior Salon today. I’ve got the two posts just before yours. 🙂


    1. Hi Janet! Thanks for taking an interest in my post. 🙂 It’s interesting about the sandwiches in Holland, I’ll make sure to have a sandwich next time I’m there. I must admit, bread in Russia leaves a lot to be desired! As for being an economic issue, I don’t think so, not in Moscow. I think the cafe just wants to make as much profit as they can so they try to see what they can get away with. Plus, consumers don’t seem to complain a lot about the ‘little things’ here – unlike in Australia where every small inconvenience is treated like a gigantic personal insult. Cultural differences are interesting, especially when you find them where you least expect them. Thank you for visiting and commenting, I’ll pop over to see you in the Senior Salon after work later today when I have more time. Have a great day! 🙂


      1. We call it personal efficacy— the belief that you, the individual, can make a difference. If you don’t have it, why bother to complain? It bothered me when I was in Kazakhstan, though I soon understood how those who complained under the soviet system wound up in the gulags. I’m wondering if our pioneer ancestry plays a part. We both find from pioneer stock, somewhere along the line.


      2. Wow, that’s interesting. Thanks Janet, I’ve now got hours of reading to do on the subject. 🙂 I’m pretty sure you’re right, about everything you said. It’s not going to change, so why use the energy trying to change it. Acceptance is passive, and much less stressful.


      3. I struggled in Kazakhstan, wondering if I was seeing acceptance or complacency. Finally decided it didn’t matter; it wasn’t mine to judge. But yes, acceptance is certainly less stressful.


      4. I understand that struggle 🙂 You’re a wise woman to reach the decision you made. I haven’t been to Kazakhstan, I’ve heard it’s an amazing place to visit. 🙂


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