Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thats how we Roll

These past few months have seen an increase in Russian restaurant activity and being out of the circuit for some time, I have to say that I really missed it!  The food, the fashion, the fun; it’s all there but on a whole other crazy over the top level that most people have never experienced. 
We Russians or, I should say, Eastern Europeans, sure know how to party or…so I thought.

Just when I thought I’ve seen it all, comes my latest entry into the super over the top gifting ever and all in time for my Birthday…hint hint!
Last weekend we went to my closest friend’s mom’s 60th Birthday party at a Russian restaurant in NY and it happened to be on the same day as my friends husband’s actual Birthday.
Now, Russian etiquette dictates that when you go to an event especially at a Russian restaurant that as a gift, you bring a card with cash.  Not a present but $ and it’s usually the amount you think it cost per person plus a little extra.  You can, of course bring a present in addition to but that is really not necessary although flowers for a woman are always appreciated.  For some reason, some people have a problem with that but that, my American friends, is just how we roll and I personally think it’s genius.  Well, in honor of her husband’s birthday, a friend who lives in Russia must have either 1. Decided to start a new tradition or 2. Accidently left off the “d” in c-a-r-d and gifted him a brand new BMW 750Li. Can you imagine?
I, of course, saw this as perfect timing for me as my Birthday is fast approaching and it will most likely be at a Russian restaurant so friends, please come and don’t forget the car…I mean card!!!


  1. Wow! Definitely learned something here! I do have a few Russian/Ukrainian/Polish friends and never new about this birthday-gift-giving-tradition. I like it!

    I think I'll stick to the "card" with a "D"... :-)

  2. See, if I can only help one person...I've done my part (-;


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