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Open your eyes / оглянись и приколись - crimeanelf
Open your eyes / оглянись и приколись
(translated by me) "There are a few McDonald'ses, but thanks god, there are no Starbuckses, although there is a fake called Republic of Coffee, the text is in English, it has round green logo with a dwarf instead of the mermaid."megancase about Petersburg, Russia. I can't believe it, I was passing by everyday and did not see that... "Есть несколько макдоналдсов, но, слава богу, нет старбаксов, хотя есть подделка по названием Republic of Coffee, вывеска по-английски, у неё круглый зелёный логотип с гномом вместо русалки."megancase о Петербурге. Вот оно как, а я ведь каждый день ходила мимо и не замечала...


"But maybe it's just a coincidence?" — Andrés. :) "Может быть, это просто совпадение?" — Андрес. :)

And also I highly recommend that diary. Да, а дневник всячески рекомендую.

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megancase From: megancase Date: January 20th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
And *I* never noticed that ALL the chains have this same circle. It was the green color of Republic of Coffee's that made me notice its resemblance to Starbucks.
crimeanelf From: crimeanelf Date: January 20th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I was googling for Republic of Coffee's logos and guess what, this image was like the third I found!
veldandi From: veldandi Date: January 20th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Спасибо, зафрендила.
_jonny_ From: _jonny_ Date: January 20th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
What is starbacks if being compared with some kind of chains line кафе-хауз or republic of cofee
mursic From: mursic Date: January 20th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
megancase From: megancase Date: January 21st, 2008 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)

More of my opinions on St. Petersburg coffee chains

Shokoladnitsa, by the way, is the only place where I've found real bagels in St. Petersburg. Although I prefer Idealnaya Chashka and even Republic of Coffee because they are cheaper and because in a cafe I prefer to get my coffee at the counter rather than wait for table service, the bagel factor is very influential. Furthermore, the cafe in the newly-renovated Dom Knigi with the view of Kazan Cathedral is a Shokoladnitsa...

But I hate Kofe House. It's overpriced, has bad table service, and has taken over St. Petersburg the way Starbucks has taken over the United States. Boycott Kofe House!
crimeanelf From: crimeanelf Date: January 21st, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: More of my opinions on St. Petersburg coffee chains

And do the bagels taste right there?

I loved the Ideal Cup, mainly the one near Griboedov channel because of it's interior design and the atmosphere. Also, I used to smoke that time and it was more pleasant in Ideal Cups than in other places.

If you're still there, I recommend the one in Five Corners (near station Dostoevskaya), if I remember right it's called something like "Coffee bean". It makes a good coffee and liquer cocktails, as well as some melted wine, a very desired thing in the winter.

But all those chains, including Starbucks, by different "coffees" really mean same coffee (usually a bitter mix of Latin American Arabica and Robust, prepared in a steam machine, which enhances the bitterness) with different additions, like cream, juice and whatever you want. If you want to sample different sorts of coffee made in different ways, you have to go somewhere else.

Once my friend offered me a coffee, and when I agreed, started walking me towards one of the coffee chains with "many different coffees". I did not know much about cafes at that time, so I said: "wonderful, I'd love some turkish coffee made in a sand!" The friend said: "ah if this is what you want...", turned 180 degrees and walked me to a very dirty tiny bar in the basement of some ugly building. It was full of cigarette smoke, but nevertheless I took a deep breath and tried to relax and not to notice huge furry tattoed men that were the main customers of that place. And yes, the coffee was great, it was made the way I used to in Crimea and it was not bitter a single bit. Later on when I started smoking and did not mind the atmosphere, I tried to find that place again, but could not.
megancase From: megancase Date: January 22nd, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: More of my opinions on St. Petersburg coffee chains

Oh, no, I'm not even talking about the quality of the coffee. They all sell the same boring espresso-based coffee. Shokoladnitsa has french presses though, I like those. And yes, their bagels are authentic, though not the best I've ever had. And they only have sesame seed ones. But you can get them with salmon and cream cheese on top. It's not quite the same as lox and cream cheese on a salt bagel in New York, but it's OK.

There are two other cafe chains I forgot about, Sladkoezhka and Chainikoff. Neither of which has a circular logo. Chainikoff isn't that great but it's cheaper and you get these two-drinks-for-the-price-of-one coupons every time. Sladkoezhka is pretty upscale and has the best sweet things, as you would expect.

I've started paying attention to some of the non-chain cafes too - lots of them have a circular logo with two dots as well. What is it about the circular logo?

I went to an Ideal Cup this evening. I like their hot chocolate. I didn't know until fairly recently that hot chocolate was a different thing from cocoa, basically a melted chocolate bar. Ideal Cup's hot chocolate is not as thick as some places, and therefore a little less overwhelming.

I think I will have to write something for my English blog about the cafe chains of St. Petersburg.
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