Bread Before Bed
Got the midnight munchies? A small Caucasian bakery operates 24 hours near metro Ulitsa 1905 Goda – and it makes some of the best bread in town. An all-Georgian staff bakes fresh lavash and khachapuri on a stone pit oven inside a small glass enclosure around the clock. The oven and wooden cooling racks are essential to making authentic lavash – that delightful flatbread that is made without yeast. Lavash is 25 rubles and deliciously cheesy khachapuri is 50 rubles. The bakery is a minute walk from metro Ulitsa 1905 Goda at 3 Shmitovsky proyezd. Make large orders in advance by calling 259 4795.
Get Into the Swing
The golf season in Moscow is short, so get a jump on the competition and start working on your game before it begins – at the “The Bubble.” The Sinyaya Ptitsa indoor golf center in southern Moscow – known to fans as the Bubble – is the largest inflatable golfing complex in Europe. It boasts a 50-meter wide and 85-meter long driving range with tees for 30 golfers; you pay 600 rubles an hour on weekdays and 800 rubles on weekends for unlimited driving balls. A putting green with 9 holes gives you a chance to practice your short game. You can also play a virtual 18 using their computer simulator. That costs 600-800 rubles an hour, depending on when you play. Lessons from professional instructors are available for both children and adults. Call in advance to reserve a time slot with an instructor. The golf center will close June 1 for renovations and won’t open again until August, so take advantage of it while you can. The Bubble is in Severnoe Butovo in the south of the city, vladennie 22, Starkachalovskaya ul. (M. Bulvar Dmitriya Donskogo) Tel. 714 9818.
Paying Bills Just Got Easier
The old Citibank ad says, “The Citi Never Sleeps.” In 21st century Moscow, that old axiom is truer than ever. For $3 a month, you can now pay a host of bills 24 hours a day over the Net or by phone. CitiPhone and Citibank Online allow you to pay your local (MGTS) and long distance (Rostelecom) phone bills as well as utilities. You can also use Citibank’s services to put money on MTS, Beeline, or Megafon accounts. The new service further allows you to set up “standing orders” so that bills are paid automatically – and on time – according to a regular monthly schedule. All you have to do is maintain sufficient funds in your account to cover the transactions. The details of your standing order can be changed at any time online or by phone. Citibank Online is at www.citibank.ru and CitiPhone is at 775 7575. Englishspeaking operators are on call around the clock.
10 (Alternative) Uses for Vodka
- Clean your eyeglass lenses using a soft cloth dampened with vodka.
- Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
- To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate it with vodka. The solvent dissolves the adhesive.
- Use vodka to disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
- Add a jigger of vodka to a bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
- Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving.
- Pour a glass of water and a glass of vodka into a Ziplock freezer bag and pop it in the freezer for a slushy, reusable ice pack for aches and pains.
- To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
- To remove the smell of cigarette smoke from clothes, mix one part vodka and three parts water and spray the clothing – then launder.
- To eliminate mildew from the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean.
Can you believe some people drink the stuff?