Dining with the Russian ambassador was my favourite RW experience. Of course, being in the presence of the ambassador, the conversations – political and social – the culinary and cultural insight that I got through the food and the liquor.
For the first time, I got the chance to taste Russian Vodka, and the ambassador popped out the real top-shelf ‘hot Russian ting’. It was called Russian Standard vodka. Apparently, [it’s] one of the elite vodkas in Russia and, I think, worldwide.
I enjoyed the conversations, how relaxed it was, and just the air of newness and unfamiliarity that was not just surrounding the food and the drink, but also the people, the culture, and the language.