The Trans-Siberian Dining Car

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Appetizer Course

Zakuski, or the Appetizer Course

“If you’ve ever eaten on the dining car of a train, you know that dinner on the diner can range from dismal to delightful. But who would ever think of taking a Trans-Siberian train nearly 6,000 miles across Russia for the culinary experience?” That question is from one of our fine writers, Sharon Hudgins. She continues: “Fast-forward to 2007, when I was a lecturer for National Geographic Expeditions on a ‘land cruise’ that crossed Russia and Mongolia on a new, $25 million private train operated by a British company, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains. Multi-course meals in the two ornate dining cars were prepared by well-trained Russian chefs who cooked everything from scratch, including baking fresh breads and pastries overnight while the passengers slept in their cozy cabins, rocked to sleep by the rhythm of the rails.” Read the complete story, “Dinner on the Diner, Trans-Siberian-Style,” here.