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Last week some idiot completely blocked off my car and I had to take a taxi to work. By the time I got there, I had a nice acquired tobacco aroma from the driver, as expected! However, on my way back home, I had a very interesting encounter, that made me remember this photo I took in a Jordanian cab. When someone smokes in the car, or in any closed space for that matter, I always remember the techniques used to smoke fish & meats.
Anyway, the cab driver I was driving with on my way back home, though a smoker himself, ask his passenger not to smoke in the car and wait till he gets to his destination. Now that was an unexpectedly refreshing act as opposed to the usual cab drivers taking it as an opportunity to grab a free smoke and puff up in a good company 🙂
Have you ever taken a ride with any similar Beiruti cab drivers?
… and speaking of Beirut & Amman, don’t forget to attend Twestival Beirut-Amman this Thursday, March 25.
Last week, when we were in Jordan, my prince charming and I had a whole 15 minutes prowling around the hotel room and shoving out camera and mobile chargers into all the three-wholes sockets with hope of energizing our appliances. And hasn’t every traveler gone through that?
And that stretch to the inner ‘aha moment’, that establishes a positive interaction and sentiment is what makes this ad simply genius!
Cafe/Club* Tovarisch (Comrade) in Minsk, Belarus
Anyone nostalgic for the great Soviet State, or those that didn’t catch the wave the first time around will definitely enjoy this place’s concept. All is done to submerge you into that far away era, except the service, which is immaculate!
As you go down the stairs to enter you handshake with the doorknob & are greeted by a Huge hammer & sickle installation with a USSR map backdrop. The spacious dining room fully re-enacts the interior & setting of typical a Soviet restaurant starting from the music down to the knife & fork.
And an alcove hides a bright red dance floor with an orchestra pit and a display of a huge variety of items Made in USSR.
Upon further rummaging you will also find the endlessly creative bathrooms decorated with Soviet newspaper & lampshades in the forms of giant flies.
Once you have finished you meal, you can write an Anonimka** and comment on the food.
The food is sumptuous and really affordable ( as most places in Minsk) a 2 course meal for 2.5 cost us around 25 USD. Sorry we didn’t take photos of teh food which we gobbled on too fast!
Even the restaurant’s business cards enhance the restaurant’s brand through the Soviet emblem & the traditional typography.
And their giveaway calendars forewarn in the Communist style: Have you been to Cafe Tovarisch?
What are your favorite themed restaurants?
*Well it is actually a restaurant, but in Belarus there’s a huge tax & licensing difference between cafes & restaurants
** In the Soviet times people would anonymously snitch on each other to the authorities, this was called an “anonimka”
Find out more on Tavarisch’s Website