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cheesy potatoes (cheddar, potato crisps, onions and tomatoes)

There is no gastronomical love in the world greater than my love for cheddar cheese! Put cheddar cheese on anything, and it suddenly becomes magically seductive!

I am very hungry at the time of writing this, and a picture is well worth a thousand words, so I’ll just skip on to give you the best comfort food recipe in the world!*

cheesy potatoes (cheddar, fried potatoes, onions and tomatoes)


– One Large Potato ( those that you get in Lebanon that are like 300 gms each) – Thinly sliced in circles

– One small onion – Finely chopped into little cubes

– One small Tomato – Finely chopped into little cubes

– A lot of grated cheddar cheese ( at least 100 Gms)

– Salt,  Black pepper & Paprika

-Optional – A small Jalapeno Pepper ( this was in the original recipe, but I dislike Jalapenos)

cheesy potatoes (cheddar, potato crisps, onions and tomatoes)

The Preparation is ridculously simple:

– Deep fry the potatoes after salting them and lay them onto a flat plate in one layer

– Directly after layering the potatoes, sprinkle them heavily with cheddar cheese so that it melts well

– Spread the tomatoes & onions

– Lightly dust the plate with Black Pepper & Paprika

You can also do your potatoes in batches & layer your dish.


*I stole the idea fromTGI Friday’s Potato Skins



Glad to discover such a thing exists.

Training for chefs in Lebanon


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


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