“Horilka” is the Ukrainian term you’ve never heard for something you might have frequently—Vodka. There are several anecdotal tales of regional twists on vodka (like horilka) that go back centuries. The term “Horilka” comes from the Ukrainian verb hority, or “to burn.” It seems logical to assume that this would refer to the burning sensation of the drink, or even the spiciness commonly found in horilka (flavored as it is with red pepper), but in reality, it refers to the fact that alcohol literally burns when lit on fire.
Unless you’ve already spent significant time underground or deep inside a cave, you cannot imagine total darkness as described by those who have toured the Odessa Catacombs. Many of the world’s major cities have underground tunnels that have endured over centuries—carved out for purposes of transit or battle, and remaining at least partially intact today. But the most expansive, fascinating, and deadly catacombs in the world exist under Odessa.
The Ukrainian banya is a type of sauna that is part of an ancient culture of health and wellness. Most that are built today are constructed more or the less the same as they have been for millennia, consisting of a small sauna room, a small pool full of cold water, and a place to relax, just enough space for a small group of bathers.
Explore the sublime flavors of Croatia with our top selection of delicious recipes. If you visit Croatia, you’ll quickly learn that the country’s cuisine has diverse influences—including Italian, Greek, Turkish, and Hungarian. Areas such as Istria, Dalmatia, and Dubrovnik all boast regional dishes and cooking techniques of their own.