Women cut and sell meat at a local food market during the World Cup in Kazan, Russia. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Many football fans knew little or nothing about Russian cuisine before the World Cup, but have tucked into local gastronomy with relish, trying everything from luxurious caviar to staples like veal tongue. Russian food is often thought of as bland and heavy, and indeed many dishes seem geared toward getting people through the grueling winter rather than amusing their palates.I do prefer the Uzbek and Azerbaijani barbecue," said Morsy's university pal Mamdooh al-Eleila, 29, who ordered chicken Kyiv, a fillet that is either fried or baked.Indeed, food from nearby countries – particularly spicier Georgian cuisine – has been particularly popular with fans looking for a little more piquancy in their plates.
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