I had my premiere with the company in the New Years Concert on the 30th and 31st. So our plan was to prep a little food in advance, so after the show we could come home and have a nice meal, watch a Christmas movie, and toast the New Year. This as you might guess is not an acceptable New Years in Russia. But, we managed to fend off the many suggestions that we make other plans for the evening and we had our simple quiet New Years.
After my show we stopped by the ice park downtown. It was full of people beginning their celebrations. People were there to take photos with the impressive ice sculptures and festive lights. Kids were enjoying the ice slides that had been built and there were vendors selling shashlik, or Russian shish kabob. It was not too cold that night so we spent a little time there and I finally started to have that holiday feeling.
The next morning we started the New Year off with French toast and the second half of Miracle on 34th Street. Then we finally tried the pie I had made for our dessert the night before. It was a chocolate coconut pie with a date and toasted coconut crust and it was worth the wait. I found the recipe on Oh She Glows and it is amazing!
Happy New Year!