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- Why do you need it? - surprised man in the store, seeing that his wife put in a basket a few packs of cheese with blue mold. - Do not you understand? This is goat cheese from the island of Gozo! In Moscow, this is not. - So what, what not?

Then she hurries to the counter, where she chooses Semoroza cheeses, olives filled with herbs, jamon and many other delicacies, without which she lived for so many years, and now she cannot do.We just have to ban something, as it immediately goes into the category of vital.

Then in the basket there are already gifts for relatives, who, it turns out, cannot live without Parmesan, Parma ham and ham, although they grew up in a small village. If all this is not brought, they will be offended.

As the two baskets fill to the top, the man grows darker and stronger ...

About 157 rubles now stands in Malta modest and unassuming Camembert company Castello - a Danish brand of cheeses with white and blue mold, owned by the Swedish-Danish cooperative Arla Foods. The range is quite wide, but until recently, four Castello cheeses were sold in Russia: Danish Blue, Noble Blue, Camembert, Brie.At the moment, cheeses are withdrawn from sale in most hypermarkets, so compare prices will not work. Skamorets and that less and more exotic.

Seeing on the counter something that looks like a chicken's paw, I was puzzled. Is it boil or fry? What to file?

It turns out artichokes from jerusalem. Once brought, it means they are bought. Another unfamiliar product. Intuition suggests that these are mussels.

If there is, where to cook, you can choose fresh fish or octopus. And I really want to cook! At such a moment you already regret that you are on full board, provided with lunches and dinners.

I really want to cook everything myself, clean the fish in a cramped Maltese kitchenette, cursing and fending off the cat, hungry, impatiently spreading butter on a thick fresh hunk of ciabatta.

Sea bream with piercing eyes will cost 10.75 euros (745 rubles). Wild grouper, which our restaurateurs often call sea bass, is 23 euros (1,594 rubles).

Let's compare prices:
Chicken legs 6.25 euros (437 rubles)
The price of similar semi-finished products in Moscow is about 215-350 rubles per kg
Chicken legs 4.95 euros (346 rubles)
Italian turkey breast 14.79 euros (1.034 rubles)
Chicken kebab 14.25 euros (987 rubles)
Marinated local chicken breast 17.95 euro (1244 rubles)
Stuffed pork shoulder 11 euro (762 rubles)
Beef burgers 9.95 euros (689 rubles)

Even ordinary bread is so light and crispy that you want to break it right away without waiting for you to get home.

By the way, he has a special character: unlike our Moscow one, it spoils on the second day, which speaks of its exceptional naturalness. Perhaps that is why some buyers eat right in the middle of the street, sitting on the parapet.

In Arcadia, a chain of stores in Malta, there is everything, almost like in a mythical city, symbolizing paradise and wealth. Even cakes on paper lace napkins.

Already in another store, smaller and hidden in the alley, I was struck by the separate shelves with the inscription "Russian food".

Here you can choose hunting sausages, smoked pork peritoneum and sausages for those who are tormented by nostalgia.

The most common croutons, which in Italian are called bruschetta, with a lot of flavorings.

All that warms the soul of a poor Maltese, and more often an Italian or an Englishman who has stopped for a couple of days.

So how about no champagne? Moet et Chandon Ice Imperial in Moscow, on average, is offered for 5,211 rubles. Exactly the same bottle in a town in Malta will cost 61.95 euros, that is, 4,294 rubles.

And finally, the most important thing.

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