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Welcome to Taipei International Club hosts Russian tea party

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Welcome to Taipei International Club (WTIC) hosted a Russian tea party at the Grand Hall of Palais de Chine Hotel recently, attracting a large number of guests from diplomatic corps and the international community, according to a press release of the WTIC.

WTIC Vice President Bess Shih made welcoming remarks and introduced the keynote speakers — Tatiana Redko, the wife of the head representative of the Taipei Office for the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation, and tea maestro Sergey Khorolskiy, said the WTIC.

Redko gave a presentation about Russia, hitting on various aspects of its rich and versatile culture. The eye-catching slide show accompanied by interesting and informative commentary provided the audience with the opportunity to admire the scenery and architectural treasures of Moscow, the capital, and St. Petersburg, the second major city of Russia, to feel the magical atmosphere of Russian winter with New Year's and Christmas celebrations, to get a glimpse of the authentic Russian national dress and to appreciate the beauty of Russian decorative arts, the WTIC stated.

The presentation was followed by vigorous Russian dances performed by the folk dance group of the National Chengchi University.

Another highlight of the program was the spectacular siphon tea show by Sergey Khorolskiy, a connoisseur and great enthusiast of tea. The show was titled "Taiwanese Tea in Moscow," indicating the fusion of two different traditions of tea-drinking.

The guests could taste different sorts of tea flavored with thyme, lemon zest, mint and ginger as well as delicious canapes with dry plums, basil, mint, celery, sweet pepper, tomatoes and mozzarella. Displayed on the demonstration table beside the scene were the traditional samovar, an original porcelain tea set from Russia and a variety of popular tea snacks, such as pryaniki (gingerbread cakes), sushki (dried mini-bagels) and assorted dry fruits.

After the presentation and the tea show the guests enjoyed specialties of Russian cuisine including borsch soup, golubtsy (cabbage stuffed with meat), pelmeni (meat dumplings) and beef stroganoff (chopped beef with gravy) with baked potatoes, cooked by the chefs of the Palais de Chine Hotel, as well as traditional sweet treats — pastila (airy puffs) and mazurka (fruit and walnut cakes) prepared according to original Russian recipes and shared by Mrs. Karen Lee of the famous confectionary shop said the WTIC.

Leland Lee, an internationally acclaimed Taiwanese artist, displayed several of his colorful works with images of Russia as he saw it during his trip there four years ago, the WTIC said.

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