Rachel Safko writes about global trends in niche markets and old-world luxuries. Read more at These Foolish Things, her blog about tea and perfumes for the urban romantic, at www.sensibilitea.co as well as her site Buddhists Who Shop at www.karmicluxury.co. You can also follow her on Twitter @rachelsafko for small things you can do to make your life a little more luxurious. She lives in New York and hopes to live in a treehouse someday.

Food from the Old Country

“Read Gogol’s Dead Souls,” Ms. Ezersky ordered me over tea. “It’s the bible of Russian food.” I still haven’t read it yet, but know, at least, that the narrator travels the Russian countryside looking to capitalize on laws about deceased peasants; he feasts in villagers’ homes along the way. What I did do was speak […]