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Rebekah Vardy warns husband Jamie she’ll file for divorce if he cheats

Rebekah Vardy has issued her footballer husband Jamie with a stern warning that she'll divorce him if he cheats.

The WAG, 37, has two kids with the sports star plus two from previous relationships.

However, she's adamant she will not tolerate infidelity and if her man ever plays away she won't think twice about dumping him.

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10 things to taste in Moscow



The top Russian foods you have to try

Beef Stroganoff
Supposedly named after count Alexander Grigorievich Stroganoff, this Russian dish dates from the mid 19th century and consists of sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce with smetana (sour cream).

Blini
Blini are Russia's version of the thin French crêpe and a staple on most Moscovian menus, typically made with buckwheat for savoury fillings or white flour for sweet toppings. Accompaniments can include smoked salmon and sour cream but for the ultimate indulgence opt for red black sturgeon caviar.

Borscht
This beet and cabbage soup is served with or without meat, potato, herbs (usually dill) and a dollop of smetana (Russian sour cream) and is sure to warm you up during a Moscow winter.  A staple of Russian cuisine, it would criminal to leave Moscow without sampling this soup at least once.

Caviar
Muscovites go crazy for Caviar (or ikra as it is also known) which is offers served on dark, crusty bread or with blini. Caviar can be red (obtained from salmon fishes) or black (obtained from sturgeon fishes). Black caviar, the roe of the female sturgeon fish, is one of the world's most prized and expensive food items.

Medovik
Medovik is Russia's popular honey cake: super sweet, rich in taste and with an interesting story about its historical origins. Legend has it that the first medovik honey cake was created in the 1820s by a personal chef for Empress Elizabeth, the wife of Tzar Alexander I. Try it and you’ll soon see why the Empress was mad about Medovik.

Mushroom Julienne
With a similar taste to stroganoff, but without meat, this creamy mushroom dish is found on almost every menu as a hot appetiser. It’s made with thinly sliced mushrooms, cheese, sour cream and cream and broiled/grilled for a crusty top before being, served in a dainty metal dish. 

Olivier Salad
Known as Russian salad around the world, Olivier is a variation of potato salad invented in the 1860s by Lucien Olivier, a Belgian chef plying his trade at a popular Moscow restaurant. The ultimate comfort food, the Olivier features boiled potatoes, carrots, eggs, peas, pickles, and boiled chicken or beef.

Pelmeni
What makes Russian dumplings (pelmeni) so special? That would be the tasty herbs that are added to the meat packed pastry.  Pelmeni can be served several ways: alone, slathered in butter, topped with sour cream, or served in a broth.

Solyanka soup
A hearty soup made from thick chunks of beef and/or pork, cooked for hours over a low flame with garlic, tomatoes, peppers and carrots.

Tula Gingerbread
Tula Gingerbread is a very Russian take on the classic gingerbread recipe. Expect spicy gingerbread made from honey and filled with jam or condensed milk. It is customary to imprint the bread with intricate designs and engravings.

Moscow mania

In last night's recording of 'Talking Travel', producer James & I shone the spotlight on Moscow. 
 
Tune into Women's Radio Station all next week to catch the episode in which we reveal the Moscow must dos - and give those of you who aren’t a paid up member of the football tribe, a primer on the forthcoming FIFA World Cup which is taking place in Russia for the very first time.
Let the countdown begin!

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Mancini working magic in St Petersburg

Mancini working magic in St Petersburg

 

Roberto Mancini left Manchester City an isolated and frustrated figure in May 2013, having been sacked by the club’s Abu Dhabi hierarchy following a feeble defence of City’s first top flight league title in 44 years.

Fast forward four years and the 52 year-old Italian finds himself in Russia – specifically St Petersburg – where he is enjoying a dream start as manager of Zenit St Petersburg.

Zenit, who are bankrolled by the Russian energy giant Gazprom, turned to the Italian after failing to qualify for the Champions League for the second year in a row.

By all accounts, Mancini looks to have been a wise appointment: a mere four games into the new Russian football season, Mancini’s charges are being considered favourites to lift the title.

The table toppers crushed defending Russian champion Spartak Moscow 5-1 last Sunday, thanks to goals from Alexander Yerokhin, Italian Domenico Criscito, Daler Kuzyaev and Alexander Kokorin – the latter of whom has returned to form under his new boss.

Kokorin - who scored only five times in 27 league games under Romanian Mircea Lucescu’s reign at Zenit – is rejuvenated. The Russian striker has found the back of the net three times in four matches, under Mancini.

Three new Argentine arrivals – step forward departed River Plate player Sebastian Driussi, former Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes and ex-Lyon defender Emanuel Mammana – have also helped Zenit St Petersburg zoom to the top of the table where they sit, together with surprise package Lokomotiv Moscow, on 12 points.
 
But it’s not just Mancini’s Zenit St Petersburg that has thrust the imperial city firmly onto the world stage. Russia’s second largest city is also making headlines having been selected as the host of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2017 (www.worldtravelawards.com/event/europe-2017).

Graham Cooke, Founder and President of World Travel Awards – widely dubbed the Oscars of the travel industry – said: “It will be an honour for World Travel Awards to visit for Russia for the first time in September 2017.

“Saint Petersburg is one of the most famous cities in the world and this is a fantastic opportunity for the city to take its rightful place as a top rank tourism destination.”

Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development Chairman, Andrey Mushkarev, added: “We will be honoured to host the leading European tourism industry professionals in Saint Petersburg in 2017.

“We are confident this event will be one of the best in the history of the World Travel Awards and we are pleased to invite everyone to the Europe Gala Ceremony in St. Petersburg; a city that is the pride not only of Russia and Europe, but of the whole world.”
 
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St Petersburg pitch will be ready for Confederations Cup final

FIFA has said the pitch at the St Petersburg Stadium will be ready for the final of the Confederations Cup – an eight-team tournament which features the next World Cup hosts, the previous World Cup winners and the six continental champions – despite suffering damage throughout the tournament.

FIFA's director of competitions, Colin Smith, revealed to reporters that the stadium's “young pitch” had sustained damage from matches as well as training sessions.

Speaking earlier this morning, Smith said: “We did significant top dressing last night. Tomorrow we will fully cover the pitch and really regulate the temperature and the growing conditions in there.”

He added: “We're confident that it will be a good playing surface for the final.”

The final of the Confederation Cup – which acts as a warm up to the 2018 World Cup which Russia is hosting - is due to be played at St Petersburg Stadium this Sunday (2 July).

But it’s not just football that has thrust St Petersburg firmly onto the world stage. The Russian port city is making headlines having been selected as the host of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2017 (www.worldtravelawards.com/event/europe-2017).

Graham Cooke, Founder and President of World Travel Awards – widely dubbed the Oscars of the travel industry – said: “It will be an honour for World Travel Awards to visit for Russia for the first time in September 2017.

“Saint Petersburg is one of the most famous cities in the world and this is a fantastic opportunity for the city to take its rightful place as a top rank tourism destination.”

Saint Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development Chairman, Andrey Mushkarev, said: “We will be honoured to host the leading European tourism industry professionals in Saint Petersburg in 2017.

“We are confident this event will be one of the best in the history of the World Travel Awards and we are pleased to invite everyone to the Europe Gala Ceremony in St. Petersburg; a city that is the pride not only of Russia and Europe, but of the whole world.”
 

Kaye Holland

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