Russian meals are always served in courses, usually starting with a salad. The salads have very little lettuce, with cabbage, peppers and other various vegetables making up most of the dish. They usually looked like this:
After that is typically a hot soup, normally with sour cream added. Solyanka was one soup we tried, and is pictured below.
And it is incredibly delicious!
Finally, the main course usually consists of a dish with chicken, covered in cheese or over rice. Like was previously said, spices are not common in Russian cuisine, so what I have discovered is that fatty foods are used to create taste. It works fantastically and is always a great meal. And the coffee that we end with is either sweet and frothy or bold and delicious. The food here is great and I will definitely miss it when I return home.