What to Eat: As the host nation, we’re very interested in what Russia has to offer. If you want to snack like a Russian, you had better be ready for a few weird combinations. In Russia, cucumber Sprite is the soft drink of choice, easily recreated by putting a few slices of cucumber in a glass of Sprite at home (vodka optional). They are also mad about dill, so try potatoes with sour cream and a lot of chopped dill. A little caviar wouldn’t hurt either.
What to Drink: Vodka, if you are prepared to miss the second half of the match.
What to say: Well, this is awkward… The Guardian reported there has been a recent rise in racist soccer chants - including goading the French team by calling them monkeys and the widespread use of the term “gay” as an insult - by Russians in the lead-up to the World Cup. So bad is the problem that an emergency WhatsApp helpline has been created for such instances. Let’s just hope Russians don’t say anything at all.
What to Eat: Nigerian snacks are particularly spicy. When replicating the flavours of this West African country, think grilled meats, Scotch-bonnet chillies, plantains and peanuts. Nigerian suya is skewered meats covered with a peanut spice mix and roasted on an open fire.
What to Drink: Nigeria has a lot of interesting local beverages, including palm wine and zobo, “Nigerian red wine” made from dried flowers. However, if you are going for the real Nigerian experience, you should drink Moët & Chandon – the country is their biggest market.
What to Say: “Ea, ea, ea, oh, oh, oh!” Or: “All we are saying is give us more goals.”