*Although there is nothing Chinese about either the ingredients or the preparation of this torte, its name—as often happens—might have derived from a torte that was served in the Café Chinois on Nevskij Prospect (#18, at the Police Bridge by the Mojka Canal). A café of that name was founded in 1830 by two Swiss bakers from Davos, Tobias Branger (Beranger) and Salomon Wolf, and the business continued until 1876. It was also known as the Café Wulf [sic] et Beranger, and later as Frères Wolf au Pont de la Police. It was at this café that the poet Pushkin stopped off to meet his second on the way to his fatal duel with d’Anthès. (Kaiser, Fast ein Volk von Zuckerbäkern? 145; Blue Guide Moscow and Leningrad, 269.)
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