Of travelling from Moscow to Kaluga or beyond, to Bryansk, Kiev, Odessa, Chisinau, or whatever is beyond that, you are likely to be travelling along the Kiev highway (E101). If hungry when approaching Kaluga stop at one of three cafes named Adel or Adal(?). They are on the on the 125th, 131th, and 132nd kilometre of the highway. Fresh and very inexpensive. The food is undersalted, as it should be, and mustard is freshly prepared from coursely ground seeds – not the kind of thing normally expected in a roadside establishment that caters to truck drivers. The one on the 132nd kilometre is equipped with showers. The total bill for a full meal for two was an equivalent of $20, which is on the inexpensive side.
www.marisha.net Inexepensive (15-20Euros per night) accommodation in Chisinau and Tiraspol. All around traveller support in Moldova for independent/budget travellers. Unusual requests (journalists, Moldovan bride seekers, those into family roots, whatever) welcomed. Pretty much a replica of my Russian concept. Rural and immersion tourism is part of it.