Sunday, March 20, 2011

Loot from the Russian store

In case you are just joining us here, I'm Russian.  Which means that every once in a while I crave Russianness (yes, that's word).  Or more precisely, some Russian food.

Usually this means conning my parents into going out to a Russian store by them in Jersey and then visiting us.  This is no easy feat, people. 

So this week, after yet another craving for some Russian food (I really wanted some caviar), I decided that it was time to find some stores nearby.

These are Sushki.  They're kind of like dry mini bagels.  They're delicious.  Jon loves these so we got two bags.

I also wanted to grab some dehydrated dried fish.  These are extra good with some beers.

Borodinsky bread.  It's so good.  It's kind of like a mix between wheat and pumpernickel bread.  I can eat it by the loaf.  As is.  With absolutely nothing on it.  But it's way better with some butter and caviar on it.

Speaking of, here's some salmon caviar.  It's amazing.  I don't usually get this one but the lady at the store swore to me that I'd love it.  I usually get a different brand.  We'll have to see about this one.

Some cold cuts.  Delicious.  And fatty.  This didn't make it very far - I ate half of it in the car on the ride home and the rest almost as soon we we got home.

Sardelki.  Kind of like a mix between sausages and hot dogs.  But way better.  And tastier.  You can boil them and eat them or you can make delicious Sardelki in a blanket.  Which is what we did when we got home.  Post to follow.

And I saved the best for last.  Sirki.  It's like mini pieces of cheesecake in chocolate shells.  These are to die for.  But I'm not allowed to have too many in the house because I tend to eat all of them in one sitting.  Which cannot be good for me.  I'm working on the baby weight here, people!  And yet, they are irresistible.

In case you're in the area, these are the two stores we went to:

Europe Store (this one was our favorite; it's small but the customer service is incredible! The lady behind the counter let me try almost everything and found everything I wanted for me.)
200 Park Road, West Hartford, CT
(860) 233-2200

Delicacy Market (this one's way bigger but we weren't huge fans.  It felt too commercial and not like a local little shop.)
774 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT
(860) 236-7100


  1. oh my goodness... I didn't know you are Russian! We lived in Russia for 5 years. We love Sirki!!

  2. My brother is living in Belarus right now, studying Russian. We were just talking the other day and he told me that the hot dogs there aren't like the ones back home. :) I've been meaning to ask if you are still speaking Russian to Peanut?

  3. OMG! I just went crazy at the European section of my grocery store and bought a load of British food and was going to do a post on that...weird. Those chocolates sound incredible! I'll keep an eye out for them next time.

  4. Though my family has been in the states for four generations now, I am of all Polish heritage. Authentic Polish food was non-existent in our part of Florida and I longed for it when we were living down there. But then we moved to Pittsburgh where there is a very large Polish-American population and Polish food is everywhere! One of my college roommates was from Kazakhstan. Although we shared Polish and Russian recipes frequently, I never got up the courage to try the caviar that her parents would ship to her!

  5. When you say "dried fish" and the package says "goldfish" that literal?

  6. That's awesome that you found some options near you! The cheesecake definitely has peaked my interest : )

  7. Love this post. We were at the Russian store yesterday as well. I ALWAYS get those sirki, too! Never tried the dried fish.

  8. I'm with you except for the dried fish. Our profs always tried to convince us that the taste would grow on us...but I guess I'm just too American. Never did it for me.

  9. I don't know much about Russian culture, but your treats look so tasty!

  10. Looks like really good food!


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