Now really, how could I not check that out?
So a took a ride to Cohoes and found everything from instant borscht to Czar Nicholas tea.
Somehow I'd imagined an Eastern European grocery store to be cramped and congested, but Dnipro is not. It's clean, organized and it's chock full of Russian, Polish and Ukrainian goodies. I surely wasn't expecting the large selection of kefir -- I didn't even that was a Russian thing.
The pickle selection is impressive, as is the selection of canned and jarred mushrooms. Call me crazy, but it never occurred to me that you could even get oyster mushrooms in a jar. And who knew there were so many different varieties of rye bread?
Amongst the fresh and canned cured meats and smoked fishes -- check out the whole smoked fish in the deli case -- you'll also find plenty of goodies with cool labels that seem totally Soviet-cool. The Russian root beer labels were especially cool as were the boxes of the aforementioned Czar Nicholas tea.
It's a great place to explore and try new things--there were definitely a lot of products I couldn't identify. But the instant borscht (who knew?) definitely stuck out. So did the massive collection of cabbage products -- frozen, canned and jarred, in more preparations than I knew were possible. Frozen stuffed cabbage? Oh yes. Cabbage soup? Yep, they've got that too. And jarred cabbage leaves for stuffing? Yeah, you'll find that at Dnipro as well.
While I couldn't resist making a few Yakov Smirnov-inspired jokes on my excursion, I definitely found some yummy things I'll be going back for soon. Alas, they don't sell the vodka to wash it all down.
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