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I was at a Mets game this past weekend. They lost in an abysmal fashion to the Nationals, but the day wasn’t a total waste. We saw the new stadium (loved it!), ate some delicious food (a reasonably priced $17 lobster roll from Catch of the Day, which is run by Dave Pasternack of Esca) and chilled out in the shade on a nice (well, if you’d call 86 degrees nice), sunny day. And, strangely enough, we got to listen to some Russian music. A few minutes into the game, I was insanely excited to hear the stadium organist or whatever play “Kalinka,” a traditional Russian folk song. I looked around to see if anyone’s face displayed the same sort of recognition mine did, but no, most just sat there and attended to their beers and baseball caps. May I suggest a rendition of “Katyusha” for next game?

Citifield, the new home of the Mets

Citifield, the new home of the Mets

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…is this delectable little individually-wrapped chocolate-covered cheesecake-like snack (though don’t ask for a “mini-cheesecake,” the counter people will either have no idea what you’re talking about or point you in the direction of their “American” cheesecake; ask for a “sirok”–“little cheese” in Russian). They’re usually found at the cheese counter and come in a variety of flavors like strawberry, vanilla and hazelnut. This one in particular is chocolate chunk and is from Taste of Russia, one of the best Russian grocers on the Brighton Beach Avenue strip. It’ll set you back $0.80 and is the creamiest, most wondrous little dessert in all of Little Odessa. Every single bite will make you want to do a happy dance. Go. Now. Oh, and check out this New York magazine guide for more stuff to do while you’re there.

The compact dessert

The compact dessert

Chocolate chunk innards

Chocolate chunk innards

Listings:

Taste of Russia
219 Brighton Beach Ave
(at Brighton 1st Rd)
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Telephone: 718-368-1560

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Caviar!

A caviar open-faced sandwich, simple as it may be, has always signified a special occasion in my household. It’s a staple of the Russian holiday table. Making one is simple. Start with fresh white bread, preferably a slice of an Italian loaf, add creamy unsalted butter and top with plump red caviar. The little balls burst in your mouth and coat your tongue with a sea-infused saltiness. So simple, yet so divine! The photo below, from the blog, Moscow Daily Shot, is drool-inducing (and looks way better than my previously-shown lameĀ  photo of a solitary and under-loaded caviar sandwich); this is what a celebration should look like!

caviar

Heaven!; image: moscowdailyshot.blogspot.com

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