Marinated, Pickled and Covered with Caviar

by Emily on March 10, 2011

in Food,Resources

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="There is more to Russian markets than cabbage!"]Cabbage.[/caption] I love sharing details about upcoming tasty trips and adventures, so you won't want to miss a bite. As always, please feel free to chat with me on Twitter, join our group on Facebook and keep up with new posts here by subscribing. Today's post is my last one to be written while I'm physically in New York for a couple of weeks. I leave Friday for SXSW and Techmunch Austin, where I'm moderating a panel on building your personal brand. After that, I'm spending some time at Sony's headquarters in lovely San Diego. With all the supper clubs and events lately here at MOTB, it feels good to dive back into what we love most: New York City and her ethnic neighborhoods. Let's take a look at some of the cool-weather comfort foods and different products we discovered while shopping the Russian grocery markets in Brighton Beach. Lots of food deals to be had in this neighborhood - I left marinated, pickled and covered with caviar. Markets mentioned in this post: M&I International Foods 249 Brighton Beach Avenue Brighton 1st Place New York, NY 11235 Brighton Bazaar 1007 Brighton Beach Ave. Brighton 11th St Brooklyn, NY Taste of Russia 219 Brighton Beach Avenue Brighton 1st St Brooklyn, NY 11235 Net Cost Market 608 Sheepshead Bay Rd (between 6th St & 8th St) Brooklyn, NY 11224 As with any cuisine, Russian food has its hallmark dishes and food products. Go to enough markets in an ethnic neighborhood, and you can start to get an idea of what defines their food culture. Look at ours (Americans): We keep the good, healthy food on the fringes of our markets and pack the aisles with junk. Below are a few major food categories, as defined by my informal research over the course of two trips to Brighton Beach. If you're reading this post in a feed reader, be sure to click through to the site so you can see today's photos, or subscribe by email to get these posts delivered to you hot and fresh, photos included. Prepared Foods The markets had a lot of real estate dedicated to hot and cold bars of prepared foods. At M&I International Foods, the most visually appetizing part of the store were all of these trays of steaming hot food. Moreover, I couldn't always decipher what I was looking at since some were labeled using the Cyrillic alphabet.. Good times! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Marinated Octopuses!"]Marinated Octopuses![/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Salads at Net Cost Market, Brighton Beach"]Salads at Net Cost Market, Brighton Beach[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Stuffed cabbage and peppers at M&I International"]Stuffed cabbage and peppers at M&I International[/caption] Pickled and Marinated Vegetables If you love marinated vegetables, then you need to devote some serious time and attention to Russian cuisine and markets, starting with the jars of things that have cute labels. Just kidding ... but how cute is this kitschy label? [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Tomatoes Marinated"]Tomatoes Marinated[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Pickled watermelon and marinated mushrooms."]Pickled watermelon and marinated mushrooms.[/caption]

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Meat and Sausage [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Old man at the meat counter, M&I International Foods"]Old man at the meat counter, M&I International Foods.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Meat-filled. But not a burrito."]Meat-filled. But not a burrito.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Wall of Sausage! Net Cost Market."]Wall of Sausage! Net Cost Market.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Closeup on wall of international sausage."]Closeup on wall of international sausage.[/caption]   Caviar and smoked fish. Can't be Russian without it. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Gorgeous, salty orbs."]Gorgeous, salty orbs.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Caviar bar!"]Caviar bar![/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Fish heads?"]Fish heads?[/caption] To round us out, we have GIANT MEATBALLS, pictured below. This, by itself, is not a category. I just wanted an excuse to show you how huge these are. I would need both hands to hold onto one - that's how big these were. Seeing these back in December also gave me the idea for the next Midnight Brunch: Whisky and Meatballs from around the world. The tentative date is April 16, dependent on setting the venue. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Look at the size of those balls!"]Look at the size of those balls![/caption] This is by no means an exhaustive exploration as there are so many other major components to Russian cuisine, like the delicious stuffed pastas we explored here, rices and grains and, of course, root vegetables like potatoes. I encourage you to go out and explore Brighton Beach for yourself to see what I mean. You can eat like a king for pocket change in this neighborhood. If you can't get enough of this meaty Russian stuff, here are some other posts you may enjoy. Related posts: Eating Little Russia, Part 2: Getting Greasy with Ukranian and Uzbek Something Fishy…in Brighton Beach. Russian Fooding in Brighton Beach Ear Breads, Get in my Face (AKA, Consider the Pel’meni). Eating Little Russia, Part 1: Exploring Glechik Happy eating! See you all back here in just a couple days.

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