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Another Trip to Little Odessa aka Brighton Beach

Needing a little caviar for ourselves and even more for a friend, Kelly and I headed out to Brighton Beach. We’d heard that the cheapest place to buy these little, succulent fish eggs was where there’s the most competition: Little Russia. Being his hood, our friend dB offered to take us out for some classic Russian food if we’d take the F & Q that far out of the city.

It only takes about 40 minutes to get there from LES and with a copy of the Sunday NYT, the time flies by. After meeting dB under the tracks, we hit up a number of shops looking for whomever had the best deal. As it turns out, they were all the same price and so we picked up a large and a small jar at the last place we stopped at.

brighton shop

Afterwards we headed to the famous, but still delicious Cafe Glechik for a Russian feast. Known for their dumplings: vareniki and pelemeni, Glechik also gave us a good first real taste of Ukrainian food. In addition to the three types of dumplings we ordered, we also tried some Borscht, Chicken Stroganoff and a Ukrainian Sausage & Barley pot o goodness (not actually what it is labeled on the menu) .

db and tim

Following this stuffing, K & I walked through many of the little stores on the street, picking up little goodies along the way. We also noticed how cheap produce was in the area. We picked up a tub of delicious and plump blackberries for only $1! We were told that they were local but it is the middle of Jan so I highly doubt they are coming from NY…or even the U.S. Whatever. They are perfect for our morning yogurt & granola.

meat in brighton beach

We ended our trip with a walk down the beach on the Boardwalk, where we noticed a bit of an old and fat man scuffle on the squash courts. Apparently the game got a little physical between the middle-aged men and something like “You stepped on my fucking toe! I am in pain!” Good times.

kelly on beach


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