meat and other goodies in a savory broth.
Now you know
why Russians grow so big.
Russian black bread (preferably baked
Less like the so-called "Russian Rye" you see in
most US stores, more
like German grey rye, and dark, denser, with a
never had such good black bread as the "standard"
black loaves in St Petersburg. Outside
Russia, even Russian
bakeries don't seem to be able to quite duplicate
richness and tang. However, Petrovsky's
Market in North Philly comes pretty close,
and there is much else there worth a visit.
While you're in the neighborhood, you may also
want to visit Bell's
Market, which apart from having what must be
one of the largest deli counters in the region, is
basically a Food of the Gods warehouse.
fizzy mass-market kvass in the big 2-liter pop
bottles is A-OK, and available in places like Bell's
and Petrovsky's in North Philly
(in dozens of varieties.) But doesn't quite
home-made, which at its best is clear and tastes a
bit like apple juice. Either way,
however, it is remarkably refreshing drink on a
hot day, much moreso than a sugary soft drink.
Root beer and vanilla
ice cream (in
the UK, substitute Dandelion
you can't find
will also admit a certain regard for Ginger Beer
And, of course, a drink of water
from a clear stream or lake after a long hot hike
(by way of a
portable molecular filter)
bought a small molecular filter in 1985 and it's
flawlessly. It even filters out chlorine...