Sunday, April 13, 2008
Little Odessa, Russia, Brighton Beach, NY
Have in a weekend with S.O. is a big treat, needless to say I often work weekends and to have two entire days of time to relax is a big deal for us both.
A culinary adventure was in order. S.O. had never been to Brighton Beach to visit the Russian community so we headed out to go to a Russian restaurant for lunch followed by a trip to my favorite Deli M&I.
By the time we got there we were starving so we first headed to the Oceanview Diner to have a bite. There is no ocean view, but they do have FOOD. It is located at 290 Brighton Beach Avenue for those of you making a field trip.
We shared a smoked fish platter which was sublime. Smoky, not to salty, moist and delicious. Two types of white fish (I should know the variety, but I don't) and a moist salmon topped with salmon roe.
Already we were happy.
Next we had beef dumplings topped with fried onion. These were the most divine dumplings I had ever eaten. Dense, beefy and absolutely delicious.
The camera was forgotten until the Stroganoff (to share, we are not pigs) came out. The picture of the stroganoff is sideways. I am cook, not a techie. I tried to fix it, I failed. Wait til you see the red eye and off center photos I am going to add. You will be grateful for sideways beef.
The shopping trip to the Deli and the resulting dinner I will post later. Along with the photo of the salted lard. I am a big fan of the salted lard.