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Brooklyn, New York
May 21, 2007
I have been wanting culture lately. I have been wanting food that I have never tasted, flowers that I have never smelled. I have been wanting things from far off lands. Luckily I live in New York City. All I need to do is jump on the subway. Today I decided to explore Brighton Beach. I got off at the Brighton Beach stop via subway and started walking down the street. Little vendors outside of shops sell these delicious pastries full of potatoes, or beets, or cabbage. They are rich and fantastic.
A gigantic supermarket catches my eye. It is called Bazaar. I have never seen the likes of this sort of supermarket. I go in. It is gigantic. Everything is in Russian. Smoked fish are piled high. Many different kinds. I recognize trout and bass and a long skinny one which might have been a pike. Everything is in Russian in this store. Soda, yogurt, cheese, pickles, pickled mushrooms. They have a large pickled section which I get lost in for sometime. I am not usually so dreamy and in love with supermarkets, but this place is truly an experience! I grab some dark down dense looking bread, some cans of sardines and some pickled green tomatoes. I walk out onto the board walk and have a picnic on the beach.
Not many people are around this time of year. It's like a private beach, a private Russian beach. I most wholeheartedly recommend going to this supermarket and trying something new and sitting by the ocean and having a go at this new and fantastic experience.
From journal New York City Russian Style
December 17, 2004
Just as in Europe, the restaurants in this area are right on the beach. Many waitresses stand to lure you in. I had a beer and just watched the water and the people walking by. This is a really relaxing and fun experience.
Walk further and into the streets and you'll see suburban-type homes with miniature manicured lawns. Head over to Sheapshead Bay for a beautiful view, dinner, or maybe some shopping at Loehmann's. This walk can be done in one day and is definitely worth the trip.
From journal Brooklyn