I took a trip to Dnipro recently. It’s in Cohoes, which isn’t really in my daily travels. I hadn’t checked it out, and really, can I call myself a food blogger if I don’t check out each and every new food store in the area? NOOOOO.
The store is really tiny. I was expecting something a little larger, but overall, there’s about half a dozen rows that are well-stocked with all sorts of foody goodness, and some refrigerated cases in the back and along the side.
The refrigerated cases have soft cheeses (feta, fresh cheese, stuff like that), a bunch of kefirs, and other dairy products. On the left side, there’s a little freezer case that has DUMPLINGS! OH MAMA! I had to grab one of those to try.
Now here’s the thing that annoyed while I was in Dnipro – there are almost no prices on anything. I like to know how much I’m spending before getting surprised at the register.
I also grabbed a kefir for the mister, since he is a kefir-whore.
Now, meat lovers, on the right are a variety of encased meats. Some are deli items that I am assuming they slice up for you (salami, etc), but others are sausages, kielbasas, and the like. Yum. YUM.
I had no clue what was what. Some things are kind of labeled, but being a Russian food newb, I really had no idea what I was looking at. The guy behind the counter was helpful. He asked me if I spoke Russian (that’s a big ole nyet) before explaining the differences between the meats – he even let me taste some of the sausages!!! Needless to say, I was in love. I was also helpless but to get both of the sausages I tried. They are from Chicago. It was a little over $5 for 6 sausages above. I thought they were different prices, but they were weighed and measured together. Like I said, I have no clue about signs/pricing there.
Other meats are made in PA. I don’t think any of their meats are made in-house.
That was the first time anyone’s asked me if I speak Russian, but then I realized that yeah, being a halfsie Asian, speaking Russian wouldn’t be entirely out of the question. Theoretically, of course. The rest of you know that I can barely put together a sentance in my native English.
Here is the kefir I bought. I got the weirdest looking one from what Albany John usually buys. This Ryazenka baked style yogurt was way different – baked? Are you kidding me? Oh, he’s getting it. This quart container was $3.79.
And my favorite little kefir addict couldn’t wait to get his paws on it and was shaking it up shortly after I put it in the fridge.
HAH! That’s what you get for opening it so quickly! A spoogey eye-full of kefir!
I also made the mister a cold plate of the sausages & mustard, since the sausages were fully cooked. The paler one tastes like a really good hot dog. Slightly smokey, seasoned, smooth, and possessing a great snap.
I also made some basic noodles on another day, using white whole wheat flour to give a little extra chew to the noodles. Then I just boiled the sausages for a bit and ate them with the noodles. Good, hearty comfort food. That was a heaping plate of noodles and sausages, but somehow we made it through them.