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Nostalgia

Every time I approach the Global Foods store, I promise myself that I’d just get a few things. . . and then proceed to drag out half the store. Here are some of the things they have that I can’t resist:

1. Global Foods has the only kind of bread that I like. It’s black, very hard and chewy. It’s the only bread I could eat without giving myself an attack of hyperglycemia when I had diabetes and the doctor was making me eat bread. 

2. Huge and luxurious bunches of dill. It’s only here and at the Russian store that they have these fat and beautiful dill bunches. 

3. Gigantic choclos. The look of intense happiness on N’s face when he sees these choclos is worth taking the long trip to this store. 

4. Four varieties of Soviet marshmallows  (again, for N).

5. Tvorog for me. It’s a sort of an unsalted hard variety of cottage cheese, I guess. 

6. Pickled cabbage. I could easily make it at home but it stinks to high heaven for the 3 days you are making it, and at $2 a pound, it’s easier to buy it. 

7. The favorite Soviet staple called “Korean carrots.” I have no idea if Koreans actually eat it but there’s no Soviet feast without it. And N adores it. 

8. And, of course, a bunch of things our doctor would kill us if she saw us with them: all kinds of Soviet bologna (high cholesterol!), salted herring  (hypertension!), smoked fish (more hypertension!!). 

9. And since I was going completely nuts, I also got kilki and tushonka. 

10. I was extremely lucky this time around and snagged 3 jars of Ukrainian canned peas. They get bought the second they are brought in because they are so much better than local canned peas. They are not soft and mushy but of a harder kind. Perfect for Soviet recipes. 

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