A friend and old college roommate of mine recently moved up here . He’s originally from one of the southern Russian republics, however, and was looking for russian people/sites/shops. Recently, he found a place in McLean, The Russian Gourmet. We went there tonight, when it appeared the Redskins game was getting boring.
Neat place, albeit not as large as I’d hoped. He got a big kick out of their video selection, so if you know, or are learning Russian, I guess, you might enjoy that section of the store.
I bought some veal dumplings, a yummy russian tomato sauce, some russian beer (Moscova) and a Polish stout (can’t remember the name, but it wasn’t very good), as well as some russian candy. So dinner tonight consisted of dumplings and sauce, a sampling of beers, and finishing it off with some good cognac and a piece of candy or two to go with it (Russians traditionally eat chocolate with cognac).
Ethnic markets are fun. I don’t know that I’ll be going there often — I don’t know enough about Russian culture to really pick up choice items — but it was a neat place, all in all. Too bad they can’t sell Russian liquor. It would be easier than having my friend or his sister bring the bottles of cognac into the states, whenever they go home.
Funny thing: on the corkboard, with want ads, etc., was an amusing sign. My friend translated it. It came out to something like, “33 year old Russian male, looking for woman to assist with legal immigration”. More amusing, four or five of the phone number contact tabs had been taken.