“Would you like more onion in that?” I asked my little sister as we made our mud pie concoctions. We plucked sprigs of onion grass and add other “yard” herbs and would raise our pinky’s, holding tiny cups of tea, toasting our meals fit for a queen. Even back some 40 plus years ago I was a smitten Foodie. Christened by slow cooked country meals of Smithfield ham, garden fresh tomatoes, green beans and bacon, baskets of golden cornbread begging for honey butter, tall glasses of sweetened ice tea garnished with fresh picked mint, my dietary destiny was laid out for me at an early age. As a child I moved all over the US, which opened up culinary avenues and today friends and family continue to reap those rewards, as I live and love to cook.
First stop was Moscow Deli in Costa Mesa. This market/deli is chock full of international delights lining the stainless steel shelves and coolers throughout the quaint shop.
|Sister T looking through the variety of candies and confections|
|Every imaginable vegetable is pickled and preserved for your shopping pleasure|
|Painted murals cover the walls behind this chocolate display|
|Russian nesting dolls|
|Try an imported beer from Europe|
We were greeted by a lovely woman who helped us select our meal and encouraged us to browse while it cooked.
I know Moscow Deil is known for their sandwiches, especially the highly rated Odessa, thick russian bread filled with kielbasa and other goodies and topped with an amazing sauce. Sipping tea we watched as mothers with toddlers and businessmen alike came in and filled their baskets with pirozhkis and napoleons. Dessert is tempting with various ice creams, poppy seed cakes, imported candies and more. Sufficiently full, Sister T and I walked away with our purchases of marinated vegetables and huge ginger cookies, promising ourselves we’d be back.