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Jessica Nemeroff Ritz Feb 10, 2000 05:37 PM

In light of my family names and the fact that I currently live in the "Little Odessa" of LA (Fairfax and Santa Monica, actually more like Brighton Beach meets Fire Island) I'd like to start learning about the Russian culinary landscape of my 'hood and beyond. I stroll past the delis along Santa Monica Blvd., and I've noticed some of those supper joints on Fairfax that I don't yet have the chutzpah to check out. Other than the general ashkenazy gastronomic tradition I was raised with, my exposure to other Russian foods is almost nil. In New York I heard about clubs that offer dinner and entertainment and were accessible to non-Russian nationals (hopefully not just for kitsch value). Do such places exist in LA? I now seek any insight/recommendations…