Brown bread and caviar-- Little Odessa on SM Blvd
I have it on good word from my Russian masseuse that the best Russian brown bread in town is made at the Stolichnaya Bakery in the tiny Whole Foods plaza at Santa Monica and Fairfax.
This led our conversation down the road to other things... mainly caviar.
"Oh God," she said. "Brown bread, butter, and caviar-- I could eat this all day." I felt my lats pop as she dug into my back with the fervent gusto of a masseuse whose appetite had been stimulated.
"Do they sell Russian butter?"
"No, unfortunately." Snap, twist. "But caviar is delicious and not so expensive."
"Really....?" Interesting. *Crunch* "Ow. What caviar do you like?"
"The one in the little can. They are all good."
Hm, vague. I ask again, and she answers similarly. "Next time you come, I bring caviar." Sounds like a plan.
But my conversation begs the question.... what's the best bang for the buck when it comes to the caviar that can be found on Santa Monica Blvd? And by bang for the buck, I mean highest quality for the lowest price... not bad caviar at a low price.
My local Von's in Pacific Palisades just started selling this bread this year. It is pretty good! I haven't had it with caviar, though!
Can't (or more to the point) won't speak to the Russian caviar issue.
But...do try the piergois and polish rye at Stolichnaya. They aren't anything like what I ate as a kid but the pierogis in the hot case can be wonderful. Love the cabbage one with tomato soup.
So this sounds good. I am thinking on the lines of a Brown Bread that is crisp on the edges and soft in the middle, soft creamy sweet butter with orange roe on top or with a fine small black egg adding the salt level.. Am I somewhat correct here... Mt. Taster please fill me in when you have you your next massage..