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Bazaar, Baza, and great Russian values

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teezeetoo Nov 7, 2011 03:55 PM

I know we've written about the Russian grocery stores that we're fortunate to have but a recent stop reminded me how valuable they are. Great frozen sour cherries in syrup for baking, excellent feta at 3.69 a pound, fresh dill for .99 cents a bunch, dry smoked pork and lovely streaky pork for cooking, both of an excellent quality, and sour cream and butter that is far better and much cheaper than the fancy brands at WF. Add to that a quart of very decent mushroom soup (not great but very good) for 3.99 a quart and the excellent Eastern European style fresh breads that both Bazaar on Cambridge street in Brighton and Baza in Newton are carrying, and the pickles, and you can eat very well and very cheaply by adding these great stops to your shopping list. Lucky us to have so many good ethnic shopping options.

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Baza
30 Tower Road, Newton, MA 02464

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    grant.cook RE: teezeetoo Nov 7, 2011 05:14 PM

    Add Berezka Deli to the list.. I love their half-sours..

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      Jenny Ondioline RE: teezeetoo Nov 7, 2011 07:17 PM

      Quick clarification, if anyone goes looking for it: Bazaar is on Cambridge Street in Allston, between Union Square and the Regina.

      And yes, Berezka Deli always has quality items, although I think if I had to pick a favorite of the three, I'd go with Bazaar. I'm always pleasantly surprised by the quality of the herbs.

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        StriperGuy RE: Jenny Ondioline Nov 7, 2011 11:06 PM

        Bazaar over Baza?

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        Baza
        30 Tower Road, Newton, MA 02464

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          Allstonian RE: StriperGuy Nov 8, 2011 07:38 AM

          Bazaar over Berezka, I think he means. We've never been to Baza.

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            galleygirl RE: StriperGuy Nov 8, 2011 07:40 AM

            I'd go to Bazaar over Baza; everytime I go to Baza, their whole milieu seems to have changed. Sometimes everything's in code, and great variety, sometimes the stuff is overpriced and old. I kind of gave up...

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            Baza
            30 Tower Road, Newton, MA 02464

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              Science Chick RE: galleygirl Nov 8, 2011 08:38 AM

              Another major caveat at Baza is that NOBODY speaks English, as far as I can tell. I have needed help finding some items at times, and I have not been able to communicate with anyone. Nor does anyone seemed inclined to make an attempt (b/c I'm not Russian?).

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              Baza
              30 Tower Road, Newton, MA 02464

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            BobB RE: Jenny Ondioline Nov 8, 2011 06:43 AM

            The original Bazaar is on Beacon St in Brookline, a few blocks west of Coolidge Corner. The one in Allston is larger but doesn't seem to have the same buzz to it.

            Bazaar and Berezka used to be owned by the same person but I heard she sold off Berezka a few years ago - possibly when she opened the Allston store?

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