Russia folded into Euro fare

If the spirit is upon you to dive into authentic Russian cooking, a trip to Boris Fods Inc. in Maitland (9230 S. U.S. Highway 17-92; 407-260-9511) could solve your ingredients problems. The sign out front reads, "European Foods," but the small storefront is owned by the same Ukrainian family that cooks its native dishes at nearby Russ.

The shop features a meat case filled with lovely Petrovskaya sausages and Tvorog cheese. Shelves are stocked with Baltika ale and dark Botchkarev beer, and a section of Czar Nicholas tea. There are wines not found at ABC, like the semisweet Black Monk reds from Moldova and Georgian Khvanchkara varieties in fabulous ceramic bottles.

Grab a box of chocolate-covered zefir (marshmallow) from the bakery or a thick chocolate cake. And in case you're craving a copy of the sci-fi thriller "Tajnyj Sovetnik," there's a full wall of Russian videos.

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