Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wegmans It's Not.

Well. That was crazy.

My last post went a teensy bit viral, and is currently the third-most read post I have on this site - and still climbing.

(My second-most read post, in case you're curious, is here. The most popular post can be found here.)

Then it got picked up by the Huffington Post - go read and like it here, please. And - wonder of wonders! - despite the topic, there are as of this writing NO over-the-top rude comments on the site. Some people disagree, sure. But nobody's gone on the attack, which is... unexpectedly nice. The first time I was published in the Huffington Post (link here), I didn't think the topic was particularly controversial, yet there were some nasty comments.  Or maybe my skin is just thicker, two years on.

Yesterday we decided not to take the kids on a death march. Instead, we went for a walk together, just the two of us. We stopped first at the Yeliseyevsky Gastronom on Tverskaya Ulitsa, not far from Red Square (#14 Tverskaya, near the Pushkinskaya metro station, for anyone interested in checking it out).

Yeliseyevsky Gastronom is a grocery store that's been around forever. It got its start as a palace, back in the 1800s. It was converted into a fancy grocery store before the revolution, and managed to survive both the revolution and Soviet rule, which is amazing, because it is an absolute monument to decadence and, well, see for yourself. This is the inside of the store:

I'm guessing this must have been the ball room when the place was a private palace? It was restored not long ago, chandeliers polished and walls scrubbed free of soot. It is absolutely beautiful on the inside, with not a bottle or a bag or a salami out of place.

And it isn't particularly expensive, either, by Moscow standards. The prices for staples were comparable to other local markets.

The especially exciting news? They sell sushi to go, at pretty decent prices. A pack of cucumber rolls was just 100 rubles - less than $1.50 at yesterday's exchange rate. Salmon rolls were more expensive - around 300 rubles per pack, still only around $4.50. Wasabi, ginger and soy sold separately.

We brought some home for dinner. I made pistachio fried rice, edamame and a salad, and voila! Dinner! Nobody complained.

I'll need to make the store a regular part of my grocery shopping routine, for both the sushi and the ambiance.

The meat counter.

Ceiling detail.
Wegmans it's not. The "Salad Bar" was mostly just 10 different ways to preserve cabbage and carrots.

After we left the store, we headed down Tverskaya toward the Garden Ring, stopping to check out some cool old buildings on the way, and also stopping in at Starbucks because, hello, you can't walk right past a Starbucks when it's cold and snowy outside. Besides, I have to work up my consumption levels for my any-day-now flight to Seattle, where I'll be attempting to keep up with my sister, cup for cup.
Just off Tverskaya Ulitsa. An old court building, perhaps? 

We also passed the very first McDonalds in Moscow. Fond memories for both of us from our college days in Moscow. But no, we didn't stop in. And we didn't take a picture.

Back home along a very circuitous route, and that was our day in Moscow!


Nomads By Nature said... [Reply]

That shopping locale is too cool.

Please. Write your own stuff.