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Euro Market: Old World foods in a New World setting

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The food store scene in Palm Beach County just keeps getting better. Where else can you find an Italian restaurant, a French bistro, and olive oil store, a bagel and pastry shop, a produce market and now, a new Russian/Eastern European market, all in one strip shopping center?

Euro Market, meet your international neighbors.

Open just two months, this tucked-away shop is packed with foods you remember from your immigrant mother or grandmother’s kitchen, or perhaps from trips abroad and packages smuggled in suitcases, back in the day when airport security was a little more lax.

For dairy products, you’ll find kefir, butter from several Federation countries (as well as Chimay brand from Belgium), a freezer full of ice pops, cones and cups, thick, tangy sour cream from Lithuania, chicken and lamb vareniki (similar to both pierogi and tortellini), fresh farmer cheese and a variety of prepacked meats and cheeses. Fish such as sprats, sardines and herring come plain, pickled, creamed and smoked, in cans and jars, packed fresh and frozen, by the piece or by the pound. In the deli case, there are enough meats and cheeses to create a well-loaded table of zakuski (hot and cold Russian appetizers; the real heart of a meal): kolbasa, ham and sausage from Moscow, the Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary and Poland, plus cheeses that can be sliced to order, and are best served with the fresh-baked brown bread Euro Market offers. There’s also real Russian black bread and plenty of mustards, and for the multicultural, even a few chili sauces.

You need some side dishes with all that meat, and Euro Market carries a good variety of noodles and kasha, or buckwheat groats. Rice and corn aren’t staples in this cuisine, but the different types of noodles alone more than make up for anything that’s missing. As for groats; this roasted grain just needs some water or chicken stock, a bit of onion and seasonings to turn it into something special.

Russians are undaunted in their love of sweets, and Euro Market has plenty. Try the gingerbread, honey poppyseed rolls, jellied candy, halvah, fruit-filled pierogi, beze (meringue cookies), multilayer cream wafers or the wide selection of fancy chocolates. And don’t leave without a visit to the bakery counter up front, with homemade honey cakes, wafer cakes, Esterhazy torte, cream horns and pashka.

Beverage choices include single-bottle and six-packs of beers you won’t find elsewhere, Hungarian, Georgian and Moldovan wines, sparkling and still bottled waters and sodas.

What else can you say to all this food, except Na Zdorovie (Cheers!)

Euro Market, 4603 Okeechobee Blvd. (just west of Military Trail), Suite 118, West Palm Beach, FL. Phone (561) 683-1911(561) 683-1911. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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