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Experience The Wonders of Eastern Europe at Galina’s Euro Food Store in Surrey City Centre

приятного аппетита (Priyatnogo Appetita!)

Have you ever experienced a craving for your Baba’s home-cooked dinner? With a piping hot bowl of borscht served with a generous slice of rye bread and hearty helpings of perogies and cabbage rolls?

I had just such a yearning last week and it made me think of my sweet grandmother and her love of feeding people great quantities of made-from-scratch feasts. That memory of her standing in her kitchen surrounded by steaming pots and wafts of delicious aromas, sent me on a quest to find a traditional meal just like she would whip up.

Nestled in a small strip of shops on the corner of City Parkway and 102nd Avenue, I discovered Galina’s Euro Food store. As soon as I walked inside, I knew that I had found the place that would satisfy my hunger for some traditional Ukrainian fare.

The store is adorned with beautiful Russian tchotchkes and the shelves are lined with jars, bags and boxes of Eastern European food — from pickles and preserves to pastas and grains. Who would not be tempted to take home some exotic treats — Russian candy, chocolates, cakes, or some homemade poppy seed buns?

There are cold cases filled with fish, sausages and cheese. The freezer section offers a mouth-watering selection of cabbage rolls, borscht and other traditional favourites. The store carries food, deli items, snacks and beverages from many countries in Eastern Europe, including Piroshki (pocket pies) from Russia, Pelmeni (meat filled pasta) from Serbia and Manty (dumplings) from Uzbekistan. But the best thing? Fifteen different kinds of perogies — handmade from scratch in small batches!

Galina’s Euro Food store is family owned and has been operating in the Surrey Central area for nine years. The family is committed to providing their customers with classic homemade dishes that are delicious and ethnically authentic, following tried and true recipes. As well as serving the local Surrey community, Galina food products are sold in retailers throughout the Lower Mainland and their perogies are served in many Greater Vancouver eateries. Want to know where to find Galina’s, visit their website: www.galinaseurofood.com.

Priyatnogo appetite! (Enjoy your meal!)