Please note that Russian "expiration dates" are actually manufacture dates. This of course does not change the fact that they smelled awful, but for future note that means it was bagged as of that day in the warehouse/factory/wherever. Not that it would go bad on that day. As an expat who lived in Russia for 2 years, that was a very odd thing to learn but was easy to get the hang of.
Best Russian Market - 2009
Yasha from Russia
We're in love with Yasha from Russia and his lovely wife, Tanya. Who wouldn't be? These charming hosts have stocked their store with wares to satisfy a growing — and hungry — community of Eastern European transplants for several years now. In the process, they've made believers, and fans, of just about every visitor.
Like caviar? We do, too. With an impressive collection that's wallet-friendly as well as wide, it's not difficult to savor the flavor. If you think Russian cuisine is all borscht and pickles, you'd be wrong. Not that there's anything wrong with that, since we love the spicy snap of Yasha's dill pickles (which by the way, pair nicely with salami). With more than 30 kinds of salami and cured meats, there's enough selection to keep you guessing for weeks to come. Blinis, bagels, and bread are here, too, as are a dizzying array of teas, in pretty boxes emblazoned with images of Czar Nicholas. Snap up some luscious caramels, and a tea set, and you're ready for a proper Russian tea.
We'd come back just for a hug from Yasha or Tanya — and their cheese, crackers, wine selection, and a CD or two from what appears to be a Russian Idol recording artist. It's all from Yasha and Tanya, with love.
Bought four bags of corn chips snacks from this store on Friday 03/25/2011, at the time of purchasing I could not see the expiration date of this product. The next day 03/26/2011 I opened one of those bags and the corn chips smelled extremely bad, I knew that this product is so bad that somebody might get a food poisoned if consume it. I tried really hard to find the expiration date on those bags since is a product imported in USA from Europe, and finally I found it. It was 16/07/2010 which in Europe the way that dates are put in are Day/Month/Year. This product expired 9 month ago, and the store owner did not take it down from the store shelf and kept selling it to the public. This should be illegal. On the top of that when I went to the store to confront them about it, the owner of the store and his wife kept blaming everything on the company they bought the product from, and also on the customers like me, that are buying his products without looking for expiration date (very hard to find it on his food items). This store should be close down, or otherwise somebody will get poisoned, this might become public health issue, because the owner and his stuff do not care for selling products that expired 9-12 months ago. DO NOT GO IN THIS STORE, they not only sell expired food items, have high prices, but on the top of that the owner and his wife are very arrogant people! There now many Eastern European food stores in Phoenix. Asiana Market on 43th ave. and Union Hills, there in another store on 19th. Ave and Northern, another one on 20str. and Van Buren, and there products are fresh and prices are not that high.
Yasha is creepy, and if you aren't on your toes he might make sexist or dirty jokes about your wife. This garish scene has been repeated 3 times, because Yasha keeps on forgetting that I have been coming to his store for the last 5 years.