Kalyna / Kalinka European Food Market and Ukrainian Deli

Strolling the aisles of Kalyna European Food Market and Ukrainian Deli in Fisher Park, one can’t help but conjure visions of sprawling feasts on gorgeous hand-embroidered tablecloths, the aroma of garlic and cabbage and sausage wafting over bowls of bright borscht and flaky peroshki. Well, we were lucky enough to have a Baba growing up, so these visions may be pure nostalgia on our part. Either way, Kalyna is so worth a visit – if not just to learn a thing or two about eastern European cuisine. With salted fish and hard candy and everything in between, Kalyna is a portal to another (delicious) place. The deli and bakery make trying something new easy. This is where we found the honey cake (medovik) that graces this month’s cover. Made by a (rather shy) woman who only speaks Ukranian, this labour of love is beautiful, delicate and one of the most delicious things we’ve ever tasted. You can buy it by the gram to save some money and your waistline, but do try it. You won’t be sorry.